Tuesday, March 3, 2015
This post contains affiliate links, however all opinions are my own and not influenced in any way.  My full disclosure is available HERE.
I've been sharing a variety of ways to easily make more healthy and ecologically friendly choices this year during the Make it Green in 2015 campaign.  We all know that reusable products are better for our environment, more cost-efficient, usually more convenient and definitely beneficial to your health.
Here's a list of Ten Reusable Products to Try Right Now!

1. Reusable Water Bottles
Glass and stainless steel are most recommended because they're easily recyclable but if you can only find plastic, read this helpful article from the Natural Resources Defense Council about what plastics to avoid and also check out this chart explaining the types of plastics and adverse health affects from www.green-4-u.com.
I  personally like the food grade stainless steel, dishwasher safe water bottle designs that Klean Kanteen offers from BuyGreen.com!  There's even sippy bottles!


Be Green Klean Kanteen Classic Stainless Steel, BPA-free Water Bottles - BuyGreen.com

2. Reusable Bags
Here's a list of 8 reasons why you should limit your use of plastic bags.  Luckily there are many alternatives to plastic that we can use for food storage and shopping. Many supermarkets or stores offer reusable shopping bags at a small price, but if you have an old t-shirt you can quickly make your own market bag!  Check out my Pinterest board Eco-Friendly: Reduce Reuse Recycle for inspiration on how to make your own!  BuyGreen.com also offers a variety of reusable bags, like the Mothering Mother Mini Sealed Bags, which completely replaces the plastic zipper bags!


Mini Sealed Reusable Cotton Bulk Bag Sets by mothering Mother - BuyGreen.com

3. Unpaper Towels
How many paper towels do you use a day?  Switching over to cloth is a much more environmentally friendly idea! Check out my review of Bambooee Unpaper Towels, each sheet replaces up to 100 ordinary paper towels!
Also visit my Pinterest board for DIY reusable towel ideas- Eco-Friendly: Reduce Reuse Recycle
4. Dryer Balls
Wool dryer balls eliminate static electricity as well as (if not better than) fabric softener sheets and can go through 1,000 loads of laundry!  That could very well be several years worth of dryer sheets you would otherwise be throwing away.  I think that's a great reusable product, don't you? Wool is also compostable so it's a double win!  Click to read my review of Woolzies Dryer Balls.
5. Glass Food Storage
Why glass?  Good question!  It's a reusable option that is quite cost-friendly!  I love the post written by Elana's Pantry- 10 Reasons for Glass.  I think that glass is much more appealing than plastic!  Lifefactory offers an attractive food storage solution at BuyGreen.com!


Glass Food Storage Containers Reusable BPA Free by Life Factory - BuyGreen.com

6. Reusable Cling Wrap and Baking Mats
The cling wrap, aluminum foil or parchment paper that you use might not seem like much, but over time it definitely amounts to something.  I love this post by Measuring Flower for a DIY cling wrap!
Another alternative that I just found out about is a reusable non-stick baking mat from Silpat.  Everything Mommyhood wrote a great review about Silpat and I think my family need to get them ASAP!
If you prefer to stick to aluminum, there are several brands that carry 100% recycled aluminum and it can be recycled over and over again!  
7. Reusable Nursing Pads
These are absolutely a necessity, quit throwing away the disposable versions and try a more natural approach!  You can read my review of Milkies Softies from Fairhaven Health to learn more about why this option is one you want to go for. 
8.  Reusable Baby Wipes and/or Family Cloth Wipes
Baby wipes and toilet paper may sound like something you cannot get by without.  But you're flushing or throwing away money and trees- NRDC says the toilet tissue accounts for 15 percent of deforestation. It's easy switching to cloth, and I wrote a detailed tutorial on how to make your own cloth wipes HERE!
9. Cloth Diapers
Disposable diapers are full of chemicals and your baby's excretions are being put into our landfills at an alarming rate of 3.4 million tons per year.  I once was intimidated by cloth but it didn't take long to find what worked best for our family.  
(image courtesy pixabay.com)
Read my review of Owl Be Green cloth diapers, a local WAHM that makes adorable and affordable AI2's!
10.  Reusable Menstrual Products
I will be writing a review about the GladRags Color Night Pads very soon.  I have used cloth pads before and they're not as gross as you'd think... if you can handle cloth diapers, you can handle cloth pads! I haven't yet tried a menstrual cup but that's next on my list. Visit GladRags for all your reusable menstrual product needs!   If you order between now and Sunday, March 8th, you can get 10% off your order using the code CLOTH4ME at checkout!


Monday, March 2, 2015
I've been exclusively pumping almost 18 months.  I'm very very close to the end, getting approximately 10 ounces a day with 2 pump sessions.  I'm so happy that I've made it this far!  If you'd like to read about my breastfeeding journey with my youngest, click HERE.
I have been using a Medela Pump In Style Advanced for the last 7 months.  It's a great pump, but the bag that came with it is not all that attractive.  It's this ugly tan color and I kind of feel embarrassed to haul it around.  Pumping on the go should be more fashionable, don't you agree?
I'm enthusiastic to let you know there's a better option available!  Sarah Wells breast pump bags are stylish and will help any pumping mom feel more confident and classy for carrying that pump around with you everywhere you go!
Wondering how this business began? Here's a little introduction to the person behind it all- Sarah Wells!
Now, let's talk about that bag!  This bag comes in two different colors- black (as shown) and blue.  The "Annie" bag was designed for maximum function, made to accommodate most pumps, including: Medela PIS/PISA and Freestyle, all Hygeia models, all Spectra models, Freemie, Ardo, Ameda and more!  The "Annie" bag has foil-lined thermal side pockets to keep your expressed milk cool for up to 6 hours with ice packs.
The dimensions of the bag are 14 inches long, 14 inches tall and 8 inches wide.  The handles reach 11.5 inches from the top of the bag.  There's a super long cross body strap that is included as well.
The outside of the bag is made in a durable faux leather, that's easy to clean.  It has silver hardware and a convenient front drop pocket for your phone, keys or other quick to grab items.  The pocket has the Sarah Wells faux leather embellishment.
The inner bag lining is a satiny smooth, water resistant purple fabric.  There's a see-through card insert on each side, with Sarah's pumping tips included!  The side pockets are very spacious, they will absolutely hold your pump and all your pumping accessories.
There's also ample space in the main compartment.  The bag was able to hold 2 pocket cloth diapers, pre-moistened cloth baby wipes, my planner and there was room to shove my baby carrier in there even!  It completely replaces a diaper bag and purse! There's also an interior zippered pocket to hold more personal items. I took the bag with me to the doctor's office last week for Karebear's appointment and received several compliments!  Below is what it looks like stuffed!
 Overall, I'd tell you that this bag is trendy, it's not heavy, it's comfortable to wear, durable, roomy and oh so charming!
What's my favorite thing about the "Annie" breast pump bag from Sarah Wells?
It's discreet!  I felt assured I could pump at any time without flaunting that I was going to.
Is there anything I would change about this product?
Nope!  This bag may just be the perfect pump bag!
I give Sarah Wells Breast Pump Bag- "Annie" a 10/10!

You can SHOP Sarah Wells Breast Pump Bags on Amazon
LIKE Sarah Wells Facebook page for special promotions and new products!
Latched On Mom did not receive payment for the review which was given, a sample product was gifted from Sarah Wells. Latched On Mom has no affiliation to this company unless otherwise stated.  All opinions are my own, written by me.  View full disclosure for more info.
Sunday, March 1, 2015
Wow!  My second blogiversary is March 15th!  Thank you so much for helping my blog grow, I am so appreciative to have come this far. I have some amazing sponsors lined up with fantastic prizes to help celebrate my blogiversary!  
Over $300 in prizes are up for grabs for ONE lucky winner!  Are you excited, because I sure am!  This is the biggest giveaway I've ever hosted!  

Sponsors 
Here's a list of the sponsors that will be participating so far:

There are just 2 sponsor spots still open, but only until the 15th.  So if you'd like to be a sponsor and donate a prize that will be featured on multiple blogs, please contact Lucy at latchedonmom@gmail.com to discuss your sponsorship further.  
Sponsors will receive:
* Product info with a link to your site
* 2 social media links on the giveaway form
* Photos of product(s)
* Social media mentions throughout the duration of the giveaway

Co-Hosts
I am looking for bloggers with an audience of moms and moms-to-be. 5 co-host spots are available for this event.  Co-host spots are $5 each and will make allowance for the costs associated with hosting this giveaway.  The top referrer will be offered a co-host spot at no charge. 
Co-hosts will receive:
* Free link option
* Blog name featured on giveaway post with link to blog
* 3 social media links on the giveaway form 

Free Link Option
Any blogger who would like to promote this giveaway at least twice per week is definitely welcome to sign up!  You will receive a free link (Facebook) on the giveaway widget.


If you have any questions, please email Lucy at latchedonmom@gmail.com

Saturday, February 28, 2015

Cosco Scenera NEXT Car Seat and $25 Gift Card Giveaway
Hosted by Her 3 Little Thinkers
carseat

Carseat safety has been something I've been looking into more and more.  We just bought two car seats for the girls and my 5 year old got the Lottie Dottie Highback Booster Carseat by Cosco.  I spent quite awhile looking into what would be the best deal and offer the most protection.  I think Cosco is a brand many parents trust to do just that, so I am happy to help promote this giveaway for a Cosco Scenera NEXT Car Seat and $25 Gift Card!
Her 3 Little Thinkers has a full review of this car seat HERE.
Enter below to win!  Open til 3/15.  If you have any questions, email her3littlethinkers (at) gmail (dot) com!
Latched On Mom did not receive compensation for promoting this giveaway. All opinions are my own, written by me. I have no affiliation to the company, unless otherwise stated. This giveaway is in no way sponsored, endorsed or associated with Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest or any other social media. Prize fulfillment is the sponsor's responsibility.
Friday, February 27, 2015

     Diaper rash. It seems like we've all been there. Sometimes figuring out what caused a rash, how to treat it and how to make it go away permanently can take research and time. One often recommended/universal treatment for diaper rash is airing out the bottom. For this parents are often told to allow little ones to go diaper-less, exposing a rash to fresh air and light that helps cure those adorable little bottoms.
We are about to start potty training and when I saw the review of Moonmakers from Mama Bananas Adventures, I immediately thought they would be great to use for this purpose. I am happy to help promote this giveaway, it would be fantastic if one of my readers won!
MoonMaker Diapers are parent developed and pediatrician recommended cloth diapers that help air that bum out...while collecting pee that would otherwise wind up on the floor, furniture, bedding or right on baby! Take a look at some great photos and get the story on these unique and pretty ingenuous diapers in Mama Banana's Adventure's MoonMaker Diaper Review and enter to win a set below!!


      One lucky USA legal resident 18+ winner will receive 2 diapers of  choice PLUS 2 packages of sanitary disposable inserts! Not crazy about  disposable inserts? MoonMaker is in the process of developing a  reusable. Awesome right?! Please enter below and thanks for stopping by!

Entry-Form

Disclosure: Latched On Mom was not compensated for this giveaway and is not responsible for prize fulfillment. One lucky winner will be contacted via e-mail and or tagged on Mama Banana's Adventure's FB page and have 48 hours to respond. Void where prohibited. If no response is given, a new winner will be drawn.Questions or comments about this should be directed to MamaBananasAdventures(at)gmail(dot)com
     This post does not make any health claims, as always please refer to your pediatrician for health related issues as the internet is not a good place to diagnose or treat any condition and when it comes to babies and toddler, best to be cautious and refer to a medical professional.

Saturday, February 21, 2015
This post contains affiliate links, which means that everytime a customer clicks through and continues to make a purchase, LatchedOnMom receives a small commission, at no extra cost to you. Thank you for the support!
Gymboree Children's Clothing
My girls both have a variety of clothing from Gymboree.  I love the styles they offer and the clothing is exceptionally made!  I thought you'd all appreciate taking advantage of this special offer from Gymboree!

Gymboree is offering free shipping on all orders today and tomorrow- February 21st and 22nd!  Don't miss out on this deal!
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Thursday, February 19, 2015
Make it Green in 2015 with Unpaper Towels from Bambooee

I started up the Make it Green in 2015 campaign to help us all find easy ways to make changes in our lifestyles to improve our environment.  It starts with a connection, just thinking about what you are using and how that impacts Earth is the first step in going green.
Trees are a necessary component of life, providing habitats for numerous organisms, replenishing our air supply, improving soil/drainage and trees shield us from wind, heat, etc. and because of all trees do for us, it's easy to imagine them first when you hear the word "GREEN."
Paper towels and other paper products are handy, there's no denying that. We've always had a roll of paper towels around to wipe away the kids messes after meals, as well as assisting with getting the kitchen and bathroom clean.  I knew I was producing more garbage using other paper products, and it was time to find a way to cut back on paper towel waste as well.  I was very happy when I heard about Bambooee because they offered an excellent alternative to paper towels!
I'm glad to get the chance to introduce you to Bambooee's Reusable Towels today. 

Bambooee was started by Irene and Noam in 2009, after a conversation about the deforestation of the Brazilian Rainforest which brought up their desire to reverse the damage.  Bambooee's cause is to help reduce waste and to plant trees at the same time. They've partnered with Trees for the Future which gives to over 50 countries, working with local farmers, planting trees.  With every single roll of Bambooee purchased, a tree is planted.  
Bambooee is made from an organic bamboo source in China, grown without the use of pesticides, insecticides and fertilizers. Bamboo is known to be durable, antimicrobial, and absorbent, so it makes sense to use it in place of paper towels. 
There are currently two products from Bambooee- the regular Bambooee Roll and the Bambooee Sweeps.  The Bambooee Roll contains 20 sheets of  rayon made from organic bamboo, it fits just right on a paper towel roll holder, and can be used anywhere you'd typically use a paper towel. Bambooee Sweeps have 15 sheets of rayon made from organic bamboo, with "grime-lifting scrubbing dots," which are made to clean floors.

Bambooee sheets are proportionate to paper towels, however Bambooee sheets leave ordinary paper towels looking wimpy. The fibers on Bambooee sheets are thicker, more deluxe and highly efficient at picking up practically any mess you can think of.   They have perforated edges so you can easily get a sheet off the roll.  Bambooee are super tough- you won't be able to rip them apart with your bare hands like you can a paper towel.  Bambooee Unpaper Towels go after the dust and dirt like no other!
I wanted to do a quick experiment, so I grabbed two four ounce glass baby food jars and put in two Tablespoons of water in them.  I folded up a standard paper towel and a Bambooee sheet and shoved them into the jars.  I waited a couple minutes and took them out of the jars.  The paper towel was thoroughly doused, to the point that it couldn't hold any more.  The Bambooee sheet soaked up the water, but it could've definitely taken on twice (if not three times) as much.  The absorbency difference was fascinating between the two: the paper towel was dripping and the Bambooee sheet just felt damp. 
Bambooee are reusable, each towel can be washed up to 100 times!  Just one roll of Bambooee Unpaper Towels replaces 286 paper towels.  This can save you a substantial amount of money, and is very environmentally friendly.  
When you're done with it you can throw it in a bucket under the sink like I do.  After I finished the second roll, I gave them a nice warm wash in the washing machine with a Tablespoon of bleach.  Bambooee recommends to line dry, but I threw them in the dryer and tumble dried on low heat.  They came out fresh, fluffier and even more absorbent!  Below is a photo of what a Bambooee sheet looks like before washed, compared to the stack of washed Bambooee sheets. 
You can quickly roll them back onto the roll and place on your paper towel holder, or like the first photo I shared, make them look special in a basket.  Reusable towels can be fun and fancy!
What's my favorite thing about Bambooee Unpaper Towels?  The fact that I didn't feel like it was a huge transition, the practice of using Bambooee Unpaper Towels is identical to ordinary paper towels... but you wash them!
I actually have made quite a waste-reducing impact by switching over!
Is there anything I'd change about it?  I would love for Bambooee to be biodegradable, so after you've fully used them to their magnitude you could be 100% guilt-free about it. The good news is that Bambooee is working on getting a compostable version available as soon as possible!
I give Bambooee a 9/10!

Keep up to date with news from Bambooee and special promotions!
you can SHOP Bambooee here- www.bambooee.com

Bambooee is giving away a roll of the towels and a roll of the sweeps!  If you'd like to enter to win,  just fill out the competition form below! The giveaway will run from 2/19/15-3/8/15. Open to US only. Void where prohibited. Must be 18 years of age or older to enter. Winner will be announced on this post, as well as emailed (so make sure to log into the competition form using the email address you use). You will have 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be drawn. 
Latched On Mom was given a free product to test for review purposes, but did not receive payment for the review which was given. All opinions are my own, written by me. Other participating bloggers did not receive compensation to promote this giveaway. This giveaway is in no way sponsored, endorsed or associated with Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest or any other social media. Prize fulfillment is the sponsor's responsibilty. 

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