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Nourish Bottled Water for Babies and Toddlers Review!

 Nourish Baby is eight ounces of purified natural spring water that is ready to mix with powdered baby formula.

Nourish Baby’s slim bottle is designed for tiny hands to hold. The wide neck aids in the spill-free addition of powdered formula and the bottle’s measurement markings assure mixed proportions are correct. The nipple has been sanitized and kept sterile with a tamper-evident seal and liner. To use Nourish Baby simply open the top, pour in the formula, close the top, and shake. Now active parents can lead their busy lives with out the cumbersome tasks of preparing and carrying adult-size bottles for their infants.

Please note that Nourish baby water contains 8 ounces of water and is not filled to the top to allow the addition of formula.

Nourish bottles are BPA free and created with the most highly recyclable PET plastic. 
Nourish Toddler is designed for that first stage of independence in a child. It is ten ounces of purified natural spring water delivered in an easy to hold slim bottle with a spill-resistant ‘sippy cup’ closure. The bright green sippy top, unique slim design, and perfect toddler size has ‘MINE’ written all over it. Nourish Toddler is a healthy diversion from sugar laden drinks that are often the only available choice for families in a rush. Nourish Toddler’s sippy top and ‘just right’ size save your family from countless juice box accidents and germ swaps when sharing Mommy or Daddy’s drink. 

Have you ever handed your child your water bottle while driving, and heard the dreaded “Uh oh!” from the backseat? When you get to your destination, your toddler is soaking wet, they have squeezed, or dropped the water bottle and are covered in wet clothing! Regular adult water bottles are just not made for children. If your child is like mine, they like to be like mama or daddy, and have a water bottle, not a sippy cup. Nourish Baby and Toddler is the perfect solution! It is made for your baby, you can just add formula if you use it, the nipple is already attached! No more lugging baby bottles, formula and water bottles around in your diaper bag! Don’t you have enough baby gear to tote around as it is? For toddlers, Nourish has a sippy spout! It is small enough for little hands, and the bottle is recyclable or reusable too! 

Nourish is available at select retail stores, or you can order it online! It retails for $3.50 a bottle, or you can purchase it by the case!

You can connect with Nourish on Facebook and Twitter too! Tell them I sent you!

Voice Lessons To Go for Kids CD Review/Giveaway!

She Sings Out, Inc., Creator of Acclaimed “Voice Lessons to Go™”, Releases “Voice Lessons To Go for Kids! v.1 – Sing Out Proud!” to Help Children Learn How to Sing in a Healthy and Affordable Way   

(Los Angeles, CA) March 22, 2011 - She Sings Out, Inc., creator of the popular vocal warm-up CD series “Voice Lessons To GoTM,” which have sold over 50,000 Cd’s and downloads, has released “Voice Lessons To Go for Kids! v.1- Sing Out Proud!,” a CD designed for young singers (pre-kindergarten through 6th grade) to learn how to warm up their voices and have fun while doing it. The vocal training and music education on the CD is performed by Ariella Vaccarino, who founded She Sings Out, Inc. in 2004 and has been teaching voice for 18 years.
“Sing Out Proud!” is the first volume of Ariella Vaccarino’s popular “Voice Lessons To Go” series designed for kids. The CD delivers fun and insightful advice on healthy singing, including guidance on posture, breathing, and diction. Musical terms are sung through and explained, while music theory is addressed in an accessible and entertaining fashion. “Sing Out Proud!” takes the intimidation out of singing lessons and simply lets the listener or student have a good time. The lessons, however, are based on expert music education and help foster confident voices and sound musicianship.
Moreover, the Cd’s are perfect for young children, whose voices are too young to handle intense technical singing lessons. “Sing Out Proud!” nurtures children’s music ability and familiarizes them with serious singing without straining or compromising their delicate vocal development.
Ariella Vaccarino, an accomplished Opera Singer who attended USC and has sung on many films, created “Sing Out Proud!” with the intention of bringing quality healthy vocal instruction to the masses regardless of location, genre, or experience level of the student. As the mother of three young boys, Vaccarino realized the significant expense of voice lessons. She was inspired to create “Sing Out Proud!” to help ease financial burdens for families while instilling crucial creative and confidence-building experiences in kids. Additionally, while many schools have dropped music education and as arts budgets continue to disappear, Vaccarino’s Cd’s for children are becoming an even more important aspect of a child’s educational and artistic growth.
Vaccarino also is the creator of “Voice Lessons To Go: v.1 Vocalize and Breath,” “Voice Lessons To Go: v.2 Do Re Mi Ear and Pitch Training,” “Voice Lessons To Go: v.3 Pure Vowels,” and “Voice Lessons To Go: v.4 Stamina,” as well as the author of “Vocalize!,” a sheet music compilation from “Voice Lessons To Go.” 
“The goal of ‘Sing Out Proud!’ is to develop good, healthy, confident voices as well as to develop children’s theoretical knowledge about music, creating good singers on the road to being young musicians,” noted Vaccarino. “Young children from every background and talent level can now recognize their singing talent and style while releasing the little performer within,” she added.
As a fun educational and music tool, the CD is perfect for grandparents and parents who want a unique gift for elementary school aged kids, for music educators to help enrich their students’ music experience, for young actors and theater kids to train for various roles or auditions, and for just about anyone else who would like to learn how to sing. It’s also a great activity to do with family or friends, as well as a welcomed alternative to television for young kids.
For more information about “Sing Out Proud!” or “Voice Lessons To Go,” please visit the website.

About She Sings Out, Inc.

Founded in 2004 by Ariella Vaccarino, She Sings Out, Inc. creates quality vocal training products at an affordable price for both the professional and aspiring vocalist. Ms. Vaccarino is an accomplished Opera singer, has performed on numerous movie soundtracks, and has been teaching voice and piano for over 18 years in the Los Angeles area. For more information about “Voice Lessons To Go” or Ms. Vaccarino, please visit the website.

My oldest daughter is a natural born performer! She loves to sing, dance and act! I gave her the Voice Lessons to Go for Kids CD, and she has been practicing and singing ever since. I have noticed a marked improvement in her vocal ability and stamina! She loves working with the CD, and feels like her voice is improving because of it! With our family’s budget, traditional voice lessons are out of the question right now, this CD is an affordable alternative! If you have a little performer in your house, consider checking out Voice Lessons To Go, maybe get one for yourself while your at it!

You can purchase Voice Lessons To Go online, they offer free shipping in the US! You can also have a personal vocal assessment as well!
Would you like to win a copy of Voice Lessons to Go for Kids? Enter to win a copy for your child here!
Giveaway Ends May 2, 2011
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I was not paid to give this review or giveaway. The review item was sent to me free of charge. All opinions are mine, and mine alone. I try to be very honest when giving a review.This giveaway will end on May 2, 2011 at 1pm PST. Winner will be chosen randomly by Random.org random number generator. I will email the winner, and they have 48 hours to respond to my email with their mailing information. If there is no response within 48 hours, a new winner will be \chosen. 

Happy Faces and Full Bellies!

The other day, two of my kiddos wanted to make Happy Face Pizzas for dinner! They are not big on toppings but we had a lot of fun! It is a super fun way to get kids involved in the kitchen, and the best part? They ate it all!

We started with pre-made, pre-baked pizza crusts, because this mama is lazy busy! Then we topped our pizza’s with tomato sauce with some “secret” Italian seasoning mixed in, mozzarella cheese and baby pepperoni and olives! So fast, so fun, and so delicious!

They had a great time making their “smiley faces”! I loved watching them, and the sense of accomplishment they got from doing it themselves was priceless!

All done and ready to eat! You gotta love the faces! You could get creative and use so many different toppings! We love to use mushrooms, sausage, pineapple, artichoke hearts and leftover chicken! Today we went simple!

They were so good, the kids cleaned their plates! What are your favorite pizza toppings? What do your kids like to make in the kitchen?


Sorry for the delay, I have been packing like crazy and preparing for our trip to Seattle without kids! So without further ado, here are the winners!

Thirsties Winner: #102 Maia G
Daddy Plays Winner: #18 Kathryn Andrews
Hostess with the Mostest Winner: Pending Sponsor Verification…..
Fit Yummy Mummy Winner: #99 Elizabeth B
Cloth Diapers EH Winner: #248 Manager to Mom
CafePress Winner: # 103 Shannon Alexander
Lovable Labels Winner: #10 Karen Gonyea

Book Review and Giveaway: Rocket Town!

Do you have a child who loves rockets? I do! My five year old is obsessed with space and all types of space travel. He wants to be an astronaut when he grows up. We were given the awesome opportunity to review Rocket Town by Bob Logan, a newly released board book for children ages 1-5 years old. We loved the vividly colored pictures, and the story was simple enough to keep my two year old’s attention!


The story follows an astronaut and his canine companion as they drive an old pickup through Rocket Town, passing all manner of space craft like a taxi rocket, a police rocket, a school bus rocket, and even a rocket that looks like a shark.

Each colorful spread is bursting with an eye-dazzling array of rockets from big to small, fast to slow, practical to extremely silly. Our intrepid astronaut and his dog then get into their favorite rocket (a pickup truck-shaped rocket of course!), and the final count down and blast off is sure to thrill young readers.

About the author:

Bob Logan grew up in Baltimore, MD, selling his Star Wars drawings for kids’ milk money to buy books at the Scholastic fair. He studied animation at Edinboro University of Pennsylvania. Author and illustrator Bob Logan has worked as a story artist on feature animations such as Madagascar and Open Season, as well as Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs and is currently working on the upcoming Puss in Boots! Logan’s picture book, The Sea of Bath, charmed readers with fun and sweet illustrations, and Rocket Town will delight parents and children alike with colorful and imaginative rockets. He lives in Thousand Oaks, CA, and enjoys spending time with his wife, son, and two pugs.  Bob is addicted to all of the LEGO games on the Wii, but enjoys them best when he plays with his son.

You can purchase Rocket Town at Amazon for $7.99, it is well worth it!  

One LUCKY What Mama Wants reader will win a copy of Rocket Town!  

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I was not paid to give this review or giveaway. The review item was sent to me free of charge. All opinions are mine, and mine alone. I try to be very honest when giving a review.This giveaway will end on May 3, 2011 at 1pm PST. Winner will be chosen randomly by Random.org random number generator. I will email the winner, and they have 48 hours to respond to my email with their mailing information. If there is no response within 48 hours, a new winner will be chosen. Giveaway items will be mailed to winner by the Sponsor!

Brainy Baby Review/Giveaway!

For over a decade The Brainy Company has been a pioneer and leader in DVDs, Books, Games and Toys for babies, toddlers and pre-schoolers.

In 1995, Dennis Fedoruk, founder of The Brainy Company, had a difficult time finding quality video products for his young sons. Dennis and his wife Stephanie wanted something reality-based and intelligent – for both parents and children. As a successful filmmaker and video producer with over 25 years of experience, Dennis decided the time was right to produce a new and unique video series unlike anything else that was on the market. With intelligent and insightful input from parents, educators, and especially children, Brainy Baby® was born! The Brainy Company was the first in the industry to create this type of “edutainment” video.

Our award-winning products introduce educational subjects such as letters, shapes, animals, art and music. Brainy Baby® videos feature multi-ethnic children, toe-tapping original music, nursery rhymes and instrumental classics. Our product line now includes over 100 product offerings including videos, CDs, books, games, and toys!

We are proud of the way the Brainy Baby® family is expanding, and of the opportunity to give parents the tools to expose their children to educational basics.

Recently, we were granted the awesome opportunity to review a few Brainy Baby DVD’s! Brainy Baby makes material for children birth to age 5! We reviewed 123′s and Music. My children were mesmerized by the colors, music and other children on the television screen! My two year old can count to 20 now! We work with her on a daily basis, but Brainy Baby definitely reiterates the teaching we do with her!
Brainy Baby also carries CD’s, MP3′s, Toys, Games, Books, Flashcards and apparel! There is truly something for every child! You can check out their website to purchase or find a retailer near you!
A study by the University of Texas showed results that toddlers between 18 and 24 months who watched Brainy Baby educational DVD’s were 22 times more successful at identifying shapes that were seen in the DVD.
Brainy Baby has generously offered a DVD to one lucky What Mama Wants reader! Thanks Brainy Baby!

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I have a winner!

The winner of the Girl Gotch giveaway was chosen by my friend Random at random.org and is entry number 32, Congrats Jenn Mcnary ! You have 48 hours to respond to my email to claim your prize! Thanks for entering!

Fluff Addict Friday!

Featured Fluff Addict this Friday is Gena Lazcano, from Life with Captain Fussybuckets!Read about her journey through cloth diapering and her addiction to cloth diapers! Thanks Gena! I would also love it if you would fill out the Fluff Addict Questionnaire at the top of the page! You can be featured as a Fluff Addict too! 

What’s your name? Tell me about your family?

My name is Gena. My husband and I have been married for almost 6 years!  We have two beautiful boys. Bennett is 2 and potty training, but still wears diapers at night and for naptime.  He has been in cloth since 7 months old and we have never looked back.  Donovan is 3 1/2 months old and is inheriting all of his big brother’s stash!

When did you start cloth diapering? How and why did you make the decision to cloth diaper?

We started CDing Bennett when he was 7 months old.  I was tired of buying disposables, and we didn’t have a ton of money to buy the expensive brands, and the store brands made a horrible noise that made it sound like he was wearing a plastic bag or something!  yuck!  We are also concerned about the environment and that sooooo many nasty, yucky disposables are just sitting in landfills.  A lot of my friends were trying cloth with their kids, so I gave it a shot, because I knew (hoped) we would have more kids and make the cost worth it!

Was your spouse, significant other, family and friends supportive? What was their reaction?

My husband was surprisingly supportive!  The older people (parents, in-laws) weren’t so supportive because they had cloth diapered and knew what a huge pain it was back then, and didn’t realize how cloth diapering had changed.  Other in-laws our age are intrigued, but say they just couldn’t do it.

What style of cloth diapers do you use? 

For our 3 1/2 month old, we use prefolds and covers, mostly.  He is about 15 lbs, so the one size diapers are fitting him better now and we are using those.  With our older son, all we ever used were one size diapers and a few all-in-two’s.  We do have an all-in-one for the diaper bag, in case he needs it at church or with a sitter!

What is the first diaper you reach for? Which is the last? Why?

For my older one, BumGenius 3.0 one size diapers They snap well (we had them converted to snaps), they stay on, they don’t leak, and they’re just awesome. 

For our younger son, we were given a bunch of covers and prefolds and at first they fit better and were just used out of necessity but now, I am considering buying some in a bigger size.  They’re pretty awesome!  I reach for those first with him, but am slowly starting to use the one size diapers.

My least favorite diapers are the all-in-twos.  I find they leak more often, don’t hold as much liquid, and just bunch up.  I do use them if my older son needs to take a nap or whatever, but never for a long time or overnight.

Tell me about your fluff addiction….come on….be honest! :) How many diapers do you have in your stash? What styles? Brands?

We don’t have the funds for me to buy everything I want!  But I definitely snag diapers when I find a good deal.  I just HAD to have chocolate SmartiPants when they came out and still love, love, love the color.

My main addiction is Rockin’ Green though.  I hoard that stuff!  I bought four bags on Cyber Monday!

I HAD to buy some precious Lil’ Joeys for my youngest son.  Soooo precious.  I was a bit disappointed in them, but they were still cute for pictures and I was a little upset when he grew out of them.

How many diapers do you have in your stash? What styles? Brands?

12 prefolds, 10 covers (Bummis, Thirsties), 6 BumGenius one size with snap conversions, 6 Smartipants OS, a WAHM giraffe pocket that is probably a medium, a few fitteds made by a friend, one Lil’ Joey (I had to keep one for a potential future child!), Kawaii OS pocket, Thirsties pocket, a WAHM AIO and some other WAHM AI2′s.  A variety, for sure!

Do you try to convert disposable users to cloth? How?

I’ve converted one of my friends, but only because she was already thinking about it and asked me a ton of questions.  I probably pushed her to buy some BG’s.  :o) 

I’ll always give advice and share my opinion if others ask, but that’s usually not often.  Unfortunately, we live in a small town where there aren’t a lot of people with small kids.  I do discuss CDing with people online, however.

Anything else you wanna tell my readers?

Cloth diapering is sooooo much fun.  We’ve always had hard water so I was a little annoyed with the stench when I was using Free detergents (that I had read online that they worked!) I finally tried Rockin’ Green Hard Rock and it made me love cloth all the more.  I do a cold rinse, hot soak overnight with Rockin’ Green, and then finish the wash in the morning with a cold rinse.  A-MAZING.  Love, love, love washing diapers, as silly as that sounds!