Archive for February, 2011

The Paci Pixie

“I WANNNNT MY….binky, bobo, bebee, poppy, cici, fire, nuk, noo-noo, button, mute, plug, nini, shooshifier, shoo-shoo!!”

Is this something you hear often? Are you a mama to a pacifier addict? Are you looking for ways to get rid of it? We recently received the Paci Pixie books in the mail and were eager to try them. Both Little Ladybug (3 y/o) and Little Owl ( 1 y/o) use pacifiers, as do two kiddos in our childcare. The Paci Pixie book also comes with a CD including both a song and a narrative of the story. We listened to the CD first and loved the song, very cute and catchy! In just flipping though the book, we noticed it was full of captivating colors and illustrations. Both mamas and kiddos sat down to read the book together. Its storyline was interesting and a great idea and Little Ladybug did understand that her pacifier would one day go to babies in need. However, we both agreed that this book cannot be used as a stand alone pacifier removal system. Since the Paci Pixie comes in the middle of the night and just takes the pacifier, we agreed that it might be unsettling if read over and over again before bed if the child is unsure of when the big day to take the pacifier would be. If you are setting a date and reading the book to prep then it is a great tool along with talking about what  and WHEN it will happen and maybe what rewards are to come when the pacifier is gone, it wouldn’t be as nerve-wracking for the children (and parents who are reading it about how their children will react).

The story has a nice lyrical rhythm and sweet overall mood that sets the children up and prepares them for the difficult transition in their lives of learning to self-soothe without the use of a pacifier. Overall it is a nice tool in addition to strategies and planning for when that big day comes that the big girls and boys with endow their Pacis to little babies who need them.

So with that in mind we have two autographed copies of the book to giveaway! To enter leave a comment here with the craziest comment someone has given to you while you were pregnant or with your child. If you haven’t gotten any crazy
comments post something you have heard or make one up (but let us know you made it up). Also go to our Facebook page and ‘like it’ to be eligible for the giveaways and help you get updates on new posts and giveaways.  http://www.facebook.com/pages/Ladybug-and-Owl-Review/134135513320074

L & O rating: ***

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Femmecup Giveaway LAST CALL

This is the last call for entries in the first Femmecup giveaway as it will close tomorrow 3/1/11 at noon EST. Don’t worry because in a few days part two and the second giveaway will be posted!

Also coming in the next two weeks:
Review of the book “The Paci Pixie” and a giveaway of the book!
Review of Green Toys Jump rope
Review of Inch Bug Labels and a gift card to giveaway!

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Our First GIVEAWAY!!!!

Our first giveaway has arrived! As you can see in the previous post Femmecup is the topic de-jour and we will be giving one away for you to try! It even comes in its own handy carrying case. This may just be the last feminine product you will ever need. Can you imagine not having to buy pads or tampons again? The cost and hassle savings? You can go out and not worry about where to store your spare pads and tampons! So to enter simply leave a comment below  and “Like” our facebook page http://www.facebook.com/pages/Ladybug-and-Owl-Review/134135513320074 and a winner will be chosen at random. Remember to comment here and “Like” on facebook, we will make sure the winners name is on both sites, if not another name will be chosen. One entry person, so you can comment 15 times if you want but you still will only be entered once. Don’t fret if you aren’t chosen this time because after part two is posted there will be another Femmecup giveaway! Tell your friends because the next giveaway might just have to do with referrals 😉

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Femmecup: Part One

Femmecup ( WARNING: Graphic content, read at your own risk or cover you eye while screaming “LALALA I can’t read you” and scroll to the next post)

“Femmecup is a soft reusable menstrual cup worn internally just like a tampon except it collects menstrual flow instead of absorbing it. Femmecup has endless benefits, it is more eco-friendly, healthy, cost effective and convenient than tampons or pads.”

Information from Femmecup’s website:

How Femmecup Works

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Femmecup is a reusable menstrual cup worn internally just like a tampon except it collects menstrual flow instead of absorbing it.

Femmecup forms a gentle seal with your vaginal walls and any flow is contained in the cup.  It is then simply removed, emptied into the toilet, rinsed with water and then reinserted; Femmecup is always with you when you need it most!

Femmecup is non-absorbent so it can be left in place for up to 12 hours with no risk of Toxic Shock Syndrome; you may want to empty it more on heavier days and less often on light ones, it really is your personal choice as long as you always keep to the 12 hour rule.  In between periods your Femmecup should be sterilised either by boiling in water for 2-4 minutes or rinsing with sterilising fluid such as Milton.

Femmecup holds up to 30ml, that’s 3 times more than tampons or towels can absorb; so Femmecup is great on heavy days and light ones too.

Femmecup is easy to insert and remove.

Technical Information

Femmecup is 50mm in length and 45mm at its widest point. It holds 30ml of fluid (approximately one third of your entire monthly flow). It is worn internally but unlike a tampon it collects the flow instead of absorbing it. When inserted Femmecup forms a gentle seal with the vaginal walls so there is no leakage. Femmecup is reusable and lasts around 5 years so it is highly cost effective.

The stem at the base of the cup is 15mm long and aids easy removal, it can be trimmed to any length; some women even remove it altogether.

Ladybug & Owl meet Femmecup…

Mama Ladybug and I could barely wait to get our periods once we received our Complimentary Femmecups to review (and some to GIVEAWAY!! Stay tuned) I chatted with Mama Ladybug about how we should probably give it a go BEFORE the big day arrives. She thought it was a good idea so when we had some ‘alone time’ after the little ones were snuggled in their beds we gave it a go in preparation for what was to come. Being eco-minded mamas, we were eager to save the earth one tampon at a time! Here is our story…

Journal of the Femmecup.

Mama Owl, Day 1: So I received my Femmecup in the mail and excitedly checked it out. It is smaller than I thought which is a good thing I suppose. I put it up in my bathroom to try later. After passing by it several times and KNOWING that I would need to try it before showtime, I finally decided today was the day. I washed it off and got it a bit wet. Folding it into the 7-fold (the only one I could remember or even get it to fold into) and gave it a go. POP it opened halfway ‘in’. Okay, attempt number two. POP—OUCH the stem is sideways. Hmmm. Well now what? Its a tad ‘slippery’ and I get it into the trusty 7-fold and try again. POP, almost in, but not quite. With a bit of shoving in the right spot it fit right in like a glove. I stood up. Did a shimmy. Can’t feel it! Well it was successfully in, now to get it out…yup. Get it out. Well I sat down and went digging. That thing is in there to stay. Supposedly they say that they can be in there for 8-12 hours and they aren’t kidding. I broke the seal, but definitely had to get a bit in there to get to the top, pulled it down from the stem (I cannot IMAGINE how people cut it off! I need it or I think I would panic that it is going to be lost and stuck up there forever!) and it caught the suction again. If the “material” it holds stays in there well, this shouldn’t be that messy, but I am sure we will need several cycles to get the hang of it exactly. After one more break of the suction I folded it a bit (definitely not enough), and it came out. Okay, not so bad for my first try! I certainly wouldn’t say it was “easy” but with time and practice it definitely will be. After all my first attempt at a tampon was 10 times worse!  I did feel slightly crampy for a short time after, but that could be from all the tugging, suctioning of the nether-regions, and maneuvering that ensued. That is all for now. The Femmecup as been throughouly washed with warm soapy water and adorning my vanity waiting for another try or the real deal! Until next time…

From Mama Ladybug’s perspective
Can I just say I’ve never been this excited to get my period. I was just hoping my Femmecup would arrive in enough time and is showed up right on time. I have recently had a desire to find an alternative to tradition pads and tampons, not only for the obvious eco-friendly reasons, but because my poor girly bits get all rashy and uncomfortable after even just a day or two of pads/tampons (more so after Little Ladybug came along). So when Mama Owl wanted to review menstrual cups I was all for it!

Mama Owl suggested to me that I try out the femmecup insertion techniques before I actually get my period. She’s smart, I didn’t even think of having to dig around down there with all that going on. And I would recommend practicing the folding techniques even before that. Because let’s face it, while it’s not rocket science you are kind of going in blind. So I went home, folded and unfolded my cup in a few different styles, washed and re-washed and then popped it in. I will say it was a strange sensation, my folded cup popping open but once it was in I really couldn’t  feel it. The instructions said that you may need to trim or cut off the stem but so far I don’t think I will need to. I couldn’t even feel it in after walking and moving about. Taking it out was interesting….I’m not sure I would know what removing a suction cup from you nether-region feels like but I’m sure it felt something like what I experienced. That might be what takes more getting used to than the insertion. So far I love it but now I just need Flo to come visit to give you the real low down.

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Inspired By Finn-Hazelwood Necklace

First of all I wanted to thank Inspired by Finn for allowing me to review their Hazelwood necklace. I chose this product because I purchased their Baltic Amber Teething Necklace from Babyhalfoff.com and LOVED it! My daughter has been much less fussy and the painful effects of teething have seemed much lower when wearing her necklace. It is also very cute and she gets SO many compliments on it. The attention she gathers allows me to explain the holistic healing nature of amber and its effects on teething as well as many other ailments. Since then 4 of my mommy friends have purchased Amber Teething Necklaces for their children.

The hazelwood necklace I got was for me! it isn’s often that I buy things for myself, any of you moms out there I am sure you can relate. The first thing I notice upon opening the package, other than the how nice it looked, was that it said to wear it all the time! Wear it while you sleep and especially when bathing! This is the kind of necklace for me! I am an immutable jewelry mama. I don’t change my jewelry or take it off, so this was PERFECT. I was thinking I was going to have to get into the habit of taking my necklace off before the shower, and I was alright with that, but got even more excited when I found out that, not only did I not have to take it off, but it BETTER if I leave it on!

A little bit about me; have eczema and often am itching and scratching at my skin. When I was pregnant I had some pretty bad heartburn. There fore reading about Hazelwood, I was intrigued that maybe this might be the answer for my dry, chapped, cracked, itchy, and at times, bleeding skin.

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Hazelwood Necklace (from Inspired By Finn’s website: http://hyenacart.com/inspiredbyfinn/ )

Wood from the Beaked Hazel (Corylus cornuta) tree has the medicinal property of neutralizing the body’s acidity. It is an ancient remedy first used by aboriginal people. It relieves or prevents ailments such as acid reflux, ulcers, heartburn. It may be helpful with skin problems (psoriasis, eczema, acne), arthritis, constipation, migraines, bleeding gums, and more. These necklaces are a great remedy for heartburn and morning sickness during pregnancy! In order to receive a therapeutic benefit the necklace must be worn as much as possible, including over night.

Hazel wood necklaces are made from the branches of a Beaked Hazel tree alternated with gemstone beads. No chemicals of any kind (pesticides, fertilizers, etc.) are used to grow the trees these necklaces are made from. (Often when wood comes from a plantation chemical pesticides and fertilizers are used.) The necklaces are handmade – from the gathering of the wood to the stringing of the beads. The clasp is a sterling-silver plated lobster clasp.

The life span of the necklace will depend on the level of acidity of the body. In general, a necklace will maintain its medicinal benefits for 6 months to 1 year. Higher acidity may mean a shorter lifespan of the necklace. Indicators that a necklace is losing effectiveness are: the ends of the wood beads will darken and/or symptoms return.

Keeping the wood moist aids the body in absorbing its beneficial properties. Though it is not recommended to wear it in the pool, spa, or in other highly chlorinated water. Don’t be alarmed if/when the bark comes off – the wood beads will change over time.

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Not only does it look nice, help the body, and work even better when leaving it on, but I am hoping for long term effects in the future! So far, so good! Thanks to Inspired by Finn and the wonderful healing powers of nature!

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Green Toys Fire Truck

Image thanks to Greentoys.com

Our Green Toys Fire Truck came last night, and after Little Ladybug got over the initial confusion, that it wasn’t something else she was expecting, she really enjoyed it. For those of you who haven’t heard of Green Toys it is a company that uses recycled milk jugs to makes awesome toys, and now table wear, free of BPA, phthalates and melamine. This fire truck is really sturdy yet light. The big tires roll over most things that Little Ladybug puts in front of it, but also doesn’t hurt her if she rolls over her foot.  Its also a good size that when it gets underfoot, as most children’s toys do, you wont go flying or squish it. This truck comes with a roof ladder that moves up and down and rotates, and two ladders on the side that come off. And best part for mommies, no metal axles to rust and no batteries to replace. I love allowing Little Ladybug to use her imagination and make her own sounds. Mama Owl had brought that to my attention when she taught me about the Reggio approach. Its really cool, and developmentally important, to let kids be creative…moving the truck how they want, making the sounds they want etc. And this toy allows that. I can’t wait to see the younger children at the childcare play with the fire truck, as it’s geared for one and up. My only problem with this toy is the side ladders. They are tough for Little Ladybug, who is nearly three, to get out on her own. She knows how to use them and loves to have them be extenders for the large ladder or have her tiny dolls climb up. She can get them back in with a few tried but surely cannot get them out by herself. Overall I think this a a great toy for any car and truck enthusiast  

L & O rating: ****

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Exciting New Reviews and a Giveaway!

UP COMING REVIEWS!!!!
Thanks to the generosity of the following companies we will have some new things to review and not one, not two but FOUR surprise giveaways!!

Tea Set by Green Toys
Hazel wood necklace by Inspired by Finn
Pacifier by Ecopiggy 
Peace Sign Teether by Starter Kit for Change/ Rocklovepeace 
Adhesive Labels by Inchbug
Femmecup
Paints by Eco Kids

Hopefully we will have more to come!

Other new reviews to come from Ladybug:

Crane Frog Cool Mist Humidifier
Safety First Air Protect Car-seat 
Peanut Shell Sling

Books: 
Llama Llama misses Mama
Mia and the Too Big Tutu

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