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Silisqueeze from the Silicompany. Reusable food puree pouches!

I just received my Sili Squeeze for replacing those costly and non-ecofriendly food purée pouches that little owl loves. Ever sine she started showing an interest in the food pouches- they were not popular when she was doing purées AND we made our own baby food anyway- I have tried to find a more ecofriendly solution that we could make ourselves. I tried everything and ended up frustrated and wishing I could think of someway to create what The SiliCompany offers with SiliSqueeze!

When it arrived I was very excited to try it out so when we went to store for errands I excitedly gathered the things I needed and got a happy tingle in my stomach as it brought back memories of making puréed baby food for little owl when she was a baby. We got home with our ingredients, washed and simmered, and, while eaiting, I got out our Vitamix; a baby food making mama’s best friend! Little owl immediately said “noisy” and covered her ears with a concerned look and whimper. Now the Vitamix is noisy, after all it is a blender, but not bad compared to some. I offered her her headphones and she asked daddy for a cuddle and we were ready to go!

After making our yummy mixture, we poured it in the SiliSqueeze and the leftovers into her glass storage container and put it into the fridge- I gave her a taste and she couldn’t wait! I had to put it in the freezer to cool faster.

The regular nipple is as I feared, impossible to suck things from even as an adult. I tried biting, gumming, chewing, and sucking and with no avail, I got out the scissors. I started to cut the stopper on the inside to allow for a smoother suck. The silicompany is coming out with a nipple that has no flow restricting spill protection that will be ideal. My suggestion would be to keep that slower flow for infants starting purées but use a reusable stopper under the nipple like the Dr. Browns bottles. This may be the case for the newer nipple that they have coming out soon, but for now the scissor snip inside the nipple worked just fine and allows for little owl to have frustration free sipping. Now I am sure to keep the lid on and keep it upright. It is nice becaus eit does stand upright in the fridge.

Compared to food punches…
Pros:
-Ecofriendly
-You can make your own purée compared to food punches companies that choose
-Saves money rather buying endless expensive food punches
-Dishwasher safe
-New valve flow to choose from and grow with your child–I ordered one of these as well and it is MUCH easier for children to suck the purees through.
-Fun colors!

Cons:
-Must stay refrigerated after making purées Rather than taking it with you and using it whenever or throwing it in a diaper bag or purse. It would probably be a lunch box thing
-Requires you to go the extra step to cook and clean up
-Difficult nipple valve could cause some frustration–if older child get the SiliSqueeze with Eeze

Overall, this product is going to a new item in our household over commercially made food pouches. Being an ecofriendly family, conservation and reducing our impact on our environment is important to us as well the ability to create combinations of our own while saving money at the same time, therefore little owl will be sorting SiliSqueeze pouches from now on! I will probably be using the commercial pouches for travel or vacations longer than a day, but other than that, day trips and home will have little owl squeezing her snacks Sili!

Little Owl’s “Nummy” Purée:

Organic blueberries, small carton
Organic apples, cut and unpeeled
4 tbsp plain organic Greek yogurt
Cinnamon
Vanilla

Mango Pineapple in Paradise

Organic Pineapple

Organic Mango

1 organic banana

coconut flakes

Wash, cut, and peel apples and add them in a saucepan. Add washed blueberries. Simmer on low for 8-10 minutes. Blend. Fill SiliSqueeze. Cool. Serve. Makes 2 SiliSqueeze pouch servings. Put remainder in glass Container for filling within 2 days of making.

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Kekaroo Karoo Stroller

I have a harder time picking out a stroller than I do a car! There are so many categories, travel system, lightweight, umbrella, off road, three-wheel, jogging. Then the extras, higher weight limit, storage, tray for kids, tray for adults, sun shade, peek-a-boo window, locking wheels. I just want to put my kid in and go!

That being said I am a niche market. Little Ladybug is not so little anymore at 4 and most often times doesn’t need a stroller. But we are taking a trip with Little Owl and family this summer and I know she cant handle that much all day walking, never mind when she is in sensory overload and needs a space to herself. I would rather use a stroller on an older child than a leash *I’m sure that is a tender subject for many with people on either side so lets all be friendly*. So I was in search of a high weight limit, relatively inexpensive yet durable stroller, preferably with some room for our day bag. I’m not joking when I tell you my search for a stroller took two weeks of agonizing over which one. There are good reviews and bad reviews for each so there is no going by that. Plus I’m an online shopper so test driving wasn’t an option. There are many great high weight limit, durable strollers out there yet at $200+ I wasn’t going to spend that for our week or two of heavy use then once a year.

I settled on the Kekaroo Karoo despite the mixed reviews for shorter parents. IT arrived today and Little Ladybug and I are excited!! She fits comfortably in it, one of my biggest concerns seeing as she is tall for her age. The headrest/cushion is tall and adjustable so at the top harness hight you still have cushion above the child’s head. There is an ample sun shade which will be prefect for our summer trip. Its very lightweight, I can hold it in one hand, and easy to push. I will agree with others that it may not be ideal for shorter parents. At 5’2 the handles aren’t uncomfortable but they are high. It does not feel flimsy at all despite the price tag under $150 (some times even under $100 on Amazon or Wayfair!). It reclines nicely that I would be ok putting a younger baby in it as well, or perfect for a few z’s after a day of play.

Overall I’m happy with the stroller, we will see after a full day of pushing it how I feel but so far so good.

Still has room above her head for comfort

Reclined most of the way

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Label Daddy school pack

 

I had seen a groupon/zulily/totsy type deal ( for the life of me I cannot remember exactly which one it was) for Label Daddy and decided it was too good of a deal to pass up…I’m pretty sure it was half off the school pack. Little Ladybug will be starting “Big Girl school” in the fall and thought It would be prefect to use. I had a few allergy labels from InchBug but needed some new everyday labels.

Little Ladybug was thrilled to see Tinkerbell on her name labels! I was miffed that the USPS had ruined half our labels by shushing the zipper pulls into the other labels. Label Daddy customer service responded to my email on a weekend and sent me new labels for free. Emails on a weekend was a super star in my customer service book!! The school pack has a total of 132 labels in 7 sizes and 4 zipper pulls. Totally customizable too with either clip art or your child’s favorite characters. They also carry camp packs, allergy labels and photo labels. So far they hold up well on both clothing and lunch containers through washing machine, dishwasher and hand wash. I am impressed!

 

Since I have used both InchBug Labels and Label Daddy I can’t say that I have a favorite. Each company holds up well and has strengths in different areas. Allergy wise and for a smaller number of labels, say for an adults lunch wear, I prefer InchBug. For a variety pack for school or camp Label Daddy would be my pick. Both hold up, are fun and serve their purpose!

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AUTHOR REVIEW: Matthew Van Fleet


“Heads”, “Tails”, and “Alphabet” are three books by Matthew Van Fleet that we just recently got for our little owl. I just want to start this by saying that Heads and Tails are little owl’s ABSOLUTE favorite books (and ours actually)! They flow nicely with great almost lyrical rhythm that literally gets stuck in our heads. Cute pictures, A LOT of fun things to touch, feel, move, and look at.
Each book is chunky and durable compared to all other lift-the-flap and movable-part books that can withstand most not-so-gentle toddler hands. Each page presents quiet an extensive variety of sensory experiences! With a variety of textures; fluffy, scratchy, prickly, sticky, smooth, bumpy, fuzzy, floppy, and so much more! It is certainly a book that stinks—literally! There is a scratch-and-sniff stink bug in “Alphabet” and a skunk in “Tails”—and PEW! There are movable sections that show an elephant sneezing, eyes opening, eggs hatching, kangaroos jumping, hippo burping, etc. I also really like that in “Tails” there is a picture of a mother pig nursing her little piglets.
That being said, “Alphabet” is not Matthew’s 100%! It does come with a pop out alphabet poster that is pretty cool. We like it, we like that it rhymes, but the first page segment and the last page segment do not rhyme or flow…it feels weird and out of place. 😦 Not our favorite; we were looking forward to so much more. The pages in between are pretty good; octopus with sticky tentacles that little owl gets literally gets “stuck” on, but nothing compared to our family favorites; “Heads” and “Tails”! If you need to choose one, go with “Heads”, but they are both GREAT!! “Alphabet” is good to own, but definitely not the top choice in our house.

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InchBug Giveaway

Our next giveaway is for one package of one/two line custom Orbit labels with free shipping. This entry has three simple steps to follow and a winner will be chosen on Friday April 8th.
1) Like InchBug on Facebook http://www.facebook.com/pages/InchBug/146108726521
2) Like Ladybug and Owl on Facebook if you have not already done so
http://www.facebook.com/pages/Ladybug-and-Owl-Review/134135513320074
3) Leave a comment here with your favorite InchBug label type, winner will be chosen by random.org

BONUS ENTRIES!!!!
1) Refer a friend…if they leave a comment with who sent them you will get an extra entry into this giveaway…the more friends you refer (who leave comments with your name as the person who referred them) the more entries you get.

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InchBug Labels

So a few days ago…or maybe a week ago…I typed up a lovely review of InchBug Labels, saved it as a draft and then wordpress crashed. My post was lost to cyberspace. I’d do my best to write a similar review but I was fond of my first one!

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A while back we received out trail pack of InchBug Labels. Mama Owl and I were excited to see them as we know first hand the two main benefits to labels: food allergies and childcare/school. InchBug makes many different kinds of labels, from long and skinny to picture labels, bag tags, orbit labels etc. They are very customizable as well. For those of you who have children in school and childcare settings you know that things don’t always come home, or the stuff that comes home may not be yours. InchBug solves that problem. Also labels are extremely helpful for those with food allergies. InchBug has food allergy specific labels as well. Personally I like the customizable labels and added Little Ladybug’s allergies to that. There are tons of cute patterns and designs for boys and girls alike.

The labels themselves have been awesome. Easy to put on, just peel and stick. They are not super forgiving if you mess up but if you get an air bubble like I did (I don’t recommend multitasking while applying the labels) just pop it with a needle and squish the air out. All of the labels have held up through washes by hand and the dishwasher, drops and even my air bubble incident. So far no peeling, or fading (although Little Ladybug has yet to leave them in the sun unattained for long periods of time). I would buy them again and recommend them to anyone in need of labels!

L & O Rating: *****

Keep your eyes peeled for an InchBug giveaway coming soon!

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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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