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April 18th, 2011

Tea Collection – Not Just for Kids!

One of my favorite brands for my kids is definitely Tea Collection! Matter of fact, Tea makes up somewhere between 1/2 – 2/3 of my 2yo’s wardrobe. It is stylish, unique, and well-made. So, when Tea approached me about reviewing something from their Women’s Spring Collection, I was thrilled! I had never thought about buying Tea for me … I never left the pages of kid clothes! How had I not shopped their women’s line?

First off, their customer service is AWESOME! I am probably one of the pickiest people in the world about customer service, and yet they WOWed me from the beginning. I was unsure of what size to buy and the lovely lady at Tea walked me through each garment I had chosen to help me select the right size for me. She was patient, kind, and a great salesperson (I ended up buying an additional piece that wasn’t included in my gift certificate).

I chose the Modernista Tee in 2 different colors, and added on the Hojas del Mar Tunic. The tees are a cool dolmen style and are so soft that my husband couldn’t stop rubbing my back when I wore one the other day (no complaints here). The best part about these is that they go with everything! I’ve worn them with yoga pants and tennis shoes; jeans, a beaded necklace, and a pair of sandals; and even slacks, nice jewelry, and high heels. I am a lover of the tunic-style, so the Hojas del Mar was the perfect item to add to my wardrobe. I wore it for the first time at our anniversary dinner in Disney World – it was comfy, cute, and fun.

Tea has added a few cool spring dresses that I have my eye on, too. There is one thing that I wish they had, but didn’t … wide-leg trousers. All their pants were of the skinny variety, and I don’t love that style.

And, although I was only asked to write about Women’s, I will add that they have the cutest summer dresses for girls right now – under $30! [I just ordered some for each of my girls.] Have boys? No worries! Tea has some great new arrivals for boys, too!

Hurried Homemaker was provided with a gift certificate to purchase items of my choosing to review. While some of the products mentioned in this post were received for free, this did not affect the opinions reflected in this post.

September 7th, 2010

Back-to-School Guide: Fashion – BabySoy

HH BRIEF:

I am a HUGE fan of babysoy (as you may already know)! So, when they told me about their new Oh Soy collection, I had to check it out! And I’m glad I did … BabySoy did it again! This collection is an adorable set of illustrated bodysuits, playsuits and shirt. The Oh Soy collection also has pants and knotted hats that go with just about anything. There are even matching reversible burpies and blankets. These folks know what a mom needs!

As always, the clothes are the softest I’ve ever felt. Given the choice between other pants and her new babysoy Oh Soy brown pants, the baby chooses the babysoy. She really knows how to pick the best of the best.

Not only is the reversible hoodie an award-winner (iParenting Media Award), but now their kimono bodysuit has been deemed award-worthy (PTPA Media Award) as well!

SAVES:

Buying clothing for your tot (newborn – 4t) from babysoy saves the environment and money. Not only is their clothing some of the most environmentally-friendly you’ll find, but it is so reasonably priced you’ll wonder why they aren’t sold in stores everywhere!

FROM THE COMPANY:

Babysoy is the 1st company in the world to use soybean protein fiber to create a soft and natural newborn wardrobe. The eco-friendly fiber uses leftover non-gmo soybean pulp from tofu and/or soymilk production as raw material for the fiber. Babysoy’s layette line promotes a green environment by reducing and recycling while bundling babies in the softest eco clothing and accessories. Each piece is designed by co-founder Amy Liang and tested with her daughter for comfort, style, and ease to dress.

GOT MORE TIME?

Read more about babysoy on their website.

Join babysoy on Facebook.

See how babysoy cares here.

See their awards here or here.

Hurried Homemaker was not compensated for this post. We were provided with items of clothing for a fair/honest review. This in no way affects our opinion of this product/company.

June 23rd, 2010

Designer on a Budget

If you are anything like me, you love designer duds for yourself, hubs, and kiddos. And if you’re anything like me you can’t afford them full-price, or even the so-called “sale” price. I have collected a list of sites that are top-notch for buying designer on a budget. All these sites feature sales of a particular brand or product for a set period of time. The popular products or sizes go fast, so signing up for the email list is essential to getting to the deals fast.

Without further ado:

FOR THE KIDDOS

FOR MOM & CHILD

FOR EVERYONE

Hurried Homemaker was not compensated for this post. This is a collection of sites that we use in real life and wanted to share our knowledge with our readers.
March 31st, 2010

Best Baby Organics Monkey Pants Giveaway

Did you read my Spring Fashion Guide?

Remember this post about my (and baby’s) new favorite pants? Well, the lovelies at Best Baby Organics are giving Hurried Homemaker readers a special discount and they’re giving a pair of monkey pants away to one of you!

Best Baby Organics is a family-owned, eco-conscious, customer-friendly company – the kind I LOVE (and I’m sure you do too)! They have a ton of great affordable, eco-friendly products for you and your little one.

SPECIAL SAVINGS:

Save 10% on anything with code “hhmpromo”

All orders over $35 will ship for FREE

THE GIVEAWAY:

We are giving away a pair of monkey pants for one of our readers, thanks to Best Baby Organics.

Giveaway ends April 12, 2010 at 10:00 pm (EST). Winner will be chosen by random.org. Winner will have 48 hours to respond before another winner is chosen. Good luck!

MANDATORY ENTRY:

Go to Best Baby Organics and leave a comment telling me what your favorite pair of Monkey Pants is and your little one’s size. Be sure to enter your email address where requested.

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Hurried Homemaker was not compensated for this post in any way. We did recieve product for our review post, but that has no impact on our opinion of this product.

March 18th, 2010

Spring Fashion Guide: Best Baby Organics Monkey Pants

Springtime is the perfect time for a loose, comfy pant for your little one. Whether they’re crawling or running, you will love these perfect little smooth cotton (formaldehyde-free!) pants for your babe.

The Japanese Monkey Pants from Best Baby Organics are one of the cutest ways I can think of to cover your tot’s tush! These little smiley-bum pants are perfect for play! We pair ours with a simple white organic cotton tee and some cute shoes and get so many “Oh how adorable!” comments. (Of course that could be just about the babe …)

Lil’bit perks up when I say, “Let’s put on our happy bum pants!” She loves to run to the mirror and look over her shoulder at the smiley face across her adorable little tush! As you know, we are big fans/users of the gDiaper, which is a bulkier diaper. The Monkey Pants have plenty of room in the rear, whereas many other pants are snug over them (unless you go up a size).

The Monkey Pants come in a great variety of colors/color-combinations as well as 4-piece sets.

Best Baby Organics provided a pair of Monkey Pants for lil’bit to try our in order for the Hurried Homemaker to do a review. This in no way affected our opinion of this product.

March 18th, 2010

Spring Fashion Guide: Happy Green Bee Long Sleeve Tee

The long sleeve tee is a necessity for any youngter in the springtime. Layered over a short sleeve tee or alone it is the perfect item for those early days of spring when it is nice out, but still too chilly for a little one to be without covered arms and legs.

This long sleeve tee by Happy Green Bee comes in a variety of fun color combination stripes as well as some great basic solid colors!  Made completely from organic cotton, this adorable number is so soft and cuddly that even the pickiest little one will want to wear it. (Trust me on that, the baby is picky about colors, tags, and softness when it comes to her clothes!)

Not only is this shirt a great piece for your tot’s wardrobe, at $4 (on clearance) you can afford some for now and for fall! They are having a fabulous sale right now (I recommend the kimonos too!) with really low prices on organic clothes for your little bee.

Happy Green Bee also has a great informational section on their site called “Why Buy Organic?” that I recommend every mom read today!

Happy Green Bee provided a shirt for lil’bit to try our in order for the Hurried Homemaker to do a review. This in no way affected my opinion of this product.

March 17th, 2010

Spring Fashion Guide: Baby/Toddler Reversible Hoodie

Spring Fashion Guide: Baby/Toddler

Well, if you read my post on organic fibers then you already know how important I think it is to dress baby in organic fibers. I have come across a number of great finds for your little one that are made from organic cotton, bamboo and soy.

As I’m sure you know, layers are essential for little ones in spring. Let’s work from the outside in, shall we?

Reversible Hooded Jacket by BabySoy is made from (can you guess?) … soy fibers.

“A distinguished iParenting Media Award Winner, the year round reversible hoodie is perfect to layer over tees for warm days or over one-pieces for cooler days. This superb hoodie is great to have in diaper bags or in the car. Double layered lightweight soyfiber provides ultimate comfort with its natural porous structure.”

At only $28, this little jacket is the perfect addition to your babe’s spring (and fall) wardrobe. It reverses. To me, that makes it a super-jacket. I love that it gives double duty! Eggplant 1 day, chocolate the next. And if something gets spilled (as it often does), just wipe it off and turn the jacket inside out until you get to a washer. Gotta love it!

The baby loves the softest clothes, and this jacket is a perfect addition. She actually brings it to me to put it on her. BabySoy makes adorable pants, shirts, and onesies too.

BabySoy provided a jacket for lil’bit to try our in order for the Hurried Homemaker to do a review. This in no way affected my (or baby’s) opinion of this product.

March 3rd, 2010

Organic Fibers: The Basics

A baby’s skin is precious and sensitive. Think about it – they come stright from the protective womb into an environment that is shockingly harsh. Bright lights, clothing, diapers, etc. Whoa, what a change! Both my girls have sensitive skin, which is one of the many reasons I try to buy as many organic products and fibers as possible – for all of us. (How else can you get cuddly with a sensitive-skinned little one?) I will get into products in another post, but today let’s dive into the discussion of organic fibers.

The most common organic fibers are: wool, cotton, bamboo, hemp, and soy.

So, why and how are these fibers better for you and your kids?

First off, to be considered organic, there are several requirements (these are also great reasons organic is better for you):

  1. it must be produced according to federal standards
  2. no parasites used on sheep for wool
  3. no pesticides used on plants for fibers
  4. grown with little environmental impact

Now, we all know about cotton and wool, but what about the others? What is so special about these particular fibers? Besides the fact that they’re all easily compared to the softness of cashmere, here are a few other great qualities …

Bamboo: wicks moisture away from the skin, can kill odor-causing bacteria, is warmer in the winter and cooler in the summer, and is great for sensitive skin and those allergic to fabrics made from wool or hemp

Soy: is durable and strong, wicks moisture away from the skin, retains warmth, doesn’t shrink, doesn’t wrinkle, can kill odor-causing bacteria, and provides natural UV protection

Hemp: is strong, breathable, lightweight, inexpensive, and provides natural UV protection

So, now that you know what’s cool about all these, you’re probably wondering where to get stuff made from these fibers. Well, the Hurried Homemaker Spring Fashion Guide is coming up soon, and you will find most (if not all) of these fibers listed. I guarantee that you’ll find my choices as adorable as they are safe on the wallet and the envrionment!

February 22nd, 2010

BabyLegs Review & Giveaway

When I was pregnant with the baby I was hunting for all the fun baby things a new mom searches for. Granted, this was my second pregnancy, but it had been 7 years! I ran across BabyLegs one night and automatically knew I needed these for the baby. After getting them and using them, I can tell you firsthand that these are a must-have for any new mom.

Our first pair served as both leg warmers and then leg protectors as the little one began crawling. It was great to know that her little legs wouldn’t get bruised crawling around on the hardwood floors. And, of course, they were the perfect knee pads when she decided to get into everything!

LIl'bit in her 1st pair of BabyLegs

Now that we’ve graduated to walking, we have accumulated several pairs. At 13 months lil’bit decided she wants to try using the potty. Let me tell you how handy BabyLegs have been during the past couple weeks of that! Paired with a long-sleeved onesie, they keep her warm while still allowing for a quick run to the potty.

Lil'bit in Soul (sent to her by BabyLegs)

There are so many great ways to wear these fantastic little things!  And BabyLegs make more than just these cute little leg warmers:  they make baby socks and girls’ tights too!

Want to get some of your own? You can visit BabyLegs and get a pair. You can also enter here to win a $15 gift certificate!

Giveaway ends March 3, 2010 at 10:00 pm (EST). Winner will be chosen by random.org. Winner will have 48 hours to respond before another winner is chosen. Good luck!

MANDATORY ENTRY:

Go to the BabyLegs website and leave a comment telling me what’s your favorite pair of leg warmers, socks, or tights.

ADDITIONAL ENTRIES (leave a comment for each):

  • Follow me on Google FriendConnect – 1 extra entry
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  • Grab our button (left sidebar) for your blog/site – 3 extra entries
  • Load a picture of your little one on the BabyLegs Ways to Wear page (include link to your pic) – 1 extra entry
  • Blog about this giveaway. (Be sure to include links to HH & BabyLegs) – 3 extra entries
  • Follow @hurriedhomemakr and @BabyLegs on Twitter and tweet about this contest (must @mention both) – 1 extra entry (Tweet once per day, must have over 50 followers.)

Hurried Homemaker was not compensated for this post. We were sent this product to review, but this in no way affects our opinion of this product.

November 11th, 2009

Green x 3

We all know the phrase “Reduce, Reuse, Recycle” … here is my spin on those three wonderful words and how you can use each to go green the easy way,

REDUCE the poo:  Got a baby?  Did you know that ordinary disposable diapers take over 1000 years to disappear from our Earth?  Cloth diapering is a wonderful thing, but not practical for everyone.  Welcome biodegradable diapers to the neighborhood!  (Enter gDiapers and Nature Babycare.)  Of course, if you’re really brave [and have a lot of free time] you could try EC. :)

blue-gdiaper

REUSE clothing:  Fashionista?  Go green without a lot of green.  Create a clothing swap with your similar-sized, similar-taste friends and neighbors.  Raid each others’ closets.  Want something new?  Go shopping together (carpool).  Chip in on a few great outfits.  Share.   Circulate and reuse baby/kid clothes too!  (I just made baby pants out of Hubby’s old t-shirt!)

tshirt-pants

RECYCLE everything:  This family of 4 humans (one of which is a baby) and 2 dogs usually has about 1-2 bags of garbage per week.  How?  We recycle as much as possible … that toilet paper roll, tissue paper from that birthday gift, the box the noodles came in, the plastic thingy from new socks … You name it, we recycle it!  (Remember last week when I told you not to forget to recycle those plastic bags?) Most counties have recycle pick-up that doesn’t require that you separate glass, aluminum, and plastic from one another.  Our recycle collection does ask that we flatten boxes and paper.  Go ahead … sign up.  Don’t have pick-up in your area?  Look for a recycle center near you now!

recyclebaby

Airwear wants your top 3 tips on going green.  Since Thursday is my Going Green segment, it seemed appropriate to produce my tips in the form of my regular blog post.  Be sure to visit their site LighterSaferGreener.com to see what they are doing and to let them in your secrets too!

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