Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Outdoor Adventures with Nuby


Summer is over (finally), but we are still getting some high temperatures. Since we love the outdoors it is normal for us to carry water everywhere. We have tried lots of different bottles trying to find the best "fit" for Mikey. We found the one! 

Nuby's Gator Grip Pop-Up Sipper is a great bottles are suited for ages 24 months+. Kiddo is 4 and loves it. The colors are vibrant, the rubber grip is great for tiny clumsy hands, the tag is great if you have multiple kids or for day care, and rubber the cap opens and closes easily. 

Kiddo loves to drink water from the Gator Grip Pop Up Bottle, we use it at home, when we go hiking, camping, any kind of travel, and it's great to have in your kid's pack/diaper bag. The only thing I wish was better about this bottle's great design is its width. Unfortunately the base of this bottle is too wide for our cupholders, and that frustrates Kiddo because he loves to put his soppy cups with water in the cupholder of his car seat (Nautilus).

Other than that little detail we love everything about these bottles. You can choose from many colors and they are available in stores (or online


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Wednesday, August 17, 2016

My Favorite Items for the Back to [Grad]School

As you all may now know, I started my Master's Degree this year in January, and one of my favorite things in the world is shopping for supplies. Whatever I bought this year was a WIN. I loved and used everything that I bought (not like past years that I go crazy buying and then use only 50% of the stuff).

Who doesn't like shopping for school supplies? When I go to Staples, Office Max, or even Amazon.com, I go crazy like a kid in a toy store. I absolutely love everything that has to do with school, office supplies. It makes me sooooo happy haha! Anyway, less talking more showing…

Here are my favorites for school!

1. Swissgear ScanSmart Backpack - This backpack in particular is really convenient for me because I can use it for school, but also to travel. The main compartment is spacious and it has a social pocket for MP3 players (perfect for my iPhone 6) with a small opening for wire head/earphones. The backpack also features a pocket for sunglasses, one for supplies with pen holders, keychain and ID holder, an open-viewing compartment that fit laptops up to 17" with a strap to keep it in place, and it also has a padded pocket for tablets. On the sides there are mesh pockets to hold water bottles and also zipper pockets that are deep great for more pens or umbrellas, like I use it for.


2. Multiple Subject Notebooks - These are the ones I use (Mead Five Star). It is much more organized to only have to carry one notebook, versus 2-4 depending on how may courses you are enrolled in. Another option is binders, but I prefer the classic notebooks for taking notes. One of the pros of this particular notebook is that you can rip the pages, remove the border and you end up having a nice ruled sheet that doesn't look like it was originally ripped from a notebook.


Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Splash into Summer GIVEAWAY!!

bloggersummergiveaway The first day of Summer is just around the corner! Barbecued hamburgers, cold lemonade, watermelon and pool parties! We want to celebrate Summer with you! We're giving away two pools and one slip and slide to help you stay cool all Summer long! Read on to find out how to enter!
  • 2 winners will win a Summer Escapes 15' x 36" Quick Set Round Above Ground Swimming Pool with Filter Pump System (Retail Value: $120.00 each)
  • 1 winner will win a Slip & Slide (Retail Value: $25.00)
This Giveaway will run from 6/1 – 6/14 11:59 PM EST. Make sure to complete as many of the entries below as possible for the BEST chance at winning! We also have a bonus entry you can do every single day! (Bonus Entry: Tweeting a message about the Giveaway!) No entries are mandatory.

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This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or in association with, Facebook, Twitter, Summer Escapes, or any other social media network. Chances of winning vary based on the final number of entrants. Giveaway ends June 14th, 2016 at 11:59 PM EST. Winner will be chosen randomly and notified by email on June 15th, 2016. Each winner has 48 hours to respond or they may forfeit prize. My Momma Taught Me will be responsible for prize fulfillment. If you have any questions, please contact mymommataughtme@gmail.com.

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Gardening Favorites

As you all may know, we love gardening. By "we" I mean the three of us: Mommy, Daddy and Kiddo. Growing fruit and vegetables in our backyard has been one of the best decisions we have made. Not only gardening is fun, relaxing and rewarding, but kids tend to eat more vegetables and fruits when they grow them themselves. Kiddo has never been a picky eater, but now he doesn't hesitate to try different vegetables after seeing them grow. 

Some of the vegetables and fruits that he loves freshly picked are: tomatoes, green beans, carrots, cilantro, strawberries, raspberries, cucumbers… He has noticed the difference between store bought produce and homegrown. It's quite amazing. I encourage you all to try growing at least grow veggies in pots and see if growing your vegetables makes any difference in your kids eating habits.

Well, since we are in mid Spring and 'tis the season for gardening, I decided to tell you all about my favorite things for gardening. Including tools, fertilizers, and even plants. 


1. SOIL: Nothing is going to work in your garden if you don't have a good fertile soil for your plants to feed from. I have had great luck using a mix of 1/3 topsoil and 2/3 compost. My local transfer station has a program for residents in my city to get free compost. No limit. It is amazing! I have also noticed that my herbs, carrots and onions prefer well drained soil, so I plant those in a box which is 100% manure. So, yeah, remember compost and manure have great nutrients for the plants. 




2. FERTILIZER: My husband bought me a fertilizer at Home Depot that works wonders with my plants and it is organic. The name is microrganite and it is around $12 for a 36lbs bag. I always feed my plants every 3-4 weeks to keep them healthy.




3. TOOLS: I had the opportunity to review a tool set from ROCA Home and OH EM GEE! I am not saying this because they provided me with the tools, but these are the best tools I have ever had. They are stainless steel, sturdy and ergonomic. They are truly a treasure, I hope ROCA Home doesn't change the way they are making it because these are my favorite!




4. PLANTS: You can never go wrong with tomatoes. I heard somewhere that 93% of gardeners grow tomatoes. No matter what type of tomato you grow, it will always taste 1000 times better than store bought, and the plants are not that hard to grow. Staples in my garden are: tomatoes, cucumbers, bell peppers, carrots, onions and strawberries. 




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5. SEED SHOPS: if you were curious, I get all my seeds from SEEDSNOW.com (organic and non-GMO). They have a large variety of seeds and they have packets that cost as little as $0.99 each! SeedsNow is my favorite website ever! One of my favorite things about SeedsNow is that you can find links in their website with grow guides that help you to know how, when and where to plant our seeds depending on the plant. 


6. PROTECTION: I have had a big problem with neighborhood cats. They all think that my raised beds are litter boxes and have destroyed many plants while digging. This problem was solved by adding PVC arches to my boxes and throwing wildlife netting over them. Consider this net if you have problems with other pests like birds, moths, squirrels, etc…



If you have any questions or advice for us and fellow gardeners let us know in the comment section. We would love to hear from you!

Happy Gardening!



Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Surprise Toy: Creative Straw Set from KoolSupply

This week we got a surprise toy! And it was the Kool Supply Creative Straw Set. 






Like the previous toy that Kool Supply provided us, the Creative Straw Set comes in a storage box that is easy to carry, see-through, and square which makes it perfect for storage space saving. It also can be stacked with other of their boxes perfectly. 




This box comes with a manual that has structure suggestions like castles, boats, helicopters and other shapes for the little ones to take as ideas. Kiddo spent easily 2 hours straight playing outside with this Creative Straw Set right after it was delivered by "El Señor Box" (the UPS guy).

Straws are flexible, and the connectors (which have different shapes) feel study. I wouldn't recommend this product to children younger than 3 years because they can choke if they put the connectors in their mouth so keep an eye for the recommended age, not only for this product, but for all the toys you buy. 

Overall, we have had lots of fun creating different things with this Creative Straw Set from Kool Supply. Our favorite so far has been a farm with corrals for the animals (more like a zoo because I have never seen rhinos or hippos in farms haha)










One thing I love about Kool Supply is that their toys encourage kids to use their imagination and help with motor skills. The vibrant colors are great for curious young eyes and the pieces appear to be good quality. 






























*I received the product for testing purposes in exchange of my honest review. Although the product was free opinions are 100% my own.


















Monday, April 4, 2016

Tommee Tippee ULTRA #ParentOn




Here at Kiddo Approved, we are fans of Tommee Tippee. From infant feeding, soothing, diapering, to toddler tableware, they've got you covered. The quality of their products is high, and you will never regret purchasing or owning one of their products. Kiddo 2.0 (who is 5 months old) has been using Tommee Tippee bottles since he was born. His mommy pumps and grandma helps with the feedings. They haven't had any problem with nipple confusion and Kiddo 2.0 takes his bottles as well as the breast.


But don't think that finding a good bottle for a baby is easy, finding the perfect bottle for baby can be a challenge. No more, with the variety from Tommee Tippee and their new addition Ultra: the newest bottle, featuring a revolutionary nipple that makes mealtime stress-free for everyone.



The sleek Ultra Bottle features a revolutionary nipple that has a natural breast-like latch and a perfectly secure seal, and is angled to provide a continuous milk flow.

Ultra Bottle Key Features

  • Natural Latch: Features an extra wide nipple offering a more breast-like shape for baby to latch onto. The nipple is made from a super-soft, high grade silicone which allows the nipple to move in multiple directions like a breast replicating a natural feeding action, making for an easy transition between breast and bottle.
  • Secure Seal: A contour zone has been uniquely built into the Ultra nipple, which forms a perfect match to baby’s open mouth, allowing baby to form a secure seal around the nipple to reduce air ingestion and discomfort. It also helps prevent messy milk dribbles for a more comfortable feed.
  • Perfect Flow: The innovative angled nipple provides a more comfortable, upright feeding position for baby as milk flows down the bottle in an even way throughout the feed.
  • Perfect Form: Perfectly shaped to be cradled comfortably in the hand during feedings. The bottle can be gripped as a wide neck, held from the base or shrouded round the contoured base, making feeding comfortable for everyone. 
The Ultra Bottle is available in 5 and 9 ounce sizes at Babies “R” Us for $10.99 for a single pack to $26.99 for a 3-pack. You can also find out more about the Ultra Bottle at Tommee Tippee US

Friday, March 11, 2016

Helping the Pablove Foundation

 As we all are aware, being a parent is a full time responsibility and giving your child unconditional love is essential. The Pablove Foundation was founded by loving parents Jeff Castelaz and Jo Ann Thraikill in May 2007, after their four-year-old son Pablo Castelaz was diagnosed with bilateral Wilms Tumor, a rare form of childhood cancer. After a valiant fight against the disease, Pablo passed away just six days past his sixth birthday on June 27, 2009. Imbued with his spirit and inspired by his strength, The Pablove Foundation is dedicated to the daily, global fight against childhood cancer and the suffering that comes in its wake.

As parents we can appreciate what these families are going through and how Pablove can help. Since 2010, more than $1 million has been raised to support research grants at 16 institutions worldwide. The grants support a range of innovators in childhood cancer research who are investigating unique ways to increase survivorship and decrease complications, enabling kids to live healthy lives after cancer. Additionally, Pablove creates programs to inspire cancer families through education as well as improve the lives of children living with cancer through the arts.

To help raise awareness here is a list of programs:
  • The Pablove Shutterbugs program teaches children living with cancer to develop their creative voice through the art of photography. The 5 or 8 week mentorship program will allow students to learn various techniques and showcase their work for their annual Pablove  Gallery Show.
  • Upcoming Shutterbugs programs include: the Los Angeles 8 week program (Saturdays, February 27 – April 16, 2016), Alumni Summer Camp (Wednesday, June 15 – Friday, June 17, 2016), the New York 5 week program (Saturdays, April 9 – May 7, 2016), the New Orleans 5 week program(Saturdays, April 16 – May 14, 2016), the San Francisco Bay 5 week program (Saturdays, April 23 – May 21, 2016), and the Austin 5 week program(Saturdays, April 30 – May 28, 2016).
        cid:image004.jpg@01D16F1F.9D334FB0Check out this video of the kids in action here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eHfujiWrxho

  • The 8th annual Pablove Across America registration is open to the public now at pablove.org/paa The bike ride from the Bay Area (SF) to LA and will cover  550 miles as the cyclists traverse the Golden State on Sunday, October 2.  The ride funds The Pablove Foundation’s essential programs such as childhood cancer research grants; annual educational symposiums; and Pablove Shutterbugs.

cid:image004.jpg@01D16F1F.9D334FB0   Check out the video of riders here:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GPLZdfKU1JM


cid:image005.jpg@01D16F1F.9D334FB0For New York Folks…
cid:image004.jpg@01D16F1F.9D334FB0    The New York Bowling Night (Tuesday, May 10th) registration is now open! The New York Bowling Night –a guaranteed fun time for all attendees-- will take place at the chic and entertaining Bowlmor Lanes in the heart of Times Square. Click here to register to bowl or to support Pablove as an event sponsor.


cid:image005.jpg@01D16F1F.9D334FB0For Los Angeles Folks…
cid:image004.jpg@01D16F1F.9D334FB0    The 4th Annual Rock ‘n’ Roll Golf Tournament (Friday, May 6th-with The Pablove Foundation and friends from the music and entertainment industries -- is an 18-hole, four-player scramble held at the beautiful Angeles National Golf Club.
cid:image004.jpg@01D16F1F.9D334FB0  The 2nd Annual Pablove Tennis Classic presented by WME (Sunday, May 15th)- the day of non-stop doubles tennis action and fun, all fighting childhood cancer at Calabasas Tennis & Swim Center.


For more information, visit pablove.org, or Pablove on Facebook,  Twitter and Instagram.

Friday, February 12, 2016

Early Spring #Giveaway!

Hello!

I am so excited for our current weather. Tell me about 70 degrees in February?! Awesome. I prefer cold weather, but I have a soft spot for Spring because it is when I start planning what's going to go into my garden. I even started some seeds already, sown directly in the soil outside. 

For those of you that are not experts, like me, here are some links that I use to find information about plants, how to plant them and where to plant them. It is really important to have a good soil for your plants. Have you ever heard about the phrase "you are what you eat"? It also applies to plants. They feed from the soil and if they have a bad soil, well, their crops are not going to be the best. 

One of my favorite websites to buy seeds, read information about different types of plants and varieties, is SeedsNow. Their website is really easy to navigate, they have tons of seeds (flowers, sprouts, veggies and herbs) and they do weekly giveaways too! But the best thing about them are the $0.99 sampler packs. They are sample packets with more than enough seeds in each baggie for a home gardener. I don't have a big yard so I am always fine with no more than 10 seeds per plant and these packs are more than enough, I even giveaway some seeds to friends because they are too many for me. They have an amazing germination rate too, so you don't have to worry. 

The other websites I visit a lot too are Mother Earth News for companion planting; to know what to plant next to what and what not… and Small Blue Printer for their free online garden planner (which is super fun to use). As you may see below I have fun drawing my backyard, and after everything is in place what I have left to do is to plan what fruit/veggie goes in which bed. 




Right now we have a total of 7 garden beds. We have plans to sow seeds for: tomatoes (6 varieties), bell peppers (2 varieties), carrots, onions (3 varieties), bush beans, small sugar pumpkin, spaghetti squash, cilantro, mint, thyme, oregano, marjoram, basil, nasturtiums and wildflower mix for the bees. We already have strawberries and raspberries from last year, and I am planning on having a dwarf lemon tree soon.


Kiddo loves to help me in the garden. He has his own tools that we got from the awesome folks of Roca Home and he is learning a lot. He really enjoys it, you can check him out on Instagram (@mikes_homegarden). 



I encourage all of you to try gardening at least once. Even if it is only one plant. I am sure your kids and you will love it and that will also teach kids to respect and love nature, since there is where our food comes from. 











And now the giveaway!

Two lucky readers will take home some seeds for their garden! Here are the prizes…

Winner #1:
- Red Cherry Tomato (small)
- Cherry Tomato (large)
- Okra (Clemson Spineless 80)
- Boston Pickling Cucumber
- Honey Rock Melon

Winner #2:
- Carrot (Tendersweet)
- Tomatoes (Gardener's Delight)
- Jalapeño (Early)
- Sugar Baby Watermelon
- Kale (Blue Curled Scotch)

Enter Below and Good Luck!

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Recipe: Chicken, Bacon & Broccoli Fettuccine Bake

On my last post I mentioned that I started Grad School and I am really excited about it, but as you all may (or may not) know, I am a stay at home mom. This means that the financial responsibility rests on my husbands shoulders and now we have added grad school to the list (thank goodness for installment payments option). He has been pushing me to pursue my grad degree and I finally was able to this year. 

Well, since he was traveling for work, Kiddo and I decided to make a special dinner to welcome him back home and thank him for his hard work. And while I was looking through my Facebook News Feed I saw a photo of a recipe from A Dash of Sanity. It was called Chicken Fettuccine Bake. It sounded great and looked amazing, so I went ahead and made it.


Chicken, Bacon & Broccoli Fettuccine Bake right before going into the oven!

I made a few changes to adapt the recipe to our taste, and it turned out so good that I am making it today again! Kiddo loved it too (specially the bacon), but he is not a picky eater, his dad on the other hand… he definitely is the picky eater in this house, but he approved this one (two thumbs up!)

Friday, January 22, 2016

What's Going On?



Kiddo having fun in Florida!

HOLA!

Well, it's been a long time since the last time we posted. We had a lot going on after we came back from our vacations in Puerto Rico and Florida. We had a blast, by the way!

So, here is a little update of what's been going on in our lives:

  • Our kitchen sink was plugged: Since we left for a month during winter, you know what happened to the drain pipes, right? One day after coming back from vacation, my sink stopped draining so I couldn't wash dishes, which meant I couldn't cook (yeah, that was my excuse), which meant hectic days because the earliest plumber appointment was 3 days after the incident. It is fixed now, woohoo!
  • Our backyard was like a jungle, and my poor plants were all "dead" from the frost of the cold days. Weeds have taken over my backyard and now we'll have a war against them lol
  • I got accepted in GradSchool. Hooray! I cannot express enough how amazing, nervous, anxious, happy I feel about it! It's been almost 5 years since I graduated from my bachelor's. I am going from single, young, living wth my mom and going to school, to married, mother, older, with responsibilities going to grad school, isn't that great? haha! So, this is going to be an interesting adjustment, but I am excited about it.
  • We are turning the "storage/do not enter/enter at your own risk room" to a guest room and office combo. Now that I will be back at school I need a neutral area to study, and the guest room is the only place with peace (well, only when you close the door)
  • And last but certainly not least, I started my weight loss journey. Do you know how much food I eat while in Puerto Rico… Believe me I don't even want to remember, so I have to get back in track and make better choices for meals and exercise a bit. 
Now, whats going on with the Kiddo?
  • He is 4 years old now!
  • He now dislikes cats because they poop in his garden beds
  • He is going to a child care center for the first time, couple of days a week while I am at school
  • His favorite food at the moment is pork chops (he calls them carne with bones, which you may know means: meat with bones)
So far that is a little bit about what's been going on. But, stay around because I have couple of things that I am going to share with you all, like Mike's new pet. It is low maintenance, takes little to no space and is quiet. Hint: it is from HexBug.

And, what's going on with you? Tell me below, we wanna know! :)