New Baby Giveaway from Mommy Scene!

Expecting a baby this year? A new little one is an exciting addition to any family! Babies change your life in a great way. They also can need quite a lot of gear for such a tiny little one. We’ve put together a fabulous giveaway for new moms or moms-to-be, featuring several products that help keep baby close, fed, cozy, and diapered! Some of these brands are our personal faves for nursing and diapering essentials, and also make great baby shower gifts! Enter to win this collection of featured prizes for mom and baby!

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Lalabu Soothe Shirt

Prize: Lalabu Soothe Shirt

The Lalabu Soothe Shirt is a stylish top for mom, cozy pouch for baby, and nursing bra all-in-one that is also made in the USA. Sign up to Lalabu’s New Moms + Late Night series to learn fun facts about your newborn and get deals on the Soothe Shirt! Learn more at lalabu.com.
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Duo Diary

Prize: Duo Diary portable journal

A Duo Diary is a portable journal that allows you to monitor your postpartum health and wellness while you care for your new baby. Track all of your baby’s feedings including breastfeeding, bottle, formula, and pumping; monitor behaviors, patterns, sleep, diapers, and more on one side. On the other side, care for yourself with a food journal; track water intake, sleep, and exercise, plus keep notes on how you are feeling mentally and physically postpartum. It’s all here – everything you need to care for your baby AND yourself! Learn more at duodiary.com. Use code MOMMYSCENE at checkout and get 10% off!
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Bun Maternity Nursing Tanks

Prize: 2 nursing tanks

Bun Maternity nursing tanks combine fashion and breastfeeding accessibility in one stylish tank top design. With shoulder straps that unclasp and a long length that covers the waistline, Bun Maternity nursing tanks come in a variety of colors. They are also made in the USA from USA-sourced soft ribbed cotton. Learn more at bunmaternity.com.
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Buttons Diapers

Prize: Cloth diaper cover, daytime insert, small wet bag

Buttons Cloth Diapers is a family company that designs adorable and modern cloth diapers, wet bags and Eco-friendly wipes and wool dryer balls. Their 2-in-1 cloth diapers feature PUL diaper covers, double leg gussets, and snap-in daytime and nighttime inserts, sizable for babies 9-35 lbs. Learn more at buttonsdiapers.com.
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Yummi Pouch Reusable Food Pouches

Prize: Set of 4 Brights reusable food pouches

When it’s time to feed your baby solid foods, look no further than the Yummi Pouch. These Eco-friendly reusable food pouches can be filled with 6 ounces of homemade baby food and enjoyed on the go or at home in the high chair, no spoon required. They are easy to squeeze and dispense through the spout, so mom can feed baby or baby can feed themselves. Yummi Pouches close with a top resealable opening and are easily washed by hand or upside down in the dishwasher. Learn more at revelae.com.
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Lady Lullaby Music

Prize: Hardcopy CD of Road to Dreamland: Unexpected Lullabies for All Ages. Unique jazz-flavored bedtime lullabies for everyone from babies to grownups!

“Jazz singer Jane Roman Pitt’s oh-so-lovely album’s subtitle, “Unexpected Lullabies for All Ages,” is apt. Among the tender, off-the-beaten-path lullaby choices here, are the Thad Jones classic, “A Child is Born,” Neil Young’s “Barefoot Floors,” and this exquisite little art song hinting of magic and fairyland: “The Sleep That Flits (on baby’s eyes)” (text by Rabindranath Tagoe, music by John Alden Carpenter). Pitt’s original “Dance Like the Wind,” is a smooth fit; other soothing, well-chosen tracks include “Over the Rainbow,” “The Nearness of You,” and “Summertime.” The jazz arrangements and instrumentation here are A+, and the singer herself, who styles the songs with lilting vibrato and a soft vocal caress, is chief among the album’s unexpected treats.” Lynne Heffley ©2016 Parents’ Choice. Learn more at ladylullaby.com.
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PinkBlush Maternity

Prize: $50 PinkBlush Gift Card

For nearly a decade, PinkBlush has proudly provided women with confident, feminine, and flirty fashions that celebrate life’s transitions. Our fashions honor a woman’s sense of style and the female form, not just during pregnancy but beyond. A family business, as understandt he pressures of ahving a raising a family and, as such, we have earned customer confidence by providing both quality products and service. We offer free exchanges and free US shipping over $50 to ensure our customers find the right look and fit. Learn more at pinkblushmaternity.com.
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Cozy Sleepwear by Revelae Kids

Prize: Cozy Sleeper and Blanket Pouch – color and style of choice

Cozy blanket pouches and enclosed sleepers create a secure sleeping environment that helps babies sleep through the night, keeping hands and feet cozy. Blanket pouches cover baby from the waist down and are hard to kick off, thanks to the soft elastic waistband. The fuzzy polyester material is comforting and can’t be pulled up near the face. Cozy Sleepers feature an enclosed design that helps with startle reflex and even discourages a baby from sucking their fingers or thumb. These baby sleepers unzip from the bottom up for easy diaper changes, without having to fully undress your baby. Cozy Sleepers are great swaddle transition baby sleepers too! Learn more at revelae.com.
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Summer STEM Fun with the VEX Robotics Arm

Summer has just begun, so having a lot of free time to play is still a bit of a novelty for my kids. Right now they’re having fun staying outside and enjoying the weather, but I know it won’t be long before the boredom sets in.  You don’t need me to tell you about that; all parents are familiar with that particular summer problem area!

All year round I look for toys that have educational value (especially in the STEM areas), but I think they’re especially important for those summer months when school is out and “formal” learning takes a back seat.  To make sure my children are still exercising their minds, I’m encouraging them to play with their new VEX Robotics Arm. And it doesn’t take much encouragement: they really love this thing!

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The VEX Robotics Arm is a new robotic toy that your kids can build themselves to learn about robots and engineering. This smaller model of real-world industrial robots features four points of motion, and it gives you the ability to raise objects up to 14 inches off the ground. It also extends out to 10 inches. The claw helps you pick up many common household objects, and the crane rotates 360 degrees. This robotic arm really does work like full-sized robots. The ways your family can use the VEX Robotic Arm go as far as your imagination will take you!

Just a note: assembly of the robotic arm will definitely require adult supervision and help.  It consists of over 350 parts and will probably take you a few hours.  Even older children will likely need some assistance. It’s a small challenge, but it’s definitely worth the process.

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My kids have been incredibly creative with how they use the arm, from incorporating it with other toys to using it as a tool to help them clean their rooms and pick up around the house. They really love the claw and the satisfaction they get when they’ve successfully moved an item to its new location.

What I really love about the VEX Robotic Arm is the educational value, which is plentiful. By assembling and using the arm, they’re learning how to carefully follow instructions, how to engineer (and reverse engineer) to get their desired results, how certain parts work together in concert to make up a robotic machine, and how to use their imaginations to find creative uses for the arm.

 

This has been a really fun item for them to use, and I can already see they’ll be returning to it again and again. It’s rated for ages 8 and up, and it’s the kind of toy that can “grow with” them as they learn more ways to use it in the future.

If you want to grab one for your own kids before the summer blues hit, the VEX Robotic Arm (along with other VEX robotic toys) is available to purchase directly from hexbug.com, and can also be found at BestBuy.com.

The reviewer has been compensated in the form of a Best Buy Gift Card and/or received the product/service at a reduced price or for free.


Celebrate National Dairy Month with BJ’s & Win a $50 Gift Card!

It’s National Dairy Month, and BJ’s Wholesale Club wants to celebrate with you!

Dairy products like milk, cheese, and yogurt contain nine essential nutrients, all of which help manage weight and reduce the risk of high-blood pressure and osteoporosis. Dairy provides protein to build and repair muscle tissue, boosts vitamin A to help keep your skin healthy, and it’s loaded with nutrients our bodies crave.  Of course it’s important for people of all ages to maintain the proper amount of dairy in their diet, but it’s especially crucial for kids.  BJ’s has a large variety of delicious, organic dairy products that my kids love, and my husband and I think they’re pretty tasty, too!

Some of my family’s favorite dairy products that can be found at your local BJ’s include:

Sargento Balance Breaks

Sargento Balanced Breaks: these are a fantastic snack option, and each contains a variety of cheese, nuts, and dried fruit. These are a very satisfying snack, and I love having a combination of savory and sweet in one easy package.

Horizon Organic Mozzarella String Cheese

Horizon Organic Mozzarella String Cheese: my kids really love these, and it’s a snack I can feel good about them eating. During the school year, I often pack these in their lunches, and they also make for a great summer afternoon snack options.

Wellesly Farms Greek Yogurt and Granola

Open yogurt cup, top with granola, and enjoy! Perfect for breakfast or as a snack any time of day.

Wellsley Farms Plain Greek Organic Yogurt: my husband and I enjoy these. They’re nonfat and GMO-free, and they taste great. This is actually one of our favorite items, because it’s delicious as a snack with some organic granola added (my husband often eats this for breakfast). Also, Greek yogurt is a great substitute for sour cream, mayonnaise, and other fats in many recipes, so I love to keep it on hand.

Stonyfield Yokids Organic Yogurt Pouch

Stonyfield Organic Yogurt: I always have these on hand for the kids. I love that they love yogurt, and these organic options are perfect. They come in easy-to-pack pouches and the flavors are all kid-friendly.  My BJ’s also has the Stonyfield YoKids Squeezers and the Stonyfield Smoothies, and we always have one or all of those products in our fridge.

These are just a fraction of all the healthy and budget-friendly dairy products you’ll find at BJ’s, but they’re some of our favorites.  Any time I can find an organic product that my family loves, I’m happy sing its praises and keep it stocked in my kitchen!

For those of you near a BJ’s Wholesale Club, good news: they’re running two promotions you don’t want to miss!  If you claim these deals before July 3, 2016, you can grab either a free 90-day free trial membership, or you can get a 15-month membership for only $40 and a coupon book with over $2,000 worth of savings!  To take advantage of these offers before they expire, just print this coupon and redeem at any BJ’s Wholesale Club. To find a club location near you, visit BJs.com.

You could win a $50 Gift Card to use at BJ’s!  Just enter via the Giveaway Tools form below.  Open to US residents who are 18 and older.  Ends 7/21/16.  Good luck!

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Meet GrafoMap and Turn Your Favorite Locations into Art Maps

We’re big fans of sentimental gifts around our house. I think all gifts are special when they come from the heart, but there’s something about a truly meaningful and sentimental gift that goes above and beyond.  That goes without saying, really, but finding that meaningful gift is often much harder than it sounds.

On that note, my husband and I recently celebrated our anniversary, and I wanted to make sure I got him something extra special this year. After some thought, I decided that I would like to somehow incorporate the place we met into the gift.  That’s when I realized a map could be the perfect thing.

Grafomap

At GrafoMap.com you can find maps for the places that tell the stories of your life.  Maybe it’s where you met that special someone, maybe it’s where you grew up, maybe it’s the location of your child’s birth; no matter the occasion, a pretty map is a great way to keep it close to your heart.

GrafoMap uses Open Street Maps (an open source database) to allow users to create a custom, artistic map print of any city in the world. Yep, the entire world. You can choose from a range of designs and color options, as well as choose from two different paper finishes and two print sizes.

Grafomap

It was super easy to set up my map.  I just typed in a city, and it immediately creates an interactive map.  If you’re not totally happy with how the map is centered, you can drag it around just like the online maps we use to travel.  This was really useful for me, because I wanted to make sure I framed a certain part of the city in my map print.  Next I decided whether or not I wanted text to appear on my print (I did).  You can choose a title (usually the city name), a subtitle, and a tagline (usually coordinates).   You can change them to anything you want, or decline to use them at all – it’s totally up to you.  After that, you’ll pick one of four print styles, and then choose your layout. Then you’re finished!  The process is very easy, and very user-friendly.

The entire creation and ordering process only took a few minutes; it really is that easy.  We received the map a week after I ordered it, so the printing and shipping time is very reasonable.  Oh, and did I mention that shipping is free?

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The print and paper quality is great, and I love how it turned out.  My husband loves it, too.  All in all, I’m so glad I chose this as my anniversary gift.  If you’re looking for a special, unique gift, this could be exactly what you need. It’s also a terrific idea for decorating any time. I think it would be a gorgeous “gallery wall” if you did a series of maps special to your life. There really are endless possibilities!

To learn more about GrafoMap and get started creating your own, just visit GrafoMap.com.


Kung Fu Panda 3 Awesome Edition + Coloring Pages

My kids really love movies.  Animated or not, they’re always happy to watch a new movie, which I love, because I’m the same way. They both have their favorites, but some of my kids’ favorite movies were Kung Fu Panda 1 and 2, and now I can add part 3 to that list. In fact, they both loved it even more than the first two, and they’re not alone: focus groups agreed and critics agree.

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Kung Fu Panda 3 releases on DVD and Blu-ray on June 28, and you’ll definitely want to watch this one. We watched it at our house last night and we all laughed harder than we have in quite a while.

This sequel continues the journey of Po, everybody’s favorite panda, as he embarks on a new adventure. This time around, after having reunited with his long-lost father, he travels to a village and encounters a whole new cast of funny, clumsy pandas. Unfortunately, all isn’t well; there’s a supervillain named Kai who is terrorizing the land. Po can’t beat him alone, though, so he has to transition from student to teacher as he trains all his new panda friends in the art of kung fu. The new pandas are seriously funny, and you’ll love seeing Tigress, the baby pandas, Shifu, Furious Five, Mei Mei and Li.

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Kung Fu Panda 3 stars Jack Black, of course, as well as another amazing and award-winning cast including: Bryan Cranston, Dustin Hoffman, Angelina Jolie, Jackie Chan, and many more.  The animation is every bit as good as you expect a DreamWorks film to be, and then some. And even though it’s also very silly, it’s fabulously clever.

As I mentioned, the DVD and Blu-ray are being released today, including the Kung Fu Panda 3 Awesome Edition, which includes a ton of funny, action-packed bonus features. You’ll get two new Kung Fu Panda animated shorts, Everybody Loves a Panda Party Karaoke with Po (I seriously can’t wait to do this), Make a Panda Party Paper Pal, just to name a few.

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Also, DreamWorks has provided Kung Fu Panda 3 coloring pages!  I’ve mentioned before that I love it when studios provide printable pages, because it allows our kids to color and re-color to their heart’s content. I love seeing how their creativity blossoms each time! You can choose from a variety of your favorite characters.

Kung Fu Panda Coloring Pages

Kung Fu Panda Coloring Pages

Kung Fu Panda Coloring Pages

Are you ready to see Kung Fu Panda 3? Grab it today at retailers nationwide, or visit http://www.dreamworks.com/kungfupanda to learn more.