Back to School with the Magic of Chia + Giveaway

There’s still some time before school starts for us, and I haven’t done much to prepare yet.  Food is always my first priority though, as I’m a firm believer that a healthy diet is a lot more important than a new shirt or the ridiculously specific school supplies we’re expected to get.  Food is more fun anyway!

While I still don’t have the soft pencil case my son needs (a hard case would apparently mean the end of the world), I am ready for the things that really count:  breakfast, lunch snacks, and after-school snacks.  Every parent knows how hectic school mornings are, but having a plan ahead of time can make things go more smoothly.  Part of my plan is to have some healthy food options that don’t require much (or any) time to prep, so that even on those extra crazy days, the kids don’t end up with junk food.

Mamma ChiaWe’ve mentioned Mamma Chia before, and we actually handed them out for Halloween last year.  We’re all big fans of their Chia Squeeze Pouches and Vitality Beverages because they have some great flavors, and the squishy, jello-like texture is so much fun.  They’re super convenient, so we have them for snacks year round, and the fruity deliciousness makes for a refreshing and satisfying snack.

The Magic of Chia

Sure, it tastes good, but what’s the big deal about Mamma Chia?  Let me tell you.  Chia seeds are pretty cool.  Those tiny, nutty, crunchy guys are chock-full of goodness, like protein, fiber, and lots of vitamins and minerals.  They also happen to be very rich in omega-3 fatty acids, and as someone who doesn’t eat fish, I know how hard that is to come by.  A small serving packs a big punch, which makes chia one of my favorite ways to give our diets a bit of a nutritional boost.

Mamma Chia Squeeze Pouches for a Healthy On-the-Go Snack

We’ve stocked up on Mamma Chia Squeeze Pouches, and they’re going to come in handy when I need a no-prep lunch snack or an on-the-go, after-school treat, but this year, Mamma Chia is going to make breakfast time easier too. Brand new to my family, and a welcome addition, is the Mamma Chia Vitality Granola.

Mamma Chia Wild Blueberry Granola

I can already tell that this one is going to be a lifesaver on mornings when I just don’t have time to cook.  (I’ll admit, that’s a lot of mornings during the school year.)  I don’t know why I haven’t considered chia for breakfast before, but what better way to start the day than with a healthy serving of protein, whole grains, and omega-3s?  My daughter’s favorite is the Wild Blueberry, and it’s also available in Vanilla Almond, Cinnamon Pecan, and Honey and Oats.

Whichever Mamma Chia product you go with, you can rest assured that you’re getting only the best ingredients.  On top of the amazing nutritional profile of the chia seed, all of the Mamma Chia products are organic, and like their packaging says, organic is non-gmo!  (They’re also vegan and gluten-free, for those of you who were wondering.)

Mamma Chia products can be purchased online at or use their store locator to find a store near you.

Thanks to the generous people at Mamma Chia, you guys have a chance to win a Mamma Chia Prize Pack!  Enter via the Giveaway Tools form below.  Giveaway is open to US residents who are 18 and older.  Ends 9/15/17.  Good luck!

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Baby Shower Essentials Giveaway

Having a new baby this year? We know choosing baby gear can be overwhelming. We are excited to share Mommy Scene’s Baby Shower Essentials & top picks for feeding, clothing, diapering, and setting up baby’s nursery! Don’t miss entering this fabulous Baby Shower Essentials Giveaway for the chance to win these must-have baby products!

Baby Shower Essentials Gift Guide Giveaway - Mommy Scene

Baby Shower Essentials Giveaway – Prize Collection

LILLEbaby COMPLETE Airflow Baby Carrier
Baby K’tan Chevron Diaper Bag
Babo Botanicals Convenient 3-in-1 Cleansing Wipes
Revelae Kids Cozy Sleeper
Yummi Pouch Brights Reusable Food Pouches & Cloth Snack Bags
Pacific Baby Bamboo Feeding Spoons
Baby Comfy Kit: Snot Trap Baby Comfy Nasal Aspirator – Baby Comfy Nail Deluxe Safety Clipper – Baby Comfy Hydrator – Baby Comfy Gummi Chewy Jewelry
Active Essentials Unscented Healing Baby Balm
Crane Drop Humidifier
Cover My Heart Chevron Nursing Cover
NogginStik Developmental Light-up Rattle
BabyIt Perineal Massage & Postpartum Comfort Gel
Tottigo Pack ‘n Potty Travel Potty Seat
One Z Pillow for Nursing & Support
NOURISH by BeliBea Pumping/Nursing Bra
Snuggle Me Organic Co-Sleeping Baby Lounger
Buttons Diapers Trial Pack of Diapers (1 Cover + 3 Inserts) + Hanging Wet/Dry Bag

This giveaway is coordinated by Mommy Scene and is open to US entries ages 18 and older. No purchase required to enter. One (1) winner will be randomly chosen and contacted through e-mail, and their name displayed on the giveaway widget after the giveaway ends on 8/31/17. Mommy Scene and participating blogs are not responsible for fulfilling brand-sponsored prizes. Prizes will be shipped directly from each brand.

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Go Bananas with Fingerlings Baby Monkeys from WowWee! + Giveaway

Thank you to WowWee for sending us some adorable Fingerlings so we could celebrate #FingerlingsFriday and share it with our readers!

Happy Fingerlings Friday!

No; I don’t mean the potatoes.  I’m talking baby monkeys, folks.  Fingerlings are a brand new toy from WowWee, makers of exceptional tech toys like Robosapien and MiPosaur, and they’re about the cutest things I’ve ever seen.

Fingerlings Baby Monkeys

The line consists of six adorable, interactive pet robots:  Bella, Mia, Sophie, Finn, Boris, and Zoe.  They grip onto your fingers (among other things) and respond to sound, motion, and touch.

Each Fingerling has his/her own personality that comes to life through more than 50 sounds and animations.  They are so unbelievably adorable!  Pet them.  Swing them.  Clap for them.  Blow them kisses.  You’ll be rewarded with sweet and silly monkey sounds and movements.  If you’re lucky, you just might get some baby monkey kisses too.  Or maybe a burp.  These little guys are just full of surprises.

Fingerlings Hanging Upside Down

We especially like to hang them upside down and watch how excited they get.

Fingerlings are small enough to take anywhere, and you can hook them onto almost anything.  Attach them to your backpack, laptop, markers, or if you’re my son, attach them to your belt and take them for a walk with you.

WowWee Fingerlings

Once you let one of these sweet baby monkeys cling to you,  you’re not going to want them to let go.  They’re irresistible.

When you have a Fingerling, you have a fun friend at your fingertips.  These are guaranteed to be a hit with the kids and a hot toy for the holidays.  Don’t wait until then to grab one though.  For every Fingerling Baby Monkey sold during the first week of sales (Aug. 11-18), WowWee will donate $1 to WildAid, a nonprofit wildlife conservation group focused on reducing the demand for wildlife products.

Fingerlings are available in the US starting now!  You can purchase them for just $14.99 each at major retailers like Toys”R”Us,, and  It’s a good thing the price is so reasonable.  Play with one Fingerling, and you’re going to want to collect them all.

How would you like to WIN a Fingerlings Baby Monkey?!  Enter via the Giveaway Tools Form below.  Open to US residents who are 18 and older. Ends 8/28/17 at 121:59 PM ET.  Good luck!

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Guilt-Free Frozen Treats from Arctic Zero

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Summer wouldn’t be nearly as sweet without ice cream, and indulging in a delicious scoop is one of our favorite ways to beat the heat. All that sugar and saturated fat that fills up a pint, however, puts a damper on the family fun. This year, we’ve opted for a better-for-you frozen treat with Arctic Zero.

Arctic Zero Frozen Desserts

Arctic Zero is a little different from ice cream, and it’s every bit as enjoyable.  Sweetened with a combination of organic cane sugar and monk fruit, Arctic Zero is low glycemic and doesn’t contain any artificial sweeteners or sugar alcohols.  In fact, you won’t find any artificial ingredients in their products.  If you know me at all, you know that’s the first thing I look for on a food label.

Arctic Zero offers a wide assortment of yummy flavors in two different kinds of pints:  Creamy and Chunky.  Creamy pints are fat free and have only 35 calories per half-cup serving, while the Chunky pints are low in fat (1-2.5 grams) and have just 75 calories per half-cup serving.  Next time you’re grocery shopping, take a look at a few pints from other brands, and you’ll see how big the difference is.

Arctic Zero

There are plenty of other reasons to love Arctic Zero too.  All of the pints are GMO-free, lactose-free, and certified kosher, plus there are many gluten-free options as well.  Each serving has 2-3 grams of fiber and 3-4 grams of rBST-free whey protein, making Arctic Zero just right for protein smoothies or shakes. [Read more…]

7 Tips to For Growing a Green Family + Giveaway

When we have more tasks to complete in a day than we can possibly accomplish, it’s easy to get caught up in the details of our lives and overlook bigger issues, like sustainability and our environment.


With summer upon us, the beautiful green that we are surrounded by is a reminder that it’s the perfect time to bring new, sustainable habits into our daily lives that we can stick with all year long.  These seven practical pointers for going green will get you moving in the right direction.

1. Bring air purifying plants into your home. Improve the air quality in your home by introducing plants that act as air filters, absorbing the harmful gases and toxins from furniture, paints, and plastics. Peace lilies, golden pothos, and Boston ferns are only a few examples of the many plants that can help remove benzene and formaldehyde from the air in your home.

2. Look for local, seasonal foods. Eating local and seasonally means you are likely to avoid the food miles and greenhouse gas emissions associated with foods that aren’t in season and travel a long way to get to your table. In addition, seasonal foods can be less expensive and taste better. Because it is picked only when it’s naturally ripe, seasonal produce retains all of the nutrients and flavor that is lost when food is harvested prematurely. If you are feeling ambitious and have space, you can even start your own vegetable garden for the most localized produce possible.


3. Start a compost (or look for compost programs in your neighborhood). Don’t let your fruit and veggie scraps go to waste in the landfill, where they will ultimately contribute to climate change by emitting methane. Instead, start a compost in your yard or look for programs in your community that collect organic material for composting. Compost is a natural fertilizer and can be added to your garden or potted plants.

4. Swap or donate clothes. Swapping clothes that your kids have grown out of with other parents is a great way to share and/or get “new” clothes without actually purchasing anything. If you can’t think of anyone to swap with, then donating old clothes is another great option. Swapping or donating clothes helps with spring cleaning and extends the life of each item.  (If you don’t have anyone to swap with, you can try a site like or

5. Use non-toxic products. If you are taking on some serious spring cleaning, make sure you are using non-toxic cleaning materials because chemical-based supplies contribute to water pollution and can be harmful to your health. Websites and apps such as GoodGuide and EWG’s Guide to Healthy Cleaning help to find safe and gentle cleaning products. You can also make your own with baking soda, white vinegar, and lemon.

6. Clean out your air filters. This season is expected to be warm as we continue to break records for global temperature records. For many of us, this means turning on air conditioning and (ideally) cleaning out or replacing the air filters. Air filters that have not been cleaned or replaced in a while can mean that free-flowing air is being blocked, making the system work harder to push air out. Clean filters will not only prevent unnecessary energy use and greenhouse gas emissions, but will also save you money on your electricity bill.

Plastic-Free Picnic
7. Plastic-free picnics. Nothing says summer like an afternoon picnic. To minimize your negative impact on the environment during these outings, swap out plastic single-use containers and utensils for reusable non-plastic items. It can be easy to rely on single-use plastic items such as water bottles, cutlery, plates, and cups, but it creates a lot of waste that will most likely end up in a landfill (or even in the ocean)! Look for glass jars and cloth bags to carry and contain your goodies and bring silverware from home to cut down on the waste you create.

Rosaly Byrd and Laurèn DeMates are co-authors and founders of The Sustainability Co-Op blog, which strives to understand and communicate the interconnectedness between global and local societal needs and environmental concerns.  They are also the authors of the book Sustainability Made Simple: Small Changes for Big Impact, a comprehensive resource that introduces readers to the concept of sustainability and humanity’s growing impact on the environment; why it’s harmful; what steps government, companies, and other institutions are taking to help; and finally, what individuals and families can do to make a difference.

One lucky Game On Mom reader is going to win a Growing a Green Family Prize Pack, which includes a copy of Sustainability Made Simple and a Large Reusable Baggu Tote Bag!  Giveaway is open to US residents who are 18 and older.  Ends 8/17/17 t 11:59 PM ET.  Good luck!

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