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She {hearts} The Mighty Max

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IMG_9071Those who know us, know that we are a family on the go. From the many times we have moved (7 times in 9 years) – to the spontaneous trips we take. Even if its just a day trip – going requires a lot with 3 kids.

We recently made a trip to Atlanta – where I had a gig to photograph some baby carriers for a company. With the trip I not only had to tote boxes of baby carriers, I also had our diaper bag, hoodies (since it was chilly that day) and 30 lb two year old. It was a lot! All of it honestly would not have fit into our stroller.

The Might Max Cart was a great option. It is easy to control, light weight and can withstand the beating and weight of a couple grown men. So I knew, it would be great for us.

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The Mighty Max Cart comes with a life time warranty.

It never Rust!

It will never have a flat tire :)

& best of all it is made in the USA. No “made in china” stamp on this item.

So if you love to garden, travel with the kids, make trips to the beach or park and really just want a great product to help from time to time with a move. The Might Max Cart is a perfect fit.

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Mighty Max is generously giving away one of these great carts to one of our readers.

To Enter:

Simply comment on this post, letting me know one feature you really found nice about The Mighty Max. Or one way you’d love to use this product. :)

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Giveaway Closed. Congrats Holly!

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She {hearts} L.L. Bean Totes

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aka..”my last diaper bag evaaa”:)

 

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I have been a mommy for almost ten years. That equals many diaper bags for me, currently my baby boy is 18mo and still needs me to carry everything but the kitchen sink with us when we step one foot outside our home. In the beginning, I carried real diaper bags, but quickly got bored with them. I like to coordinate somewhat with my outfits and be as stylish as a mommy can be. So, I started purchasing any cute affordable tote I could find, they usually only had a little side zipper on the inside, if that. So, all my baby’s belongings and mine would be a jumbled mess. Plus, most of the fashionable totes I found didn’t have a zipper to close the bag, which meant taking it on a plane was kind of out of the question.

I had seen this bag a few times in magazines and thought it was just dreamy. It has a large inside zipper and an outside zipper to close the bag. A friend of mine had one, and loved using it for a diaper bag, and she looked so fashionable with it on her shoulder. So, I convinced my hubby that it was an “investment,” that I would be done buying totes, and even after we’re finished with the baby years, I could still carry it!

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All you fashion savvy mommas, this bag has been on back order for sometime, but it’s available now, and L.L. Bean has free shipping! It is a tad on the large side, but I like big bags…nothing gets left behind. Oh and if you use a DSLR, it is great for that too. The inside pocket is perfect!

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She {hearts} Totsy

If you are reading She {hearts} It, then I have to assume that you have come across a flash sale site or two (or way more!) in your time browsing the blogosphere! I have my favorites, but today, I want to talk about Totsy, a private sale site just for mom’s (or dads) that I love to visit daily, to see what steals I can score, all at or under my budget!

Just today, I was looking over all of the blowout sales they currently holding. From kids boots, to apparel for Mom’s, toys and games, decor, outerwear, and more, I often find myself “ooh-ing” and “ahh-ing” over numerous items, for me, for my kids, or for just about anybody I know! And with the prices, you can’t beat the deals.

Totsy is by invite or referral only, so if you aren’t a member, feel free to email me at jen@sheheartsit.com and I will be happy to send your name along. Then you can get inviting YOUR friends, and racking up referral credits (once they make their first purchase). Today, I found a cute tee and cardigan, all for only $17 (before shipping!) and since I had a referral credit, I ended up paying only $9.95 (majority of that being shipping). Now I am not sharing totsy with you just to get some referrals my way, but I truly want to share with you the amazing deals that can save you money, in a time that most of us our pinching our pennies.

Tee ~ only $5 on totsy.com

sweater ~ only $12 on totsy.com

Tips on using Totsy:

~Check out the site DAILY. Sales only last 24-48 hours typically, and once the items are gone, they’re gone. By becoming a member, you will get daily emails sharing the sales with you as well.

~Be sure to check the return policy. Many, if not all, of the blowout sales are FINAL SALES, so double and triple check the description and sizing charts, to make sure you get what you pay for.

~Being a Flash Sale Site, you sometimes have to wait a bit longer to get the products. When you add an item to your cart, it will tell you when the estimated delivery date is. Make sure you are okay with that date, or if the item is a gift or for a holiday, so you will have it in time.

~The only thing that I’d like to see changed with Totsy is making a “search” section available. Since many items do not have all sizes available at all times, it can get a bit frustrating, for example, to sift through ALL of the kids boots looking for ANYTHING that is in a certain size. You can filter by GIRLS, BOYS, and MOMS & DADS, but that’s it.

Again, be sure to check out all those Blowout Sales, they are all ending today, so don’t miss out on some last minute sales. You won’t regret it.

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Email me (jen@sheheartsit.com) or any other Totsy member, for your invite!

She {hearts} Big Berkey


 
One thing I have always tried to encourage my children to do, is drink water.

I have known even before researching it, that drinking water was important. After all its pure.

Or is it?

“In 2005, the nonprofit Environmental Working Group (EWG) tested municipal water in 42 states and detected some 260 contaminants in public water supplies. Of those, 141 were unregulated chemicals for which public health officials have no safety standards, much less methods for removing them.” (source)

IMG_0997While I don’t believe in living in fear… I have found in the various places we’ve lived, that our water can taste less than pleasant. We’ve had water taste of Chlorine, or lead even.

This eventually pushed us into buying bottled water… Store faucet filters and so on… which all in the end cost us way to much… didn’t last long enough.. or just became a pain to use.

So when I found out about the Berkey Water Filter System, I was very excited.

The Berkey system we got is called Big Berkey. It reminded me of something that would store coffee, but obviously it doesn’t :) – the Big Berkey “system purifiy both treated water and untreated raw water from such sources as remote lakes, streams, stagnant ponds and water supplies in foreign countries.” It is really amazing!

“This system removes pathogenic bacteria, cysts and parasites entirely and extracts harmful chemicals such as herbicides, pesticides, VOCs, organic solvents, radon 222 and trihalomethanes. It also reduces nitrates, nitrites and unhealthy minerals such as lead and mercury. This system is so powerful it can remove food coloring from water without removing the beneficial minerals your body needs. Virtually no other system can duplicate this performance.”

We now purchase no juice for the house. Saving us even more. We will treat our boys with orange juice and an occasional treat of gatorade, but I would say 95% of what we drink now, is Berkey Filtered Water. Our boys do such a good job using the Berkey. We have it at a level they can use easily. They even call it by name. ;-)

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While the Berkey may seem like a huge cost investment… I will say it is worth it. If you add up the cost of bottled water, you could have bought 2 berkeys within 1 year. I added up what we were paying for out bottled water. If we purchased 2 packs of 24, for $3.99 each – the cost of our water per year would be around $400-500 dollars. That is, if we get our water on sale, at the $3.99 price tag. Which is not always the case.

Budget in the Berkey.

It is worth it.

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We are so excited to be able to giveaway a Big Berkey! A $260.00 value.

To Enter:

Comment on this post letting us know why you would like to win the Berkey.

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This giveaway is closed. Congrats to Hyperactive Lu!

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She {hearts} Eco Vessels


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One if the best ways I have found to keep my kids drinking water, is to find them a cool bottle they like. Call that bribery, spoiling or whatever else, but it really does work.

IMG_0769copy-2The problem I have found with most water bottles I buy, is the fact they leak or don’t stay cold long enough.

Well let me introduce you to the first Insulated STEEL bottle on the market.

THAT DOESN’T LEAK.

It is by Eco Vessels.

My boys could not have been more excited when these cups arrived at our door step. With an interesting exterior texture, to the fun flame design (so boy!), these cups were perfect for them.

One of my favorite features has got to be the straw tip.

It works great.

It is so user friendly that not only do my 5 and 7 year olds love it, but also my 18 month old. While I don’t recommend this cup for an 18 month old (it’s too big for that age), it still is nice to have a cup that all your kids can drink from with no trouble.

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Eco Vessel also offers sippy style cups or smaller straw style cups for the little ones in the family. So if you are a baby, toddler, active kid, teen or even an adult; Eco Vessels has you covered.

With a variety of sizes, features and great designs – you will love this shop.

“Using plastic water bottles is expensive, wasteful and unnecessary. Sadly, more than 80% of these bottles are not even recycled but simply thrown away, which creates more than a million tons of waste each year. Treat yourself and your family to our good looking, eco-friendly products while you help heal our planet.”

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Eco Vessel would like to give away a winners choice of the Insulated Steel Bottle.

To Enter:

Simply comment on this post, letting me know which bottle you’d like if you won. They come in boy/girl and gender neutral designs.

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This giveaway is closed. Congrats to Katydid!

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She {hearts} Tooth Tissues

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Our family is growing our third set of baby teeth, and this guy is getting them early. First two at 3 months and Ace just cut 3, 4, & 5 recently at 5 months. We went through cavities and fillings with the 6 year old last year, and so, wanting to avoid that again in the future I’m desiring to take some early pro-active measures.

Tooth Tissues makes this step easier. Fortified with xylitol, which research has indicated benefits in cavity prevention, these disposable textured dental wipes are breeze to use. Baby loves all that rubbing around in his mouth and since it’s paraben and fluoride free I’m comfortable using them on my children. I even like keeping a pack in the car so I can secretly use them on the go if I’ve forgotten to brush my teeth that morning.

Drs. Grace Lo and Jonathon Korn, practicing dentists and the creators of Tooth Tissues, have a great tip page you should check out for parents.

Here’s to promoting early oral health!

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You can purchase Tooth Tissues as a 1 pack or 3 pack directly or find them in a store near you.

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Tooth Tissues will be giving away two (2) packages of Tooth Tissues to two (2) winners – one (1)/each. Giveaway open to US residents only.

To Enter:

Comment here telling us what age your children saw (or will see) the dentist  for the first time.

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Comments are closed, congratulations to our winners Ashley and Trudy!
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She {hearts} Hearos


There are times in your life when you want to hear everything perfectly and not miss a thing, then there are times when you’d rather curl up in a ball and shut out the world. Mostly life is varying degrees in between. I found Hearos while searching for an ear plug for my kids, my husband loves loud and live music and likes to include the kids whenever possible. I’m all for it – but I also know that ears, particularly baby/children ears, are delicate things you need to protect. Hearos does a fantastic job comfortably protecting your ears, they even help you out deciding what product to purchase by what you need protection from.

I love their Sleep Pretty in Pink line, with ear plugs and sleep mask I was able to catch up on some much-needed sleep while my husband watched a movie in bed. Ahhhh oblivion.

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You can purchase Hearos online or from a drug store near you, they also offer (limited) free samples daily.

 

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