Nine Naturals: Toxin-free Skincare ( #Giveaway )

NN_Partnership-Logos_030313-01Welcome to our week-long giveaway that we are co-hosting with a fabulous group of mommy bloggers from across the United States and Canada.

We are very excited to be giving away toxic-free goodies from Brooklyn (New York) based company Nine Naturals. Forward-thinking Nine Naturals make personal products which are smart and safe for moms and moms-to-be. They craft their products (which include shampoo, conditioner, moisturizer, deodorant, body wash, sunscreen and lip balm) using only natural and organic ingredients.

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Though many of us are aware of the dangers of eating foods and foods sprayed with pesticides, drinking excessive coffee, drinking alcohol and smoking during pregnancy, we rarely think about the chemicals that we are applying topically via so many mainstream personal products.

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Kid Crafts with Recyclables & the #Annedroids

My kids are crazily prolific crafters.  At any given moment, bits and pieces of half finished art projects could be covering at least 2/3 of my not-so-huge New York City apartment.

I buy construction paper by the ream, glue and tape in multi-packs and googly eyes in numbers that I don’t even want to think about.

That’s one of the many reasons that it’s nice when my kids decide to use things like empty egg cartons, wire coat hangers and toilet paper rolls to create some of their masterpieces–it saves money, gives them another outlet with which to be creative and leaves and opening for a good lesson about recycling and saving the earth.

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Election Day 2014: A Look at the NY Ballot & the WEP

Remember how much fun it was to take kids into the voting booth even just a couple of years ago? In a attempt to make the system simpler and more foolproof (no hanging chads!) last Election Day, New York switched over from the lever machines that I remember from my youth to paper and pencil ballots. I know it’s supposed to be simpler, but frankly I find it more confusing (and not just because I’m adverse to change.)

Here is a cheat sheet of what tomorrow’s ballot will look like:

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You’ll notice the Woman’s Equality PartyWoman’s Equality Party (WEP) is on the ballot for the first time.

What is the Women’s Equality Party and what is it doing there?

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Creative Galaxy: Interactive, Artistic Fun from Amazon Prime Instant Video

For me, screen time for my kids is a guilty pleasure…for me.  In a perfect world, I would be on task all of the time–the happy smiling mom with a list of fun projects for us all to do together.  And, a lot of the time, I am that mom.  Sometimes, however, even Super Mom (which I do not purport to be) needs a break.

The trick is to balance the need for a few moments of peace and quiet (which screen time almost always provides) with really good content.  I was excited to view a few episodes of  Creative Galaxy with my kids, because I really think that this series provides both. This new series, created and produced by Angela Santomero (of Blue’s Clues and Super Why fame) follows Arty, a creative preschool alien, as he, together with his family and his shape shifting pet, Epiphany, travels through a universe of Art-related planets and craftily fix problems in his life with art.

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Change Up Your Look with Secret Extensions

Who wouldn’t like to change up her look every once in a while?

I have such a love-hate relationship with haircuts–I can never seem to fully and happily commit to one length!  And, honestly, extensions would have never occurred to me as an option.

I ran to this event after getting my kids in bed.  Ran, quite literally, showing up to the salon 15 minutes late for my appointment bedraggled and sweaty.  The stylists were getting ready to pack it up after the end of a long day catering to bloggers, so they had just a few minutes to give me.

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A couple of minutes with a hair dryer (no wash), a quick pull-on of these funky extensions which are basically  a thin stretchy headband with hair attached, a brush-through and voila…

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Family Baseball Fun with the Staten Island Yankees #mc #sponsored

Disclaimer: I participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for the Staten Island Yankees. I received tickets for the game as well as food vouchers to facilitate my review to thank me for my participation.

Let’s get this out of the way: I am not, nor has any member of my immediate family ever been, a sports fan.  I didn’t grow up in a team sports-loving and, for better or worse, I’m not raising my kids in one.

That said, going to a ballgame is an adventure that I would hate for my kids to miss out on–the food, the fans and the overall atmosphere are something that every kid should experience at least once.

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    Jessica Kobrin Bernstein is a teacher turned overeducated SAHM to two small children. Constantly cooking something. Sleep?! Talk to me in 20-30 yrs. Always looking for great products to review.


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