Swiggydiggydoo Subscription Box Service Review

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Review of a subscription box service: Swiggydiggydoo.com, based out of PA. I’m so thankful Lauren found me & sent me this initial message: “Hi! I own a new subscription box for babies and toddlers that features 3-5 eco-conscious, organic and modern products, plus a custom designed, limited edition shirt each month.” I love her motto: “ clever & fun & responsibly done”. She had just sent out her 1st ever box in Dec when she sent me that message, and asked if I’d be interested in a Jan box, which of course I was. Her Dec box had featured all made in USA items (except the t-shirt which is made in Honduras, but printed in the US). She let me know she wasn’t 100% committed to US made, but would definitely be featuring many items made here. And indeed, just like Dec, the Jan box was all made here, except the t-shirt again. A box for 1 month is $39.95, which I feel is a good deal for all it contained, and the fact that it includes shipping which is never cheap. The deadline to subscribe to next month’s box is the 25th.

You choose the gender & age the box is for, up to 4 for a shirt size. You can buy 1 box, or get a full year subscription & be guaranteed a box monthly. I’ve never participated in anything like this, I know there are several such services out there, conscious box being a popular one. I have to say, it was really fun to get our box & be completely surprised by what was in it. It was very fun for the kids, and fun for me as well. I will definitely be getting a box in my daughter’s B-day month, and probably Christmas as well. I’ll be keeping an eye on what she features every month, but from chatting with Lauren, reading her website/Fb pages, and based on what has been in the 1st two boxes, I know she has high standards. You get a little sheet in your box that tells you who made each item, and why she feels it was worthy of being included. For example: ‘stuffed animal by itsy bitsy baby cakes. We love this etsy shop for its cute designs and use of oeko-tex standard 100 wool felt.”

A lot of thought goes into the packaging of each box. She selects the smallest possible box to fit the items for the month, so she doesn’t have to use any fill. She uses a local box supplier that sells recycled or previously used (and inspected) boxes. Her shipping labels, box tape and paper for the insert are all green or made from recycled products. The tape is made in the USA. The labels aren’t, but they are bpa-free and the only ones she could find that were. These are all important details to her, and to me too!

Our family is thoroughly enjoying several of the items in the box! I love that the shirt is long-sleeved making it appropriate for the season, and it’s super adorable. The crocheted headband/crown is super, super cute! Unfortunately my 18m old won’t leave it on, I keep trying & have hopes she’ll get used to it because it’s just adorable. The 4 piece puzzle challenged my almost 4 year old for quite a while, he now has it figured out, but I was super happy to learn of Topozoo as a new vendor to add to my made in USA list! The felt beaver we received has been lugged around the house by my Daughter for a couple days now since receiving the box, it’s very cute! I have quite a few nursing/teething necklaces already so will pass this one on to a new Mama friend of mine who I’m sure will enjoy it! And we have another vapor rub on hand should we need it.

Please, head on over & ‘like’ her Facebook page to stay on top of all the happenings, and visit her website. I’d love to know if you get a box, and what your thoughts are! If you do order, please put me, Jess, as referral. I will receive a thank you, she just likes to know where the traffic is coming from.

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We love our Anchor Hocking mugs!

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We added a few more Anchor Hocking mugs to our collection, and as you can see, use them for all beverages not just coffee. We started with 6 of the larger mugs on the left about 6 months ago. I really, really like them! My Husband has a tendency to take them to his shop & leave a few out there, takes them on the go as travel mugs even so has broke a couple & usually a couple are missing. So I ordered 4 of the Rio mugs on the right, a bit smaller, but still a nice size for a cup of coffee, or juice, or water. They were $2.89 each on Amazon, a price I can definitely live with! My plates & bowls are holding up really well so far, and hopefully soon we’ll be getting a dishwasher & I expect them to do even better in there vs getting clinked around in a sink full of dishes. VERY happy with my Anchorware, proudly made in Ohio, completely free of lead, cadmium and other heavy metals, and very affordable!
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A very good read for all parents– The five words that changed everything.

http://www.handsfreemama.com/2014/12/09/the-manager-in-my-home-the-five-words-that-changed-everything/

I was so glad I read this article the other day. I’m a very laid back Mama, but lately had been really frustrated by my 2 kiddos wanting to help me do dishes every day. I found myself saying things like “can’t I just do the dishes alone while you 2 play”? It took forever to get them done, they’d get water everywhere, I just wanted the darn dishes done. After reading this article I looked at the situation differently, and switched up our routine. Our sink is in an island, so I switched how we were approaching it & now they both cozy up to the sink on side-by-side chairs on one side, with me on the opposite side. Long story short, I looked at myself, and my frustration & thought “is this the Mom I really want to be?”. Of course I want to encourage them helping with any chores they can, it’s never too early to start. We’ve had similar issues over dinner prep. My Son, who will be turning 4 soon, has ALWAYS wanted to be in the kitchen with me. And some nights I’ve found myself saying the same: “I just want to get dinner ready by myself”. But you know what? At 4, he’s actually able to really, truly help with some things. He peels garlic, tears lettuce, cuts soft things like cucumbers with a butter knife. The other night, he made cucumber salad just about entirely by himself. And he really enjoys it, and even thanks me for letting him help. And he boasts to Dada with pride about the contributions he made. Establishing a love of being in the kitchen is certainly something I want to instill in my Son, so I try really, really hard to get over my desire to just get it done. So what if it takes twice as long? That’s secondary. This article really, really is a wonderful read, and I’m so glad it was shared with me. I hope you’ll take a couple minutes to read it & look at the situations in your family routine that are causing you stress in a new light.

http://www.handsfreemama.com/2014/12/09/the-manager-in-my-home-the-five-words-that-changed-everything/

If my blog were an exhibit at the Louvre….

I really enjoyed my year end report from WordPress: “The Louvre Museum has 8.5 million visitors per year. Your blog was viewed about 170,000 times in 2014. If it were an exhibit at the Louvre Museum, it would take about 7 days for that many people to see it.” My Safe Toy List, Greenwashers List, and Buying Club note were my 3 most viewed resources. I had visitors from 156 countries visit my site, with most from the US of course, with Canada & the U.K rounding out the top 3. They go on to list quite a few more stats, but those are the ones I valued the most.