Teaching brother how to ride his Mini Micro Deluxe Scooter. I think he has another year or so though.

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Mealtime Amusemat with Marcus&Marcus

November 20, 2017

Mealtime is generally a really big stressor in our home as Jensen was diagnosed as Failure to Thrive. She has always been on the small side and at our last pediatrician visit this past spring it really hit home for us. After tears, tests, endless hours of occupational and food therapy and learning how to make mealtime fun and experimental, we met our goal! She is nearing the weight to get her back on her growth curve and our meals are gradually becoming a more customary part of her interest.

As we slowly approach a smooth mealtime routine we have been lucky to be introduced to Marcus&Marcus and their BPA/Phthalate Free, dishwasher safe Amusement Mats and Learning Chopsticks. The silicone Amusemat is a particular favorite of ours as it really promotes food play and sparks interest in eating. It is so heart-pulling that the simplest of products can hit so close to home for our struggles and effortlessly help us achieve our ending goal. Food play is not something that we had previously encouraged in our home because eating was such an emotional struggle as is. When our food therapist had recommended the Marcus&Marcus Amusemat we immediately hopped on board for a sponsored post. At Little Gummi, we love to promote and share products that actually work for us and we know will work for you. One of the most joyous moments are knowing that your Little is thriving and growing and with tears streaming down face as I share just a tidbit of our unknown, private struggle, it also brings me happiness knowing that there are amazing products that truly help children and families going through similar experiences as our own.

Even if you don’t share the scenario that we do, the Marcus&Marcus Amusemat will bring so much fun to any Little. Jensen loves watching her food go down the ‘slide’ and hop in the ‘pool’ and for the moment it brings fun to mealtime and takes the stress away from Mama!
Couple the Amusemat with the Learning Chopsticks and you get a super fun and safe culinary experience. Jensen is nearing 3 and has no issue using her Learning Chopsticks on anything that she is able to. The Food-Grade, Silicone Learning Chopsticks are BPA-free, PVC-free and phthalate-free materials and promote a great way to teach and learn.

Both the Learning Chopsticks and Amusemat are available from Marcus&Marcus here or using the shop link below and include a variety of themes and colors to fit any Little’s need!

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True Growth- Play Learn and Grow with the True Tot Tower

October 28, 2017

One of the most important moments we share with our children are those surrounded by mealtimes and cooking. At Little Gummi we love using products that bring our Littles right alongside us from preparing a meal to enjoying it and True-Growth True Tot Tower does just that.

We have kind of a unique love for our True Tot Tower as we use ours to encourage meals and make food prep fun. With a daughter who is Failure To Thrive, one of the most heart wrenching activities for us are those surrounding meals and we have found the best solution to the stress is inclusion.
Parenting is by far not an easy journey and a lot of times, for us at least, we look for products that help use pave the road for parenting success. Having one child that needs just a little bit more attention than the other means finding the right products to make that time easy. True Growth True Tot Tower does just that. We have gone from headaches and mealtime angst to using the True Tot Tower to teach and encourage all forms of mealtime success.
Our daughter absolutely loves getting out her Tower and knowing it puts her front and center in choosing and creating her own meal time path. She ultimately feels in control when she is using the True Tot Tower and that is so important in creating a healthy, food positive environment for her.

One of my favorite aspects about the True Tot Tower is it allows for your child to be right up in the action as opposed to standing on a chair or perhaps sitting on the counter. It is extremely sturdy and gives just enough independence to flourish any up and coming future cooks desire.

The True Tot Tower comes in a few different finishes and folds up nicely to store. We usually don’t have to store ours as we use it twice a day and what feels like 24/7. I mean, cooking takes a while! It is very easy to put together, in just a few pieces and about 20 minutes (if you’re savvy) you’ll be using yours moments after!

We just moved into our mountain home, so for photos of our True Tot Tower in use, check our instagram and in the meantime, shop your very own using the link below

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C is for Clear Ear Oto Tip

October 18, 2017

This post was sponsored and made possible by Clear Ear Oto Tip. All statements remain my own.

Newborns, eyelashes and ear wax. OH MY!

So we love one out of the three and if you’re like us at Little Gummi you probably don’t like getting eyelashes out of your newborns eyes or ear wax out of your kiddos ear. We have no advice on the eyelashes (we always went to extremes, oops) but we have the perfect solution for the ear wax removal that works from one month and up! Clear Ear Oto-Tip is the perfect accessory for cleaning ears and changing the head from infant to adult is as easy as the product itself.

The Clear Ear Oto-Tip is designed with a spiral tip to catch and collect ear wax for a better removal then a cotton swab – which can easily damage ears. The drill like tip spins to create a web of wax (if there is any) for easy removal. One of the biggest concerns for me when I went to clean my Little’s ears were if I was inserting the cotton swab too far. Yes, I know this is a no-no which is why we completely support and promote the ClearEar Too Tip! Which, I might add has a safety shield to prevent anyone from inserting the ClearEar too far.
Because unsafe remedies for ear wax removal can cause injuries and hearing loss, the Oto-Tip is the perfect solution to safely remove excess wax. It has a subtle vibration that feels like a mini ear massage which my toddler calls the “bee”. Jensen loves the Clear Ear Oto-Tip and thinks it’s hilarious when the little “bee” comes to get her excessive ear wax. The medical grade silicone tip and shield are great for knowing the Oto-Tip is used properly and comfortably.

The tips (both small for children and large for adults) are reusable and if used on a regular basis  should be changed monthly.

Remember that ear wax is natural and healthy as it keeps out unwanted interferences within the ears; however, too much can cause temporary deafness. Start your Clear Ear habit today and make sure your selective-hearing-toddler is actually ignoring you rather than dealing with pesky excessive ear wax. After using the Oto-Tip I now know that Jensen is just ignoring me, until the “bee” comes to get her wax that is.

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CLEARinse | From Mom Cold to Man Cold and Everything In Between

October 7, 2017

The transitioning of seasons brings on many things; Pumpkin Spice everything, oversized sweaters and if you’re like me, bonfires and outdoor fun. With all of the beauty in the changing seasons, comes also the not so fun colds that no one talks about. Sure we all love the rustling leaves and sometimes that’s enough to risk the chance of high ranking allergies but when you have a simple solution like CLEARinse Nasal Cleansing System it makes any outdoor activity bearable.

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Get Prep and Pared and Give the Kids Cake

September 20, 2017

This post was sponsored and made possible by Kroger. All statements and opinions remain my own.

Have you ever equated dinner with at least an hour of prep, strenuous clean up and half of the kids complaining because they would rather have cake? Yes?! We call this witching hour at our house and it usually ends in exclamation and a restaurant. Feeding a family that consist of two kids who’s first tooth was a sweet tooth means chaos and frankly, I would rather let someone else deal with the mess.

We tried endless variations of delivered meals, the always regretful TV Dinner and of course pre-made kits in the mail that without hesitation would nearly spoil before someone grabbed it off the porch.

As we saw our dinner plans unfold in all of their glory, it wasn’t until we walked in to our local Kroger that the food angels shined down on the aisle of the brand new, mind-saving, witching hour eliminator: Prep + Pared Meal Kits from Kroger!

Prep + Pared Meal Kits from Kroger take the guessing away and make an adult meal truly a luxury with a non-luxury price tag. Ringing in with a base price of $14 for two adult servings and a cook time of under 20 minutes, go ahead, chime the parent dinner bell! We have, multiple times this week! The kits are brand new and exclusively at your local Kroger, ours comes from Kroger on Euclid in Lexington, Kentucky. It is fairly close to us which makes the 100% measured and prepped meals that much more enticing. Aside from the fact that they go from box to plate in 20 minutes or less.

I absolutely cannot get over how fresh the Prep + Pared Meal Kits are. They look and taste like they are directly from the farm. In our Vietnamese-Inspired Spicy Lemongrass Pork the slaw mix was brighter than anything I had seen and the aromas were strong enough to fill you up. The chef inspired meal had essentially no fillers which left us feeling satisfied and our taste buds craving more. One of the less noted bonuses for me was the fact that these are designed for two adults so the portions are very easy to divide and left us feeling like we ate a very healthy meal without over-eating.
The ingredients are all ready to go with no cutting or chopping needed and everything labeled accordingly in usually a few steps. During our 20 minute cooking session we had at least two child interruptions and because everything is labeled and prepped it made going back to cooking so much easier.

Of course parenting comes with a lot of great adventures and as we all know, parents definitely slack on taking care of themselves especially when it comes to food. I am raising a hand to cold leftover nuggets because making myself a meal would be way too time restraining when it means leaving my threenager to her own accords for minutes on end. PS, that never happens! The Prep + Pared Meal Kits are a game changer on many levels; not only do they replace my meal of cold nuggets abandoned by my toddler but they are actually healthy and truly a no-fuss, minimal clean-up kind of deal.

The Prep + Pared Meal Kits from Kroger are so great for that luxury meal at a budget friendly price. I love that amidst everything going on in our house, within 20 minutes my husband and I got to spend quality time cooking together, because honestly that is about as long as we would get! Even though date nights are slim these days, the Prep + Pared Meal Kit made it feel like for a slight moment we were in a food oasis which is a feeling we really cherish. As former New York City dwellers, by way of Chicago, we have always enjoyed fine cuisine and love experimenting with food choices and options which is something our family really is centered around. Prep + Pared Meal Kits let us try a new cuisine right in the comfort of our own home and it definitely brought some nostalgia back during the process.

Within 20 minutes, thanks to fresh ingredients and less prep time we had a parent only dinner with many more laughs enjoyed and memories made. There was no ‘what’s for dinner?’ stress or ‘who will clean the mess up?’ which meant more time together. Until the kids chimed in that is. So go ahead, grab a Prep + Pared Meal Kit from your local Kroger and let your kids eat the cake!

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Mommin’ Ain’t Easy | Nugeni Steam-Pac Is

September 3, 2017

This post was sponsored and made possible by Nugeni. All statements remain my own.

As parents of toddlers, cleaning can be almost as difficult as parenting itself. Let’s not lie, we have to keep up a great appearance for those insta photos, right?! Little Gummi maintains the rush with the Nugeni Steam-Pac which is the ultimate handheld steamer for your everyday needs.
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BeliBea Nourish Cami | Supporting You From Work to Home

August 22, 2017

As a breastfeeding momma and supporter at Little Gummi, the struggles of finding nursing wear that is convenient yet subtle is very real. I have never been one to nurse in a closed room or bathroom and am generally okay with public feeding (baby’s gotta eat!) but the one thing that has always been a bother for me is having any inkling of body showing during a nursing session. It’s just uncomfortable for me. BeliBea makes a nursing tank top that can easily take that anxiety away!

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Learning Resources | Hottest Products

August 15, 2017

We are really excited to bring to you the hottest products of the year from Learning Resources. This is an amazing company that we have worked with time and time again on Little Gummi but never cease to be amazed by the next big thing they launch.

With school just around the corner we have narrowed down the list to some of the best Learning Resources toys to get your little school-aged kiddo going! Each of these have been tried and tested for you!

Learning Resources Code and Go Robot Mousethis is prefect for your little engineer to get their coding into action. Teaching crucial skills for future computer use, the Code and Go Robot Mouse is eduction at its finest. Program your mouse to go in whichever pattern you choose through the easiest and toughest obstacles. Check out our review here


Learning Resources Teaching Cash Register
This is a personal favorite. Ever since I was a little kid, cash registers have always seemed so fascinating and fun and this certainly passed down to my daughter. Jensen loves checking us out and using the included note pad to give us a receipt. Now to just get her to pay for her own goods!


Learning Resources Gears! Gears! Gears! Rover Gear-
What could be more exhilarating then creating a hot rod and watching it go? The Rover Gear comes with all the necessary pieces to transition the gears into multiple styles of vehicles. It’s fun, fast and on the go all while teaching your Little how things move in synchronization.


Learning Resources Smart Market Set
Falling right in hand with the Cash Register, the Smart Market Set is perfect for teaching your young one food groups and healthy eating. The market tote is great to bring along on real grocery trips and allow your little to get in on the shopping fun! Next stop: Extreme Couponing!

Learning Resources Letter Blocks- The Learning Resources Letter Blocks are a modern twist on the traditional blocks set. Not only do they stack for fun but they also double as little shape cutters. We use ours for Play Doh cut outs and it turns that messy Doh into a fun learning experiment. Letter Blocks are all the same size which is great for new alphabet learners as they won’t get confused on capitol and lowercase letters. Our 2 year old is obsessed!

Learning Resources Counting Dino SortersCounting Dino Sorters are on the top of Little Gummis list (hint, watch for them on our gift guide). The set is amazing with 10 dinosaur eggs each filled with an appropriate amount of Dino’s to coordinate to their egg. So one egg, one Dino; two eggs, two Dino’s and so forth. This is learning and fun for the whole family and just really amazing overall! Don’t worry though, the Dino’s match their corresponding eggs so even the youngest of learners should catch on quick!

Check out our feature on these top Learning Resources toys and get started for months of play and learning. Click the links in each description to shop!

 

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Magnetic Dress Up Doll from HABA

August 12, 2017

We absolutely love fun toys and we give mad bonus points if they are relatively mess free and will occupy the kids longer than a box would (so, what an hour maybe? I mean those boxes are the best) and the HABA Dress-Up Doll is a Little Gummi hit!

One of my favorite memories as a little kid was playing with magnetic dolls and I love having the ability to pass that on to Jensen. The HABA Dress-Up Doll comes with 54 magnetic dress-up pieces ranging from hats to shoes, a sun and even a little puppy! Which we aptly named after our German Shepherd, Poppy! I love that there are 4 different backgrounds -two sheets with a scene on each side. My absolute favorite scene is the school scene and the little magnetic clock to go with it.

Jensen is 2 and although it is recommended for ages 3 and up, she has no issue with them whatsoever. It really is our go-to toy especially in the car! Because it comes in a tin-can it is perfect for the car and the scene sheets can be placed on the bottom of the can (it’s deep!) so there won’t be any spills… Unless you have a baby brother that is a walking destroyer, that is.
The doll and magnetic accessories are very sturdy, much more so than paper dolls and I love that they are quality made. We haven’t had any rips or tears on ours even during it’s baby survival mode. I have seen magnetic dolls that start peeling and we are so relieved that the HABA Dress-Up Doll is great quality and has no issues with this.

You can even purchase a 3D Lillie doll, like the magnetic version! We are huge HABA fans and are so excited to have a great on-the-go and at home product to keep Jensen entertained!

Purchase your very own, er, for your kiddo (wink) Dress-Up Doll here

HABA Dress-Up Doll