Health and Wellness, Kid Stuff, newborns

The Snot Sucker!

The Original Snot Sucker
Nosefrida
Nasal Aspirator

By guest blogger:  Rachelle G.

Before I was a mother, I never would have imagined that someday I might suck snot out of another human’s nose. However, motherhood surprises me almost daily and here I am sitting on the floor hovering over my cranky baby sucking away. 

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I know it sounds kind of gross, but it is definitely worth it. With our first baby my husband and I would spend hours awake trying to clear her nose with one of those bulb aspirators. On the rare occasion we could get a little out after using saline and she’d sleep a little more only to wake up unable to breathe. With the Nosefrida, we get loads of snot out of our sweet little babe and she will usually sleep soundly after. 

The Nosefrida is also easier to clean, unlike the bulb aspirator that often has a build-up of mold and bacteria inside of it!  Check out the picture below.  Would you want to use this nasal bulb aspirator on your little one?  Cleaning it completely is difficult and poses huge issues.  

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The Nosefrida is very easy to clean completely and with confidence! Click to watch the Nosefrida, the Snot Sucker video.

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Don’t worry, its not really as gross as it sounds. There is a filter between your mouth and the snot, as well as a foot long tube, so there’s really no way any snot can make it all the way up to your mouth. And the sound of your baby breathing unhindered by mountains of boogers makes the whole experience worth it. 

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*Disclaimer* No, my baby does not enjoy the snot sucking process. She usually cries and struggles to break free but when we are done she breathes deep and continues on, happy as can be, breathing more easily. Again, it’s totally worth it.

With flu season upon us, be sure to click here to get your Nosefrida, the Original Snot Sucker! to bring relief to your little ones when they are stuffed up!

Rachelle G.
Mama of 2 beautiful daughters!

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Kid Stuff

The Ultimate Snack Cup!

 Munchie Mug



I am sure you have all tried one snack cup or another. You know, the ones with the plastic lids cut into funny shapes that supposedly keep the treats contained while still allowing your child to reach in and snack independently. And I’m sure you loved them. For a week. Then your smarty-pants kid figured out that if you shake it, all the treats come out at once leaving you with the sick realization that your house will never be clean again. 

I’ve been there. With a daughter that loves to snack I was constantly battling between a clean home and a happy kid. With the crunch of cereal beneath my feet I carried on using the snack cup that was gifted to me, thinking that they were all the same; no one kind could truly be any better than the rest could it? Then I found the Munchie Mug!

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This one-of-a-kind snack cup beats all other snack cups because, instead of plastic, it uses a stretchy fabric to cover the opening making it 100% spill proof no matter how hard you shake it. The fabric overlaps in the middle making a slit opening for your little one to gently slide their hand in and out without the chance of their skin getting pulled or pinched. The handle, though useless to an adult, is the perfect size and shape for little hands to grip.    

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I am totally blown away by this snack cup. I love that it’s easy to clean and even top rack dishwasher safe! I love that my daughter can carry it around the house, sit in her car seat, or ride in the cart at the store with it and I don’t have to worry about her making a huge mess. And I love that it comes with a sealable lid so I can close it up tight if I don’t want her into it. Now I just have to teach her that it’s not ok to drop handfuls of puffed wheat and raisins all over the back of grandpa’s car… Wish me luck.

Then Munchie Mug is available in 2 sizes:  12 ounce and 16 ounce.  Click here to shop for the Munchie Mug , now available online at Little Monkey Store.  These are made in USA, which is an added bonus!

Blog post written by:
Rachelle Grauwiler
Mom to two beautiful girls!

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Smiling with GreenPaxx Slim Snack Packs

My son, aka the curly haired “little monkey”, LOVES snacking.  He seems to have a never-ending insatiable appetite!  As a family that is aiming to have zero waste in our home, I found it frustrating that so many of his favorite snacks were prepackaged, one time use snacks.  You know the kind!  The kind he would see in his classmates’ lunches at school.  Things like yogurt in a plastic filled tube. One of our other goals is to try to eat healthier, and eliminate prepackaged foods that are filled with preservatives and other additives.  SIGH.  

No, no, no I will NOT cave into this trend just to make him happy!  I knew there had to be other options out there that would make him happy and keep the mama bear happy too!  While on the hunt I came across a few other other options, but nothing that I totally loved!  If you have been a customer for a while, you know that at Little Monkey Store we work very hard to ensure that the products we bring in are not only appealing, but are good enough for our own family!!  So, we look for EXCELLENCE.  Needless to say, I kept looking… 

THEN…  Along came the GreenPaxx Reusable Slim Snack Packs!!  These silicone snack packs were literally a game changer, as now my son could have the snacks he loved with ZERO waste, at a fraction of the cost of the one time prepackaged tubes!  And I could have the happiness of knowing that I was saving money and cutting back on waste while filling his silicone snack pack with HEALTHY options!  I mean, who doesn’t love to save money?  And BONUS… reducing waste!  And even better yet, knowing all of the ingredients going into his yogurt snack pack!  Definitely a win-win all around.  

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But the best part doesn’t end there!  These silicone snack packs can be used for so many other purposes!  Just freeze up the yogurt fruit blend and you have lovely, nutritious push up popsicles! I love that these lids are snug, creating a leakproof fit!

There is nothing nicer on a hot summer day than a healthy frozen snack to help you or your child cool off, knowing that it is filled with nutritious ingredients.  The ones that my son is eating in the picture above, are unsweetened Greek yogurt and crushed fruit.  That’s it, no other ingredients.  I just tossed some strawberries, blueberries, raspberries and banana into the blender using pulse to be sure to keep it a bit chunky.  Then I stirred that mixture into the yogurt, spooned it into the Slim Snack Packs and then froze it!  How simple is that?  I have also used leftover smoothies to freeze to make ice pops for the kids!  Again, this helps to ensure there is no waste!  

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Here are more great uses for your GreenPaxx Reusable Slim Snack Packs .  Speaking of other uses, my son loves seeds, raisins, nuts, saw this picture and insisted I slice carrots this thin for him, and the list goes on.  I am sure that if it is left to him that he will find all sorts of creative snacks to put into his snack packs!  He truly loves them.  His smile says it all!  He can be seen in the car, in the yard, up the tree (as in the picture), in the house, almost everywhere with one of these great snack packs in hand!

SUPER easy to clean!  Just set them in the top shelf of the dishwasher!  Or you can hand wash, using a Reusable Straw Brush to get into the corners of the silicone pouch!  

I give these a solid 9.5 out of 10!  I would give it a 10 out of 10, but my son does need a little bit of help to get the attached lid opened.  Maybe that is a good thing!  If you would like to add these to your arsenal of reusable snack containers and start saving money while leaving a lighter eco-footprint, click here.

Natural body care, Natural deodorant, Routine Deodorant

The Supermom Supreme Routine

The Supermom Supreme Routine

By: Robin Medland, Super Mom by nature Holistic Nutritionist by education
(updated with new info by Melody Baird)

Neige and Pippa are two sisters who have created the ultimate necessity to your mama routine, naturally! Obviously they have called this product ROUTINE. If you haven’t added this product to your daily routine you are probably not smelling nor deodorizing to your mom’ing max’ability. Their product lets you mom like a lumberjack, not smell like one.

Let’s start by facing the facts: The products are created with clay or beeswax or clay and beeswax. There is also baking soda free versions, which use magnesium, for sensitive skin. The newest product added to this line is Superstar which has activated charcoal, magnesium, and a small amount of baking soda in it. This is a great one for super stink, but gentle for sensitive skin.

The howling wolf informs consumers the product is formulated with both clay and bees wax. The intoxicating scents include: Like a Boss (strongest formula), Sweet Jane, Napoleon’s Dynamite, Bonita Applebom, and A Girl Named Sue.

This beautiful bird lets consumers know this line of deodorant is created only with clay making it a completely vegan formula. The intoxicating scents include: Sexy Sadie, Johnny’s Cash, and Lucy in the Sky.

This buzzing bee obviously represents formulas created with beeswax. It may not be vegan but the buzz is that it is local and Alberta’s best beeswax. The intoxicating sents include: Blackberry Betty and Maggie’s Citrus Farm and for you scent’sitive bugs…….The scent free Bonnie and Clyde.

As a woman who has been athletically involved her entire life chasing no ball could have prepared me for the smell, sweat and tears of pregnancy and then motherhood, oh and the smelliest time of my life BREASTFEEDING. Personally that was fifteen long months of dripping the smelliest of all mother sweats. Every time that beautiful little baby cried and I scurried to undress to nurture…… the water works was on…..and most of the time I wasn’t crying. I tried and tested and even made my own deodorant, nothing was cutting my mustard. I even veered back into the world of ANTIPERSPRENT (gasp) nothing could cut my new mommy stank! Then, I came accross Routine Deodorant Cream and I noticed it was made in Calgary! My two loves, handmade and local!

Could it be a match made in heaven for me? I must admit the almost $30 price tag made me a bit nervous. Not only did it cut the mustard, that almost $30 jar lasted me four sweaty breastfeeding super mom’ing months! Worth every stinkin’ penny! I was in love, an all natural product that is local and handcrafted! What more could you ask for in your routine?! If you haven’t already you need to add Routine Deodorant Cream to your super’moming routine. There isn’t a scent I don’t love, but my first love is Sexy Sadie and for all you pregnant or breastfeeding mom’s avoiding essential oils Blackberry Betty, Sweet Jane and Bonnie n Clyde (unscented) were formulated for pregnant and breastfeeding women, as they contain no essential oils.

I give this product a solid 9.5/10 as my very minor con would be the essential oil can very slightly stain your shirt if you do not allow the product to dry after application if it comes in contact with your clothing.

Routine is in stock at http://www.littlemonkeystore.com/Routine-Deodorant_p_529.html

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Baltic Amber Teething Necklaces

 

Teething is one of those things in life that we all go through. But as a parent, it can be so tough seeing your little one is so much discomfort from teething. We love the  Baltic Amber Teething Necklaces and highly recommend these in conjunction with the Punkin Butt Teething Oil! 308095_347998428647224_612742239_n

Amber teething necklaces are not meant for chewing on. The amber helps to neutralize the acidity in your body that is common with pain and discomfort (think drooling, red cheeks, loose stools). We know many parents that swear by these necklaces!

For those of you looking for something to add to your teething remedy arsenal, we now carry Punkin Butt Teething Oil. This teething oil is an all-natural remedy to soothe the painful inflamed gums. Apply to your baby’s gums and let the soothing oils work their magic!images

We also have a great selection of teethers for your little one to gnaw on, which helps them to alleviate the pain related with teething.  The pressure to the gums triggers the brain to release chemicals that trigger that area to help alleviate pain.   For the younger babies you will  love the Como Tomo teether.  COTeetherDetail

For the older babies and toddlers the Zoli Chubby Gummy sticks.  These reach back to the little one’s back teeth and are the perfect size for their little hands!

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Teething can be a horrible time for little ones, and for moms too!  You do not have to suffer through it with the options available to help soothe your little one!