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Womb to Walking Huge Giveaway Event

Welcome to the Womb to Walking Giveaway Event

I’m super excited to share this giveaway with you today as it’s value is incredible and there are several popular mom-approved favorites up for grabs!

Spring is in the air, everything is blooming… It’s definitely baby shower season!  What better way to bring in Spring than with a giveaway??  We’ve brought together some of the top baby products that you would need from womb to walking – the best for baby’s first year – into a great product guide and now we’re giving those items away!

Prizes include:
Combi Coccoro convertible carseat – ARV $200
BABYBJÖRN Baby Carrier One – ARV $170
Ju-Ju-Be – Better Be Diaper Bag – ARV $120
$100 Gift Certificate to Mimi and Maggie – ARV $100
One month supply of Luvs Diapers – ARV $30
Classic Alphabet blocks from Uncle Goose – ARV $35
Evenflo Feeding Bottle Set – ARV $20
Baby’s First Book Set – ARV $25
For a grand total of over $700 worth of baby gear!

To enter, simply fill out the Rafflecopter form below.  All entries are optional, but the more you complete, the better your chance of winning!

Giveaway will run from April 14th until April 28th. Giveaway is open to US only. You must be 18 or over to enter.  Winner will be chosen at random via Rafflecopter. Winner will be notified by email at the end of the Giveaway and will have 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen.  Momma Without a Clue and the other participating blogs are not responsible for prize shipment or fulfillment

Good luck!
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Disclosure: Momma Without a Clue received the above items in exchange for review. This blog did not receive financial compensation or product in exchange for this giveaway. Facebook, Twitter, & Pinterest are in no way associated with this giveaway. Prize fulfillment and shipping will be handled by the Sponsors.

Become Toxin Freedom Fighters with Seventh Generation and #FightToxins

Disclosure: I am participating in the Fight Toxins campaign on behalf of Mom Bloggers Club for Seventh Generation. I will receive compensation for writing this post. However, this is a topic I am very concerned and passionate about and all sentiments are mine. I sincerely hope by sharing it with you that together we as parents can drive change to improve our children’s futures.

The Issue

I find the following statement frightening:

More than 80,000 chemicals available in the United States have never been fully tested for their toxic effects on our health and environment.

In 1976,  The Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) was passed to test and regulate chemicals for consumer safety. However, it has not been updated since! Furthermore, the law was greatly flawed, since it allowed THOUSANDS of chemicals to remain in products for sale without testing.  In fact, in over 30 years, the EPA has only required testing for about 200 of chemicals, and has partially regulated just five.

Fight-Toxins

I have a five month old daughter.  Having a history of cancer in my family, I made it my mission even before she was born to try to protect my daughter from as many harmful toxins as possible and to make her environment more natural and healthy.  I’ve read numerous studies, and done hours of research trying to find products that are not harmful. Navigating the market where so many products are full of ingredients that have never been tested and are often quite dangerous can be a daunting task.

Scientists have been discovering that all these chemical toxins pose a serious risk to the health of our children. Harmful toxins that can cause a number of diseases such as cancer, birth defects, learning disabilities and more have been discovered in children  in their early childhood and even in the womb!

The worst part about having these toxic chemicals in so many products  is that they don’t need to be there! There are safe alternatives that do the job just as well.  Seventh Generation has been using plant-based ingredients for over
25 years, and having used many of their products myself, I can tell you they work just as well (if not better!) than products that do have harmful toxins.

I’m grateful to companies like Seventh Generation for their commitment to creating products with plant based ingredients, thereby making my life as the primary consumer decision maker at least a little bit easier.

How You Can Help

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To create awareness and advocate change Seventh Generation created the Toxin Freedom Fighter campaign and set a goal of collecting 100,000 Signatures by April 24th (as of this posting, they are SUPER close!)

I’ve of course, signed petition for chemical reform and urge you to do the same and spread the word. You can join the campaign at fighttoxins.com

If 100,000 signatures are received Seventh Generation will present the petition to Congress on April 30,2014 and urge for reform of The Toxic Substances Control Act so chemicals do not continue to go untested and potentially harmful toxins allowed to be in our products, especially those products our children encounter.

Let’s join together so our children are protected and can have super healthy, toxin-free futures!

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20% off markdowns, up to 60% off at Crazy 8

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You know warmer weather is finally on it’s way when the Spring clothing lines are revealed.  Luckily,  you can now get 20% off markdowns, up to 60% off at Crazy 8 so your kids can get everything they need (and even some cute things just because!) without cleaning out your wallet. That’s up to 60% off! The sale starts Friday (4/11) for a limited time, so hurry before it’s gone!

Super cute outfits are on sale right now such as these items from the Mod Giraffe Collection:

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Moto Zip Jean Jacket
Stripe Tee
Soft Knit Jeggings
Tulle Headband
Bow Sneakers

With 20% off markdowns, up to 60% off at Crazy 8, you can afford to purchase the entire collection!

There is lots more on sale for both boys and girls as well so you can stock up on entire Spring wardrobes with great pricing.

Nursery Trends: Stargazer Nursery

Today’s nursery trend is perfect for your little stargazer, or that little person you’ll love to the moon and back! Rockets, stars, the moon and more combine for a nursery look that is out of this world!

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Here is where to shop for these “stellar” picks:

1.  Vintage Inspired Small Star Marquee Light – by  Saddle Shoe Designs
2. Natural 100% Organic Cotton Night Owls Screen Printed Infant One-piece – by milliedot
3. Wood Rocket Switchplate by Graphic Spaces
4. Moon and Stars Bedtime Cap by Farm Fresh Hats
5. Kids Rocket Wall Decal by Graphic Spaces
6. Star Shapes Pillow Constellation by Cecil & Clyde

 

 

 

Get Organized with Limited Edition Camp Combo Packs from Mabel’s Labels

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Spring is FINALLY in full swing around here.  (We’ve had the April showers to prove it) and if you are as busy as I am, you know that means it’s time to start prepping for events a few months down the road which means, the season for summer camp preparation has begun! It’s already time to starting signing your kids up, and soon you’ll be sorting through the piles of t-shirts, swimsuits and tennis shoes, and collecting bottles of sunscreen and insect repellant. Make sure none of those items get lost at camp (and keep your life nice and organized) by picking up some Limited Edition Camp Combo Packs from Mabel’s Labels . These UV resistant, waterproof labels and tags are designed for kid camp equipment — clothing, toiletries, swim gear, backpacks and more — and ready to take a summer beating. To complete the outfit of adventure, receive 20% off of an insulated water bottle from Eco Vessel with your Limited Edition Camp Combo Pack purchase.

Let Mabel’s Labels help you to get them sorted, tagged and prepped for a summer they won’t soon forget. Plus, save $2 with early bird pricing now through April 30th! Happy Camping!

 

20 + Creative Ways to Use Crayons: Art Process vs. Product

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Coloring with crayons is a childhood right of passage, but there is a lot more to coloring than just coloring books.

It’s very developmentally appropriate to teach children about art processes without always having a final product they must re-produce.  The following is a compilation of lots of different ways to use crayons and processes children can try to learn different artistic techniques and to exercise their creativity. Some of these ideas also incorporate math, science, motor skills, language arts and other learning areas as well.

melted crayon drawings 

Under supervision children can make drawings as crayons slightly melt which gives pictures a smooth vibrant finish.  Have your child color on wax paper on a very slightly warm hotplate.

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crayon  sun melts

A similar idea, that also ties into a science lesson is to have your child create a picture then leave it outside or near a window on a hot sunny day. The heat from the sun will make the picture slightly melt, giving it a unique effect and showing your child how heat can cause a reaction.

crayons on texture

Go beyond white paper and experiment with coloring on various materials and textures. The results will vary in thickness, color and design. A few ideas include:

  • color on foil
  • color on sandpaper
  • color on wood
  • color on rocks and stones
  • Color on fabrics

crayon etching/scratching

This popular childhood favorite involves making a picture with many colors of crayons. Then use a black crayon to make a super thick layer on top of the colored layer.  Use a toothpick or an opened paperclip to draw into (etch or scratch) the black layer revealing the colors underneath. The resulting picture will stand out from the darker black.

crayon rubbings

Crayon rubbings are a great way for children to learn about texture and pattern. Give then a variety of textured materials (mesh, sandpaper, corrugated cardboard, etc..) and then encourage them to use the side of an unwrapped crayon to explore.  You may even want to cut, or have them cut the materials into various geometric shapes for a lesson on geometry as well.

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polished crayon pictures

After making a picture by drawing with a little force, polish the picture with a piece of cloth or tissue paper to make a shiny surface.

multiple crayon drawings

Tape 2 or more crayons together or wrap them up with a rubber-band and then draw various pictures and designs with multiple lines.

crayon resist

Crayon resist paintings combine both drawing and painting.  Make a drawing by firmly pressing crayon on paper to create thick, waxy lines.  Then lightly paint over the drawing with a light coating of watercolors.  Experiment with different colors of crayons and paints for different effects.  The results will stand out boldly.

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crayon shaving collage

Recycle those crayon shavings.  Save and re-use shavings from a crayon sharpener.  Have students “draw” with glue then sprinkle the shavings on top of the glue, blow or shake off the excess lightly to reveal a picture.

color contrast

Experiment with color contrast by drawing with lighter colored crayons on black paper. Press heavily so the lighter colors stand out against the black.

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make your own crayons

Melt down bits and pieces of old crayons in muffin tins and then let them cool to make brand new shaped crayons that can be used for coloring multi-colored pictures.

experiment with different hands

Have your child do an experiment where they try coloring with each hand.  Have them try one at a time, or even see what happens when they try to make a picture with a crayon in each hand at the same time.

color mixing

Experiment with layering different colors of crayon over one another to see the results.

crayon letters

Crayons don’t always have to be used for coloring either!  Use crayons like building blocks and encourage your child to learn about language by laying out crayons to make letters or even spell out entire words.

crayon sorting

Crayons can also be used to build sorting skills.  Have your child group crayons into similar color groups (e.g. all the shades of blue and all the shades of green) or sort them according to size (e.g. full new crayons, small stubs, medium sized)  There are lots of possibilities to help children learn how to sort, categorize and classify.

color to music

Turn on some tunes and let the music set the mood.  Try different types of music, varying tempos and even volumes and encourage your child to draw what they “feel”

Do you have more ideas?  Leave a comment if you do!

Gymboree Sale: Up to 60% off new looks

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Gymboree is currently running 60% new styles Spring Sale which means you can currently save a lot of some looks perfect for this season. I rather love this coordinated spring bunny outfit, perfect for Easter and also the rest of the entire season! There are lots of adorable items and entire outfits on sale, but the 60% off is only for a limited time, while supplies last.

Bunny Tee – $10.49
Retail Price: $19.95
You Save: $9.46
from: Gymboree

Blooming Flowers Skirt – $16.79

Retail Price: $29.95
You Save: $13.16
from: Gymboree

Floral Bow Headband – $4.19

Retail Price: $8.00
You Save: $3.81
from: Gymboree

Story Books for Young Artists

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One of the best ways to encourage young artists is to expose them to the work of famous artists. There have been many books written and illustrated for children that introduce them to the lives, personalities and even the work of the masters.  Children can learn about the arts from literature written at their own level and perspective, and be introduced to artistic methods while having their creativity encouraged. As a former preschool art teacher and elementary teacher I often used literature to expand my students horizons.  Today I want to share some of my favorites stories with you, as well as additional books about art.

Books that give a general overview of museums, techniques and artistic style and creativity


In Babar’s Museum of Art Babar and Celeste create their very own art museum. The story teaches children some valuable lessons about how to respect art as well as identify and view art.

You Can’t Take a Balloon into the Metropolitan Museum (Picture Puffin)This wordless book shows the journey of a little girl’s lost yellow balloon (It was untied by a very mischevous pigeon) Even without text the book is so visually stunning, it still tells a remarkable story while cleverly introducing famous paintings and sculptures into the storyline.

The Museum showcases all the feelings a person can have through art, through a little girl as she tours a museum. The storyline has playful rhymes that describe art from a child’s point of view.

The Art Lesson (Paperstar Book) is an incredibly popular favorite story to introduce children to art.  The author, Tomie dePaola based the book on his own childhood experiences. The story touches on themes of individuality and copying in art, common school art experiences, and a little boy’s drive to create art however he can.

The beautiful illustrations in Art & Max, by the Caldecott Award winning artist David Weisner are simply stunning.  It tells the tale of two lizards.  One lizard, Art is a learned painter while the other, Max is full of enthusiasm and zeal to learn.  Max didn’t quite know where to begin however, until Art suggested “Well…you could paint me.” The result is a visual journey.

Beautiful Oops! is a great book for those perfectionist children. It teaches them how it’s alright to make a mistake and shows how we can turn our mistakes into creativity. Pop-ups, flaps to lift, tears, bends and more make the book highly interactive.

The popular classic, Harold and the Purple Crayon 50th Anniversary Edition (Purple Crayon Books) tells the story of Harold and his huge imagination, which he sets loose through drawings while armed only with a purple crayon.

Fun, fictional and comedic books about art

Art Dog combines suspense, humor, and drama at a level perfect even for preschoolers. Children will delight as the hero, Art Dog (a mysterious masked painter) sets off to find the missing “Mona Woofa”


When Pigasso Met MootisseThis tale of art and friendship first has the characters as rivals who build a fence in between themselves.  However they are led to create a masterpiece and learn about their friendship in the process.

In The Day the Crayons Quitthe readers will find witty letters written by a box of crayons.  Each individual crayon has a complaint until finally Duncan, the crayon box owner tackles their issues and forces the crayons to work together.

In Hugo and Miles In I’ve Painted Everything, poor Hugo, decides he has painted everything and is in need of new ideas.  Any child who has ever had “artist’s block” or felt a sense of boredom can identify with this humorous romp into the artistic process. There are plenty of tongue-in-cheek jokes and references to famous works as well.

Too Much Glue shows how to be creative and crafty.  Almost anyone who remembers their grade school glue days can relate to the messy, gooey, craziness of this story. Though not following his teachers instructions, the main character Matty’s finds himself in a bit of an –er..sticky situation, it all turns out for the best in the end.

Books about Famous Artists

The Starry Night by Neil Waldman tells the tale of Bernard, a young boy who meets a painter named Vincent in Central Park. Vincent takes the boy exploring throughout the city, until finally showing him one final big surprise.  The result is that Bernard is left with a desire to be an artist himself.

Frida introduces children to Frida Kahlo and how she learned to paint with gorgeous illustrations and a biographical story about her youth, her family and even the events that shaped her. It shares how she channeled her emotions into art, and how challenges in her life drove her.

My Name Is Georgia: A Portrait by Jeanette Winter
encourages children to be unique and to appreciate being different. The book journals the journey of Georgia O’Keefe from childhood, through art school, and even into her later years (and of course her time spent in the New Mexico desert) The text is rhythmic and poetic.


Uncle Andy’s was actually written by Andy Warhol’s very own nephew, James Warhola! (Andy dropped the -a from his name) The book illustrates and tells the story of his childhood visits to Andy’s house and it offers a unique perspective of Warhol’s house.  Children will delight in his 25 cats, house crammed with unique things, and comedic events such as when Jame’s sister enters upon Andy without his wig.

Action Jackson addresses a small segment of Jackson Pollack’s life.  It’s a non-fiction book that poses questions for the readers to ponder about art through the tale of the creation of Pollack’s piece Number 1, 1950 (Lavender Mist).

The Noisy Paint Box: The Colors and Sounds of Kandinsky’s Abstract Art tells the tale of Vasya Kandinsky, who was sent to art classes with the expectation he would create “proper” art. Instead his desire to paint music, and what he could hear instead led him to be one of the first abstract artists.


In Suzette and the Puppy: A Story About Mary Cassatt (Young readers) a little girl named Suzette (who happens to be the niece of Edgar Degas in the story) meets Mary Cassatt first at a park with her puppy, and then again when Mary comes to paint a portrait of Suzette.

Sandy’s Circus: A Story About Alexander Calder shows how Calder loved to make creations as a child from various objects, and how despite a journey through other jobs he returned to that artistic background to build his famous sculptures.

The Fantastic Jungles of Henri Rousseau  shows how Henri Rousseau overcame some pretty harsh criticism, and continued to paint and paint and paint because of his love for his subjects.

In Degas and the Little Dancer Marie wants to be a ballerina, but her family has no money for lessons.  She comes to be a model to earn money, and in turn becomes the inspiration for sculptor, Edgar Degas. It’s a story that shows how life begets art.

Laurence Anholt actually has an entire artist series.  Other books in the series also include:


The Magical Garden of Claude Monet (Anholt’s Artists Books for Children)

Picasso and the Girl with a Ponytail (Anholt’s Artists Books for Children)


van Gogh and the Sunflowers (Anholt’s Artists)


Papa Chagall, Tell Us a Story


Matisse the King of Color (Anholt’s Artists Books for Children Series)


Leonardo and the Flying Boy (Anholt’s Artists)

Cezanne and the Apple Boy (Anholt’s Artists)

Renoir and the Boy with the Long Hair

 How about art AND music?!

Take the senses even a step further with Can You Hear It? This book combines sight and sound as a CD of classical music including many works by saint saens and vivaldi as well as other composers accompanies the book and children are encouraged to both listen and find items in the book.

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15% off at Little Passports for their 5th birthday!

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Little Passports is officially 5 years old!  That means they’re spent 5 years teaching kids to be compassionate and knowledgeable on world cultures and people.  That’s 5 years of teaching children some pretty awesome things.  Each month, the imaginary characters of Little Passports, named Sam and Sofia, travel the globe on their magic scooter and share their experiences with your child. This birthday sale, which allows you to take 15% off your total subscription package, will give your child a personalized package in the mail that includes an adventure letter, fun souvenirs, activities and access to their online Boarding Zone full of activities and games.  Click on the link or banner below to sign up for your subscription today and get 15% off by using the code: HAPPY5 from today through Tuesday, 4/8.

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Here’s wishing them many more birthday years and many more years of sharing the world with our youth!

15% Off New Subscriptions at Little Passports Now – 4/8 with code: HAPPY5

In the News April Showers $100 Toys”R”Us Gift Card Giveaway

Today I get to bring you another great giveaway!  This one will allow the winner to go on a sizable shopping spree.

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Welcome to the In the News April Showers $100 Toys”R”Us Gift Card Giveaway sponsored by Intimated, Advisories, Demagogue, and Gazers and hosted by The Parenting Patch.

Sometimes keeping up with the news feels like wading through a deluge of information. Busy parents often do not have the time to sit down and read a newspaper. Intimated, Advisories, Demagogue, and Gazers are here to help. Each news site offers a slightly different view of the news happening around the world each day. Plus you can stay up-to-date from your computer, smartphone, tablet, or other mobile device!

One lucky reader of The Parenting Patch will win one (1) $100 Toys”R”Us gift card compliments of Intimated, Advisories, Demagogue, and Gazers. To enter for your chance to win the In the News April Showers $100 Toys”R”Us Gift Card Giveaway, simply use the following Rafflecopter form. Be sure to stop by each day to claim your daily entries. Good luck!

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The In the News April Showers $100 Toys”R”Us Gift Card Giveaway is open worldwide. An international winner will receive $100 via PayPal in lieu of the specified prize. The In the News April Showers $100 Toys”R”Us Gift Card Giveaway ends at midnight CST on April 24, 2014. One winner will be chosen at random via Rafflecopter. The winner will be sent an email and will have forty-eight hours to respond. If no response is received within forty-eight hours, another winner will be chosen. The Parenting Patch is not responsible for prize fulfillment. Toys”R”Us is not affiliated with the In the News April Showers $100 Toys”R”Us Gift Card Giveaway.