Zoocchini Hooded Towel Review

I feel like you either have a child who loves bathtime or they absolutely hate it. Thankfully, Baby Budget loves it. I’m pretty sure she would stay in there for hours if I let her. When it’s time to get out and dry off for the first few months I used a baby towel, which she very quickly outgrew because they are so tiny. Then switching to a normal towel I started to hunt for something better. It’s just a towel right? Wrong. I stumbled across Zoocchini Hooded Towels for babies and toddlers and could not be more excited to share my review with you.

Zoocchini Hooded Towel       Zoocchini Flippy the Frog Hooded Towel

Side Note: See the hand in the picture? That’s Baby Budget, she couldn’t wait for me to take pictures so she could hold her frog.

 

The towels are 100% cotton plush terry and are extremely soft. Even after a few washes, which is what normally makes towels hard and crunchy, it’s still soft enough that Baby Budget wraps herself in it like a blanket. The towels are hooded which not only helps to keep baby warm, but it also helps to dry their hair. They come in two sizes, baby which is recommended for ages 0+ and measures 30 x 30 inches. Then the kids size which is recommended for ages 2+ and measures 50 x 22 inches. Baby Budget is quite tall for her age and at 18 months the baby size is still quite large for her. It touches the ground when she is standing which is nice because then I can wrapZoocchini Hooded Towel her feet up in it to dry them off. This also means that if you buy one when your child is born they’ll be able to use it for 2+ years before you have to size up. The towels are not only functional, but cute as well. They come in different animals that are displayed on the hood in a 3D fashion and on the kids size on the “arm” part they feature the animals’
paws. The baby towels are $25.99 and the kids towels are $35.99. If you ever have the opportunity to visit a retailer to feel these before you buy them I absolutely recommend it. Plus, if you follow them on social media or join their mailing list they often have exclusive coupon codes for their fans.
If you’re looking to purchase this as a gift or even for your own family they also have matching bath mitts. They are much more soft and friendly looking than a giant washcloth for your little ones face and body. Plus they are made out of 100% cotton plush terry just like the towels. The ‘plush terry’ part of the cotton simply means that it is highly absorbent and still remains soft.

This wouldn’t be a fair review if I didn’t also talk about the company itself. I have long followed Zoocchini on their social media account but never really looked into the brand itself until I had a baby. If you visit their About Us page on their website you’ll find that they truly care about the products they make and that they make sure to meet or exceed industry standards. Something that stood out to me when reading about them was this quote,

“We build a positive message that everyone and everything is individually beautiful… and different!” -Zoocchini

This ties into their slogan , “Friends come in all shapes, sizes and colors. ZOOCCHINI… beautifully different!” Reading that speaks volumes to me because I try so hard to find responsible and positive brands to support. When purchasing products from them I now know that I can not only count on the quality of the product but also the brand itself. They also carry additional products besides the bath towels and mitt which include backpacks, underwear, training pants, blankets, rattles, bibs, diapers and sun hats! I’ve personally used their sun hats and swim diapers before and they are fantastic.

If you would like to learn more about Zoocchini or make a purchase you can find their website here, as well as all of their social media accounts: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest. I do warn you though that following their Instagram may make you purchase more than one towel after seeing all the fun the kids are having with them! It’s also a great way to see some of their other products showcased.

I did receive the hooded towel for free to review however the thoughts and opinions in this review are entirely my own.

-Mama Budget

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Neocell Biotin Bursts Review

A few months ago I received a package of Neocell’s Biotin Bursts to try out and review. I had been experiencing some pretty terrible postpartum hair loss (think giant monster in your drain), and was looking for ways to help stop the hair loss. After quite a bit of research that Biotin might be my answer, I started to ask around about what type or brand of Biotin to purchase. Most people I asked pointed me in the direction of Neocell!

I had never previously heard of or even tried any of Neocell’s produts, yet love the fact that they are a family owned company. They work to leave as small of a carbon footprint as possible and use 100% Post Consumer Resin in their packaging. I visited their site after learning about getting the chance to review them and one of the pieces I found that stood out the most was this, “NeoCell is a family owned, family run company and understands the importance of leaving a clean, healthy world to our children.” I’m a huge supporter of companies that work to make the world a better place for future generations so I was instantly sold when I read how great Neocell is as a brand.

Neocell Biotin BurstsI received a box of Biotin Bursts to review and inside is a bag with individually wrapped chews. Each package contains 30 chews, meaning it’s a one month supply. I’m super sensitive to tastes, which is the nice way of saying I’m super picky. So, I thought oh boy I’m never going to like these, which generally means I take them for a few weeks and then start to taper off. However, these little chews taste amazing! Remember the grape Bubblicious gum you chewed as a kid? These taste just like that! Do keep in mind though that these are supplements and should not be eaten as candy! I kept mine up in my medicine cabinet because they do look like candy and I did not want them to be mistaken as such by anyone else.

I wanted to really have a chance to try these out before I formulated my honest opinion about them which is why it’s taken me so long to review them. I went through the entire package and will definitely be buying more, because they really helped. I am down to my normal amount of hair loss (I have super long hair so this isn’t unusual), and I feel like my hair is more full than before I had started taking them. They taste great so I don’t dread taking them like I do for most other vitamins, and they are reasonably priced. I also like the fact that they areNeocell Biotin Bursts Chews individually packaged. We do a lot of travelling in the summer and it’s super easy to pop however many I need in my backpack rather than have to worry about bringing a whole box or a pill bottle.

The bursts not only contain Biotin but they also contain Acai Berry which works in your body as an antioxidant. I was glad to see that the packaging states that they do not contain Gluten, Palm Oil or Soy. As someone who works on avoiding Gluten this was a welcome sign!

Neocell has a lot of other great products that also contain Biotin, so if you’re not looking for a straight Biotin product you can also try their Beauty Infusion products which contain 3,000MCG of Biotin compared to the 10,000MCG that the chews contain. If you’re interested in purchasing any of their products you can find a product locator on their website here!

-Mama Budget

I received a package of Neocell’s Biotin Bursts to review for free, however the thoughts and opinions expressed in this post are entirely my own. Read my full disclosure here.

Sweetie Pie Organics Snacks Review

Sweetie Pie Organics ReviewI was recently selected as a Brand Ambassador for Sweetie Pie Organics and I am over the moon excited to share with you their products. We strive to feed Baby Budget the healthiest, low in sugar, organic products we can find. Assuming you also have a little one you know sometimes it seems impossible! That is until we found Sweetie Pie snacks. I am honestly telling you that even after trying these myself, they are amazing! My Sweetie Pie Organic snacks go everywhere with us. They offer tiny wafers which are great for teething little ones and freeze dried snacks. (more…)

Cutielunch Reusable Squeeze Pouches

I was recently tried out Cutielunch Reusable Squeeze Pouches. This could not have come at a more perfect time as Baby Budget is starting to want to feed herself, but isn’t the cleanest when it comes to pureed foods. I know that pre-made pouches are readily available at any grocery store, however I’ve heard way to many instances of mold being found in the pouches to even give them a chance. Enter, reusable pouches!

Cutielunch Reusable Pouches

These pouches have a zip-locking bottom and a cap that spins on or off. They are also see through in all areas that don’t have a design, this is one of my favorite parts because it allows me to make sure that the insides are completely clean when washing. They can be placed in the dishwasher, but I’ve found it super easy to wash them when I’m washing bottles. A bottle brush fits inside perfectly and gets all of the harder to clean areas.

We’re currently testing out different foods that work well inside the pouches but so far a few favorites have been (more…)

BabyGuyBox Unboxing and Review

Have you ever heard of The Baby Guy? If you haven’t, you should check out his Facebook page, or any other social media outlets that you use. He’s always posting about the latest and greatest baby products, and he doesn’t just show you a picture. He goes in depth about everything you could possibly need to know. Not super interested in the latest baby products, he’s also super funny, offers tons of giveaways, and often times you’ll get to see his cute nieces and nephews! Now on to the BabyGuyBox!

BabyGuyBox

The BabyGuyBox is relatively new, but it seems that there will be 2 offered every month with different themes. This month was baby wearing and an “Eco” box. The boxes are $59.99 shipped, and he offers a preview of the brands before you order. Seeing that the eco box had cloth diaper brands, I knew that was the one for me! Now for the unboxing…

BabyGuyBox

There it is! This is an honest to goodness, didn’t touch anything, first look picture of the inside of the box. I’m a huge fan of surprise boxes, if you’re not you could probably skip to the next post. Now, what’s inside, and is it truly worth $60?

Inside the BabyGuyBox               Grovia and AppleCheeks Cloth Diapers

In the box:

AppleCheeks Microterry Little Bundle; Retail Value: $25.00

I was pretty excited to receive an AppleCheeks diaper, as we’ve never used this brand before! Plus, do you see that gorgeous bright red? There’s almost nothing cuter than a cloth diapered bum!

Grovia Cloth Starter Set; Retail Value: $20.00

We have a Grovia O.N.E. diaper that we really like, so I’m also excited to try this one out. If you don’t cloth diaper you may not understand, but for one you should, and for two this diaper feels amazing. It’s super thick and looks like it could be our new nighttime diaper!

BabyGuyBox Contents

Bannor Toys Classic Baby Rattle; Retail Value: $10.00

This is a super cute, handcrafted wooden rattle. The wood and stain are organic and safe for baby! I browsed their site and they have a lot of nice toys, and I love that some of them can be personalized!

Natursutten Pacifier; Retail Value: $9.00

I don’t think that we will use this pacifier, simply because it seems quite small and Baby Budget already has one that she’s pretty attached to. However, it will make a nice baby shower gift!

If you’ve been keeping track, we are already over our $59.99 purchase price!

Little Standout # Teether; Retail Value: $15.00

This is definitely a first of it’s kind! It’s a cute design, and made of non-toxic materials. It’s 100% silicone, and can be put in the dishwasher which is always a huge plus for me!

Fresh Wave Crystal Gel; Retail Value: ???

The flyer that came with the box about Fresh Wave says that it’s available exclusively at Target. However, I’m unable to find it on the site. I received the gel and a Target coupon, so I’ll have to see if my Target carries it. I’m unsure about this one simply because I have dogs who get into everything, so we’ll chalk this one up as a freebie.

Motherlove Diaper Rash Jar; Retail Value: $9.95

I’m pretty excited about this as well because I’ve heard some pretty great reviews! I will have to say we may not use it often because since cloth diapering we’ve never had a diaper rash. Yes, you’ve read that right, we’ve never had a rash! Seriously, you should try cloth diapers, and no I’m not getting paid to say that.

bibbybubby bibs; Retail Value: $12.00

These are super cute, and would be perfect for a drooler. However, Baby Budget isn’t much for drool, so this might be added to a future baby shower gift as well.

Loohoo Dryer Balls

LooHoo Dryer Balls 3-pk.; Retail Value: $29.00

I’m sure you already know this, but I’m a huge fan of dryer balls! They cut down on drying time, and get rid of the need for dryer sheets! I recommend having at least 6 for larger loads, but for smaller loads 3 is perfect! LooHoo does a Tuesday giveaway every week on their Facebook page for a chance to win your very own!

Molly’s Suds Laundry Powder; Retail Value: $3.00

I’ve previously received a sample of Molly’s and I must say I do really like this laundry detergent. I’m a huge advocate for natural products, and their slogan being “safe for people and the planet” really does ring true throughout their brand!

Items you don’t see:

Naturepedic Burp Cloth; Retail Value: ???

We’re past the stages of truly needing a burp cloth, so once again this will find it’s way into a baby shower gift.

Nova Naturals Pixie Teether Doll; Retail Value: $10.00

You don’t see this simply because Baby Budget has already claimed it. It’s not currently being used as a teether, but it is being carried around everywhere, so therefore I must highly recommend it!

Sponsor Discounts: The box also contained various flyers from sponsors offering discounts to their sites. Wee Urban even offered a surprise gift card, mine was $10!

Now let’s do the math! All items totaled, except for the two that I couldn’t find prices for is $152.95! The box is only $59.99! Those prices don’t even include the shipping amounts that it would cost to mail each item if you were to purchase them individually! Surprise boxes may not be for everyone, but if you find one that caters to your needs, like this month’s eco box, then go for it! I’m hoping for an amazing Christmas themed box in the future so this most likely won’t be the last time you see the #BabyGuyBox!

If you want to place an order next month, or just learn more about the box you can do so here! Let me know if you’ve purchased one and what you thought!

-Mama Budget

-Note: I did not receive any compensation for this post, however some of the links are my affiliate links, which when used to purchase items will offer me a small compensation.-

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Nursing Pillow Freebie Review

I’m sure you’ve seen the freebies offered on the web for new moms, one of which is a nursing pillow. Yet, have you ever wondered, is this worth it? I’m here to help!

Now being used to babysitting family members and using their Boppy, I was expecting a Boppy. What I received was a small mailer with a squished pillow inside of it. Once I took it out of the mailer it opened up quite nicely, however it is considerably smaller than a Boppy. The minky (I received mine as a gift, minky is an extra $5) on it is super nice and soft, however it is not removable, so if this is super important to you, stop right now and don’t purchase one!

Nursing Pillow

It isn’t as firm as a Boppy so I don’t use it now that Baby Budget is starting to sit up, however when she was tiny it was the perfect size to prop her up so that she could see her surroundings, whereas the Boppy was too big. She still likes to sleep with the nursing pillow over the boppy because it is softer, and squishier much like a normal pillow. I as well as my dogs have even used it as a pillow from time to time! I will say that Baby Budget was not nursed, and therefore the Boppy might be a better option for nursing moms, because of the support it provides. I liked the nursing pillow when bottle feeding because I could squish it around to where it was comfortable.

Boppy vs. Nursing Pillow
                  Boppy vs. Nursing Pillow

Nursing Pillow vs. Boppy

 

So, which to buy? I love both, and would have done just fine with the nursing pillow, if it suits your budget and you’re looking for a firmer pillow then go for the Boppy, especially if that’s what you are used to. If you want to spend a little less, go for the nursing pillow. If you’re a little bit crafty, unlike myself, you could also create your own!

The nursing pillow is “completely free” using coupon code “BABYOAB15”, you just have to pay $14.99 shipping. Make sure when you are checking out that you remove the $2.95 exchange insurance, in my opinion that makes this even less of a deal! You can also choose to upgrade to minky for $5, or have it embroidered for an additional $9.95.

 

-Mama Budget

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