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I admit it, I just love bags! Tote bags, beach bags, backpacks…you name it, I am a sucker when it comes to stylish ways to organize and carry my everyday items! But since I became a mom, there’s a new type of bag I get to add to my repertoire…diaper bags! Of course, not all diaper bags are created equal, and I have gone through so many in the last 8 years of having little ones who require so.much.stuff. That’s why I was absolutely thrilled to receive Skip Hop’s new Forma Diaper Backpack! It’s a backpack! It’s a diaper bag! It’s stylish…and it can also carry my laptop if necessary. Yep, I think I have found the bag that truly do it all, keep my hands free when wearing it so I can hold my childrens’ hands or push a stroller, and carry MY stuff as well as theirs!

Skip Hop Forma Backpack

Here’s why I am loving this roomy diaper backpack so much!

  • Front section allows easy access to storage cubes
  • Insulated cube is perfect for bottles
  • Multipurpose mesh cube for clothing and snacks
  • Changing pad pocket holds tablets and laptops up to 15″
  • Extra wide dual zip opening
  • Insulated side bottle pockets
  • Elasticized interior pockets and cell phone pocket
  • Cushioned shoulder straps
  • Stroller straps
  • Cushioned changing pad
  • Phthalate-free, PVC-free

Plus, it comes in 5 colors – there is something for everyone’s taste. Seriously, we are in love!

You can check out the new Forma Diaper Backpack on the Skip Hop website, as well as so many other favorites of ours from this iconic brand for parents & children.

*Company generously provided a sample and images for this article. All thoughts expressed herein are my own.*

 

With the rare lunar eclipse, comet and snow moon making an appearance last night, we were inspired to share one of our favorite ways to light up your little one’s room with the night sky! These new adorable plush characters from beloved brand, Skip Hop, feature a belly projection that shows stars and moons on the ceiling or transforms to a soft glow when belly is covered for bedtime.

Skip Hop Lamb 2

The Moonlight & Melodies Hug Me Projection Soother is battery-operated, and projects a starry nightscape onto any surface! It also transforms into a snuggly bedtime friend for your child! Simply flip up the pocket to cover the projector belly and enjoy a warm nightlight glow. “Mom’s” little guy is now able to press the button on the Lamb’s belly to shine stars onto the sheets or to listen to the four gentle melodies! The Moonlight & Melodies Hug Me Projection Soother features an auto-off timer, which is perfect for winding down at bedtime.

Skip Hop Bear 1

The Moonlight & Melodies Hug Me Projection Soother is portable and cord-free, and features an LED light that stays cool to the touch. The lights cycle through three colors, and it plays four gentle melodies, inlcuding Für Elise, Twinkle Twinkle Little Star, Brahms’ Lullaby, and Rock-a-bye Baby. The Projection Soother is available as a Lamb or Bear – both are just too sweet!

You can check out the Moonlight & Melodies Hug Me Projection Soother on SkipHop.com.

*All thoughts expressed herein are my own. Company generously provided samples and images for this piece.*

Just in time for back-to-school shopping, Skip Hop’s two new additions to their adorable line of Zoo Lunchies and Packs will have your little ones heading to the classroom in style. The Hippo and Dinosaur come in bold, bright colors and “Mom” loves how each zipper pull features a cute embellishment, including a birdie on the Hippo and a leaf on the dinosaur. Both the lunchies and packs are BPA-free, and can easily be wiped clean after use.

In addition to the Hippo and Dinosaur, Skip Hop Zoo Lunchies and Packs include the Bee, Dog, Frog, Monkey, Owl, Penguin, Zebra, Elephant, Fox and Ladybug.

Skip Hop Zoo Packs and Lunchies are available online at SkipHop.com and at select retailers nationwide.

*Company generously provided samples and images for this pieces.*

You will go wild for Skip Hop’s Alphabet Zoo line, the newest collection to be introduced from this innovative and modern company! This zoo-rific collection includes four boldly-colored, whimsical pieces featuring modern graphics and beautiful colors. The soft baby toys are developmental with a designer twist and allow your little one to play and engage in a myriad of ways.

Mom” adores the super-soft Stack & Stick Animals, which has been safety-tested to meet or exceed ASTM, CPSIA, EN71 and applicable safety standards. 3 lively animals, including a zebra, owl and elephant, attach together with velcro or can be pulled apart for sensory fun! The elephant’s ears crinkle and features a chime inside his plush body, the zebra rattles, and the owl has many different fabrics embroidered on his body for tactile exploration.

In addition to the Stack & Stick Animals, the Alphabet Zoo collection includes:

Alphabet Zoo Activity Gym – The graphic activity mat, which includes a Tummy Time pillow, offers irresistible multi-sensory play for baby at every stage of development and brings new life to ABCs. The Activity Gym features 17 developmental activities for ages 0+ months and up.

Alphabet Zoo Activity Mirror – Baby will have tons of fun learning to recognize himself while playing with a monkey friend that sticks around the mirror. Large and baby-safe, the mirror is surrounded by a soft and friendly elephant.

Alphabet Zoo Unfolding Activity Book – Filled with tactile activities, this book opens up to become a fun-filled play center with five friendly animals all in a row. Packs neatly in a diaper bag, too!

The Alphabet Zoo Toy Collection is available online and at select retailers nationwide. Learn more at SkipHop.com.

*Company generously provided samples and images for this piece.*

Here’s a clever (and adorable!) way to get your little ones to wash their bodies and their hair during bathtime! Just install the new BPA-free Soapster Foaming Soap Dispenser from Skip Hop in a convenient location on the tub wall within reach of tiny hands, add your favorite organic body wash & shampoo, and let them take charge. With each pump of the penguin’s belly, a perfect amount of soap appears, making it easy to lather up! Not sure when the soap is getting low? Skip Hop has thought of that too – the penguin’s belly has a window that shows Mom and Dad just how much soap is left before refills are needed.

We love how this fosters independence and has your child learning how to wash their own body and hair with ease with no accidental dumping of the entire shampoo bottle into the bath! For parents of babies, this also makes a convenient bathtime aid until your child is able to wash his or her own body, as it allows one-handed use while holding the baby. The dispenser can be installed by either a screw plate attachment or suction cups.

To learn more about the new Soapster Foaming Soap Dispenser from Skip Hop, or to locate a retailer near you, visit SkipHop.com.

*Company generously provided samples and images for this piece.*

Bathtime struggles will cease when these educational and exciting bath toys are brought into play! BPA-free and just plain FUN, little ones will once again love their bathtime routine!

Wonder Waterway

Engage your little one with this eye-catching Wonder Waterway from Munchkin! For ages 6 months and up, this adorable toy can be stacked to create a fun waterway, or taken apart to be played with individually in the water. This cute little find is a fabulous toy to help your baby build hand-eye coordination with ease!

White Hot® Super Safety Bath Ducky

“Rubber ducky, you’re the one… you make bath-time so much fun!” Your child will be singing this tune while splashing and playing with this rubber duck which boasts a special “White Hot” disc at the bottom that tells you when the water is too hot to handle, and then lets you know when it’s just right to bathe your baby. But your little one won’t know the difference – she will be having too much fun making up games with one of three ducks – a firefighter, police office or mermaid! What “Mom” loves is that the ducks are watertight, so no mildew will build up inside, which is often the case with water toys!

Octopus Ring Toss

It’s a water sprinkler and ring toss game in one! Your baby will love to watch as water poured into the octous’s head trickles down his arms, or play an exciting game of ring toss while in the tub! Easily mounted onto the wall, the Octopus Ring Toss by Skip Hop is made of soft, no-bump material.

Starfish Stay-Put Stacker

Every child loves this classic toy – which Skip Hop has brought to the bath for added enjoyment! Your little bathing beauty will love to stack and re-stack the rings as the Starfish Stacker stays firmly attached to the tub floor. For an added dexterity challenge as baby gets older, let the stacker float on top of the water while your child tries to stack the rings! Plus, kids will love discovering that the rings stick and cling to the tub wall when wet.

*Companies generously provided images and samples for this piece.*

Make Over Your Child’s Lunchbox!

Make over your child’s lunchbox as they head into the school year with these nutritious and eco-friendly options. Remember to pack as much as you can the night before, to allow ample time in the morning for a healthy breakfast and other preparations! Cut up fresh fruits and veggies, prepare snack containers with granola or trail mix, make a healthy sandwich on whole wheat bread – you get the idea!

Stonyfield YoKids Squeezers

A healthier yogurt, to-go! “Mom” is a huge fan of Stonyfield Farm, and their new YoKids Squeezers are packed with probiotics and they contain no “yucky stuff” found in a lot of children’s yogurts such as artificial colors, additives or high fructose corn syrup! Plus, since the YoKids Squeezers are organic they are made from milk that has been produced free of toxic persistent pesticides and artificial growth hormones! StonyField Farm recommends freezing the squeezers so that by lunch time they will be thawed and ready to eat! Kids can enjoy right of the squeeze pack, or place it in a bowl and top it with granola & fresh fruit!

Bob’s Red Mill Whole Grain Granolas

In place of sugary fruit snacks or gummy snacks, try Bob’s Red Mill NEW Whole Grain Granolas. Each granola averages more than 27 grams of whole grains, 3 grams of fiber and 5 grams of protein per serving, and features natural sweeteners such as honey, pure vanilla, brown sugar and molasses. Enjoy the new granolas with almond milk for breakfast, placed on top of yogurt or straight out of the bag for a hearty, whole grain snack!

Aladdin’s Recycled & Recyclable Snack Containers

Say bye-bye to plastic baggies and opt for these Recycled & Recyclable Snack Containers from Aladdin in your little one’s lunchbox instead! Perfect for granola, trail mix, dried fruits and other small snacks, they will keep them from getting crushed and the plastic bags out of the landfill!

Lucy’s Cookies

For children with allergies and other sensitivities, pack healthy sweet treats from Lucy’s Cookies for a dessert without worry. Lucy’s delightful cookies come in 7 yummy flavors: Ginger Snap, Maple Bliss, Chocolate Cookie, Chocolate Chip, Oatmeal, Cinnamon Thins and Sugar, all packaged in a handy snack pack with 4 kid-sized cookies per pack. The cookies are made with no eggs, peanuts, tree nuts or milk, so children with food allergies are safe to eat them! Plus, they taste great – especially dipped in soy or hemp milk!

*Companies generously provided samples and images for this article.*

Sending your child back-to-school? Skip Hop offers some of the cutest yet extremely functional backpacks for little ones that everyone will adore! Made with rugged styling for wear and tear, the Zoo Packs come in the shape of your child’s favorite animal – let your little wild child choose from an elephant, mouse, fox, dog, bee, monkey, frog, zebra, owl, or penguin! With matching Zoo Lunchies that keep your son or daughter’s lunch insulated & cool throughout the morning, the line is just too, too cute!

Mom’s” daughter just adores her new Elephant Zoo Pack – especially because the front zipper has a little peanut on the tab to pull it open, and she can pretend to feed it to the elephant!

What are the features of the Zoo Packs?

• Age: 3+
• BPA-Free, Phthalate-free
• Roomy main compartment
• Insulated pouch for snacks
• Adjustable mesh bottle pocket
• Padded, adjustable comfy straps
• Write-on nametag inside
• Easy to clean lining

These kid-sized packs are a big hit around “Mom’s” house,and we are sure they will soon get rave reviews around yours, as well! To locate a store near you that carries Skip Hop products, such as their Zoo Packs and Zoo Lunchies, visit SkipHop.com.

*Company generously provided samples and images for this review.*

6 Planet-Friendly Picks for Back-to-School

ReUsies™

Skip the plastic baggies and opt for a reusable, cheerful option instead! ReUsies™ are an excellent eco-friendly alternative to sandwich & plastic snack bags – each one has the potential to eliminate hundreds of plastic bags. ReUsies™ are 100% cotton lined with leak-resistant nylon and are secured with Velcro®
closures. Available in a variety of fun, colorful prints such as elephants, birds, and baseballs.

California Innovations

California Innovations just knows what kids love – Disney favorites on their lunchbox! From Cars to Princesses, their PVC-free and Lead-safe zippered lunch bags will keep your child’s lunch cold with high-density thermal insulation. In addition to being PVC-free & lead-free, all of California Innovations’ coolers and lunch bags incorporate Microban to provide antimicrobial protection and inhibit bacterial odors/stains. Offered in a variety of styles, sizes and colors for all ages, California Innovations’ affordable collection can also be found at your local Target.

PACkit Cooler Bottle & Lunch Bag

Ingenious and just plain smart, this freezable, insulated bag eliminates the need for gel packs because it is already lined with eco-friendly gel. Simply fold and storethe PACkit Cooler Bottle & Lunch Bag in the freezer until you are ready to use on busy school mornings! For tweens and teens who do not wish to carry an animal-shaped lunchbox, this lunch bag is unobtrusive and folds up neatly to tuck in a backpack or messenger bag after being used. It will keep food and bottles fresh and cold for up to 10 hours.

ReUsables Natural Tableware

Just say no to plastic forks, spoons, and knives! Dandelion Earth-Friendly Goods now offers reusable & earth-friendly utensils made from corn! The ReUsables Natural Tableware Feeding line is made from cornstarch bioplastic, and all items are BPA-free, Phthalate-free, Lead-free, and PVC-free. Sold in multi-packs of 8 for convenience, the utensils are perfectly shaped for small hands. In addition to the utensils, the Natural Tableware Feeding line includes plates, bowls, utensils, and an infant feeding set (perfect for little ones in daycare!).

Lunchopolis by Enviro Products

Like a tiny city for all of your lunch items! Both stylish and innovative, Lunchopolis was designed with everything you need to pack a nutritious, planet-friendly lunch! Yes, that is correct – no more plastic sandwich bags, aluminum foil, milk and juice boxes or other unnecessary waste to toss out with the trash. Available in bold, bright colors, each Lunchopolis lunchbox comes with a drinking bottle and modular containers in a variety of sizes that are reusable and stack neatly together inside the soft lunchbox. Perfect for older children and tweens! All Lunchopolis products are BPA-free, as well.

Skip Hop Zoo Lunchies

Lions and tigers – oh my! Skip Hop’s Zoo Lunchies are “Mom’s” new favorite when it comes to a functional yet just plain adorable lunchbox for her little one. BPA-free and Phthalate-free, all Zoo Lunchies feature a roomy main compartment large enough for a sandwich, fruits & vegetable, and a milk or juice box. (“Mom” packs almond milk singles in her child’s lunchbox.) Plus, there is an interior mesh compartment for utensils or reusable freezer gel pack, and the top handle includes a clip that can be hooked to other bags or matching Zoo Pack. Each zipper is too, too cute – they feature a fun matching zipper-pull!

*Companies geneorusly provided samples and images for this article.*

To celebrate the new dad, Skip Hop is offering Free Shipping with promo code “DAD” from now until June 19th at www.skiphop.com! The BPA-free Bento Bag pictured above is a great choice for any father who likes to be prepared while out at the park with the kids this summer!

*Image provided by Skip Hop.*