Monday, October 25, 2010

Peter Rabbit Organics Squeezable Fruit Pouch Review and Giveaway!



I went absolutely bonkers when my package from Peter Rabbit Organics was delivered. I had been eager to receive it since I last spoke with their PR department. Within a very short time, a small box arrived with 3 fruit pouches nestled among shaved paper (much like the picture below, but I didn't get a photo of my own).
Peter Rabbit Organics 100% Pure Fruit Snacks contain a full serving of organic fruit with no added sugar or artificial ingredients. "Fruit Snacks" makes it seem to me that these will be some sort of healthy gummy bears or fruit roll ups. Instead, what is inside these pouches are pureed fruit (and that is it!). They are tremendously convenient, no spoon required and they have an easy twist off resealable cap. There are three different flavors:  Mango, Banana & Orange, Apple & Grape, and lastly Strawberry & Banana
These are not intended only for kids or babies, but for anyone! I opened one for my daughter and I to try, deciding that apple & grape would be most similar to applesauce, a taste she and I love, we opened that first. I took the pouch out of the box and opened it, tasted it, and wanted the rest for myself. But as many parents realize,  with a precious 13 month old staring you down, you never keep anything for yourself.
 I decided that it would taste FABULOUS on my pork chops and gave myself a tiny bit on my plate, then stripped the baby to just her diaper, put her in her pack and play and let her go at it. I was expecting a huge mess (as you can probably tell). When I was eating across the room, she got to explore the pouch on her own. She spilled a little bit at first, because she didn't realize there was food inside. Once she tasted it, she didn't want to stop! She held it right up to her mouth and sucked all of the yummy pureed goodness right out of that pouch. She flattened it out by sucking so hard, and then threw it on the floor and said "Mowuh" (more). Then she began to chew on the hunky no choke style cap, and it helped with her incoming teeth!
We waited a few days to try the next flavor, I had thrown the remaining two pouches in my diaper bag, anticipating a busy bustling week and little time to put the brakes on and take a snack break. This certainly was a wise choice. We got stuck where my husband works late one evening, we drive him to and from, and his relief didn't show up until an hour after my husband was supposed to leave. It was getting to be past dinner time and I didn't grab a bottle because I assumed he would be on time like usual. I was digging in my bag hoping to find a teething biscuit and remembered the pouch, I could test the convenience and ease of use in her car seat! I grabbed the Mango, Banana & Orange one for her to try. I tasted a little bit and it was good too, I imagined that if mixed in with ice and a bit of juice it would make a great smoothie. I handed it to my daughter, again expecting a mess, but she remembered the treat from a few days before and knew exactly what to do. She tasted eagerly but then hesitated before her second bite. She can't speak well yet but I could tell she preferred the previous Apple &Grape pouch to this one. She did however eat more than half of it, and it held her over until daddy came out of work. We replaced the top and stuck it in the fridge, I emptied the rest over cottage cheese the following morning for breakfast and she seemed to enjoy the flavor more that way, I am not sure if it is the other flavor or the temperature that made the difference. 
Wednesday, grocery shopping day, no food in the house day was the day we got an opportunity to try the Strawberry & Banana flavor. We plan our week necessities precisely and there is usually very little "munching" food by the end of the week, which makes sense with the 5 adults that live here full time! I was at a loss for breakfast this morning, and I needed to hand the baby something that was safe for her to eat while her uncle was supervising. He is a great uncle, and loves to play with her, but sometimes she gets into stuff she isn't supposed to (it happens when I am here too, he just doesn't clean up after her or give her baths). I figured a fool proof, no mess snack would be great to leave them with while I ran some errands. I also asked him to time her. I opened the pouch and handed it to her, allowing her to sit on the floor in the living room as I left. I went down to the car, and realized I forgot my list, so I came right back upstairs and inside, and the pouch was half gone already! He continued to time her and I got distracted and began to check my email, then was getting ready to walk out the door, list in hand, and he yells "a little over 3 and a half minutes!" WOW! She liked this one best. And by the third pouch there was hardly any around her mouth and None on her clothes, she was an old pro!
 I will definitely be buying more of these, they are a quick snack that is easy and convenient, great for me or her. I would gladly suck one of these down instead of stopping for a burger and fries, it is much healthier, and very tasty as well! And I would rather give this to my daughter than almost any other snack, it is easy to reseal, there are no crumbs, and she loves it.



LEARN MORE ABOUT IT: Peter Rabbit Organics has a website that is full of great information about its products, the people that run it, and more  http://peterrabbitorganics.com/
BUY IT: Peter Rabbit Organics can be purchased at in person at Whole Foods, Starbucks, various natural or health food stores (there is a store locator on their site!) and online at Amazon, Diapers.com, or Organicdirect.com
WIN IT: One lucky Sunshine to Starshine winner will win 10 assorted Peter Rabbit Organics 100% fruit pouches.
For one entry each, pick and choose, or do them all:  
– Follow this blog publicly on google friend connect (to the left of the page)
Like Peter Rabbit Organics on FB and thank them on their wall for providing a review item for Sunshine to Starshine and why you hope to win.
– Tweet this giveaway (leave the link to your tweet *found by clicking  the time stamp and then copying the URL) this counts one time only; Win a 10 asst organic fruit Peter Rabbit Organics pouches #giveaway from @PR_Organics at @shineshineblog http://tinyurl.com/PROfruitGiveaway

THE RULES:
*OPEN TO USA only

*You must fill out the form, NOT comment on this to enter. (You may comment if you like but it will not be considered an entry.)

*You must provide your name your email to be considered, you must also specify if you have a different name on facebook and your twitter name if you choose to use these entries.
*Winners are chosen by random.org 
*Winner has 36 hours to contact me, or another winner will be chosen.
*Contest ends Wednesday November 17, 2010 at Noon EST. Winner will be posted shortly after.
~*~I received samples from the company to facilitate this review but was not compensated monetarily. This is solely my honest opinion. 


Make sure to scroll down and hit submit for the form to be entered!


Friday, October 22, 2010

Elite Bowtique Halloween Bow Winner!


Stephanie Jean Weber!

Your bow will be on the way tomorrow!


Giveaway Scout search engine!

Did you know that there is a search engine just for Blog Giveaways!? I was introduced by my friend over at Thrifty Nifty Mommy to the search engine "Giveaway Scout" where they list blog giveaways, you can browse by topic, and they update every hour, scanning for newly posted giveaways! I am applying to become one of the listed giveaway sites, and I am very excited about it.

40 Minutes left for enterng the Elite Bowtique Halloween Bow Giveaway, and Coming Next week will be a Peter Rabbit Organics Giveaway!

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Busy week so far

Hi everyone, I have been a little absent minded about the blog this week. I have been very busy with getting some more photographers for the 600 follower photo extravaganza, and trying to create a contact list for companies to contact about the Christmas event.In addition to this stuff I have been between filling out job applications, because I really feel like i need to have a part time gig in order to give my family the best Christmas I can. Not to mention my 13 month old is teething and hsa had high fever for a few days, plus yesterday I gave her a saute with dinner that I thought she had eaten everything in, but she got hives and we still don't know what caused it. It's been a bit hectic!

I missed Talk to Me Tuesday, so I am going to backtrack by doing my questions now, I also didn't get to do my Monday blog hop, so I am going to link up one today.


1. Have you ever had any silly nicknames that people (besides family) used for you?
2. Do you have any tattoos?
3. Do you like the idea of a free photo shoot?
4. What type of things would you like to see featured on this blog?


  • I have been called so many names its hard to keep track, I have got through various nicknames stemming from Caitlin (CaityLynn, Caity, Kat, etc) and from my middle name Alexandra (Ally, Alyx, Alicat) and from combinations of the two names (Calyx), but I think the silliest that I have been called would be "Avacado Aviator" by some of the kids I went to school with.. it came to be in early high school.
  • I do not have any tattoos, yet, but I really want one for my daughter, a rose (her middle name is Rose) with her name Ariana.
  • I love the idea of a free photo shoot, too bad I can't win one of the ones nearby, cause there are a lot of awesome photographers in the big city areas that have decided to be included!
  • I would love to begin featuring one executive at a family friendly company, one blog/blogger, one reader and one local business per month.


Obviously MARvelous

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

600 follower giveaway, updated list

I cannot post all the details yet, but I am in the works with a good friend who wants to donate a portrait session as my 600 follower giveaway. This is a great giveaway for ANYONE to have, guy, girl, family, kids, ANYONE! I am in cahoots with various other photographers from all around the USA so that we can have a wide range of people win! I am hoping to do one winner per region, possibly more!


You cannot enter yet, but in preparation, please follow my blog. Once I reach 600 Followers, this giveaway will begin and you will only have 3 days for additional entries. If you aren't following, you won't know when we made it there!


What I am going to do, as we get close to 600 fans I will begin a blog post for each region with specific entry details. You must comment on the one in your region or else you will have to forfeit your win if you live in CA and enter the midwest competition by accident! If you win, you will be asked to write a mini review of the photographer to be put up on my blog upon the use of your free shoot!



As of right this moment, our facebook page has 132 followers (over 1/5 of the way to this giveaway) and my blog only has 62 followers ( about 1/10 of the way to this giveaway).. (oh yes, and on twitter there are 135 or so) the faster we get to 600 on any, the faster we will get the giveaway going.. and the sooner it will be before you can enjoy your shoots with professional photographers around the USA!


Please comment here or email me at sunshinetostarshine@yahoo.com if you have a photographer in your area that you have always wanted to do a photo shoot with and I will contact them and see if they want to be on my list!




  • All parts of Canada: Still Needed, please let me know if you know of a photographer in Canada
  • Alabama: Tucker Stokes of Stokes Portrait and Wedding Design http://www.stokesphotodesign.com/
  • Alaska: Still Needed, please let me know if you know of a photographer in this area
  • Arizona: Still Needed, please let me know if you know of a photographer in this area
  • Arkansas: Still Needed, please let me know if you know of a photographer in this area
  • California: Still Needed, please let me know if you know of a photographer in this area
  • Colorado: Still Needed, please let me know if you know of a photographer in this area
  • Connecticut: with Karen Schlink from Happenstance Portraits  http://happenstanceportraits.com/
  • Delaware: Still Needed, please let me know if you know of a photographer in this area
  • Florida: Tampa, FL and surrounding with Christy Wright of Fretless Photography http://www.fretlessphotography.com/
  • Georgia: Western GA with Tucker Stokes of Stokes Portrait and Wedding Design http://www.stokesphotodesign.com/
  • Hawaii: Still Needed, please let me know if you know of a photographer in this area
  • Idaho: Still Needed, please let me know if you know of a photographer in this area
  • Illinois: Still Needed, please let me know if you know of a photographer in this area
  • Indiana: Still Needed, please let me know if you know of a photographer in this area
  • Iowa: Still Needed, please let me know if you know of a photographer in this area
  • Kansas: Still Needed, please let me know if you know of a photographer in this area
  • Kentucky: Still Needed, please let me know if you know of a photographer in this area
  • Louisiana: Still Needed, please let me know if you know of a photographer in this area
  • Maine: Still Needed, please let me know if you know of a photographer in this area
  • Maryland: DC and surrounding with Maria Ortiz of Papillon Photo  www.papillonphoto.com
  • Massachusetts: Western MA  with Chad Champoux of Champoux Photo  www.champoux-photo.comBoston/ Eastern MA  with Colleen Keenan of CSK Photography  http://www.cskphoto.com/
  • Michigan:  Still Needed, please let me know if you know of a photographer in this area
  • Minnesota: with Malori Miller of Malori Miller Photography  http://www.malorimillerphotography.com/
  • Mississippi: Still Needed, please let me know if you know of a photographer in this area
  • Missouri: Mid Missouri with Lilliah Summers of Lilliah Summers Photography  http://lilliahsummersphotography.com/
  • Montana:  Still Needed, please let me know if you know of a photographer in this area
  • Nebraska: Still Needed, please let me know if you know of a photographer in this area
  • Nevada: Still Needed, please let me know if you know of a photographer in this area
  • New Hampshire: with Chad Champoux of Champoux Photo  www.champoux-photo.com
  • New Jersey: Still Needed, please let me know if you know of a photographer in this area
  • New Mexico: Still Needed, please let me know if you know of a photographer in this area
  • New York: Rochester, NY with Kate Lemmon of Kate L Photography  www.kateLphotography.com & NYC with Chayanne Marfisi of Chayanne Joel Photography  http://chayannejoel.com/
  • North Carolina: Still Needed, please let me know if you know of a photographer in this area
  • North Dakota: Still Needed, please let me know if you know of a photographer in this area
  • Ohio:  Waived session fee with minimum package purchase with Jim Bulkowski of JB Focus Photography www.jbfocus.com, Columbus OH 30 Minute Mini-Session with Dianna of DGN Photography www.dgnphoto.net
  • Oklahoma: Still Needed, please let me know if you know of a photographer in this area
  • Oregon: Still Needed, please let me know if you know of a photographer in this area
  • Pennsylvania: Still Needed, please let me know if you know of a photographer in this area
  • Rhode Island: with Karen Schlink from Happenstance Portraits  http://happenstanceportraits.com/
  • South Carolina: Still Needed, please let me know if you know of a photographer in this area
  • South Dakota: Still Needed, please let me know if you know of a photographer in this area
  • Tennessee: Still Needed, please let me know if you know of a photographer in this area
  • Texas: Still Needed, please let me know if you know of a photographer in this area
  • Utah: Still Needed, please let me know if you know of a photographer in this area
  • Vermont: Northern VT with Mike Thomas of M. Thomas Studios http://www.mthomasstudios.com/, with Chad Champoux* of Champoux Photo  www.champoux-photo.com
  • Virginia: DC and surrounding with Maria Ortiz of Papillon Photo  www.papillonphoto.com
  • Washington: Still Needed, please let me know if you know of a photographer in this area
  • West Virginia: DC and surrounding with Maria Ortiz of Papillon Photo  www.papillonphoto.com
  • Wisconsin: Still Needed, please let me know if you know of a photographer in this area
  • Wyoming: Still Needed, please let me know if you know of a photographer in this area

Monday, October 18, 2010

Living in Connecticut


I took this shot while I was driving the other day..
It's such a beautiful time at the turn of the season, so I just had to capture it.
I wish I could say I stopped more appropriately but I just snapped it
at a stop sign on my camera phone then edited it a little bit online.

I love the fall, it is my favorite part of living in CT.
Apple picking, pumpkin patches, foliage, and Sunday drives more!

 I am also in a coastal region so we get awesome beach access in the summer.
Beach parties,  tourists, beachy weddings, sun kissed look (or lobstery burns!),
seafood, local outdoor festivals.. the possibilities are endless.



 



Saturday, October 16, 2010

Apple Pie Weekend

This week my husband only had one day off, the owners of his hotel are on vacation, so he and the other managers are on their own. We spent that one day driving almost an hour to a nice apple orchard. There are certainly closer ones, but he likes to take adventures, and we love to go on drives to see some of the beautiful autumn foliage of New England. We decided to pick apples, a nice big bag worth. He loves to eat Golden Delicious apples, and I needed some assorted types for my mom's famous apple pie.


We could have got a mediocre selection from a local grocery store where they are on sale for $0.88 per pound in the little tote bags(where you can't see them all and they are generally tiny), but  instead we got to take our daughter to a lovely orchard, pick as a family, and just have a good stress free day.


My mom's apple pie is not by any means traditional. It contains a sweet sour cream filling, has a streusel topping and is absolutely scrumptious. My husband adores it and so do I. If it comes out right this year it will look similar to this one (which I found on google). My in laws are hesitant to eat it, they are afraid of almost everything that is not packaged, so I am not surprised. I love this pie, I grew up on it. I also love my momma's peach pie when it comes to summertime. I think it is good to have distinguishing family recipes, rather than having something similar to everyone else.


Typically for apple pie, I use a frozen crust, I know it's the easy way out, but I am a busy lady and I never really wanted to learn how to make a pie crust. I realized a few moments ago that I forgot to buy crust this week and my husband wants pie.. uh oh! We made our budget and forgot to include that, so now we have just a little bit left, and no money for pie crust. So, I am on my own to make a crust and get this pie made by tomorrow.


I have been searching online for a good pie crust, one that is absolutely simple. One that calls for margarine or vegetable shortening because I don't have any real butter in the house. I also don't have a rolling pin so I am either borrowing one or using a can and having funny rippled lines in the crust.


Thursday, October 14, 2010

Christmas

I am teaming up with Thrifty Nifty Mommy something for Christmas.. keep your eyes peeled for details! All I can say, is that it is going to be fabulous.



*Are you a business owner and want to sponsor an item for our holiday giveaways? We are now accepting items for people of all ages, gift cards, store credits, and more for this event. We are hoping to have 60 flash giveaways and at least 24 blog reviews or just giveaways. We are in discussions about the event name and length, but have no fear, you will definitely be in the spotlight during the Holiday season if you come to us with your products.
  We will be contacting companies directly but if we haven't contacted you yet, please contact us! Email Caitlin at sunshinetostarshine@yahoo.com and I will get back to you shortly!

Here's what we will need from contending sponsors 
(hoping to have a skeleton list by Nov 20): 
  • a description of the item or items you would like to give to a lucky winner
  •  a photo of the item (or something similar if it will be custom created) 
  • your preference: flash giveaway on FB or Blog giveaway?
  • we require that shipping must be free to the USA, but please let us know if there will be a charge to Canada/other countries
  • would you like one of us to review an item prior to the event? (must be in our hands by December 5)
  • What would you like the requirement for entries to be? Please make this one to two tasks that can be done by many people :)
Can't wait to hear from you!


Monday, October 11, 2010

Talk to Me Tuesdays (Yes I know that it is Monday)

I want to get to know my readers, for the purpose of giveaways, but also so we have a personal connection! New Questions each week.
State: I live in CT.    Blog: Here.     Kids: I am a mom to a 12 month old girl.    Giveaway I want to do: Nuvawave oven.    Found at: I found it when I created it ;-)    3 dinners: We are having Chili, Sausage and Pepper Subs, and Tex Mex Chicken this week.    Fact:LOVE Dunkin Donuts and I have a huge weakness for Pumpkin Spice Coffee.




Please comment on this with answers to the following questions:

  • What State do you live in? (If outside of the USA, you can list the country )[this will help me get an idea of which states to focus my search for more 600 fan giveaway photographers on, cause I want all to be included]
  • Do you have your own blog? (If so, please share the link so I an other readers can stop by)
  • Do you have children in your life?
  • What is one thing you would love to have me do a giveaway for? (I am always looking for new ideas of who to contact as far as businesses go, feel free to leave a few)
  • How did you find my blog? 
  • What are 3 dinners you are making this week? 
  • One random fact!

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Monday Mixer Blog Hop Hosted by Sunshine to Starshine

Welcome to Monday Mixer!  Monday Mixer is a weekly link-up hosted by Sunshine to Starshine created for socializing and to get new followers, subscribers, and readers.  Every Monday a new linky will be posted. Here's how it works:

* Follow this blog
* Follow the Blog who was listed directly before you and comment on an entry of theirs within the past week
* Follow at least 2 additional blogs
* Leave a comment here if you're a new follower with your web address and I will follow back
* Grab the link-up button and post "Monday Mixer" on your blog to help spread the word
* Link up your blog post for "Monday Mixer".  The more people that know, the more that will join in, the  more fun it will be!!

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Bloggers who have blog hops, link them up in Inspiring You to Save's Blog Hop Library here! The Blog Hop Library is organized by day of the week. Just link up your blog hop on the days its hosted by you so others can find it!








NOTE: Anything that isn't family oriented will be deleted. Do not link to this post unless you are participating in "Monday Mixer". Most of all HAVE FUN! :)





Friday, October 08, 2010

Elite Bowtique Halloween Bow Giveaway!! ends Oct 22

Sara at Elite Bowtique gave me a little bio, I cut out a few sections that make the form way too easy to fill out, instead you get to look at the Elite Bowtique page yourself, or guess I suppose!
Elite Bowtique started off with close friends, and eventually by word of mouth my business has boomed! I was posting photos and selling off my Facebook page. Everyone kept asking if I had a site, as they got many compliments while wearing my bows :-)  and after much procrastination, I finally set up an Elite Bowtique FB page! My mission is to make the cutest products at reasonably low prices! I believe everyone, regardless of income, should be able to sport the cutest handmade items.
I found some amazingly cute bows that she sells:


Ladybug!

This one is a Halloween themed one with cats
(I had such a hard time choosing one, there were so many cute ones)

What a lovely ring, she has many with this center piece!

I cannot resist the cute owls!!

For this giveaway Sara is gave us 2 Halloween themed bows (one to review and one to giveaway)!! I am in no way being compensated by Elite Bowtiques to do a review.  We couldn't decide which one we liked better, so here are the two. You get to vote for which one you want on the form!




Green Ghost


Simple Halloween



How to purchase: Become a fan of Elite Bowtique on Facebook to see photos, pricing, customer reviews, or place a custom order (there are a lot of Sport themed ones and team bows coming through right now)




How to enter the giveaway: Fill out the form below, follow all the rules at the top, and have fun! The contest will close at Noon on Friday Oct 22.  Winner will be notified immediately. If you do not have a facebook please fill out the form but make sure to not someplace that you are unable to fan Elite Bowtique (If you do this, I will be checking if you have fb).




TOMMEE TIPPEE WINNER

10/6 9:10pm



Congratulations to Monika!! You are the winner of a 2pk Tommee Tippee Explora Cup of your choice! Email is heading your way!

10/8 12:20pm
I am sorry Monika, 36 hours has passed with no contact from you and a new winner has been chosen.
Congrats to Jenn Trueblood!

Thursday, October 07, 2010

Kathi Lipp's "The Husband Project" Book Giveaway! CLOSED

Kathi Lipp
The Husband Project: 21 Days to Loving Your Husband on Purpose and with a Plan


This giveaway is going to be different than ANY other giveaway I host, because your answers matter in this one. There is only 1 way to enter, and getting through all the questions is your 1 entry. There are no additional entries. This form is like an interview questionnaire, and I will choose the top 4 choices, and then random.org will choose which one gets the free book and a person to go through it with.


You ask, what are you interviewing for? I am interviewing for an accountability partner in this project. As I read the book, there is a requirement of having someone read the book and do the activities with you, someone you can help along the way, and someone to help you. A person who will send reminder emails a couple times a week, and encourage bonus projects.  I am looking for someone who wants to read this book and start on it right away! Someone who needs something new in their marriage!


So far, I do recommend that you buy this for yourself and do it anyways! Heck, I will be your accountability partner if you need one! This book (even just reading it, before I have started doing any actual projects) has opened my eyes to some things and is just making it easier for me to make my behaviors better for my husband.


The book is a set of guidelines to help you make the marriage better on your end, you can't change your husband, but you can change your actions to be deliberately for him . It may take a little extra work if you are having a rough time in your marriage, because this assignment does require you to make a vow to be nice to him, and to do each task for 21 days. I encourage it especially for those who are finding it difficult to balance work, kids, and hubby time! After reading through all the tasks I am excited to get going and I considered starting without an accountability partner, but decided that i could make this a Fun Giveaway, to earn my companionship for approximately 3 weeks, but more like a lifetime, because as this activity progresses, and we have to know details of our plans for each other's husbands, we will become more than accountability partners, we will become friends.




I am not being compensated for writing this review. Kathi Lipp shared the opportunity to do this with my followers out of the kindness of her heart by providing me two books. This is all personal opinion and your experience with the book will be only yours. 
I hope to get to know all of you a little bit, and I will be making my decision about who will be given the book on Monday October 18th. Entries will end at 11:59pm EST on Sunday Oct 17th. 





(A form has been removed because this contest is closed. Winner is Jennifer D. She will receive an email. However, I am going to be contacting Kathi Lipp's PR dept to see if the others that entered can receive one as well. I would love to work on this as a group project since there were so few entries*4* to be exact.)

Wednesday, October 06, 2010

Tommee Tippee Review and giveaway! CLOSED!



Day one Tuesday: 
 I received my Tommee Tippee Explora® Sippy Cup today in the mail. I was so excited because just yesterday I was in touch with the representative in the PR department over there. I opened up the package from UPS and there was my beautiful 2 pack of supposed "truly spill-proof" sippy cups. My first thoughts were that the cups themselves were much cuter than I remembered when I looked at the photos online. I like that the packaging had pink in it when I chose the pink/purple cups.. I am not entirely sure if that is because I picked girly cups or if that is the typical coloring. As I look at the packaging I am noticing a few things: There are small logos that say Leak Proof, 50 years experience, BPA free, and Awarded UK Superbrands 2009-2010. On the back it shows 5 stages of the Explora Truly Spill-proof cups: a trainer cup 6m+, a sippy cup 9m+, a straw cup 12m+, a water bottle 18m+, a drinking cup 24m+. At this point I determined that I wasn't going to be able to try them out today because I had errands and I wanted to truly supervise my daughter's first experience with them, so they went on the counter until tomorrow. My camera charger is lost so hopefully this week I can take the baby over to my mom's house and get a photo or two of her with her beloved sippy cup.

Day two Wednesday: 
I opened the package for the first time around noon, just before lunch. It was time for juice to go with our sandwich, so I went to the sink and rinsed out the new sippy cup. I first filled it as full as I could with water and put on the top. I turned it every direction I could think of, shaking it around like crazy. I was determined to make the "truly spill proof" label be a fail. I was unsuccessful. Not a single drop fell. I emptied the water and filled it with juice and handed it to my 12 month old daughter in her high chair. During lunch baby Ariana typically gets frustrated with her sippy cups, either they pour too freely or not enough, but today she did not throw it at all until all her food was gone and she was bored of her high chair. When she threw a bottle last week on our hard floors, the top cracked and dumped milk all over the place. There was not even the slightest bit of wear when she tossed this Tommee Tippee Explora® Truly Spill-Proof Sippy Cup. Ariana has been dragging the pink cup all over the house today. Tomorrow her cousin, baby M, almost 13 months, will be over and we are going to let her test out the purple one.


Day three Thursday:
I opened up the package and took out the unused cup this morning, washed it and let it dry in anticipation of my niece's visit. The 2 cousins are rough and tough for little girls, tossing things all over the place, stealing one another's toys and food, hair pulling, binky snatching and basically being "mean" to everything they own and to each other. When baby M arrived I was ready to be the babysitter, but instead her parents stuck around for a lot of the day. At lunch time she seemed very interested in Ariana's cup, stole it and started drinking from it a number of times. Each time she was caught she would toss it on the floor and run as fast as she could. I asked her dad if I could give her one of the Explora sippy cups I was doing a review about, and his response was sort of like "whatever but I am not cleaning up after the mess she makes". I filled the purple sippy cup with water and handed it to her. I gave Ariana back the pink one and sat them down in our living room. Despite the play time nature of the visit, there was NOT A SINGLE DROP of juice or water on the floor in there after hours! The first few days, the "truly spill-proof" is definitely exceeding my expectations.
Day four Friday:
Ariana still will not let this sippy cup out of her sight. She takes off running if you try to refill it or wash it. I was so excited when there was cleaning instructions in the package, but there is a how-to video on the website as well! She takes it empty to bed with her. We both love this sippy cup. I am happy to have found one that does not spill all over her or frustrate her. Baby M's mommy was impressed with the spill proof nature of the cups too and has already asked me the cost and where to get them from. Great job Tommee Tippee! She was so anxious to go get them that she didn't want to wait to see if she could win them in the giveaway I am hosting. Loving the flip closed lid, just in case it were to spill a bit in my diaper bag or something, but I have faith that it wouldn't! Going to get a photo or two tomorrow, YAY!
Day five Saturday: 
Anticipating my 2 major papers due on Sunday I am opening this giveaway Friday night at 10:00 pm EST. I will update with my further observances Saturday however they may be a bit late and I don't want you to miss out on valuable entry time.

Day five Saturday: 
We took our sippy cup in the car today, and all over the place! It came to my mom's house to get these lovely pictures (as I mentioned earlier, my camera is out of commision). Then we went apple picking with my two sisters, the sippy cup came there too. Then we went to my sister's to make dinner together and spend some girl time together! At first Ariana seemed sick of the sippy cup, she didn't want her juice and kept tossing it at me. I was discouraged,no 5th day to my review... As soon as I dumped the juice and replaced it with milk, my daughter loved her sippy again. (She must not be a fan of white grape peach).

 Thank you all for reading my review of the Tommee Tippee Explora® Truly Spill-Proof Sippy Cup!



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*** Tommee Tippee in no way compensated me for this review, but thank you very much for providing the product for my review and for providing an item for my giveaway. This is my true honest opinion only. The photo used are my own property.

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