EverydayHappy Monthly Kit Giveaway!

Welcome to the EverydayHappy Monthly Kit Giveaway!

Thank you to the sponsor of this giveaway: EverydayHappy

Hosted by: Lil' Blog and More

If you're a fan of monthly kits, that help you save, you're going to love EverydayHappy! EverydayHappy sells monthly kits for diapers, wellness, and family - And the great thing? They're all designed to help you save on monthly costs! 

Lil' Blog and More recently reviewed their diaper kit, and was really impressed! You can check out her original review, by clicking HERE.

EverydayHappy has kindly agreed to give away one monthly kit, to one lucky winner! Enter for your chance to win, with the form, below:

The bloggers involved in this giveaway were not compensated and are not responsible for prize fulfillment. Must be 18 years of age or older to enter this giveaway. This giveaway starts September 23rd, 2016, and will end on October 7th, 2016 at 11:59 pm. The winner will be emailed, and have 48 hours to respond, or a new winner will be chosen. Once a winner is drawn and confirmed, the name will be announced on the GiveawayTools form.
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iClever BoostCare Kids Seasonal HeadPhones Giveaway! 15 Winners ($750 TRV!)

Blogger Opp ~ The iClever BoostCare Kids Seasonal HeadPhones Giveaway! 15 Winners ($750 TRV!) #Free & #Paid Options Available (Sign Ups Close 10/04)

Deliciously Savvy Is Hosting an Amazing Giveaway in Which 15 Winners Will Win These Amazing Head Phones Designed For The Little Ones! There Will Be 5 Grand Prize Winners That Will Receive All 3 Pairs PLUS 10 Additional Winners Will Receive 1 Pair Of Their Choice. Total Retail Value Is $750! Now I Need Your Help Promoting As I Can Never Do It Without Each And Every One Of You! There are #Free & #Paid Options Availabel So Sign Up Today!

Sponsored BY: iClever

Hosted By: Deliciously Savvy

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5 Lucky Winners Will Each Receive All Kids Headphones Pictured Below PLUS 10 Additional Winners Will Receive 1 Pair Of Their Choice! TRV Of This Giveaway Will Be $750!
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Sign Ups Close 10/04 @ 11:59PM EST!!!
Giveaway Dates: 10/06 9PM EST until 10/27 11:59PM EST
Open To: US Only
Must Be 18+ To Enter
Savvy Challenge!!! The Blogger With The Most Referrals will Receive a FREE Co-Host Spot On This Giveaway or a Future Giveaway! Promote Away and Make Sure They Know To Say You Sent Them! Minimum of 4 referrals to win free spot on next promotion or promotion you choose.
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$25 Cheddar's Scratch Kitchen Gift Card Giveaway!

Here's your chance to win a $25 Gift card! Yum!

Simply at Home Mom received free samples and/or compensation for this sponsored post, however all her opinions are her own.

My family loves chicken and I think they could happily eat it just about any day of the week. I love chicken because it's a healthy meat and easy to prepare in most recipes. My family also loves to visit our local Cheddar's because of the amazing food and excellent service we receive upon every visit.  The month of September also just happens to be National Chicken Month at Cheddar's Scratch Kitchen!

This month Simply At Home Mom was invited back to Cheddar's to try out some amazing chicken dishes for National Chicken Month. As usual, the service and atmosphere was amazing and we couldn't have asked for a better visit.

Cheddar's Scratch Kitchen offers many delicious and mouth watering dishes to choose from such as:
  • Famous favorites like Chicken Fried Steak, Key West Chicken and Shrimp, Chicken Tenders and more
  • BBQ Chicken Platter
  • Homemade Chicken Pot Pie
  • Dijon Chicken and Mushrooms
  • Lemon Pepper Chicken
  • Grilled Chicken Alfredo
  • Country Chicken Fried Chicken
  • Yummy lighter options such as Grilled Baja Chicken, Sweet Heat Chicken and Shrimp and wonderful chicken salads
It was sooo hard to decide on what we wanted to try, but we finally settled on the Key West Chicken and Shrimp and the Grilled Chicken Alfredo.


The Key West Chicken and Shrimp is a favorite for a reason! It's just bursting with flavor from the pineapple pico de gallo to the tender chicken and the spicy kick from the shrimp. Everything was seasoned to perfection....not too much and not too little and the dish was fresh and reminded me of warm tropical days. It's a dish that I would definitely order again.

Hoping for a hearty, traditional pasta meal we also ordered the Grilled Chicken Alfredo and were not disappointed. This dish comes with plenty of tender veggies, flavorful chicken, pasta, a creamy alfredo sauce and topped with melted cheese. We loved every bite and due to the very generous portion sizes, we had to take the remainder home with us.


Once again, we were wowed by the delicious food, amazing prices and all around friendly, prompt service at our local Cheddar's. It has become one of our top restaurant choices in our area and we recommend it to everyone we know.

We love heading out for a wonderful meal when we are celebrating or just in the mood to let someone else do the cooking, but I still love serving homemade dinners at home. Cheddar's has provided some great Scratch Facts to save you time when cooking chicken at home!


I've saved the best for last once again! Who's ready for a giveaway?! Would you like to win a $25 gift card to visit your local Cheddar's? This giveaway is open to USA residents only ages 18 and over. Winner will be chosen within 48 hours of giveaway end and notified via email. If no response is received within 24 hours, a new winner will be chosen. Enter the giveaway below and good luck!


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Aquagear Filter Pitcher Giveaway! $69.95 RV!

Enter for your chance to win the impressive Aquagear Filter Pitcher and give your family clean drinking water! Good luck!

Sponsored By: Aquagear

Hosted By: 

Love, Mrs. Mommy

Winner Will Receive: 

an Aquagear Filter Pitcher - a $69.95 RV!

After many years of testing, Aquagear has been proven to be the industry leader when removing harmful contaminants commonly found in municipal tap water. The contaminants include, but are not limited to, chlorine (99.99%), lead (97.5%), fluoride (90%), mercury (99.6%), trihalomethanes (99.99%) DDT (98.8%), and Chromium-6 (99.87%). You can even check out their website to review their Testing Certificates and their raw data from their most recent test completed in October 2015. 
Click here to read Love, Mrs. Mommy's full Aquagear review! 
Open To US entries - Must be 18+ to enter
Giveaway Dates ~ 9/24 12:01 AM EST through 10/10 11:59 PM EST

Good Luck!

Disclosure: Love, Mrs. Mommy and all participating bloggers are not held responsible for sponsors who do not fulfill their prize obligations. Love, Mrs. Mommy received an Aquagear Filter Pitcher at no cost to facilitate the above-mentioned review. This giveaway is in no way endorsed or sponsored by Facebook or any other social media site. The winner will be randomly drawn by Giveaway Tools and will be notified by email. Winner has 48 hours to reply before a replacement winner will be drawn. If you would like to participate in an event like this please contact LoveMrsMommy (at) gmail (dot) com.

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Let Lil’ Sidekick End The Ever-Popular Drop Game!

I received a Lil’ Sidekick at no cost to facilitate this review. All opinions are my own. This post contains affiliate links.

We’ve all been there. Out to a restaurant, on a walk, at the park, or even just around the house… we have all been a party to the Drop Game. Oh yes, it always seemed inevitable, especially when you saw just how much fun your little one had when doing it. Until now! That’s right ladies and gents, this “fun” game is o…v…e…r, thanks to a product called Lil’ Sidekick!

I have partnered with Lil’ Sidekick to tell you all about their ingenious invention! Lil’ Sidekick was invented by a mom who was tired of the Drop Game. She purchased products that were on the market, but they were all made of cloth and easily got dirty. Not only that, but a bungee-type toy strap had almost taken out her son’s eye… after that scare came Lil’ Sidekick! A high quality and effective solution that stops the Drop Game and is safe for your child(ren)!

Lil’ Sidekick is amazing and it really does hold anything! From something as small as a crayon, to their bottle, or even a favorite toy. Plus, you can secure Lil’ Sidekick to pretty much anything!

Thinking back to when my daughter was an itty bitty baby, and remembering all the cleaning I did from the variety of items that were either tossed or pushed onto the floor. I really could have used this, I would have saved myself a lot of time. Trips to the park, where things have landed in the mud… walking around our neighborhood with her bottle falling out of her stroller… eating in her highchair with the utensils flying… the scenarios are countless!

Although I can’t undo what has already been done, I can certainly save myself some time and energy in the future! Thanks to this fantastic product, I have already saved myself from a lot of bending and cleaning! My favorite time to use it is at mealtime… when utensils are the number 1 thing to disappear off the table. What is it about tossing things off the table? Haha.

Not only does this work like a charm at keeping things secured and off the floor, but you can also use this as a teething toy! Lil’ Sidekick is made of a safe, BPA, latex and toxin-free durable FDA-approved material right in Iowa! If it gets dirty, you can even throw it in the dishwasher! How awesome is that?! A nice safety feature are the two built in breakaway points that would be hard for a child to undo. They really thought of everything!

Lil’ Sidekick is an adorable, versatile, time-saver! As a nice little bonus, it comes in 4 fun colors… blue, charcoal, green and pink. They are all so cute, you will want them all! We love ours and know you will too!   

Connect: Find out more about Lil’ Sidekick by visiting their website. Then make sure you “like” them on Facebook and follow them on Twitter.

Buy It: You can purchase Lil’ Sidekick on Amazon or their website!
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Win 2 AllisonAvery Fall Fashion Outfits! 3 Winner Giveaway! ($468 TRV!)

Sponsored By: AllisonAvery

Hosted By: Love, Mrs. Mommy

With fall officially starting today, it's time to think about fall fashion! AllisonAvery offers on-trend styles from flawless to polished. They believe young women should have access to comfortable, versatile collections without breaking the bank. Feel comfortable and beautiful in expressing your style, whatever trend you’re willing to try next! Their buyers have experience working with world-renowned luxury brands like Longchamp Paris and Tom Ford, while their founders have advised Calvin Klein, Glamour, and the New York Times!

Winner Will Receive:

The two outfits featured in the giveaway image in their choice of size! Featured tops and pants come in sizes XS-L.

Open To US - Must be 18+ to enter
Giveaway Dates ~ 9/22 12:01 AM EST through 10/6 11:59 PM EST

Good Luck!

Disclosure: Love, Mrs. Mommy is not held responsible for sponsors who do not fulfill their prize obligations. Love, Mrs. Mommy received nominal monetary compensation to host this giveaway. This giveaway is in no way endorsed or sponsored by Facebook or any other social media site. The winner will be randomly drawn by Giveaway Tools and will be notified by email. The winner has 48 hours to reply before a new winner will be drawn. If you would like to participate in an event like this please contact LoveMrsMommy (at) gmail (dot) com.

Welcome to the Fall Fashion For All Giveaway Hop hosted by Lindsey Blogs and Viva Veltoro. What better way to celebrate the upcoming Fall season than with a Fall Fashion Giveaway Hop!? A group of your favorite bloggers have come together to offer the best Fall Fashion Giveaways for the entire family – so be sure to hop around to them all below my giveaway and don't miss that AMAZING Grand Prize from the hosts.

So Easy Being Green, Viva Veltoro, and the Fall Fashion For all participating bloggers are not responsible for sponsors who do not fulfill prize obligations.
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$50 Amex Pampers Easy Ups Giveaway!

Good luck to all that enter! :-)


Welcome to the $50 Amex Pampers Easy Ups Giveaway!

You might be ready to potty train or you might just be getting your toddler ready to move on to underwear training! The time is now, you can with this awesome prize pack and start off right!

Pampers are here to help you! Check them out at their website!
You can also read the whole story on transitions at Tales From A Southern Mom!

There are multiple entries available and ways to earn extra entries daily.
One winner will receive a $50 American Express Gift Card, a Pack of the New Pampers Easy Ups, and Ilana Wile's book, "The Mommy Shorts Guide to Remarkably Average Parenting"
Ends October 5. Open to US residents only.

Disclaimer: Entrants can only win one of the giveaway prize packs from the participating bloggers in this campaign. I was not compensated for this post. This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook Twitter Pinterest or Instagram. Please note that the event host(s) and the participating bloggers are not responsible for sponsors that do not fulfill prize obligations.
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Step2 Whisper Ride Cruiser Giveaway!

 Such a cute giveaway and the winner gets to choose their color car too! How adorable!

The temperatures are starting to cool down and Fall is the perfect time to get outdoors with your kids. Thankfully, Step2 has a brand new ride-on that will help them explore the outdoors in comfort and style! We're thrilled to introduce you to the new Whisper Ride Cruiser! Thrifty Nifty Mommy's daughter loves the new Whisper Ride Cruiser (as you can see below), and we think your little one will too!

Information about the Whisper Ride Cruiser from Step2:

Children will have a blast strolling around town in the sleek and stylish Step2 Whisper Ride Cruiser! This kid’s ride-on features a realistic body style that matches today’s supercars, including life-like decals and interactive features. Little ones will enjoy their ride while pretending to drive around with the movable steering wheel and working horn. This toddler ride-on will provide your kiddo with a roomy stroll around the neighborhood, park, or zoo! Made in USA of US and imported parts.
  • Stylish kid’s ride-on features realistic supercar look, life-like decals and pretend steering wheel with working horn
  • Large, under seat storage and multiple cup holders make this kid’s cruiser ideal for long rides
  • Cruiser features Whisper Wheels™ for limited road noise
  • Easy-fold handle allows for easy storage and quick transportation
  • Maximum weight: 50 lbs (22.68 kg)
  • Available in blue or pink on the Step2 website, or red available exclusively at Toys 'R' Us.
Open to the continental US only, ages 18 and up. Ends 10/5/16 at 11:59 PM EST.
Enter using the Giveaway Tools form below. Good Luck!

Disclosure: One winner will be randomly selected using the Giveaway Tools random selector and notified via email. Once notified, the winner will have 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen. This giveaway is in no way associated with Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest or Google. Void where prohibited.
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Blogger Opp: Aquagear Filter Pitcher Giveaway! $69.95 RV!

Love, Mrs. Mommy is hosting a fantastic giveaway where 1 lucky winner will receive an Aquagear Filter Pitcher! A $69.95 RV! This filter is amazing! It removes 2,000% more contaminants than Brita!!

I need your help promoting! There are FREE and Paid Options available. I look forward to working with you to promote this wonderful giveaway! Thank you for your help!

Sponsored By: Aquagear

Hosted By: Love, Mrs. Mommy

Co-Hosted By ~ ???

Winner Will Receive: 

an Aquagear Filter Pitcher - a $69.95 RV!

I would love your help promoting! Together we can work to accomplish a lot! Please sign up today! Thank you!

1 FREE Link For Agreeing To Post Giveaway On Time and Promote 3 to 4 times a week Via Social Media. (Choose from Facebook, Twitter, or Pinterest)

Co-Hosts Wanted and Needed ~ $5 for 5 links of your choice (Facebook Comments, Blog Comments, Giveaway Entries, Daily Votes, Social Media Follows of your choice, and Secret Word Pages, but NO GOOGLE+) PLUS the 1 FREE link above gives you 6 Links Total! 
Other Sign Up Options Available On Sign Up Form
Sign Ups Close 9/22 @ 8pm EST
Open To US and must be 18+ to enter
Giveaway Dates ~ 9/24 12:01 AM EST through 10/10 11:59 PM EST
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$50 Diapers.com Gift Card Giveaway!

Enter for your chance to win a $50 gift card to Diapers.com! Good luck to all!

Welcome to the $50 Diapers dot com Giveaway!

You may have seen that it takes several hundred thousand to raise a child...I don't want to believe that. I certainly don't want to pay full price if I can help it! How about you? If there is a deal out there for shopping for baby (and yourself) wouldn't you want to find it?

There are several places to look for those deals and get savings so you have a little extra to spend elsewhere when the need arises. 

Diapers.com coupons and deals is one place to look. They have gift card offers and instant savings on many, many items for baby including car seats, baby food, cloth diapers...you name it! Didn't think they offered more than diapers? Look again. There are a wide variety of  items to fill up your card.

Ebates.com also offers coupons, deals and cash back on your purchases at Diapers dot com. The deals change often and the cash back can be as high at 10 or 12 percent sometimes. You have to check often or install the nav bar icon or mobile app so that you don't miss out!

Swagbucks might have started as a way to earn gift cards from online search, but now they are much more shopping friendly. Look there for coupons, special swag stakes, gift cards and cash back offers to gain points for your online shopping needs.

Now that I've shared my hints and tricks for saving money (and making money!) on those much needed baby gear purchases, what are you waiting for? You can win a $50 Diapers dot com gift card to shop anything the site offers. 

Once you answer the required question you are entered to win. There are multiple entries available and ways to earn extra entries daily.

One winner will receive a $50 Diapers.com Gift Card! Ends September 30. Open to US residents only.

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The iClever Bluetooth Accessories Giveaway (3 Winners! TRV$92)

3 Winners will be drawn for this great Bluetooth giveaway! Good luck!


Deliciously Savvy Is Hosting Another Giveaway In Which 3 Winners Will Receive One Of The Bluetooth Items Pictured Above! The First Winner Will Choose Their Prize and Then The Second Winner Chooses Prizes and The Third Place Winner Receives The Remaining Prize. This Package Is Valued at $92 And The Items Are Amazing! Enter Today & Good Luck!

Sponsored By: iClever

Hosted By: Deliciously Savvy

Co-Hosted By:

Naddez's Tidbyts // The Homespun Chics // The Frugal Exerciser // Mom 'N Daughter Savings // Chin Up Mom // Amy & Aron's Real Life Reviews // My Silly Little Gang // Heartbeats ~ Soul Stains // Michigan Saving and More

PLUS a big shout out and thank you to all of the blogs helping to promote this amazing giveaway!

And Now The Giveaway!!!

The Details:

3 Winners...total (each gets one item below). 1st place winner chooses their item first, 2nd place winner chooses from remaining prizes and 3rd place winner receives remaining prize. TRV $92!
Giveaway Dates ~ Starts 9/19 9PM EST & Ends 10/11 11:59PM EST
Entrants must be 18 years old to enter and giveaway is open to US residents only
Any Questions Email Me At mcushing7 (at) hotmail (dot) com.

This giveaway is in no way endorsed, affiliated or associated with Facebook,
Twitter or any other Social Media Networking Site. This giveaway is valid only
in the United States. Entrants must be 18+ years of age to enter.
This giveaway will end at 11:59PM (EST) on 10/11/2016.

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Symptoms and Treatment Options for Infant Acid Reflux Disease!

This is a Guest Post by Kira Volpi from TummyCare Max. I only share information with my readers that I find interesting, helpful or fun! If you are a parent or caregiver of a baby who is experiencing acid relux, this article is for you. I hope the information that follows will give you the help and guidance you need. Health and best wishes for your family.

All babies reflux or spit up food into the esophagus and out of the mouth. Medical literature suggests that almost all babies will do this in the first year of life. However one in three of these babies will develop significant symptoms from the infant acid reflux events. When there are symptoms this changes the infant acid reflux into infant acid reflux disease (also called Infant GERD; GastroEsophageal Reflux Disease). This is important so that you can speak the same language as your physician. Since it is normal for infants to have some reflux, the physician may suggest that, “they will outgrow it”. We can’t tell you how many times we hear this from Moms and we realize how frustrating this can be. Especially when you’re watching your baby suffer and cry non-stop, refuses to eat or worse. It should not be acceptable to allow an infant to suffer in pain as it can affect everything from their development to their ability to gain weight and even the possibility of changes in the esophagus that may lead to the future likelihood of GERD throughout their lives.

What are the Symptoms of Infant Acid Reflux Disease?

Some of the most common symptoms include:

  1. Spitting up with related crying. The crying is often from the acid in the spit up (refluxate). The spit up can be from small to large amounts of a projectile nature. Sometimes a parent will call this vomiting, however, vomiting involves retching. Certainly, babies can vomit but often times it is projectile reflux.
  2. Back arching. This is also typically related to feeding. As the acid comes up the esophagus, the infant arches the back instinctively to try and relieve the pain. They will often arch away from the bottle.
  3. Hiccups (wet hiccups or wet burps). Hiccups are due to the effect of acid and/or pressure affecting the nerves near the esophagus affecting the diaphragm. Infants with GERD have recurrent hiccups. Wet hiccups occur when there is refluxate coming up when hiccupping.
  4. Irritability during feeding. This occurs when infants start screaming or crying suddenly while feeding. This is usually due to acid causing esophageal irritation and then causing pain.
  5. Refusal to eat, difficulty swallowing. This is due to the pain caused by acid coming back into the esophagus.
  6. Gagging or choking. These symptoms can be related to the acid refluxate coming into the esophagus and moving up into the upper esophagus (proximal). It helps to keep the baby more upright for about ½ hr after feeding. Larger volumes of formula or milk can also create more reflux as the volume exceeds what can be held in the stomach.
  7. Difficulty sleeping or nighttime awakening. As the infant is lying down for extended periods during the night, gravity works against them. Acid moves into the esophagus and is painful. In adults this is also common and is called nighttime acid reflux.
  8. Not gaining weight. Obviously when the above symptoms are occurring, it can be an expected that the infant won’t want to eat. In fact, an aversion to feeding can be learned as a result of the above symptoms. Once learned, it can be challenging to unlearn. A feeding specialist can be helpful. Moms (and dads) spend most of the day (and night) trying to get enough ounces into their infants including feeding during sleeping (sleep feeding). This is very good for the infant, however, oftentimes it can be normal for a physician to observe that the baby is seemingly gaining weight just fine and will then think that the reflux must not be that bad.

More severe symptoms:

  1. Purple baby syndrome. This can be frightening and is very serious. Obviously, the infant has trouble breathing such that they stop breathing and the lips and face turn purple or blue. Since the oxygen is not moving throughout the blood, the color change occurs. This can lead to what is known as an Apparent Life Threatening Event (ALTE). This often involves an emergency room visit. Then there can be an extensive work-up searching for a cause (but many times, by the time the infant arrives at the ER, they have begun breathing again).
  2. SIDS (sudden infant death syndrome). Consider an ALTE (see directly above #1) in which the infant does not spontaneously start breathing on their own. Then you have SIDS. There are a number of reasons that infant may develop SIDS but certainly acid reflux is one of them.
  3. Asthma Like symptoms. If an infant has asthma like symptoms and has infant acid reflux disease, then one of the first things to consider is that acid is the cause. The acid may not even have to reach the lungs (although it certainly can). Even acid vapor can move up from the esophagus and cause sufficient inflammation to lead the apnea and asthma like symptoms.
  4. Recurrent ear infections. The acid is refluxed up to the level where the eustachian tube drains into the esophagus. This acid then inflames the tissue and with the resultant swelling the normal flow of secretions from the middle ear can’t occur. Bacteria can then overgrow and cause infection in the middle ear. Treating with antibiotics (without treating the reflux) leads to bacteria that are resistant to antibiotics.
  5. Laryngomalacia. Laryngomalacia can be congenital (at birth) and it can develop soon after birth. Either way, acid refluxate plays an important role. Significant control of infant acid reflux can lead to a reduction of inflammations, which can improve symptoms.
  6. Coughing without a cold, noisy breathing, wheezing. These symptoms occur when the acid affects the upper esophagus (proximal esophagus) and airways. Often times these symptoms, along with recurrent ear infection and sinusitis are known as Extra Esophageal manifestations of reflux, or ENT-related manifestations, or LPR (LaryngoPharyngeal Reflux). These symptoms can be more difficult to control as very few reflux events are required to keep this symptoms continuing.
  7. Sandifer’s Syndrome. While the Sandifer’s syndrome in and of itself is not dangerous, the problem is that it is sometimes mistaken for a seizure or a neurological disease. Therefore, extensive neurological studies may be undertaken and seizure medicine may be unnecessarily started.

There are a large number of other signs and symptoms related to infant acid reflux disease. Some of these can be reviewed here on the symptoms page.

This is why it is important to have a list of symptoms to report to your physician. The Infant Acid Reflux Questionnaire is very useful in this regard. It also allows you to follow the progress of your infant when you make changes to diet, formula, medicine, etc. (A reflux diary of sorts).

Treatment of Infant Acid Reflux Disease

There is a great deal of controversy related to the treatment of Infant Acid Reflux Disease (Infant GERD). There are several mainstay treatments that have been in use for more than 20 years. These include H2 blockers (histamine type 2 blockers) such as Zantac® (ranitidine), Pepcid® (famotidine) and Axid® (nizatidine). The primary difficulty with the use of H2 blockers is that infants rapidly develop tolerance to the effects (also called tachyphylaxis) and the H2 blocker, which was working, just seems to stop working. Increasing the dose or changing to another H2 blocker is not useful. When an H2 blocker is used and the symptoms return (due to tolerance), some physicians may be puzzled (if they do not already know how common tolerance to H2 blockers occurs) and therefore may have the thought that perhaps acid reflux isn’t the problem. The physician may think to himself or herself that they are giving a medicine, an H2 blocker, that (in their way of thinking) should work, however, it isn’t helping. It is helpful to mention that you have read about tolerance developing to H2 blockers and you wonder if this is happening in your infant.

Proton Pump Inhibitors or (PPIs). PPI medicines are very potent inhibitors of acid secretion. PPI’s are medicines such as omeprazole (Prilosec®), lansoprazole (Prevacid®), esomeprazole (Nexium®). They work by blocking the final pathway for the production of acid. Tolerance cannot develop with PPI medicines. However, it is important to use the correct amount of the PPI medicine. This is the most common shortcoming of using PPI’s. You can read several studies that were performed at the University of Missouri and many studies and papers that explore infant dosing of PPI’s. In general, after approximately 4 weeks of age, the infant’s metabolism of many medicines is at the best it will be in their life. It is well studied and found that infants have a rapid metabolism of many medicines (as we age the metabolism of medicines slows down). So, as we found in our studies, the half-life of PPI medicines (note that the half-life is the time required for the amount of medicine in the body to be reduced by half) was much shorter (up to 3 times faster than adults). Meaning that infants metabolize the PPI medicines 3 times faster than adults.

A: Infants Have Shorter Half Life for PPI’s.

B. Flavored Lansoprazole Suspension in Pediatric GERD.

C. PPI Dosing Information for Your Doctor.

It was found in the study above (C.) that, in general, infants/toddlers benefits from two or more doses per day of a PPI. The younger the infant (after 4 weeks) the more likely they will benefit from three doses per day. Studies using single small doses of PPIs per day showed that the single small dose per day were no different than placebo, yet this small dose is often used in infants with Infant Acid Reflux Disease (Infant GERD). If an insufficient dose is used, then symptoms will persist or worsen and can create the long-term symptoms as mentioned previously as well as losing out on those precious times you could be sharing with your little one. When reflux is well controlled, parents will often remark that their infant’s personality is finally shining through.

It takes approximately 10 to 14 days for sufficient healing to occur after starting the correct dose of a PPI medicine but that effective dose is pertinent to getting your baby feeling better and back on track. Infant acid reflux can cause a lot of stress on you and your home life as well. Sure, I know what you're thinking. “I don't want to give my baby medication.” It's a hard pill to swallow, literally. The parent may be thinking, my infant has to be medicated so early in life and this can be disheartening. But it may be necessary. Consider this, “Do you provide breathing treatments to a baby that has asthma?” The answer is "Yes, of course!" Then why wouldn't you give a treatment to a baby with reflux disease if it works effectively with a good safety profile? It's not a life style choice. It is a treatment to help that baby overcome a temporary situation and keep them out of pain. It is true that most babies outgrow infant reflux or GERD in the first year of life. But why wait and lose those precious years of life?

Of course, it is crucial to discuss these issues with your physician / health care team. Often times it is not prudent to wait to treat your baby. Don’t wait to enjoy this time with your baby and most importantly, don’t wait to get your baby out of pain! Explain the list of symptoms your baby is suffering from, discuss the many hours a day you try to feed them. It is good to be informed and to be the advocate for your infant or toddler with reflux disease. Finally, you can connect with other Moms on Facebook. This can be helpful in understanding what other parents are facing and to see what they are doing to treat their baby’s reflux successfully. It also provides support. You are not the only one going through this difficult time for you and your infant.

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Outshine Bars Make For a Healthy and Delicious Snack!

I love summer and pretty much everything associated with it. That’s why now that summer is winding down, I want to savor every last minute of it. Outshine Bars are helping us to do just that!

Outshine Bars are a healthy way to snack and they are so tasty too! I purchased their Fruit Bars in Strawberry and wow, so yummy! They are made with real fruit and come in many mouth-watering flavors, including:

Creamy coconut
Peach Pomegranate

You can find where you can purchase these great products (even by flavor), by clicking here!

I appreciate the fact that Outshine doesn’t use GMO ingredients in nearly half of their products, and by the end of the year they are working to take out GMO ingredients in nearly all of their bars. They want to make sure all of their ingredients are simple and honest for a quality and great-tasting snack! Click here to read more about Outshine's mission!

These bars make for a tasty treat after a fun, family play-date at the park, walk around the neighborhood, or just a nice way to relax after a long day at work.

Make sure to follow Outshine on Instagram to see some fun ways to share Outshine with your family and friends! Like adding honey and ginger to a lemon fruit bar! Yum!

Interested in other products that Outshine carries? Be sure to check out their website! So many delightful treats in a variety of delicious flavors… you are going to want to try them all!
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BubbleBum Prize Package + $75 Amazon Gift Card Giveaway!

Enter for your chance to win this wonderful child passenger safety prize pack! Tons of goodies for your kids, plus a $75 Amazon card for you! ::wink::

Nothing is more important than making sure your kids are happy and safe, so we've teamed up with BubbleBum to share some tips for child passenger safety and to give away a fantastic prize package to one lucky family!

Kids love staying both safe and comfortable with BubbleBum’s kid-approved, super cool inflatable booster seat. Buckle up your older kids (age 4-11) in a car booster seat providing safety and comfort that is the top choice for all parents. BubbleBum gives kiddos the perfect "boost" to prevent the risk of slouching (which happens with flat car booster seats) and seat belt abdominal injury in the event of a crash. The cool factor makes kids more likely to want to use a booster seat.

BubbleBum weighs less than a pound and inflates/deflates in minutes. It meets and exceeds all Europe and U.S. safety regulations, even in the deflated state. The air-filled design provides extra comfort compared to flat booster seat alternatives. BubbleBum booster seats utilize memory foam technology to help create stability and structural integrity in the seat with side positioners to correctly position the lap belt.

BubbleBum was created by Grainne Kelly, an Irish mom-of-two, as a solution to her own struggles lugging heavy booster seats during her travels with her kids. With her expertise and direction, BubbleBum is leading the way in ensuring that every child has a safe and comfortable booster seat on every car ride. And to help you ensure every child is safe in every vehicle, Grainne has the below tips for you:

Tips for Child Passenger Safety

  • Visit a Safe Kids child restraint check-up event. There are over 500 safety inspection stations across the U.S. that are set up to help teach parents how to safely transport kids. Many safety stations are located in GM dealerships, hospitals, or fire stations. Check for an event or check-up station near you at www.safekids.org.
  • Buckle up your child for every drive, starting with the first ride home from the hospital. Set a good example by buckling up for every ride, too.
  • Keep babies in a rear-facing car seat until they are at least 2-years-old. Check your state law and car seat manufacturer’s guidelines for height and weight. Kids receive the best protection from head, neck, and spinal injuries in a rear-facing position.
  • When installing forward-facing car seats, attach the top tether after tightening the lock and seat belt or lower latches. Ensure the seat is securely fastened before putting your child in the car seat. Tug on the seat, and if it moves more than an inch, it has not been installed properly.
  • Treat kids like VIPS: keep them in the backseat until they are 13.
  • Check car seat labels to determine if they are an appropriate fit for your child’s age, height, and weight.
  • Toys can injure kids in a crash, so only bring soft toys than can be secured and can’t float freely in the car.
  • Check your car seat’s expiration date, as most car seats expire within six years. Check the label to make sure it still meets safety requirements. If it is out of date, discard it in a dark trash bag so it won’t be pulled from the trash and reused.
  • Don’t buy a used car seat from a thrift store or Craigslist, as it is important to know the history of the car seat by knowing the previous owner. Once a car seat has expired or been in a crash, it is deemed unsafe and must be discarded.
  • Use the pinch test to ensure the car seat straps are snug enough. When buckled in, parents should not be able to pinch extra fabric on the strap around the child’s shoulders.
  • Your child is ready for a booster seat if he exceeds height and weight limits, his shoulders are above the harness slots, or his ears are above the top of the car seat.
  • Have a portable booster seat handy (such as the BubbleBum inflatable booster seat) on vacations to use in taxi rides, rental cars, grandma’s car or for that extra unexpected little passenger in daily carpooling. They are easy to pack fitting into a large pursue or backpack and easy to inflate. Kids are 59% safer in booster seat than just a seat belt. BubbleBum meets and exceeds the US FMVSS213 safety regulations and has been awarded the Best BET Booster award by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety multiple times.
  • Never leave a child alone in the car, as the temperatures in a car can escalate quickly in warm weather and cause a heat stroke or even death. Leaving the car running to keep kids cool or warm depending on the weather is not safe, as a running car is a target for thieves and toddlers are able to accidentally engage the vehicle if they get out of their seat. Always take kids inside when you are running errands.
Ready for a great giveaway to keep your kids happy and safe while in the car?

Our winner will receive the following:

  • BubbleBum - It's a best seller and parents’ favorite, winner of more than 20 design and innovation awards including Mumsnet, Mother & Baby and Practical Parenting. The portable, lightweight, inflatable car booster seat for children aged between 4-11 easily deflates and packs away, making it perfect for vacations, rental cars, taxis, coach journeys, school trips or carpooling.
  • Sneck Travel Pillow - This comfy travel pillow’s micro-bead filled pillow pods and cozy material allow your child to sleep in total comfort, while providing head and neck support. Perfect for car journeys, bus trips or fly-in’s, the Sneck easily attaches to the headrest with a Velcro strap so it stays in place and the kids can snooze comfortably. This cool pillow system also comes with a stash pocket so your child can store their mp3 player or mobile device while not in use.
  • Junkie Organizer - The Junkie transforms your backseat, organize your junk and keeps your kids entertained. With a “tech mount” for kids to share one device, both kids can access, interact and view together. Two compact, retractable activity trays for snacking and play. Junkie also features two convenient cup holders. Expanding compartment fits the removable, reusable, refillable totebag with insulated pocket, to transport all your junk from home to car.
  • A $75 Amazon Gift Card
Open to the US only, ages 18 and up. Ends 10/3/16 at 11:59 PM EST.
Enter using the Giveaway Tools form below. Good Luck!

Disclosure: One winner will be randomly selected using the Giveaway Tools random selector and notified via email. Once notified, the winner will have 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen. This giveaway is in no way associated with Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest or Google. Void where prohibited.
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