I am very excited to do this product review. I saw on Kourtney Kardashian’s blog that this item is one of the things she packed in her hospital bag to deliver Penelope (don’t judge me, I like mindless TV sometimes). I also heard that it was featured on Tia & Tamara’s reality show and was [...]
Read below to find out how to get a free Penalty Pal in addition to 20% off the Parking Pal as well as the Penalty Pal! Hi, my name is Denise and I’m a mom to 3 boys ages 11, 9, and 7. I stay busy homeschooling the boys and work part time as an RN [...]
Hi! I’m Kirsten, one of the moms behind Sprout Shell. I’m married and have two little ones and another on the way. We live in the San Francisco Bay area and enjoy the great weather and beautiful landscapes. I’m often asked how Sprout Shell got started. It’s a bit of a long story, but a [...]
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My Name is Elisa and I am the founder of Undercover Mama. I have five beautiful daughters ages 8 months to 12 years and one wonderful son age 5. We live in a fairly small town in Utah at the base of a mountain. I homeschool my children and love the flexibility and time together [...]
Moms are sooooo creative. I’m continually amazed by the unique and useful products that they invent. Over the next few weeks we will be sharing a handful of creative mothers to you so they can tell you about what they have created. Feel free to post questions that you might have for these mothers or simply stand in amazement [...]
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As I mentioned previously, I would not typically disclose products that we decide not to offer on Mom 4 Life. However, I have decided to break the silence and make an exception for a few special companies. The first was Savvy Naturals which I spoke of here. The second was Milliwik games.
Today I want to introduce you to MadeOn Skin Care Products.
MadeOn is owned by Renee Harris a mom of–get this–EIGHT kids ages 1, 3, 6, 8, 10, 10 (twins), 12 and 14 (isn’t that amazingly awesome)?!
Renee’s products were born in much the same way that many products invented by moms are–out of a need. Renee was in the kitchen a lot (surprise, surprise) and her hands were suffering. She says:
I had the worst pain from the tips of my fingers that were often covered in Band-aids from the cuts and splits from my daily activities and extremely dry skin. My hands were my most important tools, but they caused me intense suffering… until the lotion bar.
Renee discovered that three simple ingredients (coconut oil, beeswax and Shea butter) melted and mixed together to form “hard” lotion would change everything. She discovered that:
Not only did that first lotion bar heal up my skin within days, but we tried it with my son’s seasonal eczema, and I was ecstatic that his pain also ended with the lotion bar.
After this, her discovery took action.
Something that was so easy to make turned into a family business after my older boys and I took it to the farmer’s market for testing. I received great feedback from customers at the market, as well as several online groups who agreed to test it and fill out surveys.
Renee knows her stuff. Not only does she create some amazingly pure skin care products, but she goes above and beyond in extending a wealth of information on her website, blog, YouTube videos and newsletters. The products she makes are simple, so simple in fact that they can be done in your own kitchen and I love how she has taken the initiative to provide easy DIY kits for those who enjoy making things themselves. And for those of us who just want a quality product made from pure, safe ingredients, can simply order Renee’s finished products and enjoy the beautifully wrapped, finished product that comes right to your doorstep.
Around Christmas time a friend and I got together to mix up a large batch of homemade hard lotion bars for gifts using the three ingredients mentioned above. It was fun, but it certainly gave me a new sense of respect for what Renee does. There is a science to the measuring. At fist we used too much Shea butter and it was too sticky. Then it was re-melted and more coconut oil and beeswax was added and even though it wasn’t sticky, it was not as soft as I would like. Then I remembered I wanted to add some essential oil to the bars so I remelted it AGAIN and added some jasmine oil. In the end they turned out nice but I did include a little disclaimer on the gift tag mentioning how they were a little harder than they should be and might be best if used on feet:). In the end, I think it would have been much easier had we opted for the DIY kit that Renee offers. I LOVE her statement here:
I KNOW dry skin and the pain it brings. Because I’ve enjoyed the interaction that I get from my customers, I’ve created DIY videos for the lotion, as well as other products that we’ve developed based on customer request and our own family’s needs. Whether you purchase here, or create your own, give it a try and I believe you’ll be very happy with the results. Let me know how it works for you!
Isn’t that gracious and kind? It is true too, this stuff does work. As a delightful surprise, one friend who was gifted my homemade lotion bars reported back to me that her husband (whose hands suffer from Eczema) was loving my lotion bar and was seeing great results with it as compared to his steroid cream. Later her dog found it and apparently liked it too so let this be a warning to keep your lotion bars away from your pets !
I have tried a few of Renee’s products including her:
-Au Chocolat lotion bars These use cocoa butter instead of Shea butter and offer a lovely chocolate aroma that is simply delightful! I keep a small pocket size bar in my office and in my purse and a full size bar in my bathroom.
-Beesilk Junior lotion bars These are made for more delicate skin that doesn’t need the intensity of hardness and protection that the Beesilk hard lotion bar provides (perfect for babies, young children, or those dealing with extreme skin issues). Beesilk Jr feels more like a lanolin, but with easy application.) Click here to see Renee’s YouTube video of her Beesilk Junior lotion bar.
-Coffee soap which cleverly helps remove kitchen odor such as garlic or onions from your hands! It is made from Olive Oil, Coconut Oil, Palm Oil, Brewed Coffee, Coffee Grounds, Goat Milk, sodium hydroxide (lye). Click here to see Renee’s YouTube video of her coffee soap.
By now I have a feeling you are ready to get your hands on some of Renne’s products! Well I have good news for you, Renee has generously offered to give away TWO $20 gift certificates to her website AND is willing to offer all Mom 4 Life blog readers a special 10% discount (simply use the code “mom4life” on her website). The discount is good until April 30th.
To enter the giveaway: simply fill out the Rafflecopter form below (you need to be on the blog to see and use the form). There are several ways you can enter so have fun. We will choose our winner next Monday April 16th.
Owning Mom 4 Life puts me in a unique position. I am able to find out about and test a wide variety of products in consideration for our site. I am constantly amazed at the uniqueness of what we are able to consider and (at times) the downright crazy products we are asked to add to Mom [...]
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As you know, at Mom 4 Life we are all about helping moms find the best product out there to meet their needs. So when I was introduced to Fanny and Carla and the brand new company they have started, I knew you should meet them too. You see, their website is pretty stinking cool. I will let them tell you all about it and then I would encourage you to hop over and take it for a test drive!
Hello, we’re Fanny and Carla, co-founders of a new technology company called Lela. We started Lela because we felt that shopping for baby products can often be confusing and overwhelming. And it’s easy to make the wrong decision. Fanny went through several different stroller models, before she found the one that worked for her. She researched hundreds of strollers, and read all the reviews – but there just wasn’t an easy way to find the right stroller for her. And trial-and-error was an expensive way to find it!
With a new baby, you don’t even have time to sleep – let alone spend hours browsing through a gazillion options, wondering which stroller (or crib, or car seat, etc) is the right one, before you plunk down hundreds of dollars.
So, for the sake of all the moms out there who might feel the same way, we decided to do something about it.
I want to introduce you to a special couple that I have worked with in the past. Chris and Lindy Bartell invented a product that we used to offer on Mom 4 Life. I personally have loved seeing my kids use and enjoy their product for crafts, mealtime and homework. I have enjoyed the ease of cleanup and the variety of ways in which it can be used. I invite you to read their story to see how they are trying to get their product back on the shelves at Mom 4 Life and many other retailers across the nation. . . ~Heather
It all started with the birth of our boys Josiah and Michael. We had a number of creative ideas for products that would make life a bit more simpler, easier, manageable. We decided to run with the concept of the Piggy Platter just a couple months after our second son was born.
We must have been crazy – new parents who nothing about creating a plastic product… we took a second mortgage on our house, hired an industrial designer and held focus groups. A year or so later, we launched Smarty Parents and the Piggy Platter was born.
We hope you have enjoyed the 5 part series on the topic of cesarian deliveries. If you missed out on the last one called “Ok C-Section moms, what’s the big deal?” you should definitely catch up, it is worth the read:)! Below is the final post in our 5 part series, thank you so much [...]
Last month we talked about what is the deal with the belly after a c-section (and what can be done about it). The month before that we talked about the stages of recovery after c-section surgery, and before that c-section scaring. Finally, the month before that I introduced myself and explained that I was going to be writing [...]
In my last post, we discussed what happens when you have all the perfect gear, and you still accidentally flash some skin. Just pretend it never happened! Whoever saw anything may think they were imagining it! If you choose to use a blanket or a nursing cover, practice at home several times a day to [...]
In our last post, we discussed preparing beforehand (place link here). Deciding where you will go to nurse your baby is an important part of devising a plan. If you are fine with a bench in the middle of the store, scout out just where that bench is. That way, as soon as baby calls, [...]
by Jodie Adamson, Owner, Skinies The funniest (or most tragic) breastfeeding in public moment I had was with my screaming infant in the middle of Krogers. She just would not wait to eat and the grocery list was calling out to me. It stressed me out thinking about sitting in the middle of a busy [...]
Last month we talked about the stages of recovery after c-section surgery, the month before that c-section scaring and the month before that I introduced myself and explained that I was going to be writing a 5 part series (one post a month) on the topic of cesarean recovery. Below is part 3 of 5, [...]
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Last month we talked about c-section scaring and the month before that I introduced myself and explained that I was going to be writing a 5 part series (one post a month) on the topic of cesarean recovery. Below is part 2 of 5, enjoy! You had a baby..and surgery. Most c-section moms do not [...]
Last month I introduced myself and explained that I was going to be writing a 5 part series (one post a month) on the topic of cesarean recovery. Below is part 1 of 5, enjoy! Ok the baby is out but you have an incision, what now? A scar is the unavoidable result of surgery. [...]
Thank you to Catherine Brooks for this guest post (she will be writing a 5 part series – one blog post per month) on a topic that has or will affect many moms: cesarean recovery. Ok, the baby is out. You are in love…and you had surgery. Any other time, a 7cm opening and abdominal [...]
We want to thank Dr. Michele Brown for sharing the following info with us below. We have discovered that this topic is slightly controversial (especially because it involves the sale of product and which products are best). We desire for our readers to be informed and updated with current topics that we feel would be [...]
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(Don't miss the 10% discount mentioned below!) Recently, the American Academy of Pediatrics released a new policy statement calling on manufacturers and the government to institute labels on foods that pose the highest risk for choking in kids. Citing choking as the leading cause of death for children under 14, the AAP estimates that 1 [...]
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