Wednesday, 13 April 2016

Photo by Carolyn C.

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Oooh man I’m so cute❤️

Tuesday, 12 April 2016

Joovy Tuesday: ScooterX2 Giveaway!


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April 18: Winner announcement:

Thanks to all who entered last week’s Joovy Tuesday! It was a BLAST getting to know so many of you! We’ve used the Rafflecopter Facebook Flash Giveaway tool to randomly select the winner of the FREE ScooterX2 from all the likes, comments and shares.

And, drumroll please, the winner of the random drawing for the ScooterX2 is Heather McKelvey!!! Congrats to you Heather! We hope you’ll share some photos with the kids in the new ScooterX2! Check your inbox for details on how to redeem your prize!

And see you tomorrow for another awesome Joovy Tuesday!  http://joovy.com/scooterx2/

It’s Joovy Tuesday and time for a ScooterX2 giveaway!

The ScooterX2 is a side-by-side, double stroller that fits through the door and so much more! Check out all the features here on the website and be sure to jump over to our Facebook page to enter our Joovy Tuesday giveaway. This week were asking you to LIKE, COMMENT and SHARE  on FACEBOOK to be entered ! Of course, we welcome your comments here as well but official entry is on the Facebook page!

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Friday, 8 April 2016

Be Present: Unplugging From Your Devices

Be Present: Unplugging From Your Devices

We’re all guilty of being glued to our phones, tablets, or computer screens during some part of our day. Of course sometimes it’s necessary, during work hours, communicating with others, getting directions, etc. Even children come home from school and want nothing more than to sit in front of the television screen, and we know, they could do it for hours. Children see a phone and you immediately get asked the question, “Can I play a game on your phone?” Adults are just as guilty. It’s hard to go anywhere now without passing the majority of people staring down at some sort of screen.

Of course, electronics have so many amazing benefits (for crying out loud this is a blog post.. the irony), but there comes a time when we all need to unplug. Enjoy the present moment, take a break from the wifi, and give your scrolling thumbs a break.

Here are some seven occasions we advise not just turning your phone on silent, but turning it off!

 The Morning

Allow yourself time in the morning, before the chaos of your day, for some electronic-free time. Whether that entails sitting down for breakfast device-free or just giving yourself an hour before you start scrolling down the feed. You’ll have plenty of time during your day to be on your device. Devices can be more of a distraction than we generally think. IDC Research reports that nearly 80% of smartphone users are on their phone within 15 minutes of waking up in the morning.  Unplugging in the morning gives you more time to get ready for your day, reboot, enjoy that cup of coffee, and allows you to be present in the now.

The Dinner Table

Real life conversation happens at the dinner table. Even just thirty minutes a day of conversation at dinner, without the distraction of electronics, allows you and your family to unwind from the day and enjoy the present moment. Unplug and enjoy each others company.

Right Before Bed

Being on your electronics right before bedtime isn’t a good a idea for a number of reasons. For one, the stimulation of electronics makes its more difficult for your brain to rest when it is time to go to sleep. Being on your smartphone, tv, or tablet right before bed can lead to unwanted stress and brain stimulation, interfering with your good night sleep. Allow yourself an hour before going to bed electronic-free.

Out to Eat

Ever been out to eat at a restaurant, looked to the table next to you and seen a family all staring down at some sort of device? We have too. It happens more often than not. When you go out to eat, whether its with a friend, family, or for business, turn off your device.

Walking

It’s dangerous! Staring down at your device while walking can lead to unwanted interactions (running into other people, literally) or objects. We advise avoiding looking at your phone while walking anywhere from inside the grocery store to down the hallway at your office building. This could avoid unwanted injuries, such as running into walls.

When You’re Ordering

When you are ordering food or perhaps even just paying for groceries at the store, avoid being on your smartphone. Often times it’s distracting not only to you, but to the employees helping you out.

Driving!

Texting while driving has become an epidemic. The National Safety Council has reported cell phone use while driving leads to 1.6 million crashes each year.  (according to this article:  https://www.edgarsnyder.com/car-accident/cause-of-accident/cell-phone/cell-phone-statistics.html)

Looking down at your phone while driving could be compared to driving with a blindfold on. Your eyes are not on the road, and your attention is focused somewhere else. It’s dangerous and not worth the risk. Avoid using your smartphone while driving. If you need directions off your phone, plug them in before driving and use the verbal directions offered. If you have an iPhone, we suggest putting it on “Do Not Disturb” before you take off in your car, this will prevent you from being tempted to look down at those frequent buzzes. Don’t risk it, your smartphone will be there when you get out of the car.

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Tuesday, 5 April 2016

Joovy Tuesday: Balloon and Room²

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We have randomly selected the winners of the Balloon and Room² giveaways.

The Balloon winner is Ally Sweaney.

The Room² winner is Melissa McFadden Henry.

Congrats ladies and be sure to check your inbox for details on how to claim your prize!

This week we are throwing a DOUBLE GIVEAWAY for Joovy Tuesday! Back by popular demand, we are sharing the popular Balloon, your do everything, go-everywhere, lightweight stroller AND the Room², the playard that puts the “play” back in playard! These are practical products designed to make your life with baby FABULOUS and FUN!

The Balloon is an lightweight stroller that offers a ton of functionality at an affordable price. We’ve packed a lot into the Balloon so you’ll have options as to how you stroll. Choices, it’s all about choices!

The Room² is an iconic playard that is larger than most playards on the market today. With over 10 square feet of space in the Room², baby can actually have room for toys!

So, what are you waiting for?  The giveaways have been designed for easy entry and sharing with your friends. Good luck and thank you for visiting us! To learn more about Joovy and why these are practical products designed to make your life with baby fabulous and fun!

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We also invite you to follow us on Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat (JoovyUSA) and Pinterest!

Monday, 28 March 2016

Joovy Tuesday: New Zoom360 Ultralight Jogging Stroller Giveaway

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WOW! Thanks to everyone who entered and shared their comments about the new Zoom360 Ultralight jogging stroller. A lot of you are planning on getting active this spring and we LOVE hearing this!

The winner has been randomly selected and it is, Jung Park. CONGRATULATIONS Jung and be sure to check your inbox for details on how to claim your prize!

Stayed tuned to tomorrow when we launch another Joovy Tuesday with TWO great prizes!

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Joovy’s new Zoom360 Ultralight jogging stroller is 10% lighter than our previous model and will get you moving with baby along for the ride. This sleek and sporty jogger touts high-end performance and easy mobility while respecting the checkbook. Women’s Running recently picked the Zoom360 Ultralight as one of its top three new joggers for 2016 against a field of high-end, more expensive competitors. And, this week, we’re giving one away!

We encourage active parents to continue a healthy lifestyle after baby arrives. And, to meet the high expectation of parent runners, we’ve packed the 25.7 lb. Zoom360 Ultralight with a new features like a straight rear axle which runs straighter and truer. The full-wheel suspension is shock absorbent to smooth out the bumps and provides a comfortable ride for little ones.

Wait, there’s more!

For babies still in infant car seats, we offer car seat adapters with “click-in” functionality!

Want to WIN a new Zoom360 Ultralight and car seat adapter? (car seat not included)

Enter below!

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Thursday, 24 March 2016

SiliNoogie Parent Testers Needed!

Monday, 21 March 2016

The Babysitting Blog – Electronic Free Babysitting Activities

Electronic Free Babysitting Activities

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Babysitting, in fact, is a job, and it can be a fun one with the right activities. As a babysitter, sometimes the easiest thing to do is let the children you’re watching sit in front of the television screen or stare down at their iPad till bedtime or their parents return home. We know kids would have no complaints about this.

Oftentimes, I babysit children whose parents prefer a limited amount of electronic time (TV, computer, iPad, etc.), but getting the children away from the screens can be tough. While movies and computer games are fun, planning out electronic-free activities to do as you babysit will get the kids away from the screens, and make your job more fun.

Look as it more of a play-date than a job!

10 Electronic-free Babysitting Activities:

Play Outside

Playing outside is a great activity to do while babysitting in the morning or daytime. Pack a picnic, kick around the soccer ball, or take doggy for a walk. Everyone can benefit from a little sunshine and and it leaves the mess outside.

Arts & Crafts

Get your creativity on!  Arts and crafts are always a fun thing to do as a babysitter that kids enjoy, and the amount of crafts to make are really endless.

Browse pinterest for great arts & craft ideas for kids:

 Science Experiment

Avoid the “don’t try this at home” science experiments of course, but this activity can be a blast that kids will love. If you’re watching a children interested in sciences and learning more science experiments are perfect. Here is a list of easy science experiments for children:

Make sure to plan out which one you want to do before babysitting, to make sure you have the materials you’ll need and it will be an exciting surprise for whoever you’re babysitting!

Have A Dance Party

Make a playlist and show off those moves. You can even make it a competition, depending on how many are in your party. You could even create a choreographed dance, they can show off to their friends and family later on. This is one of my favorite activities as a babysitter, always leaving me laughing hysterically and the kids always get a kick out of it. Get groovin!

Make A Newspaper

Play journalist for the day. Make a newspaper, write stories, draw pictures to go along with your stories. This is a fun activity to feed the imagination and kids love to show the final project to their parents.

Scavenger Hunt

Scavenger hunts are so much fun. Whether you choose to do it around the house, in the backyard, or around the neighborhood (if the kids are old enough) scavenger hunts are a blast for kids. You can write up your own list or use ones from online like this:

Bake

Depending how skilled you are in the kitchen, baking is a great activity that leaves you having a blast and also with a tasty treat at the end of it. Make sure not to leave a mess and have whatever you are going to bake planned out so you know you can bring the right ingredients. Kids love making new things, check out this pinterest board for baking with children:

Build A Fort

Building a fort is a blast for children, and even for you. As a kid I can remember how magical forts seemed. You can play a game board inside, tell stories, and share laughs. The Foocot is great for fort fun! But don’t forget to clean up before mom and dad get home!

Make A Skit

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SNL for kids? I vote yet. Write a skit, dress up, and perform it. This activity is a blast for children with lots of energy and a great way to get creative. Instead of watching TV, make your own.

Play A Board Game

Keep it old school. Sometimes nothing is more fun than a classic board game. Board games are fun at any age and a perfect activity for babysitting. If the family you are babysitting for doesn’t have any at the house, bring your own to share with the kids.

Contributed by Emily-Jane Cosgrove, babysitter

 

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Tuesday, 15 March 2016

Joovy Tuesday: NEW Caboose Graphite + Rear Seat AND WoodNook, Glass Boobs & MoRE!

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Winners announced! Yes, we have WINNERS!

We want to thank everyone who participated and especially those who shared our giveaway last week. Your assistance in getting the word out about our products help us reach folks who may not yet know about our brand. We had some great engagement last week and amazing comments on the blog. Thank you, thank you!

And, now, the announcement you’ve all been waiting for…

The winner of the Stand-on Tandem Caboose Graphite and Caboose Rear Seat is Angela Allen!

The winner of the Feed Baby With Love, WoodNook, Glass Boobs and Naturally Nood Nipples is Megan Watkins!

Ladies, stay tuned to your inbox for how to redeem your prize!

We are very excited to introduce the BRAND NEW Caboose Graphite and Caboose Rear Seat this week! Strolling with two kids has never been so much fun! The Caboose Graphite has a fresh new look and many new features including a front seat that reclines to 3 positions, linked parking brake and more! The NEW Caboose Rear Seat adds a full-size, forward-facing and reclining seat to your Caboose! Want more? You don’t have to remove the seat to fold the Caboose! You’ll be strolling in style and your kids will think its fun to choose to sit, stand or walk!

To celebrate the launch of these new products, we’ve got a fabulous Joovy Tuesday for you! We’re giving away a bundle that includes the new Caboose Graphite stand-on stroller plus the Rear Seat AND, THERE’S MORE… some of our favorite feeding products featuring the WoodNook highchair, Glass Boob Baby Bottles and Naturally Nood Nipples!

Two separate giveaways and you’ll want to enter both! Enter via Rafflecopter below.

Giveaway 1:

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  • Caboose Graphite  This new Caboose Graphite is the most practical and compact double stroller! Your older child will have fun choosing to sit, stand or walk! 
  • Caboose Rear Seat:  This awesome accessory adds a full-size, forward-facing and reclining seat to your Caboose Graphite, Caboose Ultralight Graphite! 
  • Total value $220

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  • WoodNook – This folding highchair is made of 100% Monterey Pine, has just the right stuff and will look good in any kitchen or dining area! 
  • 8 Glass Boob Baby Bottles – Good old-fashioned glass baby bottles outfitted with silicone sleeves and all the new Joovy Boob bottle features including the CleanFlow Vent, nipples and silicone sleeves. (4) each 5 and 8 ounce bottles. 
  • 5 Naturally Nood Nipples – Designed with a shape babies love these new nipples now include texture! Perfect for the breast feeding babies, the wrinkles and bumps offer a consistent texture while feeding. Prize includes all 5 flows!
  • Total value $410

 

 

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Friday, 11 March 2016

Letters: Customer Service Rules!

SpitUp-Header2013_1000x2152 about-ashley-spit-up-new-black.fw_We receive feedback all the time and love when our blogging community shares comments they’ve received about our customer service  and products too. We recently received this from our friend, Ashley from Spitup Is The New Black.

“Hi sweetie. I wanted to share this with you since it was your blog that lead me to this company. This is a happy experience so don’t worry. All too often I find myself writing negative reviews b/c of bad products or bad customer service… but today I was blown away by Joovy. After I read your review of their boob bottle and nood nipples, I knew I had to give them a try, especially since they made glass bottles which was big on my want list. We purchased 6 glass bottles for home use and 8 PPSU’s for daycare (she hasn’t started but we figured we’d use them as backups at home until she started daycare). Anyway, a few weeks ago Jon got so upset b/c one of the bottles leaked. It didn’t just leak though, it spilled the entire content of my ever so valuable breast milk all over Abby. She was devastated. I told him he was probably tired and didn’t tighten it enough. But it seemed it was happening every day… and it was no longer limited to one bottle but to three of them. I figured “we must be doing something wrong.” I called up joovy and they were very helpful. They said the plastic on the top had likely gotten stripped but they had corrected that issue in a newer version of the top and offered to send us a replacement for the three tops. they requested though that I send them a copy of a receipt showing we had bought the bottles. I was a bit annoyed to be honest b/c in my head I thought “well… what am I going to do with a top if I don’t own the bottle. This is silly.” Also, it was difficult b/c most of them were purchased off our registry as gifts. But I did find a receipt for 3 of them that we purchased ourselves. Today, the box arrived with the replacement tops. But when I opened it, there weren’t tops inside. They replaced all three glass bottles with silicone sleeves in their entirety. This was so not necessary but much appreciated. 1) we already had the glass bottles and 2) we already had the silicone sleeves. So they easily could have either just sent us tops or sent us the glass bottles without the sleeves either of which would have been cheaper options for them. Instead though, they opted to replace them with the exact product we originally purchased. How amazing! I’m extremely impressed!”

Tuesday, 8 March 2016

Joovy Tuesday: Caboose Ultralight Graphite AND PPSU Boob Gift Set Giveaways!

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WINNERS ANNOUNCED!

We’ve randomly chosen winners in last week’s Joovy Tuesday and they are:

Caboose Ultralight Graphite: Jennifer K. Crewell

PPSU Gift Set: Samantha Soto

Congrats ladies! Look for an email in  your inbox with prize info.

And, check back tomorrow for an amazing Joovy Tuesday launch with BRAND NEW products!

 

This week begins with a new Joovy Tuesday and because of your ever-so-awesome interest in last week’s Joovy Tuesday Giveaway, we are going to give away the same TWO GREAT PRIZES:

  • Empower Your Older Child with the Caboose Ultralight Graphite valued at $249.99

    The Caboose Ultralight is the most convenient and compact way to stroll with children of two different ages. Lightweight and easy to maneuver, your kids will look forward to outings, especially your older child who will love the boost of independence when he/she can choose to sit, stand or walk. Empower your older child and have fun on your outings as a family!

  • Give with Love with the PPSU Boob Gift Set valued at $129.99

    The PPSU Gift Set is the ultra-premium choice in a baby bottle that will provide consistent and satisfying feedings. Designed thoughtfully  and with attention to the details that make the most enjoyable feeding experience, the PPSU Boob is easy to clean and reassemble. Includes over 23 essential feeding items including 2 breast pump adapters for pumping directly into the Boob bottles.

Two great giveaways with two chances to win. GOOD LUCK! Winners will be announced next Monday, March 14 here on the blog.

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