Giveaway – Star Wars Mini Deco Lights

star wars 3D Mini Deco Light Giveaway
We love a little night light. Star Wars stuff is always fun, too. Right now we joined up with a bunch of other bloggers to give away these really cute Star Wars mini deco lights!

Welcome to our 3D Mini Deco Lights Giveaway. You will win all 5 3D Mini Deco Lights which include: Darth Vader, Yoda, Storm Trooper, R2-D2 and C-P30.

These minis are approximately 6.3″ in height and 1.6″ width. They are made of plastic and are battery powered.

Younglings everywhere will feel safer with Jedi Master Yoda nearby on this Star Wars 3-D mini light licensed by Lucasfilm. Featuring colorful cartoon-style imagery, this cute night light casts a warm, comforting glow at the flick of a switch. Includes coordinating decal.

You must be a resident of the US, and at least 18 years or older to enter. You can enter on the Rafflecopter widget below. Good Luck!

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Sharing Songs Makes Successful Kids – How to Improve Your Babys Brain Development with Simple Ideas Anyone Can Do + BONUS $20 Amazon Giveaway

We all have music that brings back memories. Growing up, I would listen to music every night in my room before I went to sleep. I would listen to folk music, musical and movie soundtracks.

As I got older, I developed a love for all kinds of music from jazz to punk and found music to be a way to express myself, deal with emotions, and connect to other people.

An affinity for music is one of the things my husband and I have in common and we sing to our favorite songs to our kids every night before bedtime.

Not only does the singing soothe them to sleep, but they are gaining an appreciation for music that has shaped us throughout the years.

More importantly, it turns out that singing to your kids every day is an excellent way to stimulate brain development. According to First 5 California, if you can develop a simple habit of talking, reading, and singing with your child every day, they can reap the benefits of a larger vocabulary, more developed social and emotional skills, and better financial success in their lives.

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Here’s some facts on a child’s brain development from First 5 California:

School success starts from the moment your baby is born.


Babies who are read and talked to early often develop better vocabularies and wind up doing better in school.

Synapses that do not “connect” in your child’s brain through early experiences, interactions and stimulation are unfortunately lost, and they don’t come back.

Your child’s increased vocabulary means he or she will be less likely to drop out of school later, and that equates to earning $1 million more dollars in lifetime income.

By the time your child is 3 years old, he or she should know or recognize about 1,000 words.

Children who learn fewer words by age 3 suffer with poorer vocabularies and are behind when they start school, often never catching up.

By the age of 5, your child’s brain will have grown to 90% of its adult size. But even earlier than that, by age 3, it’s already reached 82% of its size.

What are some things we can do to improve brain development?

Establish a daily routine of reading, talking, and singing.

Read for 30 minutes each day, even if it is in 10 minute increments.

Ask your baby questions, even if they can’t talk yet to help build their vocabulary.

Bring a book everywhere you go.

Get a free library card and attend story time at your local library.

Have a lot of conversations about everyday things with your child.

Take your child outside and point out animals, birds, bugs, flowers when you see them.

If they don’t like to read books, try books with finger puppets, lift-the-flap books, sliding window books, baby’s first dictionary or ABCs books.

Join a playgroup where there is a lot of talking between moms and babies.

If you aren’t a good reader, tell stories from your childhood, make up a fairy tale.

Visit the Activity Center at First 5 California for some ideas on things you can do with little ones at different ages and stages.

Also check out their Learning Center for more information and insights into your child’s brain.

You can also find some helpful Videos and Downloads here.

Check out all the resources First 5 California has for babies and little kids and don’t forget to order your Free Kit for New Parents under “Services and Support”.

The kit includes a Puppy and Friends touch-and-feel board book, a DVD, Advice for New Parents reference book and more. Kits are available in English, Spanish, Cantonese, Korean, Mandarin, and Vietnamese.

First 5 California funds programs to educate parents, grandparents, caregivers, and teachers about the important role they have during a child’s first five years of life.

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Rules:
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1 person per household
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The BEST Vegan Meatballs

I’m a vegan who loves a good “meat”ball. I grew up eating various vegetarian meatballs. I have eaten my share of frozen vegan meatballs, most of which are gluten-free and contain a variety of ingredients that I categorize as junk food. I wonder if these companies are just trying to get their vegan meatballs to stick together without using gluten?!

A little gluten goes a long way in a vegan meatball and unless you are gluten-intolerant or have celiac disease it is good for you!

Well, I used gluten and a variety of other minimally processed ingredients, to make a meatball that the entire family loved them. This is why I think these are the BEST!

Not only do these vegan meatballs stick together (thanks to the gluten) but they are healthy, high in protein, taste great, freeze well, and no animals were harmed. I think it would be difficult to even tell the difference between these and real meatballs but I haven’t had a real meatball in well… forever because the thought of actually touching ground-up cows is just creepy.

I make a double batch then simmer some in our favorite marinara sauce. The other half go right in the freezer ready for a meatball sub or quick meal.


Here’s what you need:
1 cup oats (I used thick cut rolled oats)
1 cup walnuts
1 1/2 cup vital wheat gluten
1 medium onion
2 TBS nutritional yeast
1 tsp coarse black pepper
1 tsp sea salt
1 TBS dry basil
1 tsp garlic powder
2 TBS Olive Oil
2 TBS paprika
1 1/2 cup water

Yield – 10 servings


Here’s what you do:

Chop oats and walnuts in food processor until fine. Cut your onion into smaller pieces and add to food processor. Chop until mixture is crumbly.

Add spices and olive oil to mixture and process a little more.

Add vital wheat gluten and water, and quickly process until you get a fairly uniform in color and texture.

Roll dough into balls and place on a parchment-lined baking sheet.

Cover with parchment, and bake at 350 degrees for thirty-five minutes.

Uncover, and flip the balls. finish baking for another ten tp twenty minutes. They should be browned to your liking.

Add to a saucepan of marinara sauce and use for meatball heroes, pasta, or hors d’ouevres.

Egoz Sleeping Bag Review


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We are getting hyped up for the summer. I know we still have a few months to go, but we have some beach camping plans that we are getting really excited about. We have a small RV but this year, we may have our niece join us for surf and sun so that means we will probably add a tent to our camp so at least one of the adults and probably a couple of the kids may want to escape an overcrowded to sleep under the stars. 

We were so excited to try out an EGOZ +30ºF to +40ºF warm adult sleeping bag in order to facilitate this review. The timing was right, too. Our entire family has been sick, so what better thing to do than to pitch our play tent in the playroom and test it out.
This sleeping bag may be a little too cozy!
The EGOZ sleeping bag is lightweight and is 180cm long + 30cm top and 75cm wide. It is made from 100% Polyester fabric with 100% Cotton fill. I think the cotton fill will help it breath nicely at the beach.
This sleeping bag will unzip using one of two zippers and completely lay flat as well, so it can be used as a blanket or you can zip yourself up inside. There is a cozy stuffed pillow area to help keep your head warm as well.
This sleeping bag is warm, comfortable and the best part is that it is affordable. It is perfect for camping, sleepovers, scouts, and outdoors and it easily rolls up into the stuff sack that comes with it.
You can purchase a EGOZ sleeping bag on Amazon.com or other retailers.


Cute Toys that Fit in Easter Eggs 2016 List

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As you may know, we love our toys. We love Easter egg hunts, too. I prefer to fill our Easter eggs with non-candy items. Our kids like collecting little toys so I’ve compiled a little list of some mini toys that will fit nicely in an Easter egg. 

We LOVE all the little blind bags, however, trying to buy those for Easter egg prizes can get very expensive! Here are some packs with multiple toys that may be a little more reasonably priced.

My little pony minis

Even my boy likes my little pony. There’s something fun about colorful horses and they fit inside an egg!

Pokemon Minis

My son is into Pokemon. This is a cute set to fill eggs with!



Thomas & Friends Minis

I like this BIG box if you are hosting a decent sized Easter egg hunt with multiple children. They also come in smaller packs.

Lalaloopsy Tinies

These cute little minis are also beads!

Giveaway – Kidz Gear Bluetooth Wireless Stereo Headphones

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I like the kids to be able to listen to music, play their devices, watch their shows… and sometimes, headphones are awesome because it allows for peace and quiet for everyone else! Right now, you can win one of TWO pairs of Kidz Gear Bluetooth Wireless Stereo Headphones. I haven’t tried wireless headphones, here yet, but I can imagine breaking free from the cord must be pretty cool….

Hello, welcome to Night Helper’s Kidz Gear Bluetooth Wireless Stereo Headphones Giveaway. Visit here to read the review.

This giveaway includes the following items:

(2) Kidz Gear Bluetooth Wireless Stereo Headphones ($100.00)

 

This giveaway will go from 3/18-4/2 12:00am est. You must be 18 years old or older, and a US Resident.

You can enter below and Good Luck!
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We reserve the right to make revisions, to cancel, or suspend this contest for any reason. We are not associated with any of the companies named above. The odds of winning are based on the number of entries received Open to the US 18+ only. Confirmed Winner(s) (by Random.org) will be contacted by email. Winner(s) have 24 hours to respond before a new winner is chosen. No purchase necessary. Void where prohibited by law. The sponsor(s) will be responsible for product shipment to winner(s) of this giveaway. Night Helper Blog (and any other blog participating) is not responsible for product shipment/delivery. This event is in no way administered, sponsored, or endorsed by, or associated with, Facebook and/or Twitter, Google, Pinterest. This disclosure is done in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission 10 CFR, Part 255 Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements. Entrants must only enter with either one email address, IP address and/or Facebook account, anyone found violating these rules will be disqualified. It is at the sole discretion of the admin of the giveaway if the winner has met the rules or not.

Our Babys First Princess Birthday at Disney with Lily Nily Kids Jewelry Review and Giveaway

Once upon a time… one year ago, a little girl was born into this world. This year, our baby girl just had the most storybook magical First Birthday at Epcot in the Magic Kingdom in Florida. We booked a princess dinner as soon as we found out were were going. We were offered a piece of children’s jewelry for review and a giveaway for our readers from Lily Nily and we requested the most perfect gift!

Lily Nily jewelry is crafted of 18k gold-plated brass, and hand painted enamel designs and made with little girls in mind. With pendants and motifs from kites to clown fish.

The sizing of Lily Nily jewelry fits the littlest kids and since we planned a princess dinner at Akershus Royal Banquet Hall for our little girl, we were delighted to commemorate the occasion with this Princess Carriage Pendant. The lavendar enamel is on both sides and it has some sparkly Cubic Zirconia accents.

The jewelry piece came in the loveliest little pink box with gold writing. After two wardrobe changes and riding, exploring, eating, and thankfully napping our way through the park we made it to the princess dinner with the small and very special box.

Epcot was also having it’s International Flower and Garden Festival while we visited which is so worth seeing!

You see, every Birthday in her life should be memorable. Sometimes we will do a fabulous mini-vacay. Sometimes we will throw a backyard party with a homemade cake that tastes so much better than it looks.

The princess dinners at Disney parks are a lot of fun, everyone stays in character, the food is great (even for our picky eaters and vegans) and you get the fully immersed Disney experiences. You can capture some really great moments with the kids and it is super-adorable when they are really young.

Our little girl loved her princess dinner. She wore a fancy dress. She was visited by 3 characters that walked straight out of a fairy tale. She had her first gourmet meal, first candle, first cupcake, and first sweet little gift box with a piece of keepsake designer jewelry to remind her of this day as she grows up.

Not only is Lily Nily jewelry randomly tested and conforms to all CPSIA requirements for cadmium and lead content in children’s jewelry but they are high quality pieces that will withstand the test of time. Even something as delicate looking as a tiny princess carriage has the wearability for a child.

If you are looking for something precious for a little girl in your life, you can browse all the charming pendents, bracelets, necklaces, earrings, rings, and bangles at Lily Nily. They have every color and tons of cute pieces so their is something to suit any chic young lady.

We will probably wait until she is a little older to wear the necklace. 
Visits from princesses.
The food was delish!
After an appetizer buffet that had many vegan options, baby girl and I got a special vegan dish of black bean patties in sauce and roasted rainbow beets and carrots. There were pink beets on our plates which were quite to our liking.

Happy Birthday Baby Girl!!!

What’s better than a day of flowers, rides, food, and jewelry? Her First Birthday was a huge success!!! How on Earth will we top it next year?!

Win something special in a little pink box!
*Lily Nily $50 Gift Card GIVEAWAY*

Right now, we are giving ONE person a chance to win a $50 Lily Nily gift card! 


$50 Lily Nily Gift Card GIVEAWAY
PRIZE:
ONE winner will receive a (ARV $150 Tula Baby Carrier).
RULES:
The giveaway is open to US residents only who are 18+ years old. 
Ends 3/31//2016 

GOOD LUCK Everyone!!!


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Giveaway – Momzelle $25 Gift Card

My little girl just turned 1 year old and we are still breastfeeding. I am in no hurry to wean her. My boy went to 21 months and I was assuming we would go the same or longer depending what the little girl wants to do. This is why it is so great to have clothing that works for breastfeeding moms. Some of us do this for a long time and need to be comfortable! Well, if you are a breastfeeding mom or mom to be we have a giveaway for you!!!

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Hosted by Mom Blog Society

Breastfeeding is an important part of motherhood, but not necessarily an easy one. As moms, we owe it to ourselves to try and make our jobs go smoother. We owe it to ourselves AND to our children to take care of ourselves and to feel good. Part of feeling good is looking good, and Momzelle helps moms like me along the way.

Enter to win a $25 gift card to momzelle using the entry form below!  Giveaway runs from 12 AM EST on 3.17.16- 11:59 PM EST on 3.30.16. Open to residents of the US and Canada age 18+.

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Giveaway – Dinotrux Easter Basket Prize Pack






Have your kids watched Dinotrux, yet? It is a really fun show and my son LOVES it! This is why we jumped in to help give some of the Dinotrux toys away.


 


Welcome to the Dinotrux Easter Basket Giveaway sponsored by Dinotrux. If you haven’t had a chance to read about it, check out the post on Life with Heidi




You must be a resident of the US and 18 years or older to join.
You can enter below and Good Luck!
Dinotrux Easter Basket Giveaway

Dinotrux is into it’s second season available only on Netflix.  This very special Easter prize package includes a random assortment of 8-10 exciting Dinotrux toys & books!

DINOTRUX toys from Mattel include assorted characters in both the die-cast and Sights & Sounds collections, now available at Toys “R” Us, Walmart and Target!

DINOTRUX books include an assortment from the upcoming LB Kids line, arriving in stores April 5th, 2016! Titles include the following:

Dinotrux: Team Dinotrux!

Dinotrux: To the Rescue!

Dinotrux: It Takes Team Work!

Dinotrux: Dare to Repair!

Dinotrux: Just Hatched!
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Must be 18 years old or older US residents in order to win.

Dates will be 3/13/16-3/20/16 (at midnight)

Winners have 24 hours to claim their prize via email.

Life with Heidi is responsible for shipment of the prize not the individual blogs helping promote this event.

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Make sure you get entered for your chance to win all of these great giveaways too!

ROBOTS-4-U Summer Camps Now Enrolling and 60% Off Code

* This post was sponsored by Robots-4-U Summer Camp. 
Would your kids LOVE a robotics camp this summer? If they like Robotics and Science there is a great robotics camp where they can have an amazing experience while learning and playing. Right now, you can get 60% off with a coupon code!

SAVE 60% Off ROBOTS-4-U Summer Camp with Code: TEX1660M15 – expires 3/31

Camp is 5 days long and it is for 7-14 year olds. There is 1 instructor to 16 campers and the schedule is M-F either 2.5 hours in the morning or afternoon session. They also have a Dyamic Art and Design Camp for the creative ones. 

Camps are held during June, July, and August. Learning is hands-on, self-paced, and goes from beginner to expert level.
If this sounds like something your kid would enjoy, check out www.ROBOTS-4-U.com and www.dynamic-art-design.com for dates and locations.

Make sure you register early because camps fill up!