Pley’s Disney Princess Monthly Subscription Box is Here!

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With the decline of retailers (more than 1,600 stores  set to close this year) and the growth of online shopping, subscription box services are on the rise – offering wine, cosmetics and even beard lotion to your doorstep.

Now, our little princesses can finally get in on the fun! This month, toy subscription box company Pley launched a brand-new limited edition, Disney Princess subscription, mystery box designed to empower girls.


For just $24.99 you’ll get a mystery box containing between 4-8 Disney Princess toys, activities and fashion accessories (all have $50+ retail value).

Each bi-monthly box tells the story of a new princess and, like a rags-to-riches princess story, the shipping box magically transforms into a castle, boat, or tower that can be decorated and played with, both reducing waste and increasing play value.

Little girls everywhere will anxiously await the sound of the doorbell, announcing their Disney Princess Pley Box delivery.

“Instead of throwing the packaging away, our physical shipping boxes become a part of the princesses’ story. Each box has instructions that transform the shipping box into a playable toy such as a castle, boat or a carriage that can be decorated and played with,” said Pley CEO Ranan Lachman. “We call it ‘Pleycycle,” and are proud to be a leader in reducing the environmental footprint of toy packaging.”

The box will be offered at a limited quantity and timed for delivery with the new Beauty and the Beast movie, a live-action retelling of the Disney classic coming to theaters in March!

See the trailer below:

Win a $250 Personalized Luxury Baby Gift Set (ENTER NOW)

 

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If you or someone you know is expecting a new arrival, having a baby shower, Christening, Baptism, Bris or some other special ceremony to welcome a baby, consider gifting them a personalized baby item. Here is why:


These types of special gifts stand out during the gift-opening portion of baby showers and they are usually heirloom quality and can be stored as keepsakes or even passed down. We’ve got just the place to get that special and memorable gift!

MyBabyGift is a Texas based company that specializes in personalized premium gift sets and unique gifts for babies, moms-to-be and brand new moms. The company delivers nationwide and internationally in Asia, where it has a Singapore headquarters.

MyBabyGift’s high quality, soft and cozy products leave a memorable personal touch by embroidering the new baby’s name or initials. All products  are elegantly tied up with satin ribbons and beautifully wrapped in a luxury MyBabyGift signature gift box, leaving a WOW impression on the lucky gifted young family, and a memorable souvenir.

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As a bonus, the company offers a leading toy, skin care line or clothing item like Sophie the Giraffe, California Baby Skin Care, Manhattan Toy, for example, to encapsulate the treasure., for example to encapsulate the treasure.

Your recipient of this gift will burst with emotion upon glancing at baby’s own special blanket or towel. This elegant gift baskets are perfect family member, friend, colleague or a client is giving birth.

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As a special treat, Bellyitch readers are specially invited to take 30% off a gift box by using the code BELLYITCH30 now thru April 30, 2017. But you can also win a $250 gift card to get your very own Luxury Personalized Baby Gift Set to keep for yourself or really impress someone and give it as a gift!!

One lucky Bellyitch Reader will get this!

We invite you to celebrate new life, and win a $250 giveaway includes: Baby Bodysuit, Bunny Blankie, Star Bodysuit, Cotton Blanket, Hooded Towel, Bib, Socks & Baby Mitts. All* personalized embroidered with baby’s name or initials. Comes in Blue or Pink. *Excluding socks and baby mitts

Contest is open today thru Friday, February 17, Enter TODAY! THERE ARE TONS OF WAYS TO ENTER TO INCREASE YOUR CHANCES OF WINNING!

ENTER DAILY! Good LUCK!

Luxury Personalized Baby Gift Set ($250)

Man, Companies have Really Upped their Baby Swaddler Game Up!

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A cousin of mine is due to deliver her first child pretty soon and I’m stoked to help her prep for baby. If you couldn’t tell, I love pregnant women and babies.  One of the must-have items is the swaddle blanket with is essential for helping baby feel safe, secure and comforted during those very early weeks.

There are many swaddle blankets on the market and I am always pleasantly surprised about all the updates in baby tech. Here is a repost of an excellent review of  two distinctive models from our partners at BabyCubby. Both of these are products of innovative technology to accommodate advances in knowledge of early infant development:


Ergobaby Original Swaddle: This swaddle has been designed to easily and safely swaddle your baby, with comfort in mind. Made from 100% knit cotton terry, it is soft and cozy (and can easily be washed)! The Ergobaby keeps your baby’s hips in the proper position, while still leaving enough room in the removable leg pouch. It securely fastens the arms making the Ergobaby practically escape proof! The best part about this swaddle? Thanks to the removable leg pouch, you don’t have to unswaddle your sleeping baby for a diaper change! Can I get a Hallelujah?

The Ergobaby Original Swaddle is an excellent choice that many parents love! Here are a few thoughts to consider before buying:

  • One possible downside to the amazing removable leg pouch, is the possibility of baby kicking himself awake because his legs aren’t secured.
  • The Ergobaby Original Swaddle is made from 100% cotton, which isn’t the best material for cooler temperatures, so keep that in mind if you live somewhere a little chilly!

Ollie World Swaddle: This swaddle encourages your baby to be calm and improves overall sleep quality. Featuring velcro straps, theOllie makes swaddling easy! Additionally, the mix of polyester and spandex is great for moisture wicking, cooler temperatures and also keeping a nice snug fit! The Ollie World Swaddle also features a tie at the bottom which decreases the likelihood of hip dysplasia in infants. This makes diaper changes a breeze, while still allowing your baby a little wiggle room!

While the Ollie is also an exceptional swaddle blanket, some facts to think about are:

  • It does not have a removable leg pouch, but instead features a tie at the bottom. This allows for easy diaper changes, but does not secure the legs to keep baby from kicking.
  • It is significantly different in price, but also includes a laundry bag to properly launder it.

Happy shopping parents!

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This Toy Will Teach Your Baby How to Code

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Coding is all the rage and there are more jobs for computer programmers and in the tech space than there are people who can fill those positions. Now, parents can start molding their tots to be able to work in the tech space with Fisher Price’s Think & Learn Code-a-Pillar.

The toy teaches the basics of coding, like sequencing and programming, with segments of the caterpillar’s body. Each of these eight segments is labeled with different symbols and colors. Kids put them together, attach them to the caterpillar’s smiling, blinky-eyed, motorized head, and press a button to get the whole toy to move.


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The child can cause the toy to move different ways. Here’s how it looks.

Fisher  Price also sells three expansion packs at $15 each, allowing kids to add additional features like turning 180 degrees, or making different sounds or lights.

The caterpillar also works with a free companion app on iOS and Android that teaches counting and patterns.

 Order one for your baby! It debuted last January for $50, retail but is available for under $40 at Amazon.com.
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Bellyitch’s Favorite Thing Winners Announced

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Thanks you for entering our annual Holiday Giveaway! We got over 5,000 entries for 10 items worth over $800! Using our giveaway interface over at Gleam.io, we randomly selected winners who are all announced on the widgets below.

We did not however confirm the winner of the abiie High chair so that one isn’t listed because we may pull a new winner if the winner does not respond. Also, because the KoalaSafe Router was late entry, we’re extended that contest into the new year!

See you at the next big giveaway!


abiie High Chair ($189)
 

Easy-DoksTechDevice Dock ($79.99)
 

GameSir G3s Bluetooth Wireless Controller ($99)
The Shower Saver ($29.99)

Jillian Michaels and 13 Piece Super Slicer ($39.98)

Kidz Gear Bluetooth Wireless Stereo Headphones ($59.99)
NewerTech NuGuard KXs Military Grade iPhone/iPad Case ($59.99)
 

Put Me In The Story Personalized Storybook ($34.98)
 

KoalaSafe Family Friendly Router with Parental Controls ($99)

Eliminate Fights with Your Kid w/this Router Controls all Devices, WIN IT (Bellyitch’s Fave Thing $99)

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The last and final item in our Bellyitch’s Favorite Things Giveaway  is a router and app to help parents monitor their children’s devices.

If you are planning to get your child a new screen – tablet, phone, gaming system, laptop or computer- for Christmas, you could eliminate the need to be nagging them to turn off their device but using  KoalaSafe, a wireless router which is its own network that can schedule a time to turn off the devices, thus turning the internet off.


The Australia-based company recently announced their partnership with curbi,  an app which regulates screen time on handheld devices outside the home.

KoalaSafe Family Friendly Router with Parental Controls to easily protect and manage their screen time all year long – at home and on the road.

It has a family-friendly WIFI access point that’s easy to use. Through a simple smartphone interface, parents can set time-limits, site blocking and monitoring of youngsters’ mobile devices, laptops, PlayStations and more, which are connected through KoalaSafe.

Then when a child heads outside to school or a friend’s place, curbi takes over the care with content filtering and app blocking. With just a couple of clicks parent can lock apps, block inappropriate sites and limit screen time.

Together KoalaSafe and curbi are simple to use, giving parents total control over the content their children access from smartphones and tablets at home and on the road. Parents can:

  • Monitor, control and set limits for use inside or outside of the home
  • Get detailed information about what kids are doing when connected
  • Stop offline apps from being used

We Love love these parings and lucky for one Bellyitch reader, they’ll get to get their very own device retail value of $99! Enter below but you only have a few hours!

KoalaSafe Family Friendly Router with Parental Controls ($99)

Your Child will be Amazed Seeing Her Name in a Personalized Story Book; Win It (Bellyitch’s Fave Things $34.98)

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Next up on our list of favorite items is a gift that would certainly surprise and put a smile on the face on any child that receives it!

Put Me In The Story is an innovative children’s platform that takes nationally bestselling children’s picture books by celebrated and award-winning authors, and integrates personalization—creating personalized books that make your child the star of beloved children’s stories.


This is a great trend in storybooks because it brings the experience of reading a book even more alive for a child. I think it creates a love of reading and getting lost in a good book if a child can see his or her name in it and can further imagine herself or himself as the characters in the book.

With Put Me In The Story, authors are allowing readers to personalize their copyrighted, bestselling books to create the ultimate gift.

The guys at Put Me In The Story will gift one fortunate Bellyitch reader with their own book, “Ginger, Can you Help an Elf“, one of the newest titles, which would be PERFECT for the holidays!

Enter below thru midnight!

Put Me In The Story Personalized Storybook ($34.98)

This Military-Grade Cover Will Protect Your iPhone; WIN IT (Bellyitch’s Fave Things $59.99)

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We are extending the Bellyitch’s Favorite Things Giveaway for ONE  MORE Day to squeeze in the last three products.

I am loving NewerTech NuGuard KXs Case for iPhone 7, 6 & 6s and  Screen Protector for iPhone/iPad:


The KX case uses state­-of-­the-­art military-grade X­Orbing Gel Technology to absorb and evenly distribute kinetic energy. This revolutionary technology is engineered into a one-piece design that features a hard outer shell integrated with a soft interior core, providing protection and style at a price you’d pay for a regular case. Incredibly thin at ½”, it protects your iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus, and other iPhones against accidental drops, impacts, and scratches, while still easily fitting in your pocket.

Love it! I do not go anywhere without this level of protection for my digital devices. I’ve had too many cracked screens to go out unprotected! This case sounds like it would do the trick for insulating your device from all damages and bumps and bruises.

The case retails for up to $59.99, depending on the device but today you can win your very own by entering the contest below:

NewerTech NuGuard KXs Military Grade iPhone/iPad Case ($59.99)

Give Your Kid These Friendly Headphones for Christmas; WIN IT (Bellyitch Fave Thing $59)

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Next on our last and final day of sharing Bellyitch’a Favorite Things are these Bluetooth  headphones just for kids

The Kidz Gear Bluetooth Wireless Stereo Headphones are a perfect gift or stocking stuffer for that kid who loves Music or watching YouTube video series without distraction or distracting others around him.


Win it!

Kidz Gear Bluetooth Wireless Stereo Headphones ($59.99)

This Gamesir Controller turns your Android Phone into a Joystick, WIN IT (Bellyitch Fave Thing)

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We are in day 4 of the Bellyitch’s Favorite Things annual holiday giveaway!

Today, we’re exploring a gamer’s wishlist item: an awesome game controller that can be used on the PC or an android phone and is compatible with many PC based games currently on the market!


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My 14-year old son is a major gamer. In fact, he plans to build his own computer so he can game with speed and ease. Ordinarily, I’d frown on that because he should be focusing on his academics but the geek in me is excited over the idea of the boy building his own desktop from the ground up.

Anyway…I digress.

Until that happens, this Gamesir Gamepad multi-platform bluetooth portable game controller that I became aware of recently is perfect!  Apparently, it allows for the real gaming experience from his android device and a desktop.

All of the Gamesir controllers have an ergonomic rubberized handle which is good for getting a good grip  and it vibrates to coincide with active movement in the game. To connect, use Bluetooth to pair your phone with the controller, then plug into your phone and go! They come with an  LED light so the user can see the controls when gaming in dark rooms like basements. The makers claim 30+ hours of battery life in their latest controller, the M2, before needing to be recharged and to be supported by a number of existing games on the market.

I have NOT tested out this controller or any of them yet so I cannot vouch for any of the claims by the manufactureres, but there have been plenty of reviews you can find here for all their controllers.

The makers, GameSir are in Hong Kong and since being founded, they have grown and branded out and now service more than two million users worldwide including in China, Canada, Japan, India, Brazil, Argentina, the UK and France as well as America so the contest to get this controller is international! Worldwide baby! Enter Below to win an earlier generation GameSir G3s:

GameSir G3s Bluetooth Wireless Controller ($99)