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)

Why Wasn’t this ‘Shaver Helper’ Around Before? Win It! (Bellyitch’s Fave Things $29.99)

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We are on Day three of Five of our Bellyitch’s Favorite Things of 2016 annual giveaway!

Today, I’m talking the Shower Sidekick , a portable, adjustable shaving stand that effortlessly locks into place in any three walled shower (no complicated or permanent installation required).

This contraption is PERFECT for the preggers woman who stopped seeing her feet 4 weeks and 5 OB appointments ago. It’s essentially a “shelp” that provides a safe and sturdy place to rest one’s foot while shaving the legs.


After all, balancing with one foot on the wall, bending over, or sitting on the dirty shower floor is annoying enough without a bump the size of a bowling ball protruding from your belly.

They get us and that is why The Shower Sidekick (retails: $29.99) is one of Bellyitch’s Favorite Things of 2016. You can order yours here Of you can win one as part of our contest here:

There are many ways to win and entrants can enter daily.

The Shower Saver ($29.99)

ENTER TO WIN: 5 Device Dock/Charge Station for Families ($79 VAL. Bellyitch Fave Things)

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Today is day two of our Bellyitch Favorite Things  and also among our list of fave gadgets and devices for parents and families is this Easy-Doks Dok CR33! It is a universal 5 device charger that simultaneously charges, docks, cradles and plays music on any device that uses a USB cable, including smartphones, tablets, watches, MP3 Players, and more.

The CR33 uses Smart SCD Technology (Smart Current Detection) that adjusts the current flow to ensure proper charging current and amps specific for each device. It also includes a high quality 6 watt Bluetooth Speaker and Speaker Phone to play music or answer calls hands-free on one device on its high quality speaker system while charging.


It retails for $79.99 and you can purchase it from Amazon.com or win it in our Bellyitch’s Favorite Things Giveaway! One lucky Bellyitch reader will go home with this lovely device for their family!

Enter below to win, now thru Saturday, December 17 at Midnight. Open to US Entrants only! Check out the original post to enter to win some of the other prizes in the Giveaway. And check back at the blog daily for other things to win!

Easy-DoksTechDevice Dock ($79.99)
 

Win this Scandinavian-Designed Tot to Teen High Chair ($189 WIN IT!)

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It’s Day Two of our Bellyitch’s Favorite Things Giveaway

Today, we’re sharing our love of this very creative high chair that grows with your baby from infancy to adulthood:

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Unlike traditional high chairs that are big, bulky, and cost a ton of money, the versatile Abiie Beyond Junior Y High Chair will grow with your child. It’s a chair that’s guaranteed to last a lifetime. Simple to convert, this beautifully crafted, all-in-one high chair can transform into an adult size seat in less than 20 seconds. It’s an inexpensive and long lasting gift that new moms or parent will appreciate and love.

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Created by highly skilled engineers, the 2015 gold medal winner of the National Parenting Publications Awards, is a practical solution to daily-life situations. From holiday festivities to birthday celebrations, you’ll be ready to welcome any extra guests with Abiie Beyond Junior Y High Chair.
Abiie Beyond Junior Y is a one-time purchase that can last a lifetime and is loaded with features:

  • Easy to transportWith Abiie’s compact design, traveling is hassle-free.

  • Cleaning is easy – Comes equipped with waterproof seat cushion and one-hand removable tray that can be easily thrown into the dishwater.

  • Anti-microbial heat sterilization – Keep your child’s environment hygienic and safe.

  • Dual restraint system – Adjust for a 5-point harness or 3-point harness.

  • Go green – Material is biodegradable and recyclable making it eco-friendly.

  • Toxin-free – No harmful substances* such as BPA and Phthalate.

The Abiee chair retails for $189 but given that it will have multiple, life-long nullity, that’s a perfect price point! You can WIN you very own chair by entering our contest below!

abiie High Chair ($189)


The Bellyitch’s Favorite Things Gift Guide and Giveaway Starts Today (CONTEST)

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For the past 6 years, (2015, 2014,  2013, 2012, 2011 and 2010) we’ve hosted an annual end-of-the-year Giveaway.

This year, we’re returning to the Favorite Things Format once again!


Welcome to the 2016 to Bellyitch’s Favorite Things Gift Guide and Giveaway!

It’s that time of the year again! Holiday shoppers will be searching high and low for unique and creative gifts to give their loved ones and may snag some discounted finds of their own while they’re out shopping.  As you consider what items to purchase for that new mom or dad, dad or mom-to-be, toddler, kid or busy and active  person in your family, please consider one of these awesome gift ideas that are part of Bellyitch Favorite Things of 2016!

We’ve curated a fine listing of one-of-a-kind, innovative,  and off-the-beaten path items that are likely to put a smile on the recipients face.

Each day over the next week or so, we will feature one of the below items on the blog with an entry form to win it! You can return each day to enter to increase your chances of winning. And there are various ways to win extra entries.

The preliminary listing of products and services up for grabs is below and captured in the image above. However, do return here often as this page will be updated with new promotional partners we are adding on an ongoing basis thru the Give-aways end on December 17 — just in time to announce the winners and get their products shipped off to them in time for Christmas and Passover!

Check Back here daily to Enter to Win the Items up for grab as we make the entry forms go live:

LÍLLÉbaby®. Essential Baby Carrier ($99) ENTER HERE

Easy-Doks Dok CR33 ($79) ENTER HERE

Abiie Beyond Junior Y High Chair ($179) ENTER HERE

The Shower Sidekick ($29.99) ENTER HERE

The G3s Gamepad multi-platform portable game controller ($99.99) ENTER HERE

Yeah Baby!: The Modern Mama’s Guide to Mastering Pregnancy, Having a Healthy Baby, and Bounce Back Better than Ever ($18.99) and

Art and Cook 13-Piece Super Slicer ($9.99) (Total $28.99) ENTER HERE

Kidz Gear Bluetooth Wireless Stereo Headphones Specially made for children ($59.99) ENTER HERE

Newer Tech NuGuard KX Case for iPhone 7, 6 & 6 Plus or iPad and Screen protector ($59.99) ENTER HERE

Put me in the Book personalized story book “Can you help an Elf?” ($34.99) ENTER HERE

KoalaSafe Family Friendly Router with Parental Controls ($99) ENTER HERE

 

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And the first product is this gorgeous baby carrier by LÍLLÉbaby®.

This carrier can be worn in 6 different says from infancy until baby is a toddler. It is  based on Scandinavian design principals— with comfort and style in mind, and it features durable, high quality fabric and materials and is in the under $100 category.

This award-winning brand focuses on attachment parenting families that love to babywear and comes in 8 modern prints (Black with Circle of Love, Charcoal with Seahorses, Navy with Seven Seas, Stone with Boardwalk, Turquoise with Lily Pond, Stone, Stone with Anchors, and Stone with Park Place) and 7 seasonal prints (Black with Circle of Love, Navy with Seven Seas, Stone with Boardwalk, Stone, Stone with Donut, Stone with Park Place, and Stone with Fall in Fern).

We reviewed one of the carriers and discovered it was relatively easy to use the 3-way straps. They offer limit-less adjustability: carrying straps adjust in two directions in addition to the Perfect Fit Adjusters (PFAs) on the front of the carrier. The adjusters allow the wearer to find a truly customized fit and provide easy access for breastfeeding on the go.

The best thing about having a carrier is that one can shop, go to the grocers or a walk for exercise with baby in tow.

We loved that the carrier was sturdy and featured a signature LÍLLÉbaby cargo and hood pockets for storage. An attachable all-weather hood made from soft, breathable luxury mesh can be added. It provides added comfort and safety for baby during windy or cold days. The mesh is great for warmer temperatures.

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The carrier is  sold throughout North America, Europe and Asia. More than one ways to Enter and Daily Entries are allowed!
NEW DEADLINE: December 18 at midnight!

ALL OTHER CONTEST ITEMS ENTRY FORMS. INCREASE  YOUR CHANCES TO WIN!

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)
werTech 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)

Eco Friday: Kohls’s Cares Offer Perfect Stocking Stuffers that Give Back

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If you’re looking for a stocking stuffer or unique gift for a co-worker, god child or co-worker, consider heading down to your local Kohl’s and picking up one of this new holiday season’s collection of Kohl’s Cares items.

They are priced between  $5 and $8 each, with 100 percent of the net profit supporting children’s initiatives nationwide. The collection is available now  through December 27 at Kohl’s stores nationwide and on Kohls.com. The new Kohl’s Cares giftables include:


Christmas Movie Trivia, Orig. $5
Color and Create Your Own Cards, Orig. $5
3 pack travel edition of adult coloring books, Orig. $8
Crayola Winter Adventure Creativity Kit, Orig. $8
Night Before Christmas book and plush bundle, Orig. $8

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The current Kohl’s Cares holiday collection features beloved hardcover books and classic characters including Curious George, Paddington, Madeline and Corduroy are available now through the end of December for just $5 each. More incredible than the price, 100 percent of net profit supports children’s initiatives nationwide.

We received a box and will include a collection in our upcoming End of the year Big Giveaway that launches next week! Stay tuned! In the meantime, check out our unboxing!

Jillian Michaels’ New Book Tackles Pregnancy Misconceptions (REVIEW)

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When Jillan Michaels and her partner, Heidi, were expecting their first child together, Michaels did a lot of research and educating herself on the baby-making and incubating process, and through that experience, the TV personality discovered that a lot of pregnant women are being under-informed on their choices and options.

The exploration prompted the The Biggest Loser alum to pen a book and use her expertise as a celebrity trainer and nutritionist to add another reference option and voice into the fray.


Michaels, who is mom to 5-year old daughter Lukensia and 3-year old son Phoenix, recently released her latest book,”Yeah Baby! The Modern Mama’s Guide to Mastering Pregnancy, Having a Healthy Baby, and Bouncing Back Better than Ever.”

In this meaty 350+ page book, Michaels aims to help enrich the unborn baby by making sure mom is educated on ways to eat properly, exercise adequately and avoid the toxins and other hidden dangers and misconceptions floating out there in the interwebs while she is pregnant.

The book is part information handbook, part autobiographical experience and part friendly resource and written from the New York Time’s Best Seller‘s perspective  as she did some researching and digging to uncover some truths about the pregnancy experience. There are sections dedicated to various experts and doctors she and Heidi consulted while on their journey to baby.

The team of experts that contributed to the book include:

  • Suzanne Gilberg-Lenz, MD is an Ob-Gyn, a Clinical Ayurvedic Specialist, and board certified in Integrative and Holistic Medicine.
  • Andrea Orbeck is a PregnancyFitness Specialist who holds an advanced degree in Kinesiology and Intracellular Physiology.
  • Katja VanHerle, MD is one of America’s Top Physicians in Endocrinology as named by Consumer Research Council of America.
  • Cheryl Forberg, RD is an award-winning registered dietitian, chef, and New York Times bestselling author.
  • Jay Gordon, MD, FAAP is a pediatrician who specializes in infant nutrition and breastfeeding.

Together, the author team, help new moms navigate the hidden dangers in their immediate environment; understand the check-ups, tests, and treatments a doctor recommends; and provides powerful solutions for all  issues, from heartburn and swollen feet to more serious medical concerns. Also, readers learn how to optimize every facet of their child’s development, from IQ and long-term earning potential to future level of physical fitness and even taste preferences! Yeah Baby! also features a complete meal plan with delicious, nutrition-packed recipes, and a one-of-a-kind, trimester-specific fitness program, to ensure you bounce back stronger and better than ever.

Our reader reviewer, Amy, a first-time mom-to-be told us she thought the tone and pace of the book was right on point. It is conversational and not full of too many medical jargon and terminology that can confuse a reader.

“It was like having periodic chats with a girlfriend, ” Amy says  of the flow and content of Hey Baby! That’s a plus. While Amy was aware of some of the insights and suggestions that Michaels offers in this book, she said she certainly appreciated getting her information corroborated.

Her favorite part was the portions of the book where Michael dispels myths related to what pregnant women can and cannot eat.  A lot of the modern wisdom is outdated and untested, Amy agrees with Michaels’ assessment.

While we recommend everyone does what’s best for their personal situation and consult their own doctor, midwife or practitioner, we still think it’s a breath of fresh air to check out and check into Michael’s sojourn and digest her no-holds-bard approach to telling it like it is. ‘

Amy is also looking forward to implementing some of the tips Michaels offers for peeling off the excess weight gain from pregnancy. The steps seem doable and because she knows what Michaels can do, based on the amazing transformations of Biggest Loser contestants, Amy’s even more excited to put the book into action!

Good stuff! A very worthwhile read! You can get it at Amazon.com for just $13.85 for the paperback!

 

Moms-to-be, Zika-Repellent Clothing is Now Available (REVIEW)

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Texas is the second state in America to experience a Zika-infection based on a home-grown mosquito. Florida was the first though Miami has  recently been cleared of all Zika-carrying mosquitos.

Now although mosquito season has sunsetted for now, the scary outcome of local virus-carrying insects could mean that the rest of the US is susceptible for its mosquitoes to start carrying the dangerous virus which causes deformity in babies being incubated if their mom is bitten and become infected.


While the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention continue to study the epidemic, and issue warnings and advice based on its findings, everyday folks must remain vigilante and be sure to wear mosquito repellent. This precaution is especially necessary for pregnant women, including those that live in warmer climates where mosquitoes exist or are flying around.

In addition to repellent, some clothing manufacturers are beginning to produce clothes that have an added repellent effect. For example, Nobitech is a Los Angeles, California-based athletic apparel company that sells garments treated with Skintex MR III, which is the only apparel treatment approved by the Environment Protection Agency to repel mosquitoes using microencapsulated technology.

Some of the garments in apparel 2016 Rio Summer Games athletes wore had Skintex technology which repels ants, flies, chiggers and midges, and is touted as a supplement to repel mosquitoes that may carry the West Nile Virus, Zika and Lyme disease-carrying ticks.

As an avid runner, serial charity race participant and outdoor trainer and exerciser, I was quite excited to receive a complimentary  long sleeve pull over top with a zipper (retails: $32.85) and running pants (retails: $55.75) to review. They both are made 100% of  microfiber polyester pk maX and fit ultra comfortably while  looking quite stylish. You wouldn’t even know they had a dual purpose because they resemble any other athletic clothing on the market, complete with the inherent moisture wicking quality.

For running and biking in the late evenings, there is reflective tape in the front and back. I also think I looked super cute in it and had to take a selfie for the Gram. (smile)

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The clothing has a shorter shelf life than some because they are only effective for 25 washes. Afterwards, it loses its repellent effectiveness and that is because the durable carrier used to bind permethrin to the garment dilutes over time. Also, to maintain effectiveness, the clothing should be washed separate form other clothing or washables. After worn out, the makers suggest that the clothing not be re purposed but instead disposed of in the trash so it does not contaminate water, food, or feed for storage or disposal.

But there should be no fear over the treatment because it is that technology that makes it work. Chamber tests have shown a significantly lower number of bites through a shirt containing  microencapsulated permethrin versus one that has non-encapsulated permethrin.

The price point starting at just $19.95 is pretty decent and very competitive given that, when combined with wearing mosquito repellent on the skin, you’re getting extra protection from life-altering viruses when wearing Nobitech clothing.

There are no maternity sizes but they go up to XXL and the material has plenty of stretch to accommodate a growing tummy for those who are expecting and love exercising outdoors or who simply want the extra protection of mosquito repellent clothing when out and about.

It’s a good choice for those who may just want to stay holed up at home while expecting. This clothing should provide some extra level of comfort if anything because it’s just an additional step of precaution. Get yours on their website at Nobitech!