J Shallow

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Wednesday, 12 December 2012 21:51

Episencial Special Edition Kit

I just wanted to share a picture of the actual product I recieved and wrote a blog review of in the last post.
Wednesday, 12 December 2012 21:47

Review of Episencial Special Edition Kit

I I received the above product for review purposes. No monethad the opportunity to review the Episencial Special Edition Kit that includes full size bottles of Playful Wash and Soothing Creme, as well as a mini book of The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle and Baby Skin Care Guide. My babies may now be 3 and 6, but they still enjoy bath time and having their bodies rubbed in with a cream. My kids love that they recognize the pictures on the label and can recite the to me from memory (almost verbatim.)

The Playful Wash is a combo of 2 in 1 shampoo and body gel. It is very gentle and lathers easily without having to use much. It has a light natural orange scent and is tear-free. Anyone with kids know how important it is to have a tear-free shampoo.

The Soothing Creme has received high rating for it’s effectiveness in soothing eczema from magazines such as Parents, Parenting and Shape. And if you read all 23 reviews (all gave it a perfect 5 stars out of 5) you will see that parents have been highly satisfied. My kids so suffer from eczema in the winter but have not had a flare up on their legs and trunk as of yet, but I am taking a proactive approach and have been applying this creme as a preventative measure in hopes of avoiding an uncomfortable flare up.

This would be a wonderful gift pack (think Christmas present!) to give to any mom of young children, a new mom or an expecting mom. This kit is sure to help make those bathtime and bedtime reading rituals something they will treasure.

The Special Edition Kit sells for $24 and right now you can get free shipping on any order over $45. They also currently have a promotion to get 2 free samples, a diaper bag sized soothing creme and a $5 coupon.

ary compensation was received. All thoughts, opinions and pictures are my own.
Wednesday, 12 December 2012 20:35

Review of Episencial Cheeky Salve

I had the opportunity to review Episencial Cheeky Salve with my children. Cheeky Salve is designed to provide a barrier to irritants and elements that can cause discomfort on the skin. Both of my kids deal with eczema in the winter and sensitive skin. The area around their nose and mouth seems to get extremely dry, inflamed and flaky. Because of these issues I am always on the lookout for a product that will the beneficial for them, offer relief and not cause any irritation.

We have been using Cheeky Salve on their faces around their lips, nose and on their lips. After just a few days of use, I noticed that the dryness and redness was starting to dissipate. With continued use it started to disappear, although after a few days of not using it the cold dry MN air was irritating it and causing is to dry out and redden again. So, I have learned I have to stay on top of it and keep applying it when it is irritated and continue to apply as a preventative measure. I do think I need to start using it on my lips as well, as they have
recently become dry and cracked. Ouch!

The product is also stated to be good on cradle cap, acne and as an all-over first aid with it’s active ingredients of organic sunflower oil, probiotics and raspberry. There is no scent to this product, in case anyone is wondering due to scent sensitivities.

A container of Cheeky Salve sells for $9 and right now you can get free shipping on any order over $45. They also currently have a promotion to get 2 free samples, a diaper bag sized soothing creme and a $5 coupon.

I received the above product for review purposes. No monetary compensation was received. All thoughts, opinions and pictures are my own.
Monday, 17 January 2011 03:24



What a fun experience it is to try kicksledding, or Spark as it is called in it's originating countries. This was actually our 2nd time kicksledding, but this time it was part of a class that my daughter & I took with another family from our playgroup. We learned a little bit about the history of kicksledding, how to put it together & how to store it, and how to care for it after you are finished. Then we headed outdoors to try it out. The pictures above show the kid size kicksleds, but there are adult size ones as well, which us moms had a chance to push each other around on.

I have to admit that it was more of a workout this year doing kicksledding than last year because the trails still had a lot of snow cover on them and they were not iced over. A kicksled is much easier & faster to use when it's on ice.

As a group we went through the nature center on some of the trails so that we could get a feel for how to maneuver it and control the speed down a hill.

If you get a chance to try this out, you should. The availability of kicksleds seems to be low, so if you get the chance, take it. And if you live in our area, you should check out Winterfest at the nature center where they will have the kicksleds out again. There will also be horse-drawn sleigh rides, snow shoeing, sledding, games, and a bonfire (roasted marshmallows!) It is a lot of fun!


Tuesday, 09 November 2010 22:20

Fairgrounds Park

fairgrounds park

We went to the Fairgrounds park for some playtime and a lunch. It was such a pleasant surprise to be having a picnic on the ground when we almost 1/3 the way through November. This park is special because it's the only city park with climbing walls for the kids. Plus they have very separate little kids play equipment and big kids play equipment. And actually, some of the equipment here is meant for even older kids, so it's a good park to grow with your kids.

Tuesday, 09 November 2010 22:17

Farm Equipment Store Tour

tractor             This morning we went on a tour of a farm equipment store. The kids had a lot of fun getting to climb in a combine, a tractor, on a flatbed, and on some of the lawn & utility tractors. It was such a great day to be outside for a tour.
Thursday, 04 November 2010 01:36

Halloween Party

Halloween Party      During the school year we have a weekly standing playdate at an area church nursery. So, during the week before Halloween we had a Halloween Party there. Attendence was good with 9 moms and 16 kids.

The calendar for November is finished and we will be touring a Farm Equipment retailer and a radio station, trips to the RADZoo and MN Zoo, ice skating at an arena, a visit to a large outdoor sporting goods retailer, a couple visits to McD's playland and our weekly nursery playgroup. Also, be sure to check the playgroup forum online (members are given access to this) to get more details about each playgroup and for impromtu park playdates.

Work has begun on the December calendar and so far includes a holiday party, a grocery store tour, a Little Ones storyhour, an ECFE party and a couples holiday party. 


Tuesday, 12 October 2010 14:02

Monday Park Playgroups

Every Monday we have a park playgroup in the morning. This week we had a decent turnout of 6 moms and 13 kids. With some moms being back to work as teachers and kids going to different preschools, it's hard to get a time for everyone. But the Monday park playgroups are weekly, as well as Trinity Church Nursery playgroups on Friday morning. We try to schedule in another playgroup some other time during the week as well.

Other upcoming playgroups will include a Halloween Party, a trip to the Children's Museum, and indoor swimming playgroup, & a birthday playgroup.


Wednesday, 15 September 2010 14:40

Nature Hike & Picnic Lunch

 Nature Hike

Today we met some friends at the River Bend Nature Center to hike around, play a little bit and have some lunch. It was great weather when we arrived and it didn't start to rain until we were finished & already in our cars. Lucky timing. Although, many other families let the threat of isolated showers scare them away today, so it was just 3 families there.

The kids really wanted to build a fort, but it looked like someone had diverted the stream into many other little streams down into the valley where the kids play area was, so it was kinda muddy there and it didn't seem like the kids were too into mud today.

But we did see may different types of fungus, so that was neat to point out to the kids and let them toucch them to feel the differences.

Later this week, we will be attening the SORC Open House. Lots of fun & actvities outside for the kids. And it's all free. Hope you can attend!