No More Sharing Germs! Innovative Snack Spout Converts Snack Jars Into Food Dispensers

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Disclosure: I received a sample to assess. All opinions expressed are solely my own.

Kids love to snack, but grubby little fingers dipping into the same snack bowl can make for some not-so-sanitary conditions. Dean Wright, father of one and marketing professional, came up with the perfect solution with the help of a business friend and a mechanical engineer. Together they invented the Snack Spout, an easy-to-use device that instantly turns snack jars into food dispensers.

The Snack Spout converts large-size snack nut jars, jelly bean jars and plastic food storage jars that are found in almost all U.S. grocery stores into the perfect food dispenser. Simple remove the jar’s lid, screw on the Snack Spout and you now have a quick, easy, and sanitary dispenser for jelly beans, M&Ms, peanuts, almonds, cashews, nut mixes, chocolate or yogurt covered raisins, cereals, trail mix and any other non-sticky snacks. The Snack Spout can dispense directly into your hand, a cereal bowl or plastic baggie for on-the-go snacking.  


Around the World in 31 Coffees - How Many Have You Tried?

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Drinking coffee is popular not just in America, but around the world. Varying cultures prefer their coffee prepared in different ways. Here a fun and interesting infographic that looks at how 31 countries from around the world prefer their coffee.

How many of these have you tried?


Dye Easter Eggs Naturally Using Vegetables

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Photo Credit: A Garden to Dye For

Every Easter the stores are filled with tons of Easter decorations including Easter egg dying kits. These typically include tablets of artificial colors that families mix with vinegar to dip eggs into. While these kits may be inexpensive and convenient, another option that is just as easy is using vegetables to dye eggs. Families may already have these vegetables on hand, and dying eggs naturally omits artificial dyes that can leak into the eggs that families consume.


A Global Guide to Hand Gestures Around the World

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Whether spending time with people from other countries within America or outside, your well-intended hand gesture may inadvertently signal to someone, “Up yours!” or symbolize a lewd gesture associated with female genitals. 

The infographic below looks at different cultures and how hand gestures around the world have different meanings – always good to know so won’t mistakenly offend someone!


Baby Monitors, My You’ve Come a Long Way - High Tech Levana Models

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Disclosure: I received a product sample to review. All opinions expressed are solely my own.

When my first baby was born a few years ago, we had an audio baby monitor. When she started to crawl and stand, we couldn't tell if she was crying because she had a limb stuck in a crib slate or perhaps she was trying to climb out and got stuck. 

So we upgraded to a video monitor that looked like a mini TV. The grainy black and white footage was a step up, but once in a while channels crossed and we saw someone else’s baby – which was scary because that meant someone else could probably see ours.

Now with our second baby on its way, we’re looking for an even better baby monitor. The technology today in baby monitors is very advanced, and Levana is leading the way. We had the opportunity to review one of its baby video monitors, and it was such an improvement over our older versions.


The Mother of All Expos is Back this May

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For the last several years I have been involved with helping to organize The Mamas Expo, one of New York City’s largest parenting events. As such I wanted to let you all know about it as it’s such a great event for finding parenting resources all in one place in one day. If you’re part of the press or a blogger and would like to attend for free, please contact me at maria@themamasnetwork.com.

On Sunday May 4, 2014 the New York Hall of Science (NYSCI) in Queens, NY will proudly host The 2014 Mama’s Expo (ME14) for local parents, expectant mothers and children. The Mamas Expo will offer an abundance of opportunities for expo goers to participate in workshops, view demonstrations, enjoy performances, and learn about the best products and services available to families in the New York City area.


Mommy Nearest #GivingTuesday Video Featuring Bicultural Mama and Other New York Mom Bloggers

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Bicultural Mama donated toys and clothes
for #GivingTuesday.
Photo: Bicultural Mama

As part #GivingTuesday, the global day of giving on the heels of Black Friday and Cyber Monday, Mommy Nearest, along with partners 92Y, giggle and SparkBox Toys, organized a clothing and toy drive. The drive, called Giving Together, encouraged parents to bring their children as they donated new and gently used items for charity partners Baby Buggy, Room to Grow and The Salvation Army.

Bicultural Mama had the opportunity to attend the event, donate toys and clothes, and participate in its various related activities. Mommy Nearest recently released its video from the event which features Bicultural Mama as well as other New York mom bloggers. I am honored to be included in this event with many of these social media influencers who I know and admire.

Watch the video here:

Mommy Nearest #GivingTuesday 2013 from Mommy Nearest on Vimeo.

Thank your to Mommy Nearest and its partners for throwing such a great, worthy event and hope you all can participate in #GivingTuesday this year!


We Sent Flowers to China to Test Flora2000 International Delivery Service

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Disclosure: The author’s sister received a complimentary floral delivery in China to test the service. All opinions expressed are those of the author and her sister.

The bouquet, pictured after it arrived in Shanghai.
Photo: Bicultural Mama
With America known as the Melting Pot, it’s no surprise that many residents here have friends and relatives in other countries. 

Also according to Justlanded.com, there are more than 170 million people living abroad, and in developed countries, expats now account for 10% of the population. 

What do you do if you want to send flowers or gifts to friends, family and business associates in other countries?

Rehan Yar Khan, founder and CEO of Flora2000, noted the lack of options for people looking to do this and decided to launch Flora2000 to offer customers a seamless experience that utilizes a vendor network comprised of the preeminent florists worldwide. 

Flora2000 is the world’s leading flower and gift delivery service connecting customers in 190 countries including the United States, Philippines, Germany, China, Canada, Italy, Japan, United Kingdom, India, Australia, France and more.
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