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Detailed, high-quality and honest product reviews from a project manager turned proud mama! Focus is on family and eco-friendly brands and products that I love, and am confident you will too!

Kristy is a winner of Top 25 Product Review Moms - 2012

What are your favorite products that you've seen this year that would make great stocking stuffers?

I just reviewed a wonderful and truly practical women's fashion accessory called Cleava - "The Original Snap To Bra Camisole" ( Cleava is designed to create a more modest, layered look under low-cut tops without the extra bulk, heat and laundry of full-length camisoles/tanks. I feel like every woman should own at least a couple of these! :)

For children ages 1-5, I recommend ChildUp Early Learning Game Cards (, another product I reviewed earlier this year. Our (almost) 2-year-old has been playing with, and learning from, her cards almost daily since we received them!

Other ideas of products I already own and love, or have come across recently:

Adults: Klean Kanteens (, reusable glass or metal drinking straws, reusable K-Cups for Keurig brewers (e.g. EkoBrew -, non-toxic cosmetics and personal care products such as lip balms (love the line by Earth Mama Angel Baby - and nail polish (Keeki is one brand I've come across - - this would be great for older children and teenagers too!)

Children: Hand-made headbands and hair clips, eco-friendly paints & other art supplies (e.g. Clementine Art -, and Baby/Kids Gourmet organic fruit & veggie snacks (

What's your favorite resource for discovering new products?

Hard to pick just one! My favourite resources include other parenting and/or eco-friendly blogs, deal websites / mailing lists (e.g., Groupon, EthicalDeal, and Mother of a Deal) and local product fairs. My Twitter and Facebook feeds are indispensable resources as well - for example, I recently discovered EthicalDeal via a Facebook update from the Mother of a Deal page. (Not sure how it took me so long to find this - green + frugal = TOTALLY up my alley! :) I've also discovered some great products through blogger/brand connection platforms such as Business2Blogger and Rafflecopter.

Whats the best parenting product you've ever reviewed?

This is a toughie as I've had the fortune to work with MANY amazing brands and review dozens of products I'd highly recommend. That said, one brand that stands out to me is Lil Helper (, a new Canadian company which offers its own, original line of cloth diapers and accessories. As a cloth diapering mom and review blogger, I've accumulated quite the stash, however my Lil Helper diapers are always among the first I reach for. They're well-made, durable, eco-friendly, soft/stretchy and perform very well! One particular variant offered - their charcoal bamboo diaper - is unique in that it is naturally deodorizing, anti-microbial and hypoallergenic, so it's a great option for little ones with sensitive skin. The company also takes constructive feedback seriously and is highly committed to on-going improvement in their products. They've already made some key changes since March, 2012 when I originally partnered with them. Definitely a brand to watch!

My Lil Helper reviews: