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I’ve had the opportunity to try several new products lately, so I thought I’d take a moment to share them with you all. With holiday shopping around the corner, I think some of these would make great gift ideas!

1. Pong radiation case.

pong radiation case

After hearing about Pong cases from a friend, I reached out to the company to see if I could sample one of their radiation cases. While we don’t let our son touch our cell phones or tablets, we do use an iPad for him to have FaceTime visits with his long-distance grandparents, so we wanted to be proactive about reducing his exposure to the wireless energy as much as possible.what parents should know about radiation

[source: Pong website]

Pong was kind enough to send me one of their iPad mini cases to try out, along with these facts about cell phone radiation:

  • Your head and body can absorb over 50% of your smartphone’s transmitted signal during normal use. Radio frequency wireless energy impacts soft tissue, especially in the brain. Your head and body absorb this energy not only when you talk on your smartphone but also when you carry the device in your pocket.
  • Even though the health effects of radio frequency wireless energy on our bodies are uncertain, the FCC has recently ordered a review of its safety standards. The World Health Organization has classified cell phone radiation as “possibly carcinogenic to humans.”
  • Pong cases have a micro-thin gold-plated antenna embedded inside that redistributes your wireless device’s signal, pulling it away from the head and body and redirecting it towards the back of the device to decrease  wireless energy absorption without decreasing the device’s signal strength.
  • With a Pong case, users will limit their exposure to potentially harmful wireless energy. The Pong case for an iPhone 5s, for example, can reduce your exposure to up to 82% below (or 5 times below) the FCC’s SAR (Specific Absorption Rate) limit. SAR is the metric for measuring the absorption of radio frequency energy into the head and body.
  • While research is still being done to determine the extent of negative impact on humans from exposure to wireless energy, Pong believes it is best to take a proactive stance and protect yourself by reducing the amount of wireless energy that your head and body absorb.

Of course, it’s hard to tell exactly how much wireless energy the Pong case is reducing, but I do feel like it’s better than nothing! The case is also really nice– it feels very high quality, snaps into place perfectly, and the cover folds into a useful stand! We love it.

2. Juil boots

juil boots

Fall weather means it’s boot season! Juil recently added these cute boots to their line, and what makes them unique is the copper dots found in their soles. These copper dots are thought to help connect you to the Earth, even when you’re bundled up! In theory, the Earth is a giant magnet and “earthing” can help us neutralize and release the free radicals that build up in our bodies. And if nothing else, the boots are cute and comfortable!

3. Tata Harper Cheek & Lip Tints

tata harper cheek and lip tints

I was recently introduced to Tata Harper, a company that makes 100% natural and nontoxic skincare products. They were kind enough to send me their new cheek & lip tints, which I’m loving so far! My favorite color right now is called Very Sweet, which is a shimmery peach color that provides a subtle glow to my lips and cheekbones.

4. EasyPouch feeder

easy pouch feeder

We recently had to travel home, which meant flying on an airplane with a hungry one-year-old. Our son has decided that he doesn’t want me to help feed him– at all!– so I was grateful to find these hard EasyPouch cases on Amazon. They simply snap over store-bought food pouches (we used Plum Organics on this trip) to keep your child from squeezing the puree all over themselves. So simple, yet so brilliant! This case was a lifesaver during our visit.

Our little man loves feeding himself from these pouches now, and will gulp down an entire 4 ounces of fruit and veggie puree in no time. And I don’t have to help him!

5. Squeasy Snacker

squeasy food pouch

Now that our son has mastered the food pouch, I decided to try this reusable food pouch that I found on Amazon so I can feed him homemade purees and smoothies. I have to admit, I really debated trying one of these reusable pouches because from what I could tell, they’re ALL made in China! While that’s not ideal, I do love that my son will consume anything that I put in this pouch. It’s a great way to sneak more leafy greens, vegetables, and hydration into his day, with no leaks or mess to deal with.

*Disclosure: I was given complimentary samples from Pong, Juil, and Tata Harper, but I am under no obligation to mention these companies or write a positive review. As always, I’ll never share products on this site that I wouldn’t use in my own home!

Reader Feedback: Have you discovered any new products that you’re enjoying lately? Please feel free to share them in the comments below!

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Brianna

I really love the squeasy snacker! I might have to get some for my kids! Are they pretty easy to clean?

    Megan

    Yes, they are very easy to clean! They rinse out easily, and then we throw them in the dishwasher on the top shelf regularly.

Brianna

Also, these pouches look like a great find. and I’m pretty sure they are from the USA too! http://www.amazon.com/Reusable-Food-Pouch-Capacity-4-pack/dp/B00AM5NTIS/ref=sr_1_1?s=baby-products&ie=UTF8&qid=1413602987&sr=1-1

    Megan

    I looked at those, too! They are designed in the USA, but manufactured in China. It seems that’s the case with all the pouches I’ve found!

Ceara @ Ceara's Kitchen

I LOVE the idea of having a device that measures radiation from electronics – it is definitely something I need to pay more attention to!

Kelley

The Pong product is great however it doesn’t have anything for iPod touch. This is the only device my son uses and is with him ALL the time.

Megan

Thank you for this it came at the perfect time. My daughter is in the same boat, only wanting to feed herself so the easy pouch feeder looks perfect. I used to let her run around the backyard with her squeeze pouch so That she could make a mess without getting it all over the house but now it’s cooled off outside i haven’t been giving them to her ( she hates high chairs) so this should be great!

Megan

Also, can the squeeze food all over with the squeezy snacker?

    Megan

    No, the squeasy pouch has a little red insert that prevents them from squeezing food all over the place! It’s amazing. I’ve even been able to get my son to drink water from it with no leaks.

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