Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Wall Pops Review and Giveaway Birthday Bash



When decorating a nursery I tend to just see what comes to life as I add colors and things. I am not really a theme type person. I like colors, shapes and off the wall things that still go together but don't actually match. I like the idea of having a saying something over the babies bed, you know something cute but not over the top? Wall Pops has some really good ones and I was excited to check them out. I wanted something boyish but also sweet for Baby L's room. In the baby section I chose the Star Light, Star Bright-Wall Wishes. It is a total of 27 pieces that you peel off and put up on the wall. It was so easy, I just copied the picture provided and it only took a few minutes. Easy I tell you!


(Here is the one I picked)




Here are some facts on Wall Pops -
  • Peel and stick
  • Repositionable, and Always Removable
  • Safe for Walls
  • No sticky residue
  • Quick, and Easy
The website also offers Design Ideas, Create a Design and Window Decor for your living room or bedroom. They also have your children favorite characters like Disney, Nickelodeon, and Superheros.

I love the way it turned out in Baby L's room, it really looks sweet over his bed. I recommend this product to anyone that wants to add a little personal touch to a room without it looking like every other nursery out there.



GIVEAWAY: 

Win a Wall Pops decal for your house!


To Enter This Giveaway: 


Visit the Wall Pops website and tell me which item you would pick if you won. 
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*Limited to US residents; 18 years old and above. Giveaway starts June 7, 2011 and ends on June 25, 2011 at midnight PST.  Winner will be emailed and has 48 hours to respond before another winner is selected. I was not paid for this giveaway or post. I was provided for free the product mentioned for this review. The opinions are 100% mine and may vary from others.
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Sugar Booger Ore Product Review Birthday Bash


We are an on-the-go snack family. Whenever we go anywhere we do not forget a snack, heaven forbid we forget a snack, our world may come crashing down. I am going to go ahead and blame my Mom for this one, she started it years ago when we were kids. Haha.



You never know when you may need a refuel of energy or a boost of something tasty, although we always try to make it healthy. Most of the time it is just easier to grab a "baggie" or a sandwich bag and toss the snack in there. It saves time and energy but does not save on our carbon footprint that is for sure! Ore products has helped us move towards a "greener" on-the-go snack bag. Ore carries several lines of product like the Orepet, Living Goods and the Sugarbooger collection.

We were able to review the Good Lunch Snack Set from the Sugarbooger line. These are reusable, washable cute little bags for snacks or lunches. There are different designs to chose from and we went with the Hungry Monsters design. This snack set includes 2 fabric and one see-through snack sacks perfect for on the go. I love the design and colors that these bags come in! Very stylish I must say. My 4 year old was so excited to see these new bags and could not wait to put his snacks in them! We took them out that very day and they were great. We put cheerios for the baby in the see-through bag, crackers and apples in the other 2 bags for JJ. These bags are easy to wash, the fabric ones go in the washing machine to clean and then air dry. The see-through one you hand wash and it can stain so I recommend being careful what you put in there and clean it out right away. Another great things about the Ore Good Lunch Snack Set is they are BPA-Free, Phthalate-Free, Lead-Free and PVC-Free. Love the products Ore carries and we will definitely be picking up a few more of these handy bags for the future.

*I was not paid or compensated for this post. The opinions in this post are 100% mine and may vary from other opinions. I was provided for free the snack bags mentioned in this post for my review.
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Monday, June 6, 2011

Little One Books Review and Giveaway Birthday Bash



 All the Things I Love About You is written and illustrated by LeUyen Pham . This is a beautiful book all the way through. All the Things I Love About You is a story about a Mother and her little boy as she tells him all of the things she loves about him. Everything from how he looks in his pajamas and how she loves to hear his heartbeat, to his messy morning hair. This was a sweet story about the love a Mom has for her son and how unconditional it really is.

Pham is a mother of two boys herself so reading this story told by her really hits home with me. I love my two boys more than I could ever put into words. Reading this bedtime story to my boys really makes me appreciate all that they are and how much the little things matter. I was even tearing up as I read it to them! I cannot get over how sweet the story line is and the illustrations are great. Very good book, we have read it over and over again and I love it more each time we read it. I recommend it to every Mom with a son in her life.



All the Things I Love About You can be found at Little One Books. This website features books, music and videos from birth to age five. It is a great resource for parents and grandparents.






Here is a little info about Little One Books from their website:
We specialize in quality books, music, and video, for children birth through age five, and have personally reviewed and selected each and every item in our store. You'll find detailed information on why we prefer a particular product in our "Why We Chose" section of each product page. At Little One Books, we match each product to what we believe is the youngest appropriate age group. However, our carefully selected items can and will be used for many years to come. As children develop they often find pleasure in revisiting illustrations from old favorites, and eventually learning to read them on their own.


GIVEAWAY:


Little One Books has generously offered one of our lucky readers the chance to win a $15 gift certificate.


To Enter This Giveaway:
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*Limited to US residents; 18 years old and above. Giveaway starts June 6, 2011 and ends on June 24, 2011 at midnight PST.  Winner will be emailed and has 48 hours to respond before another winner is selected. I was not paid for this giveaway or post.I was provided the book pictured in this review for free.

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Dora the Explorer-It's Haircut Day DVD Review Birthday Bash


Dora is a household name and her name comes up a lot in ours. JJ loves to watch Dora and her cousin Diego and all of their adventures. I like the show because there is a lot of learning going on from different animals to learning to speak Spanish. My son tells me animal facts all the time and knows more Spanish than most adults!





Dora has a new DVD that came out called Dora the Explorer It's Haircut Day! JJ was so excited to watch this movie, I thought he was going to burst! It's Haircut Day is a 4 episode DVD that features some of Dora's "firsts". One episode is titled Dora’s Hair Raising Adventure- her first trip to the barber shop with Boots, Happy Birthday, Super Babies- her twin brother and sister's first birthday party, Baby Winky Goes Home! -where they help a lost space creature find his way home, and Dora’s Pegaso Adventure- where Dora rides her first Pegaso. We have watched this DVD over and over again and I love that my son is learning valuable lessons along the way. Great DVD, you can't go wrong with Dora and Boots! I recommend this to parents of little ones and preschoolers.

You can buy this Dora DVD for your collection at Target  and Walmart.

*I was not paid or compensated for this post. The opinions in this post are 100% mine and may vary from other opinions. I was provided for free the DVD mentioned in this post for my review.
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Sunday, June 5, 2011

Earth Monkeys Review and Giveaway Birthday Bash



Earth Monkeys is an eco-friendly company that makes baby and toddler gear. Earth Monkeys was created by two hip and stylish Moms. They have a great product and we were lucky enough to review the "Simeon" Porta-Pad in green with a sweet monkey on it for my little one. What I love about this light weight (made out of recycled bottles, how cool is that) changing pad is that you don't have to worry about fitting it into your diaper bag along with the 25 other things shoved in there. It folds up into it's own little pouch and has a clip on the end so that you can attach it to the outside of your diaper bag or purse. Love that! No more worrying about changing your little one in public or on the floor at your mother-in-laws, your baby (and your mother-in-laws carpet) is well protected. It is the perfect size for your on-the-go needs and storing and cleaning this Porta-Pad is super easy. Not to mention you are being "greener" than ever because all of there items are made from 100% recycled plastic bottles! How can you go wrong? They even have a Baby Shower Gift Set that any new-aged Mom would love. Check them out today!

GIVEAWAY: 

Win you own Simeon Porta Pad from Earth Monkey


To Enter This Giveaway: 


Visit the Earth Monkeys website and tell me another product  that you like.

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*Limited to US residents; 18 years old and above. Giveaway starts June 5, 2011 and ends on June 24, 2011 at midnight PST.  Winner will be emailed and has 48 hours to respond before another winner is selected. I was not paid for this giveaway or post. I was provided for free the product mentioned for this review. The opinions are 100% mine and may vary from others.
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Bright Starts Drop & Giggle Toy Review Birthday Bash


For Baby L's birthday presents we were looking for toys that are fun but also with a good quality name behind them and we found that with Bright Starts. They have lots of great award winning products, if you mention the name Bright Starts everyone seems to know what you are talking about. Bright Starts sent us the Drop and Giggle toy to review. We were very excited to test out this product!

The Drop and Giggle comes with 3 colorful balls that you drop into Mr. Giraffe's head and arms that tunnel their way out of his feet. When the balls are dropped through the holes the toy giggles and makes noise that my son just loves! After we showed him where the balls go he was a regular old pro. Dropping the balls, picking them up and doing it all over again. It seems like anytime we get a new "baby" toy my 4 year old is just as excited as Baby L. It is like he is the inspector to make sure that it is fun or good enough for Baby L, after about 10 minutes he moves onto his own big boy toys. He is not a baby anymore he tells me after he tests it out for a bit. At first he thought the Drop & Giggle was "pretty cool...for a baby". The Drop and Giggle is recommended for ages 6 months and up, they carry toys for ages birth to 18 months and up.

Check out all of their products, they carry everything from High Chairs, Play yards, Swings, Seat Covers, Mobiles and more. I recommend the Bright Starts to everyone I know. Good quality products with a large selection to choose from!

To learn more about Bright Starts and get deals and coupons for their products you can follow them on twitter or be a fan on facebook.


*I was not paid or compensated for this post. The opinions in this post are 100% mine and may vary from other opinions. I was provided for free the toy mentioned in this post for my review.
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Saturday, June 4, 2011

Sasquatch Books Review and Giveaway Birthday Bash


I have said it here before but we L-O-V-E books in our family. We also love Sasquatch Books! They publish books for and from the Pacific Northwest, Alaska, and California. This is near and dear to our hearts because each of these regions holds a special meaning in our family. They have a great selection of books for Children, Food and Wine, Gardening and more. We have reviewed books for Sasquatch before, Larry gets Lost in Seattle is a favorite in our house!! This time we were sent Who Hoo Are You? and What is Green? . These two books are written by Kate Endle and they are beautiful. I love the illustration and picture choices.



Who Hoo Are You is about different animals out there, and each has a description that begins with the letter of the animal. Like a hugely happy hippo and a lovable little lamb, too cute! Baby L loves animals so this was naturally a hit. Great book!




What is Green teaches you about colors and on each page it gives you examples of things that are the same color. For example; orange has a basketball, pumpkin and a carrot and more. This was another great book and we loved the illustrations.

Sasquatch books carries great quality books that will last a lifetime. We will be building our library of books from them for sure!

GIVEAWAY:
Win the two cute books by Kate Endle that I was sent for your own book collection.

 

To Enter This Giveaway:


Follow Sasquatch Books on Twitter

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*Limited to US residents; 18 years old and above. Giveaway starts June 4, 2011 and ends on June 24, 2011 at midnight PST.  Winner will be emailed and has 48 hours to respond before another winner is selected. I was not paid for this giveaway or post. I was provided for free the books for this review. The opinions are 100% mine and may vary from others.
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Sterling Publishing Being Smart Books Review and Giveaway Birthday Bash


Sterling Books is a publishing company that carries books on tons of topics for adults and children's books. The children's categories are endless. They have everything from Easy Reader Classics, History, Hobbies, Magic Tricks and even have IQ tests.

We were lucky enough to receive a few books from the Begin Smart Books category to review. They are beginning books for "smart" babies, these books teach them things they learn as they start life. When you are browsing the web site when you click on a book it gives you all important information any parent would like to see. It tells you the material of the book, the number of pages and the age range of the book among other things. I thought it was a great way to shop because when I was looking for a target age range the fact that it said twelve to eighteen months let me know that was exactly what I was looking for. First we read the book Begin Smart All Gone, ages 12-18 months. All Gone is a simple book that displays first food words like juice and cookie, the pages are chunky and perfect for little hands.
Then we read Begin Smart What Does Baby Say?, ages 12-18 months. What Does Baby Say is a first lift-the-flap book with questions and simple one word answers that helps a child to learn about the art of conversation. Baby L loved the lift-the-flap style book and kept wanting to read it over and over again.
Last we read Begin Smart Splish-Splash , again ages 12-18 months. Splish-Splash is a rhyming story about a teddy bear as he does all of the steps it takes to take a bath all the way to bed time. Baby L loves bath time or any type of water play so this was a great story for him. I love to read stories that rhyme and also loved that the Mama Bear was there to help the whole story, just like me. All the books were great, but Splish-Splash one was by far our favorite.

Sterling Publishing offers so many more books with so many categories to choose from, I definitely recommend checking out the web site to see what they have. You will not be disappointed!

GIVEAWAY:

Win the same Being Smart Books I was sent for your own book collection.

To Enter This Giveaway:

 Visit  Sterling Books and tell me what other kids book you would love to have?

 

 *Leave a comment answering the question and be sure to leave your email address*

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*Limited to US residents; 18 years old and above. Giveaway starts June 4, 2011 and ends on June 24, 2011 at midnight PST.  Winner will be emailed and has 48 hours to respond before another winner is selected. I was not paid for this giveaway or post. I was provided for free the books for this review. The opinions are 100% mine and may vary from others.
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1st Birthday Bash Event for Baby L

(Baby L's 1st day in this world...smiling away)




(Baby L almost 1 year...still smiling)

One year old? Where has the time gone? Baby L is turning ONE and I swear I feel like he was just born yesterday! JJ was my 1st born and he was my practice baby...just kidding. He was the one that launched my into the wonderful world of Motherhood. I was new to the Mom gig so I felt like time was going at a good slow and steady pace. I was watching JJ and waiting for him to get big just to see the next "new" thing he was going to do. I loved JJ being a baby but didn't soak it up as much as I have with baby #2. I knew with Baby L that he was going to get big and do all of the big boy stuff soon enough, I needed to sit back and enjoy this time. It felt like the more I watch and prayed for time to slow down, the faster it went. It really has been a great 1st year with Baby L. I have loved to watch him turn into this little person who loves to do everything his big brother does, loves to eat anything he finds on the ground, LOVES animals of all kind, and loves to snuggle his Mama! He thinks that his Dad is the greatest and I know the feeling is mutual.

The first year is so important, babies look to you for the emotional stability and support that they will carry with them for the rest of their lives. You are their world and for the next few years their little personalities and bodies are growing at such a rapid pace. Something I always try to remember is that you can't get the time back. Your children will never be this age again, 1 year or 16 months, or 2 years and so on. When the time is gone, what you have is memories. Keep making those memories and store them close to your heart. They will continue to grow and new stages will happen, you better not blink because you might miss something!

As hard as it is watching my baby turn a WHOLE YEAR OLD, I am so excited to plan his 1st party! The decorations, the cake, the PRESENTS!! It is all going to be awesome.

Stick around and see how we are celebrating Baby L's 1st Birthday here at the Frugal Family Tree. We have lots of great sponsors and lots of great giveaways! Keep checking in with us, we are going to be partying all month!!!!
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Friday, June 3, 2011

Old Navy Active Wear Pants Crowdtap Review










I have been on a mission to lose 30 lbs before I turn 30 and the Women's Compression Capri activewear pants I received for being an Old Navy Style Council Member through Crowdtap are inspiring me to try even harder! I have not really lost anything worth blogging about but I do feel like I can do more and feel better when  I am doing it so I am healthier from working out and eating better.

Awkward pose I was doing LOL


The pants feel fit unlike most of my work out clothes. They make me wanna get smaller to look even hotter in them. I like how they are breathable while you are working out in them. They stay in place too so no pulling up your pants and pulling down of them from uncomfortably spots lol! My friend came with me and she got the same ones and loves her too. She wears hers around the house too. The other coupons I sent to my sister and Mom so they will be sporting some awesome Old Navy Activewear pants too!

Old Navy has tons of cute Activewear including some Yoga pants I was eyeballing in the store. I told my hubby hint hint for my bday! 

Would you like to have a chance to work your way into being a awesome crowdtapper like me? Crowdtap is a free site where you take surveys and participate in campaigns to share your opinions. I am highly opinionated so this place is great for me! You can sign up here to start your path to being an insider!

* I was not paid or compensated for this post. Just wanted to share my crowdtap experience as an Old Navy Style Council Member!
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Thursday, June 2, 2011

California hail storm and a Mother bird needed help

Not Normal for Cali on June 1st!


I know for most states hail is a whatever happens all the time. But for here in sunny California its a big deal when it happens on June 1st! This is suppose to be the first day of summer. There should be sunshine, the smell of BBQ in the air and the sound of the ice cream mans truck driving around the neighborhood. Well it was nothing like that! The day was raining like crazy, thunder so loud it was starting to scare me a bit and then the tornado warnings that were only 20 minutes from here.

It was a weird moment when we were eating dinner with the blinds open to see outside. We do this every night so we can enjoy the sunshine while we eat. It was raining hard but in the distance I could see white soft clouds and blue skies. My husband hates then rain so I told him "Cheer up I can see blue skies just beyond the neighbors house. This will clear up any minute." I was so very wrong! The rain came down harder then very loud thunder followed by the biggest pieces of hail I have ever seen! I was stunned that it was happening so fast. The first hail was about the size of quarters! The whole neighborhood was covered in ice. I wanted to take a picture as it was happening but my husband suggested I stay in side. I am a bit crazy with my camera!

This is after it rained and melted the hail a bit.


To my amazement it hailed for a few minutes and when the pieces got smaller I went outside to snap some photos. I am still stunned this happened on June 1st! I even upload some pictures to our local news since they were asking for pictures from our area. It was quite a wild weather day here in Northern Cali.

The nest that fell from the tree above this recycling bin.


After the sun came back out about an hour later I went outside to pick up some trash that had been blown around from the wind. On top of my recycling can safely sat a nest with 4 eggs in it. It was amazing to me since I never until the day before put my recycling bins in that location under our fruit tree. I usually have them elsewhere but changed spots to make it easier to use the bin. I am so happy I did since I am sure a fall to the ground would have resulted in eggs being broken. I looked up to see the spot right above where the nest once sat. My husband was now outside holding our son showing him the eggs. I wanted to cry at the thought of the Mama birds little babies not in there home. I can imagine she flew off somewhere to hide from the huge pelting hail. I have seen the Mama bird a few times eating the fruit from our tree and I knew I had to help. After all for the first year my sons nickname was Birdie (he is now my Bubba!). I ran back inside and got a pair of plastic sterile gloves so my human scent wouldn't be on her nest. My husband held down some of the surrounding branches and I gently placed her nest back into the spot it once sat. I am happy that my recycling can caught the little eggs and I was able to have a Dr. Dolittle moment to show my son every Mama and her babies are worth caring for.

Do you have any animal rescue stories to share?
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Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Organicville Foods Review and Giveaway




I am always on the look out for new products to try, especially in the kitchen. After you have been cooking dinner for 35 years like I have been, a little change is definitely needed! I love organic foods and as I become more aware of the benefits of eating organic, I try to incorporate them into my daily life. There are now so many organic foods to pick from, not just fruits and vegetables. Do I always eat organic? No. My budget and life don't always allow for it, although I wish it did. I recently came across a line of foods called Organicville Foods.

The company offers pasta sauces, salad dressings, salsas, and much more. Every product is certified organic, gluten free, vegan, and contains no added sugar. For dinner last night, I made pasta using the Portabella Mushroom Pasta Sauce. It was delicious. Portabella mushrooms, ripe tomatoes, and fragrant onions and garlic are blended together to taste so good, you'll want seconds. A simple salad, and some garlic bread sticks were enough to make a delicious yet easy meal.



We have also tried the Mild Salsa, made with agave nectar. That was very tasty, too. It tastes great with tortilla chips or used as a condiment with different dishes. Organicville products can be found in natural food stores and in many grocery stores across the country including Whole Foods, Safeway, and Costco.



You can also order from their online store at www.organicvillefoods.com. I will definitely buy more from this company. The founder is a third generation vegetarian and one of her goals was to make organic foods taste good. I think she has succeeded.


GIVEAWAY:

Win 2 items from the Organicville Foods website of your choice.

To Enter This Giveaway:

What 2 Products would you select from Organicville Foods if you are the winner?

*Leave a comment answering the question and be sure to leave your email address*

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*Limited to US residents; 18 years old and above. Giveaway starts June1, 2011 and ends on June 14, 2011 at midnight PST. Winner will be emailed and has 48 hours to respond before another winner is selected. I was not paid for this giveaway or post. I was provided for free the products mentioned for this review from Organicville Foods. The opinions are 100% mine and may vary from other
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Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Peace


Baby L's pajamas say it all....



PEACE baby!
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Sunday, May 29, 2011

Wii for your Wee Ones






Ever since my brother and sister in law gave us a Wii we have all been hooked! I have loved playing video games since my older brother (the one who gave us a system) used to play the original Nintendo system. We would take turns with him and my sister with a lot of the timing watching him play. I was not very good at games back then but I have awesome memories of playing as kids. We played Mario, Sonic and Castlevania.

My son has oddly mastered some of the games we have on the Wii and hes only 18 months old! I find the games that have no button pushing and only involve him moving the Wii remote around to be the best ones. It makes sense of course since its not in his age category to play the Wii.  He doesn't get the button pushing other than pause. Which is hilarious when he pushes it he will run the Wii remote over to us so we can fix it for him to play again.

Trying to play the Elmo game


We have rented many games to see which ones he could play before buying any. To be frugal we always buy them used. We go to Game Stop since they have a guarantee that they will work. Oddly many of the games for EC (Early Childhood) like the Sesame Street ones involve a lot of button pushing. I have to play those with him and he gets mad that he can't do it himself.

Chuck E Cheese Basketball. He loves this one!


I have made a list of the top 5 games my son at 18 months can play.

1. Mario Tennis (this one he whirls his arm around and scores points and power ups he has a blast)

2. Racquet Sports ( he can do the hitting in this one, not the power hits which need buttons but he still loves to play)

3. Chuck E Cheese ( He loves this! Only drawback is I have to go earn the tokens by playing a game he cant do on his own, but once I have tokens he can play many games and has a blast.)

4. Wii Sports Resort (the sword fighting one he has so much fun, he claps when he knocks his opponent off the pedestal.)

5. Petz Dogz 2 and  Petz Catz 2 ( he likes to see his favorite animals on the screen, there is some button pushing for some things but he can make them run around and dig in the ground. He smiles a lot when he plays this one.)


There are more that we play "together" like Shrek, Toy Story and Garfield he likes to watch the characters but can get bored since it is really not made for him. I just love that we have our Wii to have some frugal fun with! Its great for the super hot summer days that are ahead of us and we can't go out to play. Plus once you buy the games and system its free to play as many times as you want!

What games do your kids love or you love to play on the Wii?
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Baby Bedding Zone Website Review

BabyBeddingZone.com


*Sponsored Post

I must admit I did not do enough research on products for my son's bedding. I wish I would have looked online rather than have to pick from what my local stores offered. I was a newbie to online shopping before getting pregnant. I had used eBay only to get ripped off so I was weary about shopping online. I went with basic blue for my son's baby bedding, which is cute but not memorable. I won't have those so cute pics of his nursery like I would have wanted. I guess hindsight is priceless!

While searching for places to help my sister find bedding for Baby L I found Baby Bedding Zone. I spent over an hour looking at everything thinking of what Baby L could use, what would make a cute gift and what a new baby (wishful thinking Im NOT pregnant lol) could use.

Pirate set


I found really cute baby pirate bedding. I love the whole trendiness of Pirates with the new movies coming out and the products that come along with it. Its a fun theme. Swashbucklers and Sea Captains Ahoy!!! We played the New Pirates of the Caribbean Wii game, it was a blast!

Fire Truck set


For my next baby I want to do a different color from the basic blue, pink or yellow. I am thinking Red! The site had some really cute red baby bedding. My favorites were the Fire Truck Bedding Set and the Wild West Bedding Set. Who doesn't love cowboys and fire fighters!

Monkey set


Since my favorite color is brown I had to look at all the selections for that color. My husband told me the next baby not so much brown. I am not sure about that!  My son has brown on his crib, stroller and many of his outfits. There are many selections for the brown category. I found frogs, dinosaurs, sports themes, fishing, cowboys and so much more. My favorite brown one is the Monkey set. My son has an adorable monkey costume and monkey themed clothing that I adore.


Madison Set


For the Mommies that have little girls they have some really sweet pink and black baby bedding. The two sets I liked in that category were named girls names I love too! The Madison set and Sophia set are really stylish! Both sets also had FREE Shipping. As do many of the sets on the website.

Overall I really liked the variety if their selections and the Free Shipping on many of their items. They also sell decor, kids bedding and toddler bedding. I found some great deals and one of my favorite deals was the Little Farmer Set (I have my dreams of owning a farm!) It is 50% off original price for only $74.99 and free shipping!

Little Farmer set



*This is a sponsored post. I reviewed the site and gave my honest opinion about their products.
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Saturday, May 28, 2011

The Muppets Movie Coming in November 2011


The Muppets are coming to the Big Screen!! I am so excited about this! I always say the classics like The Muppets need to make a come back. (I am also excited about The Smurfs, can't wait to see that)

My sister and I would watch The Muppets cartoon where they were all babies. I loved that show! We also watched a few of the Muppets movies and they were always fun. My favorite is Miss Piggy then Fonzie. I had a frog phase for a while and was in love with Kermie!

This movie will be in the theaters close to my son and nephew birthdays. A perfect time to take them to the movies for a fun movie. Hopefully I can get my son to sit still for a movie, maybe not but I can hope! I look forward to the previews of this movie so I can get a better glimpse at the movie.

Here is what the movie will be about:

On vacation in Los Angeles, Walter, the world's biggest Muppet fan, and his friends Gary (Jason Segel) and Mary (Amy Adams) from Smalltown, USA, discover the nefarious plan of oilman Tex Richman (Chris Cooper) to raze the Muppet Theater and drill for the oil recently discovered beneath the Muppets' former stomping grounds. To stage The Greatest Muppet Telethon Ever and raise the $10 million needed to save the theater, Walter, Mary and Gary help Kermit reunite the Muppets, who have all gone their separate ways: Fozzie now performs with a Reno casino tribute band called the Moopets, Miss Piggy is a plus-size fashion editor at Vogue Paris, Animal is in a Santa Barbara clinic for anger management, and Gonzo is a high-powered plumbing magnate. With secret, signature, celebrity cameos, “The Muppets” hits the big screen Nov. 23, 2011.

Website: Disney.com/Muppets
Become a fan on Facebook: Facebook.com/Muppets
Follow them on Twitter: Twitter.com/MuppetsStudio


Who is your favorite character or what Muppets movie do you love?

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Friday, May 27, 2011

Joplin Missouri Aid Support






One of my favorite places to get a gift basket, Gourmet Gift Basket has created a giant gift basket of snacks with more than 200 small food items to donate to the Joplin Missouri Relief. They sell many of the snacks that would make you feel better if only for a moment and I am sure the people in Joplin will need it. I hope even more of my favorite companies do something similar. I am sure they need diapers and formula as well.

Oddly the day of the tornado I took my son to a park I only visit every so often. I was sitting on a park bench while my husband was taking our son on the slides and a slightly frazzled woman sat down next to me. She kept dialing on her cell phone over and over. She looked at me and I smiled at her and said hello. I could tell she needed someone to share her stress with, that's what a community is for. To just listen when someone needs to talk. She began to tell me about a frantic phone call she received a little over an hour ago from her family in Missouri, Joplin to be exact. All the way out here in California, Missouri seems a world away to me.

She told me her family called telling her they loved her and there was a huge tornado coming. Then she heard  nothing from them in over an hour. She told me about how she wished they would move here but its cheaper to live there and about how they were all having a BBQ that day at her parents house with her whole family.

She continued to keep dialing as we chatted, I don't blame her I would have been too if it was family. Finally she jumped up as I could hear someone on the phone say hello. She walked away to have her phone call and when she got back she told me they were all ok since they had been at her parents house the tornado missed them but had destroyed her sisters home. She said she was so grateful her sister and her family were not home.

I did not know how scary the situation was until I got home and watched the news. The devastation was horrible. Its baffling that nature can create such beautiful things and also be destructive. As I watched the news I wondered if any of the people being interviewed was a family memeber to the woman I spoke with at the park. As I watched the news though I did think its someones sister or mother or daughter I was seeing. I can't imagine the feeling of fear wondering if someone you love is ok .

I did not get her name, I dont know if I will ever see her again but I do know for a moment we were friends. I am greatful that I was there and was able to be a person she could talk to when she really needed it.


Here are some ways to help that you can help:
Food Bank Donations - http://www.ozarksfoodharvest.org/
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Kidlandia Kreechur Contest







Name that Pirate!
Enter the Kidlandia Pirate Kreechur Contest in Honor of National Pirate Month and Win Big

Recently we hosted a review of the Kidlandia company of their personalized items. They are having a contest to name one of the Pirate Kreechurs for a $250 reward to spend on their site. They have cute stuff and you could get a lot of great gifts, plus you get the honor of saying you named a Pirate! 


 Kidlandia “Name That Pirate Kreechur” contest This exciting contest coincides with the new Pirates of The Caribbean movie and debut of the new sepia toned Kidlandia Pirate Kingdom line featuring maps, puzzles and growth charts.  This amazing contest promotes creativity while acknowledging everyone’s favorite bad boys, Pirates!

Kidlandia® invites kids of all ages (with parental consent if under 18) to enter the Name that Kidlandia Pirate Kreechur contest.  Kids will win great prizes and the winning entries Pirate name will be designated to a Kidlandia Pirate Kreechur forever.

It’s easy to enter, just view all of the Kidlandia Pirate Kreechurs, pick one, and think of the most creative name possible. Entries must be 50 words or less, state why you selected that name, along with your favorite thing about Kidlandia Kreechurs.  All entries must be received by July 31, 2011. No purchase is required.  Go to the site to enter:  www.kidlandia.com/piratekreechurs
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Thursday, May 26, 2011

We needed a Date Night...


When you become a parent you forget what your life was like before you had children. You cannot imagine how you filled your time when you weren't changing diapers or rocking a baby to sleep. After you come out of the fog you realize you did do things, just different things.

My husband and I were married for 6 years before our 1st son was born. We went out on dates, watched a whole movie all the way through without interruption, went out to dinner, and I shopped to my hearts content whenever I wanted all by myself. Don't get me wrong we do most of those things still, just in a very different way. I would not change a thing about having children and we love to spend time doing "kid friendly" things but sometimes grown ups need to do grown up things.

We were way overdue for a date night so last weekend Nana was kind enough to come over and watch the boys while the hubby and I went out on what I call a "hot date". We went to a casino for dinner and gambled a bit. We talked and laughed and there was very little mention of the kids. Dinner was awesome. Dessert was amazing. I even ended up winning some money so the whole night was free! I love date night.

It is so important to reconnect with each other and remember that it starts and ends with the two of you. No matter what you decide to do for your date night just remember to enjoy the time because in a few hours you have to go home and be Mom and Dad again.

When was the last time you were on a "hot date" and where did you go?
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Wednesday, May 25, 2011

OMG NKOTB


Can you believe New Kids on the Block are back together again and have joined forces with the Back Street Boys? NKOTBSB!!! When Liz and I were growing up we worshiped NKOTB. I mean it was an obsession and a sickness, like every other girl out there we LOVED them! We each had our favorite, she loved Jordan and I loved Joey. We had everything NKOTB from the fannie packs, to the giant buttons for your clothing(I can't believe that we wore those so proudly), t-shirts, any Teen Beat magazine that had a picture or an article about them, dolls, posters and much much more. I even scored a signed and framed picture of Joey! Our walls were covered with posters of NKOTB, we lived and breathed for them.

When I heard that they were making a comeback I was so excited. I thought Oh My God I love those guys! I need to see them in concert, then I heard that they even had an NKOTB cruise that I missed and I was bummed. lol Then the more I thought about it I realized that I loved them in the 90's. Don't get me wrong if someone paid for me to go on the cruise today I would go in a heartbeat, but I have to remember that I am not 13 anymore and I have other things to pay for. Sure they are still the guys we loved, just a little older. Danny, Donny, Jordan, Jonathan, and Joey will always hold a special place in my youth, and if you asked me today I would probably brush it off like they were no big deal. But the truth is I am secretly jealous of anyone who has recently seen them in concert or were lucky enough to cruise with them ;) NKOTB FOREVER!
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