Monday, October 20, 2014

JC Toys: Real Boy Doll Review *Holiday Gift Guide*

Thanks to JC Toys for the doll to help with this review

As we approach the upcoming Holiday season, Mama's Baby Cupcakes has teamed up with several companies we think would be a great fit to purchase/wear/give to others in the upcoming months. Thanks to each and every sponsor showcased in our Holiday Gift Guide, and if you see the cute button above then you know its Holiday approved!
Established in 1993, JC Toys is a family run and operated business that has continued to grow its product line to include many doll categories. Each doll and doll accessory is carefully designed to ensure that the end user is 100% happy. Our goal is to make all of our dolls loveable and to ensure that everyone, from a first time baby doll mommy to the most demanding doll collector are completely overjoyed with our quality and superior design.

"At JC Toys, we’re proud to offer a large selection of real life baby dolls children of all ages will love! If you’ve been looking for a baby doll that has all the wrinkles and rolls of a real baby, this is the place for you! The baby dolls we make resemble babies of many different sizes, shapes and ethnicities. Newborn baby dolls are the perfect size and weight, which not only makes the doll look and feel real but also makes it easy for little arms to hug and hold."

If you're looking for a realistic bath time baby doll, this charming La Newborn doll should fit the bill nicely! With its wonderfully sculpted face, this cute little baby couldn't be more lifelike. He is a 17" All Vinyl anatomically correct Real Boy! Doll. He comes with a lovely rubber-ducky themed bath towel with a built-in hood, and your children will have a blast using this towel to dry and wrap their sweet baby. The best part of all is that this little doll looks incredibly real.

These all-vinyl dolls are anatomically accurate, which means he has actual boy parts. I was a little bit afraid of this since my daughter would be playing with the doll, but after receiving it and taking a peek, I was very relieved that it's not obscene. All of the right shapes are there but there's nothing "movable" and it's not frightening. I'm sure my daughter won't pay much mind to it. She has a baby brother so she knows boys and girls are different.

This little guy isn't very heavy and he has a hollow belly which can be pressed in. His legs and arms move up and down and heads that turn side to side. There's a slight bend at his elbows and knees that resemble the way that newborn's would hold them. I would imagine that dressing this doll would be difficult because his arms are in a perpetual bend.

I'm completely amazed at how life-like this baby doll looks. Not only does his eyes have the same depth as human eyes, he has rolls all over his body just like a newborn would, and he's about the same size as a newborn. He has the cutest little expression on his face and his tiny toes and fingers have incredible detail.

The ducky towel only adds to the cuteness. Inside is a soft fleece while the outside has the material of a soft baby towel. He even has the sweetest little yellow diaper to match his ducky towel. Can you tell I'm absolutely in love with this doll?

Bags of Sugar Giveaway! Ends 11/3

Any of us who are parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles or babysitters know that babies kick off blankets right? They never seem to keep them on. So when I came across Bags of Sugar I thought, GENIUS!!! And it truly is. 

It's like a sack, but doesn't go over the shoulders at all. It is just a sack that goes over the baby and then has elastic to keep the blanket tight on their chest. 

NEVER use it on your child to sleep unattended and NEVER use it in a car seat!

They also offer free US/CAN shipping! And they are fully machine washable!

Check out the review on Mommy's Favorite Things!

You can enter to win one of your choice RIGHT NOW!!!

Friday, October 17, 2014

Getting Nailed! Week 15

Welcome to Week 15 of Getting Nailed! I did an intro post where I explained my goal in posting these every other week and how you can submit your photo to be featured. Check out the post if you need to refresh your memory. I'll be sharing photos of my own nails as I get them done every two weeks, photos of neat ideas I've found online, and the occasional viewer submission when they come in.

I've had acrylic nails for about 8 months, so while my nails take a small breather, I thought I'd share some fun little info type pictures the next couple weeks. ENJOY!

KidCuteTure Giveaway! Ends 10/31

Welcome to the Treat Yourself Giveaway Hop, hosted by the Blogging Mamas Network! In this Hop, you’ll find lots of special treats to keep you entering giveaways until it’s time to go out and gather your own - so be sure to hop around to all the giveaways in the Hop Linky below and don’t miss the AMAZING Grand Prize Giveaway - from Step2!

KidCuteTure is a mother-and-daughter business started by Natasha and Olga Pantelyat. Natasha’s experience of over 25 years as a fashion and graphic designer in US and in Europe and Olga’s decade of “climbing the corporate ladder” as an investment banker and a consultant were just training camps for the amazing journey into the family business that followed. Inspired by precious moments in life’s fast-moving journey, we imagine and design unforgettable styles for girls from 3 months to 14 years. Our styles are crafted from soft, luxurious fabrics and shaped into unique silhouettes and fresh embellishments like no other! 

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Heat Holders USA Socks Review *Holiday Gift Guide*

Thanks to Heat Holders USA for the socks to help post this review

As we approach the upcoming Holiday season, Mama's Baby Cupcakes has teamed up with several companies we think would be a great fit to purchase/wear/give to others in the upcoming months. Thanks to each and every sponsor showcased in our Holiday Gift Guide, and if you see the cute button above then you know its Holiday approved!

Heat Holders was developed by our talented product development team in house. The challenge was to make a sock that would be the warmest sock ever and comfortable and practical to wear in daily life. It wasn't easy, but our team came up with Heat Holders in 2008.

Since then we have sold more than 10 million pairs worldwide and our distribution continues to grow. This growth is because of our customers who are truly satisfied with Heat Holders. Whether they are at Home, at Work or at Play in the cold winter months, there is a pair of Heat Heat Holders for them, which keeps them warm, comfortable and safe. We hope to count you among our customers!

I've always had cold feet. Socks help sometimes, and slippers seem to be a hazard with me because they can be slick, so when I heard about Heat Holders I knew I wanted to try them. The thought of having cute fun socks that truly keep my feet warm seemed like a win win situation, and I was thrilled when they agreed to send me two pair for review. 

Summer Infant Bentwood Booster Seat Giveaway 10/30

Looking for a stylish seating solution for your child? Summer Infant has you covered with their Bentwood Booster Seat, and we're giving one away to one lucky winner!
Here is a little more information about the Summer Infant Bentwood Booster Seat from Amazon:
The bentwood booster seat is a stylish, lightweight wood seat that is a great feeding booster seat.
  • 3-position recline and high seat back for child's comfort
  • Included chair straps secure booster to chair
  • Removable, dishwasher safe, 3-position tray
  • 3-point harness for safety
  • Folding design for storage and portability
Open to the US only, ages 18 and up. Ends 10/30/14 at 11:59 PM ET. Enter using the Giveaway Tools form below.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Art Alternatives Review

Thanks to Art Alternatives for the items to help post this review


Art Alternatives is dedicated to providing you with affordable, quality art supplies. For everyday essentials, they’re the smart alternatives to high-priced name brands.

Since I'm a painter I'm always looking for a good deal on quality canvases, brushes, and other art supplies. Not only do I paint, but I also spend a lot of time doing crafts so I gladly accepted the request to review items from Art Alternatives. As I scanned through their website I found quite a few things I was interested in trying out. I received a box packed full of goodies and pulled everything out to find some things I had asked for and other things I hadn't asked for. While I haven't done any sketching in such a long time (way before having children, actually) I still tried out the Clutch Pencil Art Tin set and Graphite Lead sets. I also received the Self-healing cutting mat, canvas pads, and craft knife I requested.

Self-Healing Cutting Mats Protect your table top from sharp blades, writing instruments and other art and craft tools. These 3mm thick PVC mats feature a durable 5-layer construction, a non-slip, non-glare surface, 1/2" grid with 1/8" marks for precise alignment as well as 45° and 60° guides. Resilient self-healing surface won't break down with repeated use and actually prolongs the life of knife blades. The green/black mats are reversible with grid markings on each side. The clear mats are crystal clear and are great for use with a light box.

I wanted something to protect my table while I was cutting with my exacto knife, and this seemed to be the answer. This is a self-healing mat which means it's not suppose to break down with repeated use. I've found this to be true, I've been using this mat for a while and it seems as if after a cut is made into it, it seals itself back up. You can still see where the cut was made but if you run your finger over-top, you can not feel it. This mat also is suppose to prolong the life of knife blades. I've also found this to be true. When cutting paper or fabric over my wooden table top without a cutting mat not only did it ruin my table, but it also dulled my blade. I spent too much money buying new blades when I should have went ahead and bought this cutting mat.

Depending on the size Cutting Mat pad you want, prices will vary. $92.99 seems like a lot of money to spend on a size 24 x 36 mat but if you think about it, you'll be saving in the long run. You will end up buying less blades and you won't have your furniture ruined. You can check out this cutting mat HERE.

Graco Playard with Nuzzle Nest Seat Giveaway 10/29

Welcome to the Graco Playard with Nuzzle Nest Sway Seat giveaway, sponsored by Graco and hosted by Thrifty Nifty Mommy and Viva Veltoro.
The Graco Pack 'n Play Playard with Nuzzle Nest Sway Seat is the first playard that offers motion to keep your precious little one content. The cozy seat sways, vibrates and rocks for endless hours of relaxation and entertainment for baby. The portable seat can be used both in and out of the playard, for soothing in any room. It's a completely new innovation! It also features a removable full-size infant bassinet, soothing songs and nature sounds, a cushioned changer and an organizer for baby's essentials. It's only from Graco, the inventors of Pack 'n Play, America's number one playard family! Product Highlights
  • Cozy seat sways and vibrates both in and out of playard to give you the perfect soothing spot for baby
  • Bring the portable Nuzzle Nest Sway Seat with you to give baby a soothing spot anywhere in your home
  • Cozy seat also becomes a portable rocker to keep baby content around the home
  • Easy-to-use controls on the seat help you choose the right soothing speed for your baby
  • Rock Locks™ can be used to easily transform the portable rocker into a stationary seat for baby
  • Cushioned changer integrated into the playard allows for more convenient and comfortable diaper changes
  • Premium parent organizer keeps baby's essentials - such as diapers, wipes, extra clothes and toys - close at hand
  • Help keep baby relaxed and entertained with five classical songs, five nature sounds, gentle vibration and a soft look
  • Playard is thoughtfully designed to grow with your child from newborn to infant to toddler
  • Sway seat's luxe fabric and head support give baby a dreamy place to nap
  • Nuzzle Nest Sway Seat canopy shields baby from bright light, for slumber
  • Sleek new frame with a stylish skirt will complement your home's fashionable d├ęcor
  • Removable, full-size bassinet is a comfy and familiar place for baby to rest, at home and away
  • Finland fashion: Surround your child in soothing style with the precious Finland fashion! Interlocking squares in buff, camel and gray are accented with solids of the same colors, for a look that's relaxing for baby and stylish for you.
To find out more, read Thrifty Nifty Mommy's full review of the Graco Playard with Nuzzle Nest Sway Seat.
Graco wants to give one lucky family their own Playard with Nuzzle Nest Sway Seat in the Finland Fashion!
This giveaway is open to residents of the US who are 18 years of age or older, unless prohibited by law. The giveaway will end at 11:59pm EDT on October 29th, 2014 and the winners will be drawn randomly from all eligible entries received. Enter using the Giveaway Tools entry form below. Good luck!

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Pink&Blue Babies are 1 SIGN UPs

Hosted By:
Mommy's Favorite Things
Mama's Baby Cupcakes

"Pink & Blue: Babies are One"

Last December we celebrated the birth of our babies with a "Pink&Blue Babies Are Due" giveaway hop, and now this December we've decided to celebrate them turning 1!! Since they're officially "toddlers", this hop is going to be prizes with a TODDLER theme. Anything for ages 1-3 years is acceptable for this giveaway hop. There are lots of options for finding a prize for this wonderful event, your only mission is to find the perfect prize pack for your blog!

Because this is a blog hop, each blog will be responsible for securing their own prize on their own blog. Each prize must be a Minimum of $25. The Prize can be sponsored OR you can self sponsor. 

Each blog can have more than 1 winner, but each winner must win at least $25 in prizes. 

There will also be a GRAND PRIZE for this giveaway!! We have already secured a Combi High Chair in choice of color, but there might be more to come!

Joining this Blog Hop is FREE as long as you share the announcement in some way. It takes 2 seconds to do this!! Tweet, pin, or share on FB. 

When: 12/8-12/22

Who: Anybody with a blog can sign up for this one!

Sign ups close 12/1

Add yourself to the Linky Below! You MUST share this announcement in order to participate in this hop.
You can also join the Facebook Group for our events here

Baby Brezza One Step Baby Food Maker Giveaway 10/28

Have you ever thought about making your own baby food? Baby Brezza makes it EASY with their One Step Baby Food Maker!
Here is a little more information about the Baby Brezza One Step Baby Food Maker from Amazon:
Bring healthy, homemade baby food to your table in just minutes with the Baby Brezza One Step Baby Food Maker. This patented, multi functional baby food maker allows you to steam and blend fruits, vegetables, meats and fish all in one bowl quickly and easily. In as little as fifteen minutes, you can have a healthful, nutritious and delicious meal ready for your baby and the satisfaction of knowing that you made it yourself.
  • Easy to use! Just add your ingredients and set your steam time, and the machine will do the rest
  • Safe – one bowl design means you don’t have to transfer hot foods to another bowl or blender in the middle of your cooking process
  • Easy to clean – bowl and blade are dishwasher safe
  • BPA/Phthalate Free
  • Bowl holds up to 2 1/2 cups
Open to the US only, ages 18 and up. Ends 10/28/14 at 11:59 PM ET. Enter using the Giveaway Tools form below.