Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Talkin' Tattoos Tuesday: Week 72

Welcome to week 72 of Talkin' Tattoos Tuesday! I did an intro post where I explained my goal in posting these every week and how you can submit your photo to be featured. Check out the post if you need to refresh your memory. Since I've went through all my tattoos, now I'll be sharing photos I've found online, and the occasional viewer submission when they come in.

Monday, September 15, 2014

Harvest Snaps Review

Thank you Harvest Snaps for providing me with the snaps for this review.

"You might think we’re a little pea-brained, but at Calbee North America, we don’t think great taste should be compromised. You see, our mission is as simple as our products: delicious, natural and good for you. Our passion is to offer you something wholesome and tasty, so you can enjoy snacking the way it should it be. Because to us, a snack is more than just a bag with a name. It’s a privilege you should celebrate every day, anywhere with anyone! So the next time you’re crunching at a soccer game, nervously munching during a thrilling movie, or opening up a bag "just because," we want you know we think you’re snacking the right way, the Harvest Snaps way."

When it comes to "what’s inside" Harvest Snaps, it all starts with the clean flavors and essential nutrients Mother Nature intended. Snapea Crisps are made with all-natural peas – 70%* to be exact – while Lentil Snaps come packed with 65% authentic lentils and their powerful combination of nutrients. With each handful your body will soak up Vitamin B, calcium, iron, folate, potassium and dietary fiber. Finish that off with a high level of protein and fiber and you’re sure to feel satisfied without feeling sluggish. Not to mention, these snappy little snacks are gluten-free! 

Harvest Snaps sent me 4 Snapea Crisps flavors and 2 Lentil Snaps flavors for a review. I'm beyond excited to share with you my thoughts on these. When I first heard about these snacks, I thought they were kind of like dried peanuts, except peas instead. I couldn't have been more wrong. These crisps are more like a thick baked chip. While they aren't as crunchy as a chip, they are loaded with delicious flavorings. They made it to my house quickly and they were packaged very securely.

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Combi USA Folding Highchair Review *Holiday Guift Guide*

Thanks to Combi for the High Chair 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 1957 in Japan, Combi has carefully cultivated a firm and growing foundation of customer trust. For the past forty years, this trust has driven the brand forward as a leader in the juvenile products industry.

I first learned about Combi USA through blog reviews, and even purchased one of their All in One Activity Walkers for our third daughter back in 2012, and Lakeon got to review the same walker last year. I was interested in learning more about Combi USA products with my children, and as our fourth daughter started to age, we realized we would need a second high chair. All our girls have used the same high chair that we've had since 2008 with our first daughter, but Macyn still needs it for meals, so the hunt was on to something for Mya. I've always been unsure as to if a full size chair would be right for us since our chair is the kind that straps to a kitchen chair, but when I saw that Combi USA's High Chair folds.... I was very intrigued! 

Since I've worked with this company before, I emailed asking to review the High Chair from their website, and it was sent to me when Mya turned 8 months old. She'd quickly went from baby oatmeal and baby food, to wanting to sit with us at the dinner table and eat what we ate, so timing was perfect! 

Since I have four kids running around at all times, I was so thrilled to see that there is almost no work involved in putting together this chair. Straight out of the box you see the main frame for the chair, the padding, the tray, and the removable tray insert. 

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Mya Update: 9 Months Old

While you've seen Mya in review photos, my last official update was when she turned 6 months old. Now that she's officially 9 months old, that means another update!

In these last 3 months Mya has learned to scoot which turned in to a full crawl, sit up, pull up to things, and even escape her Bumbo!

In my last update, Mya was still relying on Oatmeal cereal a lot, with occasional baby food. I started mixing in baby food with the Oatmeal, and then she eventually was able to eat baby food by itself. She hates all types of vegetable baby food (none of our kids liked veggies) so she eats a lot of bananas and yummy fruits. Around 7 months old, we started with small table foods that were mushy, easy to chew, and something she didn't have to work hard with. Once she gained her two teeth in her 8th month, it made it a little easier for things like mac & cheese and other fun foods. 

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Bring on Fall Fashion Giveaway Hop!

Welcome to the Fall Fashion for All Giveaway Hop, hosted by the Blogging Mamas Network.
What better way to celebrate the upcoming Fall season than with a Fall Fashion Giveaway Hop!? A group of your favorite bloggers have come together to offer the best Fall Fashion Giveaways for the entire family - so be sure to hop around to them all below my giveaway. Don't forget about the amazing Grand Prize - a $200 Gift Certification to Mimi and Maggie!

Fall Fashion is upon us, and what better way to celebrate then with a $35 Gift Card to Heather Rogers Designs?! Next month is Halloween so with a variety of items for the Holiday, you can prepare with this gift card! You'll also find other holiday themes like Christmas, and you can even purchase sibling shirts like Lakeon recently reviewed, Birthday shirts, or other themes for adults. Check out Heather's Etsy Page, and then enter below for your chance at this $35 giveaway!

Open to U.S. Residents only, 18yrs+

Monday, September 8, 2014

Heather Rogers Designs: Sibling Shirts Review

Thank you Heatherogers Designs for sending the shirts to be reviewed.
"Welcome to Heather Rogers Designs! Here you will find exclusive items made just for you and your little ones. Rest assured that you are in good hands here. With many years of printing and design experience you have come to the perfect shop. All items are packaged with love and shipped directly from my home in Soddy Daisy, TN to you.

My shop all started as a "hobby", something to keep me busy while my kiddos were in school. It soon blossomed into a FULL-TIME job. I am so thankful for my customers and their support. Making my customers and their little ones happy is what it is all about."

This listing is for 2 white preshrunk 100% cotton personalized shirt or bodysuit with this design printed with a process which actually dyes the fabric of the shirt retaining the soft fabric feel. This is NOT an iron-on or heat transfer! Your shirt will not crack or peel! 

Etsy is a marketplace for crafters, artists, and collectors to sell their handmade creations, vintage goods, and crafting supplies. Anytime I'm looking for something unique, I go straight to Etsy. There are so many shops on there that I spend hours and hours looking around. One of my favorite things to search for are sibling shirts. For big events or trips we like to take, I think it's adorable for my kids to have unique, customized matching shirts. I came across Heatherogers Designs on Etsy and was impressed with her shop. Every preview picture was clear and her shop had a very "clean" feel to it. Even though she has OVER 2500 different things to offer, everything was organized in tabs on the left. Since her shop is so easy to navigate through, I found the shirts I wanted to review quickly. 

Fall In To Green Living Giveaway Hop! Ends 9/22

Welcome to the "Fall In To Green Living" Giveaway Hop hosted by Heather from Mommy's Favorite Things and Michelle from Mama's Baby Cupcakes. This hop is focused on items that are green/natural! Each blog has a minimum prize package of $25 per winner and after visiting my giveaway, make sure you use the linky below to take a look at the other blogs to see what they have to offer for you!

When I think of "Green" items, cloth diapers and Re-Play both come to mind. We've loved our Re-Play items for years, but you can check out my review post to learn why and what this company is all about. Cloth Diapers are an obvious choice, and with my recent review post of Jungle Roo, you'll learn about this diaper company and some of their fun, unique prints they offer. 

Giveaway open to US only
Residents 18yrs and older
One winner to receive the Re-Play 4 piece dishes set, and one winner will receive the Penguins on Purple One Size cloth diaper and insert. 

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Jungle Roo Cloth Diapers Review

Thanks to Jungle Roo for the cloth diaper to help with this review

We created Jungle Roo for the modern parent who sought a good fit, great function, and cool and affordable diapers.

I go back and forth with cloth diapers. I love the thoughts of saving money, but with our two year old's digestion issues, it doesn't make it an easy job. When Jungle Roo asked for a review and giveaway, I couldn't pass up trying some new cloth, and getting back in to reusable diapers again since we purchase for two children now. 

While I fell in LOVE with their seahorse print diaper, I was given a list of prints not yet on the site, so I chose a penguin theme because I can't recall seeing a similar print and wanted something different in our stash. 

Saturday, September 6, 2014

Re-Play: Recycled Children's Eatery Review

Thanks to Re-Play for the items to help with this review
Re-Play Products are made from recycled milk jugs! It's a better alternative for parents looking to make the planet a better place for their children as well as future generations.

I saw Re-Play two years ago on a blog, and shortly after that we purchased some plates and bowls for our (then) two little girls. I loved the idea of a divided plate because our second daughter didn't like food to touch, and enjoyed that they came in fun colors of recycled materials. At the time, I didn't realize our local Wal-Mart sold them, so we purchased online and have used them ever since. 

I've been wanting to expand our Re-Play quantity so I reached out for the gracious review and also got to see how some new items worked with their forks, spoons, and cups. 

Some of the many features include: 
  • Spoon has a deep scoop for children learning to use utensils
  • Fork has durable, rounded tips for your child's safety
  • Drinking cups are sized just right for the thirstiest toddler and stackable for easy storage
  • Divided plate's deep walls are perfect for little ones learning to feed themselves.
  • The bowls deep walls are perfect for snacks, soups and cereal.

Friday, September 5, 2014

Getting Nailed! Week 12

Welcome to Week 12 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.