Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Crane USA Review & Giveaway

While humidifiers are one of the best ways to relieve nasal congestion during cold and flu season, most people don’t break into a smile about the traditionally unexciting appliance. Crane USA Inc. is proud to introduce their uniquely designed adorable animal shaped cool mist humidifiers along with Crane's licensed humidifier designs such as Hello Kitty and SpongeBob Squarepants.
When you or your children are sick with the cold and flu, breathing through a stuffy nose is miserable. Crane’s cool mist humidifiers help to moisten up the nasal passages and soothe dry coughs so that children can breathe easier and sleep peacefully at night. Crane humidifiers are whisper quiet, run up to 24 hours and do not require a filter. Sometimes the best medicine is no medicine!

• Non-medicated relief for cold and flu symptoms
• Variable humidity control
• Whisper quiet operation
• 1 gallon tank runs up to 24 hours
• Up to 2.1 gallon moist output per day
• Removable water tank for easy carry and refill
• Auto-shut off when tank is empty
• Low power consumption

Saturday, November 26, 2011

28 Weeks/Baby Name Announcement

28 Weeks!!
I'm officially seven months pregnant and in my third and final trimester.

Since my last update, my nausea has returned. It's random and doesn't care what time of day, it comes and goes. Went to my check up on Monday and I've lost about half a pound or so which means I'm hovering around 6-7 pounds gained this pregnancy. I would like for it to be a little more but that's where I should be based off my other pregnancies. It was also discovered on Monday that my reason for never being able to breathe is because she's breech. I could care less at this point how she's positioned because I still have three months left to go but I will still make sure he checks her placement each appointment from now on.

It's incredibly difficult to do normal things now. Walking up the stairs you'd think I just ran a mile, picking up McKenzie to get her in her crib, vacuuming, BENDING OVER lol. Even though I don't gain a lot of weight I still have all the things that interfere with pregnancy and one of those is also now waddling. Yep! I waddle. It's mainly at night after I eat dinner. I swear I double in size from the time I get up in the AM until I lay down in the PM.

Baby's Name!

I'm honestly STILL a little shocked at the idea I'm having another little girl. I've known since Sept 22 but sometimes I'm just like WOW! I really and truly thought we were having a boy!

Because of this, we never really thought too much about names, especially GIRL names. I knew if it was a boy, I wanted the name Mason. I asked my husband about Maci for a girl and he didn't seem too thrilled so we just left it alone until we knew the gender. Once we found out she was a girl, there we were bickering over a name because he didn't want to budge on his name choice. It was hard this time because we had girl names picked out so easily with Madison and McKenzie, so walking out of the ultrasound room with their genders, we already knew their name and it was set from that day on. This baby on the other hand, was definitely a challenge on choosing a name, but I caved and let Chris have his name choice because my name choice fits as well.

Digital image of a review for Lil Baby Bumblebee on ETSY

Let me explain her name a little bit.

Before we knew the gender, my husband said Mason BOY OR GIRL, and didn't want to really talk about any other option. MASON IS A BOY NAME! He kept fighting that he'd met girls named Mason and that it wasn't a big deal but I had and still have a fear that she'll question her name and think we're not happy she's a girl.

My arguement was this.. "If he's so serious about her LEGAL NAME being Mason, I get to choose the spelling, and can call her Macy if I so choose once she gets here" He was fine with it!

I've already heard that people will get confused by her spelling but really look at it for a minute and you will see that it's MACY (N) and I think it's perfect because its a very easy transition for her if she chooses to go by Macy at an older age.

Now, her middle name is something else too. I never knew that LEIGH is pronounced LEE. My husband also came up with her middle name of Leigh and I added Ann, not only after my mother and and maternal grand-mother, but a feminine tough as well.

There you have it, our baby girl's name is Macyn Leigh-Ann and she will be making her grand arrival in three short months :)

Friday, November 25, 2011

12 Days of Gifts Galore Giveaway Hop

gifts galore hop

Welcome to 12 Days of Gifts Galore Giveaway Hop hosted by Tales From the Nursery, Formula Mom, and Mama on a Green Misson. There's over $5,000 in prizes offered to help you get the gifts you need this holiday season. After you are done entering my giveaway you'll want to check out everyone else's AND enter for a chance to win one of three GRAND prizes sponsored by Kudzoom! Each blog you stop and enter at will be another entry!

I'm proud to be apart of my first blog hop and hope that its a big success!

My 12 Days of Gifts Galore Sponsor is Lovable Labels with their
Holly Jolly Gift Pack.

This set retails for $24.99 and is available in two versions,
"Christmas Jewels" and "Santa's Pack"

"Christmas Jewels" is pinks and purple and great for little girls,
while "Santa's Pack" is great for little boys with oranges, greens, and blues
and both has a splash of red.

Friday, November 18, 2011

12 Days of Gifts Galore Giveaway Hop *Sponsor Spotlight*

I'm happy to announce that I'm apart of my first blog hop!!

It was unexpected so I only have one item, but I think that's a good start since I'm beyond nervous at this whole part of blogging!

12 Days of Gifts Galore Giveaway Hop hosted by Tales From the Nursery, Formula Mom, and Mama on a Green Mission.  There's over $5,000 in prizes offered to help you get the gifts you need this holiday season.

I had this review and giveaway set up with Lovable Labels and then found this great blog hop and discovered that they are apart of others giveaways as well, so many chances to win some of the different prizes offered from this great company.

My first giveaway on this blog was with Lovable Labels and they are one of my favorite companies!

My review and giveaway will be for The Holly Jolly Gift Pack

Looking for a unique and useful personalized gift idea? 
The Holly Jolly Gift Pack was designed with the essentials in mind.
Wrapped in a pretty red foil package, the recipient will receive 15 Multi-Purpose Stickers,40 Slimline Labels, 12 Shoe Labels, 24 Press N' Stick Clothing Dots, and 2 Mini-Metal Tags.

Winner will choose "Christmas Jewels" or "Santas Pack" with personalization and icon of choice.

My review and full pictures will be posted on November 25 when the event starts.

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Kiki's Maternity Fashions Review & Giveaway

KiKi's Maternity Fashions was started in 2004 and  is an online retail store carrying trendy, cute and affordable maternity clothing.

I always have a hard time with maternity clothes because I don't like to spend a lot of money on stuff that's just going to sit in my closet afterwards.

KiKi's is a great place to shop because they have a huge variety of items that are always changing, along with a $10 and under section as well as a great clearance section. Their site is also very organized with a New Items, Short Sleeve, Long Sleeve, Tanks, Dresses, and Bottoms sections, so you can easily navigate around and find what you're looking for. Their site also coordinates with colors so you'll find all the pinks, blues, greens, all together before switching to the next color of items.

I wrote them over the summer because I knew they were a company I wanted to work with during this pregnancy. I jumped the gun and chose a summer shirt, but our tricky weather this year has me wishing I would've waited to review one of their many adorable winter sweaters.

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Cloth Diaper Stains, OH MY!

I've been cloth diapering since March 2011 after discovering McKenzie was allergic to Huggies disposable diapers.

I'm still very much learning the ends and outs of what it takes to cloth diaper, and don't even have a detergent yet that I LOVE.

I would love some feedback on the following stains pictured below.

McKenzie had an upset tummy for a few days and unfortunately these two diapers seemed to take a big hit and I'm not sure how to get them stain free and pretty again!

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Help Me Choose

My blog has been open for just over a month now. If you follow me, especially from the beginning, you'll know I'm OBSESSED with cupcakes.

I could go on and on about what cupcake things I have, items of clothing the girls have, my tattoo of cupcakes, etc etc.

About a month ago I found this Etsy shop LittleBabyBumblebee and fell in love with the cupcake stickers.

Unfortunately I was too late when it came to the Pregnancy Belly Stickers, but the shop also offers a ton of choices for monthly stickers for our children. When I found this shop, I'm pretty sure it only had one monthly sticker option with cupcakes, however I just went to it again and there's SIX!! Yes, SIX!!

I THINK I know what my favorite is, but I would love opinions because I can be so indecisive when it comes to cupcakes items and what might look best or which style to choose.

Monday, November 7, 2011

Mom's Baby Hats Review & 25% off code

Before I knew the gender of this baby, I knew I was going to need an adorable hat for (her) to wear since I'm due February 18. Living in Indiana, you NEVER know what the weather will be like. We could have 10 inches of snow on the ground, or 65 degrees and sunny!

I found the facebook page of Mom's Baby Hats and fell IN LOVE!
The two bear hats were my favorite, depending on gender

Sunday, November 6, 2011

Crane Humidifier "NAME THAT TOON" Contest

Ever heard of Crane USA Humidifiers? If not, then you should get acquainted! I'll be giving one away in a few weeks and I'm here to tell you about their neat contest for a chance to name their Adorables Line characters, have your child be an animated star, and win that very same humidifier if you're chosen as the winner!

Contest Instructions
With 11 Adorables, there are eleven chances to win! So get together with your child and have some fun playing the name game. Post your name idea and on the following Monday 5 finalists will be chosen based on originality.
The 5 finalists have one week to win based on number of votes. If you are not one of the finalist don’t worry you have a chance to name next week’s adorable!!

Prize Details
Crane is giving parents a chance for their kids to be a cartoon character. That’s right! Winners will have an original animated likeness of themselves created to star in a cartoon with the Adorables they named, receive their own adorable humidifier with certificate, and humidifier name will be included in future packaging.

The contest started on October 24, with their cute frog humidifier. You can vote for the best name HERE, and a winner will be chosen tomorrow.

Today is also the last day to ENTER a name for their cow humidifier.

Madison's entry was "Princess Sparkly" LOL so I doubt we have a chance at that one ;)

Tomorrow will open a new Adorables character, so check out their facebook page, have fun with your kids, and you never know... you just might win!

Friday, November 4, 2011

Hank Player Review & Giveaway

Hank Player strives to create a quality, long lasting garment that brings together a combination of unique graphics and vintage color processing. Our graphics have the ability to make a positive statement about the boys wearing them. And once they put them on they’ll never want to take them off.

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Halloween 2011

Most of this post will be pictures but I'm happy my girls enjoy Halloween. 

I couldn't walk for long because I had been having little growing pains all day but they had a great time and enjoyed passing out candy just as much as getting it!