Thursday, May 31, 2012

Ouidad's NEW Moisture Lock Define & Shine Gel-Cream

Our newest styling technology created to bring out and add definition to waves & curls Unique botanical and vitamin enriched complex infuses hair with a dose of moisture that plumps the hair shaft, helping it maintain its natural curl pattern, promoting definition Styling Gel-Cream that keeps curls hydrated, defined, soft and shiny all day Non-sticky formula easily glides onto hair without weighing it down

I was interested in this Ouidad Gel Cream because of Madison's curls. 

She has these really pretty curls in the front of her hair, but they get frissy, and just plain wild! Sometimes I can't do anything with them and they're just there, in her face. There's been times she's went to leave with my husband and he said "Go brush you hair" but in truth, I just had.

BABADOO DESIGNS - Personalized Stationery Cards

Babadoo Designs was started in August 2008 after they combined their sons names together. She is able to work from home with this great stationary and her degree in Fine Art. The images you see on the stationary are water paintings hand painted by the owner and her father, that are then transferred on to this 100% recycled paper. 

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Happy 3rd Birthday McKenzie!

Today, our sweet McKenzie turns 3. Seems like just yesterday she was a tiny little baby. Now she's bright, cheerful little tomboy. She's soft spoken and shy but melts your heart!

She's chosen a Dinosaur Train theme for her birthday party which is Sunday, June 3. 

After her party, I will have some new reviews to share with you all!

Today we're baking cupcakes (she chose white/chocolate icing) and then for dinner, she wants hotdogs HAHA. 

excuse the horrible scan, our printer's messed up :(

Sunday, May 27, 2012

Plasma Car Review

PlaSmart Inc. began its journey to worldwide success within the toy industry with the introduction of the Plasmacar™ in 2003. With the tremendous success of this ingenious, battery-free, kid-powered ride-on toy, we have since continued to dedicate ourselves to providing innovative, unique, time-honored toys that are sure to be classics and enjoyed by children and parents alike, for several generations to come.

Saturday, May 26, 2012

Bouncing Babies Review & Giveaway Thirsties Duo Wrap 6/9

My name is Megan and I am a co-owner of Bouncing Babies. I guess the basics that you need to know about me is that I’m a married Mom Mom of 2 beautiful children and we live in Washington. I have a son who has just turned 2 this past July, and a daughter who was born this past May. Up until taking over Bouncing Babies with Stacey, I was a stay at home Mom Mom. As you can tell, my son picked out my title, and I’ll forever be known as Mom Mom. My children are truly the light of my life, and while I’m blessed to be their Mom Mom, I have always wanted to own my own business. I never really knew what kind of business I wanted to own, until I discovered my passion for cloth diapering. I started cloth diapering my son when he was about 7 months old, and have been cloth diapering my daughter since day 1. As someone who thought that cloth diapering was overwhelming, and to be honest gross to care for, I’m the biggest advodocate of helping people who are curious learn the realities of modern cloth diapering. I feel incredibly blessed to have this opportunity at this time in my life and look forward to meeting and working with all of our fabulous customers! Hi I’m Stacey and I am a co-owner of Bouncing Babies as well. I am a mom to two beautiful little girls. My oldest is almost 5 and my youngest is 2. My husband and I have been married for 8 years and live in Minnesota. I am very passionate about cloth diapers and knew I wanted to own a cloth diaper business shortly after we started cloth diapering my 2nd baby. I used that as a great excuse to try just about every major brand of cloth diaper out there as well as many accessories! Some might say I was a bit of a cloth diaper addict! We won’t talk about exactly how many diapers I had in my stash! ;-) Anyway, I enjoy spending time with my family. We absolutely love to travel and try to travel as much as we possibly can. In my own free time, I enjoy playing sports and play softball through the spring, summer and fall! I look forward to getting to know all of you better! Collectively, we have approximately 4 years of experience with cloth diapering. We initially met through cloth diapering forums, and truly value the community that is cloth diapering. We hope to foster this environment and support each of you in persuing your interest in using cloth.

Shake, Rattle, & Roll *Sponsor Spotlight* Fun Bites, Toddler Package

At meals we would spend so much time cutting food into small shapes. Wouldn't it be easier if there was something we could just press down into their food and bippity boppity boo! would be made into bite-sized pieces? Maybe our kids would try new foods and eat better; maybe mealtime could be less stressful and more fun.

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Shake, Rattle, & Roll Giveaway Hop! 6/5

The Shake, Rattle, & Roll Giveaway Hop features a variety of great products for kids of all ages! Once you have entered to win here, be sure to visit all of the participating blogs at the bottom of this post! Don’t forget to enter to win the Shake, Rattle, & Roll Grand Prize sponsored by Tommee Tippee! You will have the chance to win a Closer to Nature Audio Baby Monitor valued at $149.99! Visit Formula Mom to Enter the Shake, Rattle, & Roll Grand Prize Giveaway!! 
Disclosure: Formula Mom, Tales From the Nursery, and the Shake, Rattle, & Roll bloggers are not responsible for sponsors that fail to fulfill their prizes.

Monday, May 21, 2012

Shake, Rattle, & Roll, *Sponsor Spotlight* Kidorable, Toddler Package

In 1997, Kidorable sprung from the minds, hearts and efficiency apartment of Liping and Jonathan Domsky. They proclaimed, "The world needs someone to create children's apparel and accessories that are both functional and fun. We can do that." And so Kidorable was conceived. Starting with lions and cats and bears, oh my, manifested as umbrellas and hangers, Kidorable generated enough sales during its first year to break even and plant fruitful Kidorable seeds throughout the land. The following year sales grew ten fold. Every year since, give or take, a new style and/or product line debuted. And every year, the world joyfully embraced more Kidorable delights, give or take, than the year before. Children, it turns out, absolutely and unconditionally love Kidorable (almost as much as their parents and other children-loving grown-ups do.) In its first three years, Kidorable grew from a hopeful startup to a thriving business with $2 million in sales. Ever since, Kidorable has continued to blossom, evolving into a flourishing global enterprise, contributing to the success of dozens of sales professionals and thousands of retailers, with sales projected to exceed $15 million by 2015. Throughout its first decade, the key to Kidorable's success has been growth. But not growth simply in the financial sense. For the ultimate Kidorable customers - kids - it's all about growing imaginations. For Kidorable's employees, it's all about nurturing personal and professional growth. And for everyone touched by Kidorable, it's about growing smiles. For Kidorable, growing larger is a natural and happy consequence of growing better, individual by individual. Today Kidorable is a striking presence, not just in stores, but across the vast landscape of the children's apparel and accessories industry. By encouraging personal and professional growth in the service of imagination and smiles, Kidorable's own growth projections continue to soar.

Shake, Rattle, & Roll *Sponsor Spotlight* I See Me Personalized Books, Toddler Package

Welcome to I See Me! where we provide the highest quality, most personalized children's books available. We opened for business in May of 2000, after a year of active product development. My husband Allan and I received a personalized book as a gift for our first son in 1998. While we loved the fact that it was personalized, we thought that the illustrations could have been much better and the story more customized to the child. Thus I See Me! was born.

Animals bring letters one by one to spell out your child's first and last name in rhyme! At the end, they celebrate because they have created the perfect name for the child.

Shake, Rattle, & Roll *Sponsor Spotlight* Treasured by Holly, Toddler Package

I specialize in crocheted hats, headbands and flower clips for young and old. I love creating beautiful crocheted items that are great as gifts, for all the girls in your life or for yourself.

I've been a long time admirer of Treasured by Holly and her work. I was thrilled when this event came up and I knew she would be perfect to approach to participate. 

I'm kind of a weird mom and our girls have certain colors. Madison loves pink and wears it all the time, McKenzie's color is purple because it compliments her skin tone, and Macyn is yellow because it's bright and cheerful like she is. I often try to find similar outfits but in the different colors so they match but are still slightly different. 

Shake, Rattle, & Roll *Sponsor Spotlight* Elegant Baby, Toddler Package

Elegant Baby® was born in Burlington, North Carolina in 1984, the brainchild of Fred V.Hooper. Its parent company, Baby Needs, Inc., created by Hooper in 1967 as a full service distributor of baby/nursery items for mass merchants, sold products labeled as "Grow Time." When the baby market started to contract in the mid-80's, Hooper realized it was time to focus on the higher end of his industry, and launched Elegant Baby® . His new venture grew to become the premier source for stylish baby gifts and accessories, supplying childrens shops, gift boutiques and department stores throughout the United States. It was taken over by his son in 2002 and revamped to make sure they are the best they can be in the baby market!

Shake, Rattle, & Roll *Sponsor Spotlight* Sparklehearts, Toddler Package

Our mission at Sparklehearts is to help encourage girls to make healthy choices when it comes to what they put on their bodies. 60% of EVERYTHING you put on your skin is absorbed into your body- Yikes! This is why Sparklehearts has created a fabulous line of bath and beauty products that are actually fun and yes all natural and made with organic ingredients.

As my girls get older, I find myself wanting to find more organic/natural products to use on them because they're so delicate and natural is ultimately the best thing. I was happy to find Sparklehearts for this very reason! Their items are 100% natural and is never tested on animals! I asked to review the shampoo, conditioner, and detangler because I've been on a long hunt for a great product to wash the girls' hair with that is safe and something I actually like.

Shake, Rattle, & Roll *Sponsor Spotlight* Knot Genie, Toddler Package

The Knot Genie was created to not only to make brushing of even the most unruly hair effortless, but to create peace in households around the world at bath time. It's unique bristles act like little "fingers" gently untangling knots and tangles.

Brushing a toddler's hair can be torture! Our middle daughter cries when she even sees you grab a brush because she HATES her hair being brushed. She's a tom boy and doesn't care about getting messy and this affects her hair because it has length to it and she doesn't care if it's in her face. 

Shake, Rattle, & Roll *Sponsor Spotlight* Lansinoh & mOmma, Baby Package

Born in Italy, mOmma products are BPA and phthalate-free and are dishwasher safe.
Combining innovation, Italian style, movement and color, mOmma (pronounced with a long "o") provides products that are purposefully and uniquely designed to engage toddlers, stimulating their curiosity and development by encouraging free play.
Equal parts stylish and smart, mOmma products incorporate a rounded, ergonomic design that allow cups, forks and spoons to rock back-and-forth, keeping kids entertained during breakfast lunch and dinner.

At Lansinoh, we support breastfeeding and want it to continue even when you and your baby aren't together. That is why we've introduced our new bottle line with a patented nipple based on over 50 years of research - so you can give your baby your precious breastmilk while you are away, but have the confidence that your baby will return to your breast when you get home. 

NEW, Lansinoh® mOmma® Bottle

  • Round shape is easy and comfortable for baby to hold
  • Wide design is easy to pour into and clean
  • Interchangeable with mOmma Non-Spill and Straw cup lids
  • Features protective cover for leak-free, hygienic coverage on the go
  • BPA Free

As a breastfeeding mother, I always wait at least a month to introduce bottles or pacifiers to our children. When Macyn hit the one month mark, I was not ready for her to try anything else because our bond is so strong.

Sunday, May 20, 2012

Shake, Rattle, & Roll *Sponsor Spotlight*, baby package

Founded in Cartersville, GA by Greg and Michelle Sanders, is a leading online provider of baby clothes and accessories. At we strive to bring you the most fashion forward and unique baby clothes on the web, all at an affordable price! Our team searches to find the cutest, most comfortable, and highest quality clothes and accessories available. Our goal is to offer these unique and trendy boutique style clothes at affordable prices. Since it's inception, has continued to grow exponentially, thanks to moms and dads like yourself. Our customers are quickly spreading the word that is "the best place to find unique and affordable baby clothes". offers everything from the most popular name brand clothes to unique designer lines that are hard to find. Our mission is to offer the lowest prices you can find, combined with free shipping and excellent customer service. 

Shake, Rattle, & Roll *Sponsor Spotlight* Gentle Naturals, Baby Package

Gentle Naturals is a company selling a line of products for the babies in our lives. With many natural ingredients, these products have been dermatologist tested and approved. 

Gentle Naturals® Cradle Cap Care 
Gentle Naturals® Eczema Baby Wash 
Gentle Naturals® Baby Eczema Cream 
Gentle Naturals® Homeopathic Teething Drops 
Gentle Naturals® Tummy Soother 
Gentle Naturals® Dry Skin Cream

I'll be telling you about the Cradle Cap Treatment and Eczema Wash & Cream

Cradle cap gets its name because it’s common in infants (hence cradle) and is usually found on the scalp (or cap). It occurs when a newborn’s oil–producing glands become overactive. Some doctors believe this happens because of mother’s hormones still being in the baby’s circulation. Doctors call cradle cap a form of seborrheic dermatitis, which can affect other areas of the body where there are a lot of oil-producing sebaceous glands.

Shake, Rattle, & Roll *Sponsor Spotlight* Infantino, baby package

Infantino makes toys, carriers and products for the most important customers in the world - moms, dads and babies. We use our insights as parents along with a big dose of creativity, smarts, craft and care to make things that celebrate and cultivate the joys and connections between parents and babies.

Developed with Pediatric Occupational Therapists, our Tummy Triangle is uniquely angled to help baby enjoy tummy time! The incline uses gravity to comfortably develop upper body strength and promote baby’s sense of balance

I've never been very good at tummy time with our girls. They tend to cry a lot and just rub their face in the floor, waiting for it to end. I was excited when I was offered a review of the Infantino Right Angle Tummy Triangle. 

This Tummy Triangle seemed like a great solution for Macyn to enjoy tummy time better and build up key muscles, but she's not a big fan. She likes to look around and watch her sisters play, watch the colors changing on the TV, and most of all her daddy. 

Saturday, May 19, 2012

Shake, Rattle, & Roll *Sponsor Spotlight* kadens designs, baby package

I follow a blog called "All Things Cupcake" (surprise surprise lol) and a couple months ago, they mentioned an adorable bib from Kaden's Designs Etsy Shop. The bib said  "I'm just a stud muffin looking for my cupcake" and I OF COURSE had to check out her full page. To my delight, she also offers this bib in a girl version, so I got in contact with her about a review. I was really excited when she said yes to a review of a bib and a onsie!

With my love of cupcakes, I knew I HAD to have this bib!!
The letters are stitched on to a Babies R Us white one size fits all bib and it looks great.

Macyn has acid reflux so bibs are a must in this household with nice clothes! The first time we wore this bib out of the house was right before Easter. We went to the mall to see the Easter bunny and the lady taking the pictures chuckled when she saw this bib. My family saw it for the first time on Easter and also thought it was adorable and fits my personality so well since we wear cupcakes so much!

Shake, Rattle, & Roll *Sponsor Spotlight* Swaddle Designs, Baby Package

Lynette Damir, RN, CEO and Creative Director, founded SwaddleDesigns in 2002. The inspiration for SwaddleDesigns was sparked when Lynette visited families with new babies in their homes and she noticed they struggled with swaddling for two reasons. First, the blanket they were using was too small or too thick, and second, they could not remember how to make a good secure swaddle. The parents consistently asked her to share the secret of the hospital nurses - how to swaddle. Lynette used her medical background and design education from the Art Institute of Seattle to develop the Ultimate Swaddling Blanket - large and square with swaddling instructions sewn to the edge of the blanket, so parents have an effective swaddling technique at their fingertips (patent pending). SwaddleDesigns first customer was a major hospital that purchased 4,000 blankets! They understood the importance of swaddling and the educational value of Lynette‛s blanket. Supine swaddling is important because it helps babies transition from womb to world, reduces incidence of SIDS, helps babies sleep better and longer, and decreases awakenings due to the startle reflex. By helping parents master the art of swaddling, the Ultimate Swaddling Blanket is a great confidence builder for new parents.

Shake, Rattle, & Roll *Sponsor Spotlight* The Corner Stork, Baby Package

When we say Preferred by Moms, we're not kidding! You'll be happy to know that ultra-choosy moms handpick our affordably priced, utterly adorable baby gifts. In fact, that's how Corner Stork was born. A bunch of Atlanta mommies seemed to get an invitation to a baby shower or birthday party every week. With their busy family schedules, they found it more convenient to skip the mall and shop online. But as great as it was to shop for gifts online at home, they often found themselves frustrated. The selection on the baby gift sites they visited was, well, underwhelming. Where was all the special stuff? Where were the adorable and unique gifts you see in baby boutiques. They finally realized that, if they wanted the warmth and boutique-style selection of a corner store, plus the handiness of an online store, they simply needed to create it themselves. 

 Our first was born 4 1/2 years ago, and in that time I am amazed at how many baby items you can find. With Madison and McKenzie we used receiving blankets and warm pajamas when they were babies and too young for blankets, but now with Macyn I'm finding so many neat products! 

This is where The Corner Stork comes in with their line of Snuggle Sacks. 

With February and March being cold weather, I was excited to try a Snuggle Sack because I was concerned Macyn might be too cold at night with just a thin swaddler, but she needed to be swaddled to feel safe because she has a sensory issue. When the Lady Bug Snuggle Sack arrived, I was intimidated by its size because it looked HUGE. I did not think it would fit Macyn well, but with the sizing set at 0-6 months, I quickly wanted to put it on her and see how she would do.