Thursday, September 27, 2012

Hop Along Friday 9/28

Welcome to the Hop Along Friday! We want our hop to include everyone so it is a social hop! There are tons of ways to follow blogs such as Google+, Networked Blogs, Facebook, twitter and various other options. We want everyone to link up!

Monday, September 24, 2012

Tiny Love: NATURE PALS Gymini Review & Giveaway 10/8


 Tiny Love® is a multiple award-winning global toy and baby product manufacturer which was founded in 1991 by Shoshi and Isaac Oren, entrepreneurs who had built the largest chain of baby supplies and toy stores in Israel. They began branching out into the field of developmental toys by focusing on creating toys and accessories to promote and maximize baby’s development from birth through 12 months. Today, our products are distributed in more than 50 countries worldwide.
This is the new Nature Pals Gymini play mat 
from Tiny Love

Rated for 0-12 months

Retail Value: $59.99 on the Tiny Love website.

Sunday, September 23, 2012

Lakeon's pregnancy Journal Week 10

Doctor Appointments:
Sept.13-- I was 8w5d (to confirm pregnancy)
Sept.20-- I was 9w5d (Ultrasound. Baby's heartbeat was 173)
Oct.16-- NEXT APPOINTMENT. 

Baby Names:
Baby's name was decided before I even got pregnant. He will be Brantley Kage or she will be Brooklyn Alyse.

Food cravings:
Sonic Real fruit lime slushies with added twang salt and sweets. MMM!!

Symptoms:
I hadn't had any symptoms other than my food cravings until last night when I started feeling a little queasy. I've also been having a little back pain.

Weight gain:
1 pound so far.

Gender prediction tests: 
Oldest child's hairline-[Girl]
Intelligender (at 10w1d)-[Boy]
Chinese Calendar-[Girl]
High heartbeat (at 9w5d)-[Girl]
Baking soda (at 10w)-[Boy]


Sleep:
I've been getting up to use the bathroom 1-2 times every night, but other than that, I sleep comfortably.

Chloe's thoughts: She's been very excited and telling everyone about the baby in mommy's tummy. She often uses her toy stethoscope to listen to the baby to make sure everything is going fine in there. She hopes baby is a little sister.

Comparing pregnancies: 


pregnancy calendar


Saturday, September 22, 2012

Zippo: Candle Lighter Review & Giveaway 10/7

Zippo was founded in Bradford, Pennsylvania in 1932 when George G. Blaisdell decided to create a lighter that would look good and be easy to use. He fashioned a Zippo lighter and the rest is history. Zippo still makes it's famous windproof lighters in Bradford, PA.


My husband is a big Zippo fan. 
As a long time smoker, they're his lighter of choice.

After a couple tries, I was able to get in touch with Zippo and they agreed to let me review one of their candle lighters! I chose the beautiful Candy Apple Red shown above. 

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Hop Along Friday 9/21

Welcome to the Hop Along Friday! As most of you may be aware of, GFC will no longer be available to self hosted blogs and non blogger blogs shortly. We don't want to leave all of those people out! So, we are adjusting our hop to include everyone! There are other ways to follow blogs such as Google+, Networked Blogs, and various other options. We want everyone to link up!



Enter to win 1 of 10 $20 Target Gift Cards! (US) 9/20-10/4


Who wants to win a Target Gift Card?

Thanks to Darcy from Tales From The Nursery for putting together this small giveaway. 

I say small because there's only 12 blogs posting and 16 total entries per Rafflecopter. 

There is a Facebook Rafflecopter 
and a Twitter Rafflecopter

5 winners will be chosen from each 
Rafflecopter to win a $20 GC

Open to US Only

Delta Labs is sponsoring this giveaway for you all!

At Delta Labs, our mission is to develop the highest quality, most affordable and comprehensive line of women’s health and wellness formulas founded on scientific research. We’re committed to helping every woman feel renewed, empowered, and excited about life, and strive daily to provide unsurpassed customer care to help every woman achieve her best.

Connect with Delta Labs on their 

Enter below and good luck!!!

Monday, September 17, 2012

Kissed by the Moon Review & Giveaway 10/1


Kissed by the Moon was created out of a passion for cloth diapering and environmentally-friendly living.  After I began cloth diapering my daughter in 2006, I realized that cloth diapers were not only easy to use and great for our planet, but that they were irresistibly cute and cheaper to use than disposables. 

While I had wanted to open an online store for several years, it took me getting pink slipped (I’ve been a middle school teacher for the past seven years) to give me the kick in the rear end I needed to finally pursue my dream.  My devoted husband has been next to me 100% of the way, and together we created Kissed by the Moon.

New blog look AGAIN

Lakeon has been my blog designer since Mama's Baby Cupcakes opened. I get bored quickly as you all can tell with the constant changes to the blog. 

Mama's Baby Cupcakes turns 1 in two weeks so I thought I'd do one last updated look and then leave it alone for a while. 

You'll notice there's now 5 cupcakes at the top. The 3 on the left are my girls and the 2 on the right are Lakeon's children. The ? is because we won't know the gender of the baby she's carrying until November. 

Lakeon got me in to prints last year and she is why I have a zebra bathroom, hehe. 

Let us know your thoughts please! 
I hope you all enjoy the look.

If you have my button, please update that on YOUR page as well

Sunday, September 16, 2012

Thirty-One: Thermal Tote & Zipper Pouch Reviews


Thirty-One Gifts is one of America’s fastest-growing direct sales companies.

Our products are both stylish and functional—from beautiful handbags and purses to handy storage totes, baskets, stationery and more, there is something for everyone.

And most of our products can be personalized to make your own unique statement. Visit our website to be connected with a Thirty-One consultant who can show you our collection, or maybe even think about selling Thirty-One yourself!


I was looking around the Thirty One catalog a few months ago and noticed a few cupcake items they had. Obviously I wanted them, so I contacted Aimee and she agreed to work with me. 

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Hop Along Friday 9/14

Welcome to the Hop Along Friday! As most of you may be aware of, GFC will no longer be available to self hosted blogs and non blogger blogs shortly. We don't want to leave all of those people out! So, we are adjusting our hop to include everyone! There are other ways to follow blogs such as Google+, Networked Blogs, and various other options. We want everyone to link up!


DIY: Mini Pizzas!

Hello Everyone!
I wanted to share a quick and fun way to spice up dinner time with the kiddos! 

All kids love pizza, but delivery can get expensive. 

Below was our Friday night, making mini pizzas with a school friend of Madison's. I hope you all enjoy this post and let me know if you try it!!

Ingredients!
English Muffins
Pizza Sauce
Pizza Cheese
Toppings

Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees
Cook for 15 minutes

Monday, September 10, 2012

Belly Charms, after the baby! Review & Giveaway 9/24


Following information is from Belly Charms Facebook "INFO" Section

Belly Charms LLC is known for maternity / pregnancy belly button rings, personalized Swarovski mother's bracelets, maternity pendants and custom jewelry.

Belly Charms started on Etsy in Dec. 2007 with 10 maternity belly button rings. I now have over 600 items available in a variety of categories on my websites: maternity belly button rings, holiday belly button rings, mother's bracelets, safety ID wristbands and sport ID products by Vital ID, maternity jewelry, peace and love collection, toe rings...the list grows as I keep adding more things.

I am a WAHM of 2 boys. Belly Charms is operated out of my home office. All of the maternity belly button rings and custom jewelry is made when ordered, personally by me. All orders are shipped ASAP and all orders over $20 ship for free in the US.


After my pregnancy with Macyn I chose to continue with Belly Charms and transition to Sonya's normal belly rings. I purchased a couple and wore them for a while, but had a few issues with over tightening or stripping the ball. 

One day I saw this gorgeous heart belly ring and knew I had to have it! I mentioned to Sonya how much I loved it and she offered up this review and giveaway!

I'm Co-Hosting 12 Days of Gifts Galore Event! Sign Ups Open




12 Days of Gifts Galore

Hosted by Tales From the Nursery and Mama's Baby Cupcakes

Last year our 12 Days of Gifts Galore giveaway event went over very well so we've decided to host it again this year! It's a great way to get gift ideas, win some gifts (though delivery by Christmas is not guaranteed), or treat yourself this holiday season. We hope you'll join us for 12 fun filled days November 25, 2012 through December 6, 2012.

Giveaway Hop Details {Free}

  • Dates: November 25-December 6. It lasts for 12 days. Prize must be something you would want to give or receive as a gift and be family friendly.
  • You must have a dedicated giveaway for this event. - it's a 12 day long event but you do not need 12 prizes (there was some confusion about that last year).
  • Minimum prize value of $25 per winner. (No cents off or percentage off coupons, please.)
  • Posts should go live at 12:01am EST on 11/25, but must be live by 9am EST on 11/26 or you risk removal from the linky. Giveaways should close at 11:59pm EST on 12/6. Set your Rafflecopter to end on 12/7!
  • Display the event button in your event post when it goes live. You do not have to put it on your sidebar – that’s optional!
  • Display the event linky in your event post to encourage blog hopping.
  • You may have 1-2 easy mandatory entry actions. There is no limit on extras but they must be fairly easy as well (follow, like, visit sponsor’s site, etc.)
  • You must comply with proper disclosures, have no entries that violate Facebook policies (i.e. requiring comments on walls), and have no extras for making purchases. You cannot use adding Google+ circles as an entry method.
  • SIGN UP using the linky at the bottom of this post.
  • Updates and questions will be addressed in the ShePromotes Facebook group and you can always contact me via email at darcy@darcyandbrian.com with questions.
  • *Please note that I am due with Baby #2 during this event. I will do everything I can to have information provided to you in advance and ensure my cohost Michelle has the info and linky access.
Are you a company or brand interested in participating? Partnering for sponsorship opportunities for events such as these can provide a lot of exposure. Contact me at darcy@darcyandbrian.com to discuss sponsorship for this event. Request to join the Facebook group if you haven’t already! You can also grab the event button, right click to save it to your computer and upload it to your blog, and link back to this post if you’d like. All necessary details will be emailed AND posted in the Facebook group no later than 3-5 days before the event goes live.

Friday, September 7, 2012

Bravado Designs: Bliss Nursing Bra Review

From humble beginnings developed around a kitchen table, Bravado quickly built a strong reputation as having comfortable, stylish and quality nursing bras. Lactation consultants, midwives, childbirth educators and others in the health care community quickly started recommending our products to new moms, and they still do to this 

Seamless Molded Foam Cups
Flexi-Fit Support Channel
Wear as a maternity bra or as a nursing bra
Nursing clips that stay closed
A proprietary Bra Conversion Kit (BCK)

Thursday, September 6, 2012

Hop Along Friday 9/7

Welcome to the Hop Along Friday! As most of you may be aware of, GFC will no longer be available to self hosted blogs and non blogger blogs shortly. We don't want to leave all of those people out! So, we are adjusting our hop to include everyone! There are other ways to follow blogs such as Google+, Networked Blogs, and various other options. We want everyone to link up!

the pecking order: maternity shirt review


Zoey’s Attic officially launched in November 2006 by creator and owner, Erin Delanty. The inspiration for the website came shortly after my husband and I, welcomed the birth of our first child, Bridget, in August of that year. Bridget offiially became a big sister herself in May of 2008 and the inspiration continues! Zoey’s Attic sold its first shirt just two days after launching the website and development has expanded based on the initial and continuing positive response.


This shirt comes in non-maternity and maternity in short sleeves. 
You can add long sleeves for $5. 
Retail Value: $24.50

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Infantino Infant Toys Review


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.


Baby toys are an obvious must when you have little ones, but there's so many to choose from, where does the search begin?! Let me tell you about Infantino and a few of the infant toys they carry. 

WW: New Family Pictures






Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Wholesale Halloween Costumes Review


We are the only website in the world that sells costumes at wholesale prices. There is never a membership fee or strings attached. Shop with us like you would on any typical website. The only difference is the low, low wholesale price. You'll find the best selection of Halloween costumes for the entire family right here. Our sizes run from newborn to 4X so there is truly a Halloween costume for everyone. All costume categories are offered including the most popular licensed costumes for children and adults.



I had a hard time deciding which child to get a costume for. 

Wholesale Halloween Costumes has so many options and I was stuck, so I asked our two older girls what they wanted to be for Halloween. McKenzie, our middle daughter, is 3 yrs old our little tom boy. She talks about super heroes so it didn't surprise me when she chose a Supergirl Childrens Costume. 

After Madison picked her $10 costume, I decided we'd purchase her's at a later date with the extra accessories, and got this for McKenzie. 

The Supergirl Costume comes in sizes Small, Medium, and Large which means sizes 4-14. McKenzie is 3yrs old and depending on the brand, in a 4T, so I thought the small would be perfect for her since Halloween is still two months away. 

The Supergirl Costume is made from polyester and comes in three pieces. The blue long sleeved top and red skirt are a one piece with the cape attached, and then the belt is added afterward as the same with the boot covers.