Friday, February 28, 2014

Crafty Friday: Week 19 (Crafts with Mason Jars)

I searched around Pinterest and put together the below images and links for crafts involving Mason Jars! I didn't realize there was so much you could do with Mason Jars, but I've found some great ideas for you all!

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Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Rhoost: Blind Cord Winder Review

Thank you Rhoost for the blind cord winders to help with this review

Rhoost co-founders, Vianka Perez Belyea and Tavinder Phull started Rhoost after the frustrating experience Vianka had childproofing her own home.

One thing every parent does is childproof their home. We all want our children to be as safe as possible, and in protecting them in the home, sometimes it can be overwhelming. After safety plugs, drawer latches, toilet locks, and door knob covers, sometimes we can forget the smaller things in our homes that can be of concern with children. 

We have six windows on the floor level of our home and its a constant battle to keep our toddler away from the cords. Scary enough, I've even had to cut our child out of the blind cord once because she slipped quietly in the playroom while I was cooking dinner and wrapped her torso in the cord. It was such a scary instance for me, and since then we've been looking for the perfect solution to ensuring the safety of our children. 

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Talkin' Tattoos Tuesday: Week 50

Welcome to week 50 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, February 24, 2014

Check out Fragments Jewelry

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With four kids, I don't wear much jewelry besides my wedding rings and some earrings. I do like to browse and see what's out there, and Fragments Jewelry was a fun place to do just that! With such a variety of items to choose from, you can quickly loose track of time with all their sections of great pieces. 

My favorite thing about the site right from the beginning is that you shop by which kind of metal you prefer. I myself am a White Gold kind of girl, and the three pieces above caught my eye quickly. The Pink Topaz Cushion Ring is so beautiful, and since pink is my favorite color, I would wear something like this often. The gem is set around black diamonds and 14K white gold, with the gem being 6mm. I don't normally like chocolate or black diamonds, but this beauty caught me by surprise. It's retail value is high at $890, but a girl can dream right?!

Saturday, February 22, 2014

Baby Hip Hugger Eco Plus GIVEAWAY! 3/15

Baby Nari Eco Plus Giveaway Event
Hosted by: Easy Green Mama
Co-hosted by: bloggieaway
Sponsored by: Baby Nari

I hope you all enjoy this giveaway I signed up to help promote. I've worked with a couple other carriers, and this one looks pretty neat! 

 Easy Green Mama recently had the opportunity to review the Baby Hip Hugger Eco Plus Set. Check out Easy Green Mama's Review Here. Baby Nari's Baby Hip hugger is The PERFECT SOLUTION for holding your baby! It allows our babies to walk, get picked up and put down to walk again seemlessly! The Baby Hip Hugger is an easier, more comfortable way to carry your child. It is an essential product for a mother or anyone else that carries a child for a long period of time. It is recommended for babies 4 months – 36 months of age and they must be able to sit on their own, up to 40lbs. For a hands free option for the Baby Hip Hugger you can add the Eco Plus straps! This is sold separately. Features:
  • Fast and Easy to use.
  • Designed for Comfort.
  • Durable wide Velcro straps with safety buckles.
  • Multiple sitting options.
  • Durable light weight material with soft padded foam for comfort.
  • Non slip heart shaped material and raised back to help your child stay in place.

Friday, February 21, 2014

Crafty Friday: Week 18 (Crafts with Buttons)

I searched around Pinterest and put together the below images and links for crafts involving buttons! I didn't realize there was so much you could do with buttons, but I've found some great ideas for you all!

Find it HERE

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Hyland's Baby: Complete Natural Oral Care Kit. 20 winners!

Good luck everyone! 20 winners!

It’s National Tooth Fairy Day next Friday, February 28th, and Hylee, the Hyland’s Tooth Fairy, has a couple tricks up her sleeve. Hyland’s will be partnering with Tooth Tissues, Jack nʼ Jill and Teething Bling to bring you a week filled with exciting events! The promotion starts right here, as I partner with all my favorite blogs to give you the chance to win 1 of 20 Complete Natural Oral Care Kits including the following products: Hyland’s Baby Teething Tablets Hyland’s Baby Teething Tablets, the #1 selling infant oral pain reliever, provide natural relief of pain and irritability from teething. Teething Tablets are backed by 85 years of proven success and raving fans, who believe in the efficacy and the quality of this product. Specially formulated for infants, the formula does not contain benzocaine, artificial colors, dyes or parabens. And easy to administer dosage form, the quick dissolving tablets, melt instantly in mouth so there is no fuss! Jack N' Jill Biodegradable Toothbrushes Jack N' Jill Biodegradable Toothbrushes come in two ergonomic designs (Hippo and Bunny) and are made of Cornstarch.They are comfy for young hands to hold and the bristles are just the right softness to be gentle on young gums, yet help clean effectively. The toothbrushes have a Cornstarch handle and recyclable nylon bristles. Simply snap off the head and place it in recycling and compost the handle—it will break down in a home compost within 2 years!! If you don't have a compost you can simply push it into the soil in your garden and use it as a plant stake or herb sign! Jack N' Jill Natural Toothpaste Jack N' Jill Natural Toothpaste with Organic Strawberry Flavor and Organic Calendula is suitable from six months of age and safe to swallow. It’s rich in Xylitol and is flouride, sugar, color, SLS, preservative and mint free. Organic Calendula helps to soothe young gums and Organic Strawberry flavor makes it taste YUMMY- a great way to introduce "tooth brushing", develop good habits and make it fun! Jack N' Jill Natural Toothpaste is made in Australia. My Dentist’s Choice Tooth Tissues Tooth Tissues™ are certified all natural, unflavored dental wipes for baby and toddler smiles. They contain xylitol and are paraben free and unflavored, because babies do not need to be exposed to artificial flavors. As practicing dentists, Drs. Grace Lo and Jonathan Korn know the importance of cleaning babies teeth and gums after feedings and before bedtime. As parents they found that it was not always so simple. Tooth Tissues™ are the results of their efforts to find a simple pleasant way to begin good oral hygiene. You will find that they are a convenient yet effective way to comply with your pediatrician or dentist's recommendation for wiping your baby and toddlers' gums and teeth. Teething Bling Teething Bangle Teething Bling is the original teething jewelry. Made from the same FDA-approved silicone as most teething toys, Teething Bling looks great on the adult wearer but is completely safe for baby to handle and chew. It's soft and flexible, chemical-free, non-toxic (no lead, latex, phthalates, BPAs, PVCs) and every necklace comes with a breakaway clasp as an added safety feature. It's a very simple, clever design that moms absolutely adore.

Thursday, February 20, 2014

New app from PBS KIDS - Dinosaur Train A to Z!

I received a promo code to download this app

Dinosaur Train A to Z is the ultimate dinosaur app from the hit PBS KIDS show Dinosaur Train. The app not only help kids build reading skills, but also will encourage the exploration of life science and natural history through discovery, play and reading.

McKenzie is a huge fan of Dinosaur Train! I saw the app on the Dinosaur Train Facebook page, so when I got the email to review the app, I couldn't have been more excited! McKenzie loves dinosaurs and this app was right up her alley! 

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

I'm a Pull-Ups® First Flush Ambassador! #CelebrateFirstFlush #MC #sponsored

I participated in a campaign on behalf of Mom Central Consulting (#MC) for Pull-Ups. I received product samples to facilitate my review and a promotional item as a thank you for participating.

I am so excited to be working with Pull-Ups. Macyn will be our third child to potty train, and I've learned pro's and con's from potty training with our first two girls. While Macyn knows when she's going potty in her diaper, she doesn't quite have the whole understanding behind it, so now that she's hit her 2nd birthday, we're giving potty training a shot! Over the next two months I'll be sharing our journey along the way and the ups and downs we'll face as we embark on to a potty trained toddler. 

Signs a child is ready to potty train:    
  • Stays dry for at least two hours.
  • Is dry after a nap.
  • Is uncomfortable in soiled diapers.
  • Shows increased interest in the bathroom.
  • Asks to use the toilet or potty char.
  • Has regular and predictable bowel movements.
  • Asks to wear Big Kid or “grown up” underwear.
  • Uses words or body language when he or she needs to go.
  • Follows simple verbal directions.
  • Walks to and from the bathroom, helps undress his/herself.

While Macyn doesn't show all the above signs, she does have some, and its a great start.

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Talkin' Tattoos Tuesday: Week 49

Welcome to week 49 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, February 17, 2014

#LoveForMom Giveaway Hop SIGN UPS

  Hosted By:
Mommy's Favorite Things
Mama's Baby Cupcakes
"For the Love of Mom"
This giveaway is going to be prizes meant for mom. Anything you would give to a mom for Mother's Day is acceptable. Anything from Nail Polish and Makeup to Jewelry and Clothing . Just make sure it's family friendly. 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. 
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: 4/7-4/21

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

Sign ups close 3/31

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

@HylandsHealth #SleepChallenge #FLASHGIVEAWAY ends Feb 18

Hyland’s is ramping up for their second annual 5-Day Sleep Challenge, set to start Monday, March 10 and run through Friday, March 14. The Hyland’s 5-Day Stress Challenge is aimed at sharing information, strategies and tips that will help you find your way to Zzzz, naturally. In true Hyland’s fashion, the event will include many different chances to win some amazing prizes, and I’ve teamed up with Thrifty Nifty Mommy and Viva Veltoro to give you your first chance to win. You will have until February 18th at 1 PM EST to enter for your chance to win one of 3 Hyland’s prize packages featuring:
  • Hyland’s Calms Forte, 100 ct.
  • Hyland’s Nerve Tonic, 32 ct.
  • Arnica 30X, 50 ct.
  • Muscle Therapy Gel, 3 oz.
  • Bioplasma, 500 ct
  • Bioplasma Sport, 12 pack
  • Leg Cramps, 50 ct
  • Leg Cramps PM, 50 ct.
  • Restful Legs, 50 ct.

All you have to do is enter through the form below and tell us: “What helps you get a good night’s sleep?’’ by commenting on this blog post. But the fun does not stop here! Registration for The Sleep Challenge will begin February 19th at 1pm EST and Hyland’s will be giving the first 1,000 registrants the chance to win a 32-count bottle of the Hyland’s Calms Forté, the #1 homeopathic sleep aid. All you have to do is be on time and ready to register right here: onFebruary 19th at 1pm EST. Can’t make it? Don’t worry, registration will remain open until March 10th. The Hyland’s Sleep Challenge will start on March 10 and the daily challenges will give you many other chances to win some great prizes. You can learn more about The Challenge at Hyland's 5 Day Sleep Challenge by clicking here.
Follow along with us, and by the week’s end, you should be on your way to dreamland. Don’t miss it!

Sunday, February 16, 2014

Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood: “Daniel’s Big Feelings Week”


In new episodes, airing February 17-21, Daniel and his friends learn to tackle the emotions that come with being a little kid in a big world.

“DANIEL TIGER’S NEIGHBORHOOD helps our youngest viewers build the skills that research shows are critical for success in school and in life,” said Lesli Rotenberg, General Manager, Children’s Programming, PBS. “With ‘Daniel’s Big Feelings Week,’ we are excited to offer families new strategies to help them deal with challenging emotions that arise in the life of any preschooler – from how to cope with feeling sad or left out to managing frustration. Other episodes of the popular series throughout the week will help children learn important concepts like empathy and understanding differences between people.”

“Fred Rogers understood that it is vital for young children to develop positive emotional and social skills, and the five new episodes in ‘Daniel’s Big Feelings Week’ bring his gentle lessons to today’s preschool viewers in a fun and memorable way,” said Paul Siefken, Vice President, Broadcast and Digital Media, The Fred Rogers Company. “The new stories will help further Fred’s enduring legacy with both parents and children, and we are excited to introduce this week of special shows for Daniel fans of all ages.”

DANIEL TIGER’S NEIGHBORHOOD, which debuted on PBS KIDS in September 2012, is the first television series produced by The Fred Rogers Company since the iconic MISTER ROGERS’ NEIGHBORHOOD. Every episode of the well-loved show features two endearing stories starring four-year-old Daniel Tiger and his best friends, who invite young viewers to come with them on fun adventures as they explore the colorful Neighborhood of Make-Believe. 

“Daniel’s Big Feelings Week” – Episode Air Dates and Descriptions

“Duckling Goes Home/Daniel Feels Left Out” (#135) – Premieres February 17, 2014
“Duckling Goes Home”: Today at school, the children find out that Ducky has grown too big to be their classroom pet and it’s time to take him back to the farm. This news is very upsetting, especially to Daniel and Miss Elaina. The children cope with their sadness in different ways and soon they feel a little bit better.

“Daniel Feels Left Out”: On their way home from the Neighborhood grocery store, Dad and Daniel stop by the Treehouse to say “hello.” O the Owl and Katerina Kittycat have been playing together all day, and are even going to have dinner together. When it is time to go home with Dad, Daniel feels left out and sad. Back at home, Mom and Dad Tiger help Daniel with his sad feelings and he soon starts to feel better.

Strategy: It’s ok to feel sad sometimes; little by little you'll feel better.

Friday, February 14, 2014

#HeartHandmade Giveaway Hop! Ends 2/28

Happy Valentine's Day and welcome to the [2nd annual] Handmade from the Heart Giveaway Hop, hosted by the Blogging Mamas Network! This Hop was such a success last year that we brought it back for round 2 because it seems everyone loves beautiful handmade items! Each blogger in this Event has a handmade giveaway worth at least $25, so be sure to hop around and celebrate Handmade from the Heart! And you definitely do not want to miss the fantastic handmade goodness of the Grand Prize... a $150 Etsy Gift Card!

My sponsor for this hop is Adelaide's Attic, ran by Julie. Julie is also a blogger and makes great hand crafted items in her spare time. She currently offers items such as head bands for infants to adults, adorable owl pillows, personalized pillows, onsies, and more! Her bows range in retail for $7-$15 depending on the detail, and she's always adding more!

If you'd like to purchase from Julie you can use the code BLOG2014BABYCUPCAKES. The code is valid for 10% off any purchase and can be used through 3/15/2014.

Enter below for a $25 Gift Code to her Etsy shop!
Open to US only

Thursday, February 13, 2014 Beauty at a Discount!

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One of my favorite things to wear is nice perfume. Who doesn't like to smell nice right?! After looking around I found the adorable cupcake shaped perfume you see above and it makes me wish my computer had a scratch and sniff option. The above perfume is Alice & Peter Cheery Cherry for Women, and retails for $49.00. If you purchase from their site, you can get it for just $27.95 with a 15% off coupon available directly on the site. With many discount perfumes to you choose from, there's a long list of available options and something for everyone. They offer not only women's perfume, but men's and children's perfumes as well. If you'd like to get more fancy, you can also purchase pet perfume! They carry well known brands like Calvin Klein, Gucci, Dolce & Gabbana, and Ralph Lauren just to name a few. 

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

#MiaMariuLOVE Giveaway! 2/26

The Blogging Mamas Network and Mía Mariú have joined together to inspire you to Love Your Look this Valentine's Day!


The Mía Mariú philosophy makes the connection between beauty and health in harmony. Mía Mariú’s high performance products are formulated with the most natural ingredients available, helping you achieve vibrant beauty and health inside and out. Each unique product fuses nature and technology by combining the highest quality botanicals, antioxidants, vitamins, minerals and peptides.

 The result is healthy products that provide a perfect balance that reflects itself through youthful, healthy, beautiful, glowing skin and renewed energy and vitality, all at an exceptional value! 5 
 From Healthy Nutrition, Botanical Skin Care, a newly launched Fragrance Line, Specialty Brushes, and Mineral Makeup - you'll find everything you need to love your look this year with Mía Mariú! Be sure to connect with Mía Mariú on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+ to stay up to date on their promotions and new products!

Who's ready to win a $200 GC to Mía Mariú?

This giveaway is open to US & Canadian residents, 18+ only. It will end at 11:59 pm EST on February 26th. Please use the Giveaway Tools widget below to enter.

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Talkin' Tattoos Tuesday: Week 48

Welcome to week 48 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.