Thursday, December 24, 2015

Birds Eye Kids Veggies


Harvested and flash-frozen at their peak freshness, Birds Eye uses only the highest quality vegetables for all its products. From pure and simple vegetables, to mixed medleys, to easy-to-prepare vegetables in sauce, any cook can have a host of nutritious menu options just minutes away. 


With having four children, we always run in to at least one of our girls not liking something on their plate. The problem with that is we end up cooking multiple things or the dislike rubs off on another child, so I was thrilled when I heard about Birds Eye and their Disney inspired veggie sides. 

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Dr. Scholl’s NEW DreamWalk Express Pedi Foot Smoother *Holiday Gift Guide*

I received products for free in exchange for a review. All thoughts/opinions are my own!


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!

Dr. Scholl’s NEW DreamWalk Express Pedi Foot Smoother quickly gives you smoother, more beautiful feet in the comfort of your home keeping you pedi-ready all through the winter months! This is the perfect gift for any beauty or pedicure lover!
  • Creates salon smooth feet in the convenience of your home
  • Light, contoured, handheld personal Electronic Foot 
  • Smoother device is easy to use
  • Buffs away rough, dry skin and transforms it into smooth, softer renewed skin
  • No sharp blades or soaking required
  • Replacement Roller Heads allow for extended product usage

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Luca & Danni: Anchor Necklace *Holiday Gift Guide*

I received products for free in exchange for a review. All thoughts/opinions are my own!


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!

Named after the owner's two children, Luca + Danni was born out of the simple yet powerful belief that dreams can come true and reminds us that through love, inspiration, and passion, we should all boldly embrace the journey of life. 

I have a love for anchors, like it seems everyone else does, and I just think they hold such a meaning for me. I feel as though my children are my anchors, my reason for being here, they give me life, they hold me down. When we found out we were expecting for a fifth time we were shocked, surprised, and all the other emotions you can have, however, after getting used to the fact that our family was again expanding I knew the baby had a meaning. We'd talked about possibly trying for another baby and decided that ultimately we wouldn't, but when I found out I was expecting and on top of that finding out it's a little boy, I knew he would be the final piece of the anchor to our life puzzle.

Monday, December 21, 2015

The Formula For Happiness With a Large Family



When my husband and I first met back in 2004, we never dreamed of a big family like we have now. When you're young and in love you talk and plan and dream, but then life becomes reality and we're so blessed to have our four little girls God has entrusted in us. Now that we're expecting our our son due in May, it has me thinking all over again about how to keep our kids happy. All of this has come as a great time because I've partnered with Gerber Good Start and their #formulaforhappiness campaign in which their formulas are all now non-GMO! 

Sunday, December 20, 2015

The Girl Power Campaign

I received samples to help with this post. All opinions are my own.


The Girl Power Campaign has created a fun and powerful way for parents to help girls develop their own identity and a healthy self-image and encourage them to follow their dreams. Our products and the parent guide provide everyone the tools they need to empower their girls for success.


Having four little of our own, girl power and all it resembles is so important in our household. We want our girls to know they're equal, valued, loved, and can do anything they strive to do in life. When I was emailed about the "Girl Power Campaign" I really liked the idea behind their products and agreed to a review. 

The Boodle Box *Holiday Gift Guide*

I received products for free in exchange for a review. All thoughts/opinions are my own!


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!
The Boodle Box is a monthly subscription box full of adorable accessories and beauty products that encourage girls of all ages to uncover new things and discover themselves in the process! Each month, you'll receive a selection of the latest products for teens and tweens from some of the top manufacturers in the beauty and fashion industries. 



I'd never heard of The Boodle Box before, but when I looked at their website and learned about their company, I was definitely intrigued. Having a house of four little girls, I figured this was worth the review, especially having two of my girls in their recommended ages of six years or older, so after saying yes to a review, we were sent their December box! 

Saturday, December 19, 2015

IntelliGender: Was it Right for Baby No. 5?

Thank you Intelligender for the Test to help with this review


IntelliGender’s Gender Prediction Test is an affordable, simple-to-use urine test that provides immediate gender results in the privacy and comfort of the home. In minutes, the IntelliGender Gender Prediction Test indicates your gender result based upon an easy to read color match.  Green indicates boy and orange indicates girl! As early as 10 weeks into your pregnancy (8 weeks post- conception)! Most women find out the sex of their baby at their 20-week sonogram as long as Baby chooses to cooperate. IntelliGender bridges the curiosity gap between conception and sonogram.


The first time I heard about IntelliGender was while I was pregnant with our 2nd child. I already knew the gender so there was no need for a test, but when I became pregnant with baby #3 I knew it was a must! While I don't have access to the Intelligender review with Macyn, my test was wrong and said she'd be a boy. Looking back later after my 20 week scan, I think my dates were off and I wasn't quite 10 weeks along when I tried this with her like I thought I was. Even though the test was wrong, I knew there's only truly a 50/50 chance and wanted to try again with baby #4 to see if this time it could be accurate like so many other's I've seen in the past. With Mya the test was right and I got a girl result on my test (as you can read here) so when we found out this baby was coming, IntelliGender was the first company I contacted to work together again. 

Friday, December 18, 2015

Celebrating the Holidays with Gymboree *Holiday Gift Guide*

I received products for free in exchange for a review. All thoughts/opinions are my own!


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!


Gymboree has been dressing children since 1986. The brand's fashionable clothing and accessories are designed and crafted to withstand rugged play while letting kids be kids in outfits they love to wear. Gymboree currently operates more than 600 stores in the U.S. and Canada, as well as an online store.


Having four little girls, I love when I'm able to get them to all match or compliment each other well. One thing I love about Gymboree is that I'm normally able to find great selections in both little girls and big girls that play well off one another and look amazing together! For this holiday season I was able to shop online with Gymboree and found some adorable looks for my little girls that'll be fashionable and comfortable for all. We don't normally buy nice fancy dresses for our girls, but I like them to look cute and festive during holidays (no matter which one!) and I fell in love with the "Fair Isle" collection that I was able to find in both little and big kids. 

Michelle's Pregnancy Journal: Week 20



Doctor Appointments:
Sept 30: Ultrasound for EDD (8.5 weeks)
Oct 26: First Dr Appt (12.3 weeks) 
Nov 16: 16 week check up (15.3 weeks)
Dec 15: 20 week check up/gender scan (19.4 weeks)

Weight:
Sept 30: 224lb
Oct 26: 227lb
Nov 16: 231lb
Dec 15: 233lb

Baby Names:
Boy: Maximus
Girl: Monroe

Heart Beat: 
162 (12 weeks)
134 (15 weeks)
145 (19 weeks)

Food cravings:
My cravings have leveled out so there isn't really anything I'm "dieing" to have.

Old Wives Tales: 
(2) Intelligender's say boy
Chinese Calendar says boy
Baking Soda test says girl


My appointment was at 9am to first have my gender scan and then see my doctor after that. I was so nervous that my belly was in knots because I was worried the baby wouldn't show us the gender and I swear with each child the wait and anticipation gets worse each time. Especially this time being our fifth child, everyone thinking it was a boy, and even the Intelligender tests saying boy, I was anxious to finally know either way!!!

Thursday, December 17, 2015

Bumkins One Size Cloth Diapers

I received samples to help with this post. All opinions are my own.
Bumkins was founded by Jakki Liberman in 1989. Initially conceived as a means to provide her own young family with an alternative to disposable diapers, Jakki began the company with a single prototype, the All in One cloth diaper. This inventive design, which rivaled disposables in convenience, became the foundation of Bumkins product offerings. 


While Bumkins offers a wide variety of products on their website, I was most interested in their cloth diapers. Being a first time mother, everything is new to me and I'm still learning my way around the different brands and styles of cloth. I was thrilled when I got the chance to review two Bumkin diapers, especially in the great Batman and Dr Seuss prints!

lei Fashion Courtesy of Wal-Mart! *Holiday Gift Guide*

I received products for free in exchange for a review. All thoughts/opinions are my own!


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!


I've always loved l.e.i. because of their fun fashion for kids and their affordable prices that follow. I remember wearing l.e.i. when I was school aged and now I'm able to dress my own children in the brand and know they're wearing something that will last! 

Friday, December 11, 2015

5 Tips for Assembling the Perfect Diaper Bag




As a mother of four with her fifth child on the way, I think I've learned a thing or two about diaper bags. I remember when we had our first daughter and I would pack so many things just to go to Wal-Mart for an hour that I could barely zip the bag! It was stressful trying to remember everything and then try to shuffle through things once out to find what you need in the bag. As I age and have more children, I'm learning more and more about the few simple but important things I need in my diaper bag while on the go! Now a days I only take basic essentials with me while on the go, and as my kiddos age, the list of items gets smaller and smaller! 

5 Tips for Assembling the Perfect Diaper Bag


When you have small babies, you may need more items to ensure your time away is as painless as possible, but with toddlers it's a totally different story! I currently have two children that are in school full time and my two children at home are almost four and just turned two. While Macyn is older and finally potty trained, Macyn is fully dependent on diapers and Huggies are the only way we go for covering tushes! 

Thursday, December 10, 2015

Color Wonder Light-Up Stamper *Holiday Gift Guide*

I received products for free in exchange for a review. All thoughts/opinions are my own!


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!
The Color Wonder Light-Up Stamper delivers hours of creative expression without any mess. Parents don't have to worry about cleanup thanks to the special Mess-Free inks that only appear on Color Wonder paper. Young artists will enjoy the way the stamper magically lights up in whatever color they choose. Includes 10 fun, ocean themed stamps. This unit requires four AA batteries and is designed for children ages three and up.

Wednesday, December 9, 2015

JC Toys: Missy Kissy Giggle Time Electronic Interactive Doll *Holiday Gift Guide*

I received products for free in exchange for a review. All thoughts/opinions are my own!


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!

I am a huge fan of JC Toys and their amazing dolls. Having four girls in our home means we have a lot of dolls and baby items around laying around, but one constant you'll see is JC Toys. Not only have we reviewed with them before, but we've also bought from local stores. When I pitched for this year's holiday gift guide, they offered up a new product for them called  Missy Kissy Giggle Time Electronic Interactive Doll. After looking on their website at her, reading about all that she does, and seeing her potential, I knew it would be a great fit for our youngest daughter Mya! 


When I opened the box, I myself fell in love with this doll. I love how their faces are detailed and colored on their dolls and this one doesn't disappoint! Along with the great over all look, Missy Kissy comes with an extra set of clothes, a bottle, a pacifier, and then talks, moves her head, and blinks. 

HGTV CELEBRATES THE HOLIDAYS WITH ‘SANTA HQ’ AT 10 MACERICH MALLS

*sponsored post*


HGTV’s interactive “Santa HQ” holiday activation will continue to revolutionize the traditional SantaClaus experience when it returns to 10 top Macerich malls, connecting the brand with millions of targeted consumers in key markets.  

For seven weeks, from Thursday, Nov. 5, through Christmas Eve, Dec. 24, Santa HQ spreads holiday cheer to guests of all ages with a 21st century immersive journey that features state-of-the-art digital technology. In addition to the classic photo with Santa Claus, mall guests can take an Elfie selfie to star in their own holiday video, use Elf-Ray Vision to explore Santa’s Observatory, and test out the Naughty or Nice O’Meter.

At select locations, fans can get autographs and take photos with HGTV and DIY Network stars, including Anthony Carrino and John Colaneri (America’s Most Desperate Kitchens) and Alison Victoria (Kitchen Crashers).  Anthony and John will appear at Danbury Fair on Nov. 7; and Alison will appear at Tysons Corner Center on Nov. 20.  

“Santa HQ was a tremendous success for HGTV last year so we are expanding the event this year to make it even more magical for kids and their families,” said Shannon Driver, senior vice president, marketing and creative services. “Holiday celebrations go hand-in-hand with home, so this is the perfect time to engage with our fans in a meaningful way.”

The unique attraction offers a powerful HGTV brand experience at each of the high-performing, market-dominant Macerich properties that host SantaHQ. “Our beautiful, amenity-rich retail properties are magnets for families during the holidays, providing an unrivaled marketing platform for brands to connect with ready-to-shop consumers in top markets,” said Ken Volk, chief marketing officer, Macerich. “Santa HQ is an excellent example of a well-executed strategic partnership that enables brands like HGTV to come to life at our malls to engage their target audiences.”

Project Pomona: Cloth Friendly Clothing!

Project Pomona is a company that designs shorts and pants specially designed for cloth diaper bums and gives you ease of use when your child wears cloth diapers. Meghan is the owner and designer of Project Pomona which started in Dec 2011 in her own home due to clothes not properly fitting her first born when she wore cloth. Sometimes even sizing up in pants can still be uncomfortable for babies to sit and crawl around in, so she started making her own pants for a great and comfortable fit for her daughter.

We've featured Project Pomona a couple times on the blog, but one day I was telling Michelle how I need to find winter clothes to fit Trip's cloth bum and she mentioned Project Pomona. After emailing I was sent a pair of Little Hipsters Stretch Denim Jeans in size 2, and Happy Camper Hoodie in size 6-12 months.