Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Mickey's Christmas Carol and Winnie the Pooh Seasons of Giving on DVD



Just in time to get in the mood for Christmas- I know Halloween isn't even here yet! Mickey's Christmas Carol is out on DVD and so is the Winnie the Pooh Seasons of Giving. I can't say that I have watched these ones yet because I am waiting to give these to my boys on our car ride to see our family in Phoenix for Christmas! How much fun will it be for us to pop these in the dvd player to help us survive the 24 hour long car drive while getting in the festive spirit.




Celebrate the holidays with Mickey’s Christmas Carol, a beloved classic short film that is now part of the Disney Animation Collection! Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck and many more of your favorite characters join the cast in this delightfully charming adaptation of a classic holiday tale. Ebeneezer Scrooge (Scrooge McDuck) is far too greedy to understand that Christmas is the time for kindness and generosity. So, with the guidance of some wise ghosts (with Goofy and Jiminy Cricket), and the examples set by his clerk Bob Cratchit (Mickey Mouse) and nephew Fred (Donald Duck), Scrooge learns how to embrace the true spirit of the season. Each volume in the Disney Animation Collection series is packed with classic Disney short films that will bring laughter and merriment into your family’s home.

Bonus Shorts
Pluto’s Christmas Tree
The Small One
Santa’s Workshop




Celebrate the holidays with Mickey’s Christmas Carol, a beloved classic short film that is now part of the Disney Animation Collection! Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck and many more of your favorite characters join the cast in this delightfully charming adaptation of a classic holiday tale. Ebeneezer Scrooge (Scrooge McDuck) is far too greedy to understand that Christmas is the time for kindness and generosity. So, with the guidance of some wise ghosts (with Goofy and Jiminy Cricket), and the examples set by his clerk Bob Cratchit (Mickey Mouse) and nephew Fred (Donald Duck), Scrooge learns how to embrace the true spirit of the season. Each volume in the Disney Animation Collection series is packed with classic Disney short films that will bring laughter and merriment into your family’s home.

Bonus Shorts
Pluto’s Christmas Tree
The Small One
Santa’s Workshop

STREET DATE: September 29, 2009
STREET DATE: September 29, 2009





Set in the Hundred Acre Woods, Winnie the Pooh: Seasons of Giving 10th Anniversary

Edition follows Pooh, Piglet, Tigger and Rabbit on a brave quest to find a favorite season they

have seemed to miss – winter. Accompany them on a wild search for the perfect ingredients to

creative a festive Thanksgiving feast and share in the warm glow of a Christmas that brings a

surprise from a very special friend.



Winnie the Pooh: Seasons of Giving 10th Anniversary Edition includes two new-to-DVD (U.S

only) Pooh episodes (“The New Adventures of Winnie the Pooh: The Magic Earmuffs,” “The New

Adventures of Winnie the Pooh: The Wishing Bear”) plus five heartfelt songs and a collectible

Christmas stocking.



BONUS FEATURES

*“The New Adventures of Winnie the Pooh: The Magic Earmuffs”

*“The New Adventures of Winnie the Pooh: The Wishing Bear”

Winnie the Pooh: Seasons of Giving 10th Anniversary, is available for U.S. $29.99 (SRP),

Canada $35.99 (SRP) from Walt Disney Home Entertainment.

Making Healthy Eating Fun for Your Kids - A Recipe Swap

I love recipe swaps! Even better when they are healthy. It can be so easy to rely on prepackaged items to give as snacks that are filled with no nutrients. It is my goal to start making more healthy treats. That means from scratch. That means I have to make time to do it. Sigh. Well here is a recipe that sounds super healthy. I have no idea where I got it but am excited to try it out. Breakfast has been a struggle in my house lately. This will hopefully fix the lull for awhile!

Giant Breakfast Cookies

1 cup melted butter
3/4 cup honey (yeah no sugar!)
2 eggs
1 t. salt
1 t. cinnamon
1 t baking soda
1 t. vanilla
1/2 cup buttermilk (that's healthy right?)
2 cups whole wheat flour
2 cups whole rolled oats
1 cup raisins or chocolate chips

Mix butter, honey, eggs, salt, cinnamon, baking soda, vanilla and buttermilk. Stir in flour and oats. Fold in raisins or choc. chips. Scoop heaping tablespoons of dough onto a cookie sheet. Bake at 350 for 15- 20 min.

Be sure to check out all of the Momlogic.com articles on getting your kids to eat healthy with tips and recipes here.
What is your favorite healthy recipe? I need all the help I can get!

Making the Grocery Store A Fun & Nutritional Endeavor

Getting your kids to eat right is of course important, but so is knowing how to shop. I have read before that if you take your child to the grocery store with you and have them pick out the healthy items they will be more willing to eat it.

I know that with my toddlers it can be a challenge just even taking them to the store with me. The times that I do have them help me I make sure to stick to my list and not get easily swayed when they want extra items. We always start in the produce section and my oldest is really good about helping pick out fruits and vegetables. His favorite is asparagus and I always know that gets him started. Then I ask what next? Then he usually is willing to throw any fruit or vegetable in the cart!

I also try to explain to them why we are not buying certain items. For example they always want of course, sugary cereal. I let them know that the cartoon character might look fun and cookies might sound like a well balanced breakfast but that our bodies can't have all that sugar. I haven't had a melt down yet!

Lastly, I always make sure not to be too strict with not buying any treats. I always get at least one yummy snack. Otherwise I would be going through withdrawals as much as them!

How do you navigate the grocery store with your kids?
Don't forget: Momlogic’s nutrition expert, Haylie Pomroy is answering questions about nutrition. Send her your questions to eatingright@wb.com. She will post answers starting this week.

Disclosure: I have been hired by Warner Bros. to share about healthy eating habits.

Yo Gabba Gabba On Tour!

I wish I lived closer so that I could take my boys to see this! Here is info for the Yo Gabba Gabba Tour!

KICKS OFF FIRST EVER U.S. TOUR
YO GABBA GABBA! LIVE: THERE’S A PARTY IN MY CITY
ON SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 14 IN LOS ANGELES

SPECIAL GUESTS WILL JOIN THE PARTY ON STAGE, ROCKING THEIR FAVORITE ‘DANCEY DANCE’ MOVES
ADVANCE TICKETS FOR AMERICAN EXPRESS® CARDMEMBERS
BEGINNING WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 30
PUBLIC ON-SALE BEGINS FRIDAY, OCTOBER 9

BEVERLY HILLS, CA & MIAMI, FL -- (September 24, 2009) –W!LDBRAIN, the award-winning animation and entertainment company and S2BN Entertainment are proud to announce the launch of YO GABBA GABBA! LIVE: THERE’S A PARTY IN MY CITY, the first live U.S. touring show for the hit children’s program Yo Gabba Gabba!. The show will feature DJ Lance Rock, and everyone’s favorite cast of characters– Brobee (the little green one), Foofa (the pink flower bubble), Muno (the red Cyclops), Plex (the magic robot), and Toodee (the blue cat-dragon) as well as lots of surprise guests. The tour comes on the heels of the first YO GABBA GABBA! CD release YO GABBA GABBA! MUSIC IS AWESOME, hitting the shelves nationwide on October 20.

The tour will kick off in Los Angeles on Saturday, November 14, at the Shrine Expo Hall. YO GABBA GABBA! LIVE: THERE’S A PARTY IN MY CITY will also appear at the Beacon Theatre in New York City on Saturday, November 21, and the Rosemont Theatre outside of Chicago on Saturday, December 5. There will be two shows in each city -- in LA and Chicago they will be held at 11 AM and 3 PM and in NY 11 AM and 2PM.

Tickets will be available to American Express Cardmembers from Wednesday, September 30, at 9 AM through Thursday October 8 at 9PM. There will also be a special pre-sale for Gabba Mail members on Tuesday, October 6th at 10AM EDT. The public on-sale will begin October 9 at 10AM. Tickets will be available via Ticketmaster.com and YoGabbaGabba.com.
A one-of-a-kind live event, YO GABBA GABBA! LIVE: THERE’S A PARTY IN MY CITY will feature music, animation, games, singing, dancing, and special musical guests. Favorites such as “Party in My Tummy” “Hold Still” and “Get the Sillies Out” will be featured in the show. Special guests will also join the party on stage rocking their favorite ‘Dancey Dance’ moves. Presented using state of the art production elements, YO GABBA GABBA! LIVE: THERE’S A PARTY IN MY CITY will offer audience members of all ages an unparalleled experience.

YO GABBA GABBA! LIVE: THERE’S A PARTY IN MY CITY
Los Angeles, CA
Shrine Expo Hall Saturday, November 14, 2009 11AM and 3PM

New York, NY
Beacon Theatre Saturday, November 21, 2009 11AM and 2PM

Chicago, IL
Rosemont Theatre Saturday, December 5, 2009 11AM and 3PM

Winners

It's no fun being sick! I have pink eye and the flu and the rest of the fam has been sick as well. Then my computer crashed! Anyways it is back up and I wanted to post winners- I know the list is getting short for giveaways but there are more to come including one big one you won't want to miss! Speaking of big giveaways- I don't have very many entries for the GE Appliance. Come on people this is the HUGEST giveaway I have ever had! Enter to win on the widget on my sidebar. So many of you are lucky on here- so now is your chance to make it happen- enter everyday!


The winner of the RCA camera is Cherdon! By the way you can purchase the RCA camcorder at amazon.com here


The winners of the My Gym DVD are Alice H and joannamarieprice

The winner of the Addie bugs banner is tylerpants

The winner of the $50 GC to Bei Bambini is Belinda M

The Hoopnotica winner is Annie1

The Shelf Reliance winner is Baba

The anytimecostume winner is Jolynn_Reeds

The winner of Your Baby Can Read starter kit is Krystal

The aden+anais winner is Carli!

The 3 winners of the Hallmark giveaway are Carla, JoeyfromSC and PlumValleyDesigns!

Monday, September 28, 2009

Body Systems Bath Treatment Review


Here is another great product from Body Systems that I got to try out. The Wasabi Hangover Bath Treatment. Now I don't drink so I don't have hangovers but this stuff is also great when you have the flu or a cold. Lucky for me I got to try this out since I have the flu :) ! I used this yesterday in my bath and enjoyed the relaxing feeling it gave me. The vapors helped relieve my aches and pains and my congestion. Just another great all natural alternative from Body-Systems!

Jesse Steele Apron Review

Vintage style aprons are all the rage these days. Jesse Steele offers a large range of aprons with a retro feel in both the fabric and the design. They have aprons that cover the whole body as well as just the half sized ones. They also have a ton of matching potholders and dish towels so you look super cute while cooking! To view the entire collection visit Jessesteele.com.

Nature's Notebook

Have you seen those beautiful pictures of a word or name written in the sand on the beach? I have always admired them and now I know where to go anytime I want one! At Nature's Notebook artist Courtney Noelle offers such a large range of words to choose from and can even personalize it for you! These make great gifts for anyone. It also makes a great decoration for your home that is so unique! To view the entire collection from Nature's Notebook and to make a purchase visit Naturesnotebook.com.

Curious Chef Review



I have a hard time letting my toddlers help me in the kitchen with cooking and baking. It just is so much work. So many messes and extra ingredients added to the recipe when I am not looking that I really try to avoid it whenever possible. I know so bad of me! Recently however I received some great kitchen utensils made just for kids from Curious Chef that has been changing my mind.

We received a large assortment of utensils to get my kids motivated for cooking and keep them busy too! The boys favorite at the moment is the pizza cutter. You would think that would be too dangerous for a child to use but not with Curious Chef! The pizza cutter is plastic and completely safe. They love me serving them their slice of pizza and then cutting it themselves.

Another favorite from the set is the 6 Piece Cookie Gift Set. It has everything we need to make yummy cookies. We made sugar cookies with our set which comes with adorable cookie cutters, stickers, and of course a child sized rolling pin! I made the cookie dough while they were at preschool and when they got home we went to work with our creations. It was such a fun after school activity.


I also appreciated how the utensils were so easy for my boys to hold and maneuver. The spatula is just their size to help me mix and scrape and the measuring cups help them to have a good grip as they pour. Now I am a little more eager for them to help me out! To view Curious Chef's entire line of products visit Curiouschef.com.

Confessions of A Completely Insane Mother Review


Every mom needs a good laugh from time to time. I loved reading Confessions of A Completely Insane Mother by Kersten Campbell. It is full of short little stories of insane and hilarious moments of motherhood that so many of us can relate to.


I keep my copy in the car with me and read it when waiting to pick the boys up from school or if I get to one of my classes early. It always puts me in a good mood! I even laughed out loud a couple of times. It is especially encouraging to see a mother get through the challenging times with a sense of humor instead of being stressed out all of the time.


From her site:


Overwhelmed? Stressed? Discouraged? You need the laughter therapy that is in this book! Hey…it’s better for you than the five pounds of chocolate you were about to devour…
Discover the power of laughter, perspective, and love when you read how one family works
together to overcome their laughable daily problems such as a church bag that hasn’t been cleaned since 1970, thousands of pens disappearing for no reason, and a dog that escapes into the neighbor’s house and begs for chicken.

With subjects ranging from zucchini crime to selling rocks to the neighbors, this book is sure to
win the hearts of mothers and grandmothers everywhere.

These humor essays are designed to lift you as a mother and make you laugh and enjoy the ups
and downs of your divine calling. You will find comfort in knowing that nobody is perfect and that’s okay. We all struggle with similar issues and problems. Caution: Eating and drinking while reading this book could be hazardous to your outfit. Get ready to laugh and love your job as a mother.
To learn more about Kersten Campbell and her book visit her site at http://www.kerstencampbell.com/index.html

Perseverance Book Review

Cancer is such a scary word. To be able to have lived through it is such a triumph! In Carolyn Rubenstein's book Perseverance: True Voices of Cancer Survivors, Carolyn shares with us 20 stories of young people who survived cancer. The book isn't just about cancer though, it is about having hope and never giving up. An excerpt from the book can be found here which can also be found on her site carolynrubenstein.com.

What is even more amazing is how much Carolyn has accomplished for cancer patients and survivors. She was six when she visited a camp for cancer patients and at the age of 14 started her own non-profit organization for cancer survivors to provide scholarships and support for survivors wanting to attend college. She is 24 and already has her BA in Psychology. Wow! I wish I was that productive and charitable! This is an amazing and inspiring book that would be great for anyone who likes happy endings.

Great Expectations: The Essential Guide to Breastfeeding Review


Both of my boys were breastfed for about a week. I didn't plan it that way but do to problems with both of them having severe cases of jaundice and hospitalization, and my milk drying up I was very sad that I had to stop. I gave them formula and so far they are just fine but my goal with my next one is to go as long as I can breastfeeding him or her. I was so happy to have had the chance to review Great Expectations: The Essential Guide to Breastfeeding by Marianne Neifert. It gave me some knowledgeable info that I had long forgotten from my brief job of breast feeding. It has so many helpful tips and info on breastfeeding and other topics like getting your baby to sleep through the night as well or answering questions like "Does breastfeeding cause sagging?"


This book is perfect for any new mom who is planning on breastfeeding her baby and will get her through all of the challenges that may come. Below is an article written by the author for your pleasure!



Just a Few Weeks Early Breastfeeding Challenges in Late-Preterm Infants

By Marianne Neifert, M.D., Author of Great Expectations: The Essential Guide to Breastfeeding

Until recently, babies born a few weeks early -- between 34 and 36 weeks gestation -- were referred to as near term infants. However, the designation, near term, implies that an infant is almost term or almost fully mature, and the misnomer has often caused health professionals and parents to underestimate the medical risks in this large, vulnerable population of infants. Recently, the American Academy of Pediatrics has recommended that infants born at 34, 35, or 36 weeks gestation be referred to as late-preterm infants to emphasize that these babies are physiologically immature and have special health care needs compared to full term infants (born between 37 to 41 weeks). In addition, the mothers of late-preterm infants are more likely to have medical complications themselves, such as gestational diabetes, high blood pressure, or C-section delivery.

The Rising Incidence of Late-Preterm Births
The proportion of all U.S. births that are late preterm has increased over the past 15 years. Late-preterm infants now comprise over 9% of all births, and account for more than 70% of all preterm births (<37>
Medical Complications among Late-Preterm Infants
Because many late-preterm babies are the size of infants born at full term, health care professionals may not always give these at-risk infants the special treatment and careful screening they deserve. Instead, hospital personnel and parents tend to treat these apparently healthy infants as if they were developmentally mature. Late-preterm infants have been called imposter babies because many of these "slightly early" newborns masquerade as full-term infants, appearing to need no special care after birth and being discharged as early as term babies. Yet, babies born even a few weeks early have an increased risk of medical complications after birth and may require a longer hospital stay than full-term infants. Late-preterm infants are more likely to develop low blood sugar, severe jaundice, breathing difficulties, and infections; to have difficulty maintaining their body temperature; and to experience feeding problems and excessive weight loss after birth. Late-preterm infants also are more likely to be re-admitted to the hospital in the early weeks of life for medical complications, including newborn jaundice, breastfeeding difficulties, dehydration, and possible infections.
The brain and nervous system are among the last systems to mature during fetal development, and some studies show that late-preterm infants have a higher risk of developmental and behavioral problems compared to full-term babies. Late-preterm infants also have a higher rate of birth defects and an increased risk of sudden infant death syndrome. For all these reasons, late-preterm infants require close monitoring, evaluation, and follow-up after birth.

Breastfeeding Challenges among Late-Preterm Infants
The initiation of successful breastfeeding can be especially challenging for smaller, developmentally immature, late-preterm infants. These babies often have trouble latching on to the breast correctly and may be unable to breastfeed effectively at first because of their lower muscle tone and tendency to tire easily. Inadequate breastfeeding increases a newborn's risk for severe jaundice and excessive weight loss.

Providing your baby with skin-to-skin contact immediately after birth and as often as possible while you are rooming-in will help promote infant feeding behaviors and successful breastfeeding. Your hospital lactation consultant can offer valuable assistance with your breastfeeding technique during your hospital stay. Sometimes, using an ultra-thin, soft silicone nipple shield can help your late-preterm baby latch on and stay attached to your breast. Ask to be referred for extra help with breastfeeding after discharge, since it often takes several weeks for a late-preterm infant to be able to breastfeed effectively.
Late-preterm infants seldom are able to drain their mother's breasts well at first. Ineffective breastfeeding not only increases a baby's risk of medical complications, a mother's milk supply can rapidly decrease if her baby removes little milk. If you deliver a late-preterm infant, you can help assure that you bring in and maintain an abundant milk supply by using an effective electric breast pump to express the extra milk your infant leaves behind after breastfeeding. Removing the milk remaining after your baby nurses is known as "insurance pumping" or "prevention pumping" because it helps keep your milk supply generous until your infant is big enough and mature enough to drain your breasts well on her own. Having an abundant milk supply also helps your immature, smaller, less-vigorous baby obtain more milk when she attempts to breastfeed because she can "drink from a fire hydrant" instead of having to work hard to get enough milk. Furthermore, the extra milk you remove with the pump makes the ideal supplement if your baby temporarily requires supplemental feedings. Your surplus pumped milk can be stored for later use (in the refrigerator for 3-5 days; in a separate door freezer for at least 3 months; in a deep freezer for at least 6 months).

After you go home from the hospital, arrange to have your baby followed closely and weighed often to monitor her progress with breastfeeding. Her first pediatric visit should occur 24-48 hours after discharge. A lactation consultant or your baby's doctor periodically can weigh your baby (identically clothed) before and after breastfeeding to measure how much milk she drinks and monitor her progress with breastfeeding. As your baby matures and gains weight rapidly and becomes able to breastfeed effectively, you gradually can decrease your pumping regimen. Your extra investment of time and effort to safeguard breastfeeding in the early weeks after your baby's birth will pay off in a thriving infant and a plentiful milk supply that will set the stage for a long-term successful breastfeeding experience.

©2009 Marianne Neifert, M.D., author of Great Expectations: The Essential Guide to BreastfeedingAuthor BioMarianne Neifert, M.D., author of Great Expectations: The Essential Guide to Breastfeeding, also known as Dr. Mom®, is a popular pediatrician, nationally recognized expert in breastfeeding management, and celebrated author of child-rearing books and magazine articles. In 1985, Dr. Neifert co-founded the Lactation Program in Denver -- one of the very first community breastfeeding centers in the nation, sponsored by the Colorado Health Foundation. She is also clinical professor of pediatrics at the University of Colorado Denver School of Medicine. A long-time leader in the field of breastfeeding medicine, Dr. Neifert is a co-founder of the Denver Mothers' Milk Bank, founding member of the American Academy of Pediatrics Section on Breastfeeding, the International Lactation Consultant Association, and the Health Advisory Council of La Leche League International. Dr Neifert has addressed audiences in forty-six states and has been a guest on countless radio shows and national television programs, including Today, Good Morning America, The Early Show, 20/20 and CNN. She has written for numerous publications, including Parenting, BabyTalk, American Baby, and ParentLife.


For more information please visit http://www.dr-mom.com/

Friday, September 25, 2009

Skyn Iceland Review




I really hate washing my face. It sounds silly but I just don't like splashing water on my face before bed time. It can be a hassle and most of the time I am just too tired and lazy! Skyn Iceland, a natural, paraben free skincare company that nourishes stressed skin, sent me their Glacial Cleansing Cloths with Biospheric Complex. They are facial clothes that require no water! The first time that I used them I was perfect timing. I had a long hard busy day and just wanted to go to bed. I remembered I had these to try out and couldn't wait to use them. I love them!

They are so easy to use and they feel so good on the skin. The convenience factor is huge for me and so is the fact that they are all natural. I love all the goodness that is put on my skin! Here is some more info about the cloths:

FEATURES & BENEFITS:
Coconut, oat and amino acid-based surfactants provide extra-gentle cleansing
White willow bark, a naturally occurring form of salicylic acid, soothes irritation and helps prevent breakouts and congestion in the skin
Alpha bisabolol, a derivative of super-potent German chamomile helps soothe and calm irritated skin
Cucumber and cornflower extracts help soothe, soften and tone skin
Icelandic kelp helps revitalize skin and fight inflammation

Glacial Cleansing Cloths cleanse and detoxify stressed skin when you're on-the-go. These foaming cloths are infused with Icelandic glacial waters and beneficial natural extracts to sweep away makeup, dirt, oil and other impurities while refreshing and soothing the skin. Their residue-free, non-drying formula doesn't leave skin feeling tight or tacky so skin's natural moisture balance and glow are restored. Best of all, they don't need water! Perfect for every day or when you travel.

Skyn Iceland uses pure ingredients from Iceland. They have so many other great products including the Nordic Skin Peel. I really want to try it and perk up my face! To view all of the great Skyn Iceland products visit Skyniceland.com.

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Linky Love Giveaways

Hey guys- not sure why the Mcklinky list was closed but here is a new one...

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Electorlux Text-a-Thon for a Cause


Very recently my mother underwent surgery for Ovarian cancer. Miraciously they were able to remove it all. So this next post is very close to home! Right now Electrolux and Kelly Ripa have teamed up to raise awareness and money for Ovarian Cancer research. Starting today, Moms can participate in a unique "Text-a-Thon for a Cause" campaign to fund research and promote early detection of this disease. Moms can donate $5 to the cause by texting "KELLY" to 85944 from their mobile phones (standard text messaging rates apply) – or by logging on to www.kelly-confidential.com.



What a great and easy way to help support an amazing cause that will effect so many lives. Also during September, visitors to Kelly Confidential can help spread awareness for this important cause by sending a virtual T-shirt to a friend. For every "T-mail" sent, Electrolux will donate $1 to the OCRF. You can also purchase a limited-edition T-shirt designed by Ripa; 100% of the proceeds from the sale of the T-shirts will go to OCRF.

“I wrote this review while participating in a blog tour campaign by Mom Central on behalf of Electrolux and received a gift certificate to thank me for taking the time to participate.”

Linky Love Giveaways

Come on and link up as many giveaways as you can! Don't forget to check mine out on my sidebar.

Bobbi Brown and Lauren Bush Announce Feed 10 Pouch


Here is some info about a great cause through Bobbi Brown cosmetics:



The basics that you and I may
take for granted are luxuries for so
many women who just want to be
able to work and stand on their
own two feet.” –Bobbi Brown


“FEED is proud to partner with
Bobbi Brown on the FEED 10
pouch. The FEED/Bobbi Brown
collaboration is an easy way for
women here to support women
in developing nations around
the world.” –Lauren Bush

When you buy the FEED10 pouch, you provide ten disadvantaged women and
their families with food and job training through the United Nations World Food
Progam. In partnership with FEED, Bobbi Brown Cosmetics has filled this canvas
bag, crafted out of sustainable materials using fair trade labor, with three of her
favorite Lip Gloss shades: Petal, Rose Sugar and Aubergine.

The World Food Program is an incredible organization that recognizes and answers
the dire need among disadvantaged women for the most basic of necessity in life—
food. With the purchase of this bag, you are joining us in a single, kind gesture that
will help a woman in need gain her independence and self-esteem and empower her
to change her life and that of her family members.

1 in 6 people around the world live in extreme poverty, 70% of them are female.
Women are generally the last to eat a meal—after their husband and children—and
suffer most from hunger and malnutrition.


WFP’s Food for Work Program enables women to thrive by offering muchneeded
job training and work—and providing food in exchange. This simple
exchange allows women to break the poverty cycle by alleviating their daily
struggle to secure food for themselves and their families. In return, they are
able to invest time and energy in learning new job skills that are important
for a sustainable future and hope for their children, their families, and
their communities.
The FEED 10 pouch will be available in October at Bloomingdale’s.

Back to School Bash Winners

The winners of the Fresh Organics are judybrittle,shawna and bekki1820cb
Winner of the Scott Naturals Green Gift Bag is The Demilles
The winner of the Misikko giveaway is joannamarieprice
The Down East Basics winner is The Kooky Queen Rachel
The Burts Bees winner is Linda Greg and Drew
The Go Picnic winner is Nad
The Umi Shoes winner is blakesmom
The winner if the Flirty Aprons is judybrittle
The Therawise winner is xenia
The Crazy Forts winner is Hippie4ever
The winner of the Delicae Gourmet is trixpixel
The winner of the WB Gift Basket is Brennaboo

Wow-that wore me out- that's alot of work!


On another note I have had so far this month almost 11,000 hits! I cannot believe it! Thank you all who have been visiting! The more traffic I get the better the products I get to giveaway! Don't forget to enter daily for a chance to win a GE Appliance on my sidebar!

Back to Blogging

Thank you so much for your prayers and kind words. I am thankful to have blogging friends like you! Death is never an easy thing. It is has been great to spend some time reflecting on things. I do feel overwhelmed with blogging however so bear with me! If I don't get to your email or comment right away don't think I am ignoring you. Thanks again for your support!

Saturday, September 19, 2009

A Little Break

I just found out my Grandpa passed away so I will be gone from the blog for just a little bit. I will post when I can. To all of my family- I love you so much and you are in my prayers!

Friday, September 18, 2009

Dr. Hauschka Soothing Mask

I just used this amazing mask from Dr. Hauschka called Soothing Mask for Sensitve Skin. The soothing mask is so relaxing! Unlike most masks I have used that dry out my skin so they can suck out all of the impurities, this mask got the job done while leaving my skin feeling soft and renewed. I have very sensitive skin and it was so nice to use something that kept my skin calm instead of turning bright red. I love all the natural ingredients that are in it too. Here is some info about the mask:

Transform red, irritated skin with this nourishing mask. Nurturing botanicals combine in a dynamic formulation to soothe sensitive skin and balance skin functions, resulting in a calm, even complexion.

Calms and balances sensitive, reddened and irritated skin

Formulated with quince seed extract and witch hazel hydrosol to help restore and maintain the skin’s moisture balance

Oils of shea butter, macadamia nut and coconut stimulate and support healthy cycles of skin renewal

Strengthens sensitive skin against harsh elements

Used as directed, Soothing Mask lasts approximately 2-3 months

Dr. Hauschka has some amazing products and I love that a holistic approach is taken when creating the products. Dr. Hauschka have everything from hair care products ( I really want to try those!) to makeup and even skincare for your man! To view all of the great products visit Dr. Hauschka.

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Hallmark Edge Of Motherhood Review and Giveaway




Hallmark has been a go to for me for years when it comes to card buying. I really love how much of a selection they have and their price ranges. Well they have done it again with a new line of cards just for moms. The line is called >Feature-Shop%20Online%20Now">Edge of Motherhood and they are hilarious! I have already started using some of the ones they sent me to review. What a great way to connect with other moms then sending them one of these cards? Moms always can use a good laugh and best of all the cards start at just $.99!



Another line that Hallmark has out is encouragement cards for kids. They are great way to connect with your kids and give them an extra boost of confidence. My boys love the ones that I gave them because they come with sound. My boys love carrying their cards around and opening it to listen to it and then asking me to read what I wrote to them. You can just see how something so small makes them so happy.
Both collections of cards are available at select Hallmark Gold Crown stores and other retailers where Hallmark cards are sold. And some styles of the “Edge of Motherhood” cards are available online at hallmark.com: http://tinyurl.com/ll8d4m (full collection is only in stores).
Hallmark has a treat for you! They are offering 3 winners their own set of 10 cards total! To enter please visit Hallmark's site and tell me which card you like the best.
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Getting Your Kids to Eat Healthy At School

So far I have been lucky with school food. My boys are in a program where they receive breakfast and lunch free and they really try to encourage healthy eating. There is always fruit served too. My boys even went on a field trip to a farm and were able to pick corn and then eat it for lunch!

I do know though that it can be a struggle to get your children to eat healthy at school. One idea that I have heard is that some schools have a no trading policy. That means no children are allowed to swap food in their lunches. I thought that was a great idea. Another idea could be to make lunches fun. Write notes to your child, put their food in cool containers, and even let them pick out some food at the grocery store so they can be more excited about eating healthy and it also allows them so choice.


Eating right at school is an important factor in helping kids to be successful in school. Too often kids equate healthy with cooties, something to be avoided at school in favor of the vending machine. Their food decisions can directly impact their performance at school and its important to raise awareness about the health and performance connection.

This week MomLogic Nutrition Expert, Haylie Pomroy will be writing about influencing how kids think about healthy eating and the choices kids can make about the foods they eat.


How do you ensure your kids are eating healthy at school. What are some of your kids favorite snacks?

Momlogic’s nutrition expert, Haylie Pomroy will be answering reader questions about nutrition. You are welcome to submit your questions to her and she will post answers starting the week of September 14th. Users can submit questions to eatingright@wb.com.

What's A Girl to Do When She Wins a New GE Appliance?







So once you win the GE Appliance from the Strong as Steel sweepstakes, what are you going to do with your old appliance? Here are some tips from GE. Don't forget to enter EVERYDAY!

Planning on winning a new GE appliance from the Strong as Steel sweepstakes, but not sure what to do with your old appliance if you win comes true? Consider helping those in need by donating your used appliance to these national charities…
The Salvation Army: With thrift stores located throughout North America, The Salvation Army can schedule a pickup from the thrift store nearest you. Check with your local Salvation Army office to see if they accept appliance donations in your area. Learn more at http://www.salvationarmyusa.org/
St. Vincent de Paul: St Vincent de Paul is a national organization with thrift stores throughout the country. Contact your local chapter to arrange for a pick-up or drop-off. The number will be listed in the Social Service Organizations section of your local yellow pages. Learn more at http://www.svdpusa.org/
American Council of the Blind: American Council of the Blind has thrift stores in a number of major metropolitan areas. You can call them at 1-800-866-3242 or visit http://www.svdpusa.org/
Habitat for Humanity: Habitat ReStores are retail outlets where quality used and surplus building materials are sold at a fraction of normal prices. For more information, call 1-800-HABITAT or visit http://www.habitat.org/

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Jyze Fit Review

A friend of mine told me about this great workout tool she was using to tone her arms. She was telling how fun it was and I knew I had to get one. Doesn't it look so cool? It's called the Jyze and it is a great arm work out that you can use while you are walking or standing or sitting!




Here is a little info from their site:
Jyze, a new exercise device, helps people burn as much as three times more calories as they walk with the same effort and in the same timeframe as jogging or other aerobic workouts.
By grasping the adjustable handles and pulling to keep the Jyze disk spinning, people can experience different levels of resistance benefiting upper body muscles. When added to existing walking-type exercises (walking, treadmill, cycles, etc.) you will experience:
Jyze burns more calories. When you add Jyze to an existing workout, you’ll engage your upper body and burn more calories. JyzeFit studies show people can burn three times more calories.
Jyze gets your heart rate up. Add Jyze to your next walk and you’ll get the aerobic exercise equivalent of jogging, swimming, or cross-country skiing without the joint and body stress and fatigue. Can’t walk? Try Jyze sitting, laying, or just standing. Jyze can bring a walking heart rate (80-110 beats per minute [BPM]) to an aerobic heart rate (117-153 BPM) for an average 40 year old.
Jyze tones your upper body and core. Jyze will improve your posture and back and shoulder strength. During a 6-week JyzeFit field trial, 17 women lost at least one inch around their upper arms.
Jyze works for you. Change bands or go faster to move from 3 to 70 pounds of resistance and more. Lengthen or shorten the rope to fit your range of motion.
Jyze goes where you go. With its lightweight design, Jyze travels with you for anytime, anywhere workouts. Less fatigue at the end of the day.

Jyze is really great for those that need more upper arm strength as well as if you have had an injury in your shoulders, elbows, or arms. You can even click here and receive Physical Therapy workouts. So far I have only used mine sitting down. Tomorrow morning I am going to get off of my bum before class and go walking with it. I will be using the 30 Minute a day, 5 days a week workout. Yeah!
To purchase the Jyze and see all of the great workouts visit Jyzefit.com.

aden+anais Review and Giveaway




When my boys were babies they LOVED to be swaddled. It was like magic. What wasn't magical was the incredibly tiny blankets I had to use to try and swaddle them in. My squirmy little babies always managed to wiggle their way out of them each and every time. The blankets I received at my baby showers were cute but not functional. They would shrink whenever I washed them.

aden+anais are austrailian muslin baby wraps. Here is the story of how they got started:

We're Aussie mothers who moved from Australia to the United States in 1996. In preparation for the arrival of our children, Aden and Anais, we went in search of muslin wraps like the ones we have back home, a staple with Australian mothers. None of the wraps we found on the market in the US were the right size, they were too small to securely swaddle our babies. None of the materials the other wraps used were the same soft, breathable muslin cotton we were used to in Australia. So, we decided to make our own. Everywhere we went people would comment and ask us "where did you get the great wraps from?" Nurses in the hospital, pediatricians, obstetricians, lactation consultants, mothers in our baby groups and our friends all wanted our wraps for their own babies.

We also discovered that the only washcloths we could find were too harsh on our new babies' skin. We decided that muslin would be the ideal fabric to use on the delicate skin of our newborns at bath time, and so we also produced a line of soft cotton towels and muslin washcloths.As a result aden + anais was established in 2004.
These blankets are not just great for swaddling, they are perfect as a stroller blanket, a blanket for tummy time, a burp cloth, a blanket to cover up while nursing and much more! I love the blanket I received. It is sooooo soft and lightweight. My next baby will be so content being swaddled in their aden+anais blanket!
One winner will be receiving their own aden+anais blanket. To enter please visit the site and tell me which blanket you would want. Also for another entry please become a fan of aden+anais on Facebook here http://www.facebook.com/pages/aden-anais/100745935259?ref=ts.
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Step 2 Kitchen Review









Guess who is the coolest mom in the world at my house? Yup. Just don't tell my boys it's thanks to Step 2. They sent us this totally fun and awesome Lifestyle PartyTime Kitchen. It comes with everything. Food, utensils, a phone, even a colander! Here are the details from the site:



Play time is Party Time with the LifeStyle™ kitchen from Step2®! Bi-level three-sided access means this kitchen is perfect for multiple-child play, and a huge accessory set provides all the necessary pieces.
Five electronic features: microwave, stove top, phone, overhead light and clock
"Stainless steel" oven, microwave, and refrigerator enhance role play and provide ample storage
Frying pan and pot activate frying and boiling sounds on front burner
Special silverware drawer and two storage baskets
Multi-level granite-look countertops provide extra play space
33 piece accessory set includes high-quality cooking utensils, 2 place settings, baskets, and more! (accessories may vary)
Made in USA of US and imported parts (accessory set, phone, clock, silver doors and faucet made in China)

Requires 5 "AA" and 5 "AAA" batteries, not included
Minimal adult assembly required







Step 2 has so many cool things on their site. I really want to get this Deluxe Canyon Road Train and Track Table for my little guys! Step 2 is also having a Creative Kids in the Kitchen Contest that starts today-Sept 15th! One grand prize winner will receive a Frigidaire® kitchen suite including a refrigerator, over-the-range microwave, dishwasher and oven. The grand prize winner will also receive a Step2® kitchen of their choice. One second prize winner will receive a Step2® kitchen of their choice. And one third prize winner will receive a $50 gift certificate redeemable at step2.com.
To enter vist Step2.com or click here.



Your Baby Can Read Review and Giveaway



Have you seen those commercials for Your Baby Can Read? It is a great program for your little one. It is perfect for any child ages 3 months to 5 years to aid them in learning to read. What a fun concept! I received the Your Baby Can Read Trial Kit and my boys really liked watching it. They followed along with the DVD and eagerly said all of the words. They were even able to recognize words on the screen.

In the first years of a child’ life, tens of thousands of synaptic connections are made each second in the brain, opening the door for increased learning capacity. The most natural time to learn any aspect of language is during the infant and toddler years. There is a “natural window of opportunity” for learning language where it is easier for children to learn to understand and speak our language at a high level. During this window of opportunity, between the ages of 3 months and 5 years, they can also learn the written word naturally and easily.





The kit also comes with several other things including fun sliding word cards. Now they ask me everyday if they can watch it.
Guess what? One lucky winner will receive their own kit! To enter to win please visit the site and tell me which product in the kit you would love to try.

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Product and Lil Product Review


The very last step that I do when I have styled my hair is to use hair product on the tips and ends to add a little more definition to my hair. Most products that I have tried leave my hair feeling greasy and end up blending in with my hair so it doesn't look styled for very long. There is a product that I recently have been using and it is awesome. The name of the product is ....product! Isn't that clever. I wanted to try it because it is organic pomade with plant-derived ingredients.

I really love how my hair is now longer greasy with it. It is safe on all hair types and provides really healthy shine.

Another product that product sells :) is pomade for children. Lil Product is perfect for the little stylist in your family. It can be used on boys and girls and is just as natural and great as the other product. My older son loves me using it on him before preschool every morning. He looks like such a stud with it in his hair!

PRODUCT is a unique styling aid that works well with all hair types and lengths. PRODUCT’s formula is 100% pure and natural, made from organic and plant-derived ingredients. PRODUCT contains absolutely no harsh chemicals, synthetics, or parabens.

I recommend these products to anyone wanting natural ingredients in their hair with results that last. To purchase products visit thenameisproduct.com.

Dove Nutrium Moisture Review



I recently had the chance to review some of Dove's new line of body washes. They are all part of the Nutrium Moisture line. Both my husband and I have been using them and have really loved how soft they make our skin. I love the scents, especially on Cody who was using some manly scented body wash before these. These smell no fresh!
My favorite was the Deep Moisture for obvious reasons. This one will be perfect for winter when my skin gets super dry in the harsh cold we have here. The Deep Moisture has a breakthrough formula that uses 100% natural moisturizers to moisturize deep within the skin.
Cody's favorite is the Gentle Exfoliating. He really likes the micro beads that have the natural moisturizer in it as well. This one has a really nice clean scent.
To learn more about the great new line of body washes and how the work visit Dove.com.

Linky Love Giveaways

It's that time again-link up your giveaways! Don't forget to enter everyday the GE Strong As Steel Appliance giveaway on my sidebar. I will also be posting winners soon!

Monday, September 14, 2009

Little Einstein's Fire Truck Rocket's Blastoff


We are big Little Einstein's fans in our house. We love all of the classical music and art and of course the missions! Well Little Einstein's is back again with a new DVD! Fire Truck Rocket's Blast Off. This DVD was released on Sept. 8th. This DVD is full of fun as they travel all over for important missions. We love the never before seen episode where Rocket turns into a Firetruck. What kid doesn't like firetrucks? The graphics and colors were of course great and we love any show that can educate us on such a wide range of subjects!
Join the Little Einsteins as they embark on
four rescue-themed adventures in LITTLE EINSTEINS: FIRE TRUCK
ROCKET’S BLAST OFF premiering on Disney DVD September 8, 2009. In this
latest installment of fascinating adventures that includes a never-before-seen
episode and the Magic Mission viewing mode, the Little Einsteins set out on
rescue missions that take place in all corners of the world.
In never-before-seen episode Fire Truck Rocket, it’s Rocket’s latest
transformation: Fire Truck Rocket. The Einsteins rush to rescue an adorable
monkey from an erupting volcano on the tropical island of Java. They will need
all of Rocket’s rescue gadgets including his rescue Spreader (jaws of life), rescue
Ladder and rescue Hose to cool down the rumbling volcano.
Other episodes include Melody the Music Pet which features the Little Einsteins
in France, watching animals board the special train that takes pets to their new
homes. One particular cuddly creature stands out – Melody, the Music Pet.
However, Melody can’t find her golden ticket for the train. Leo and team promise
to help Melody find her missing ticket, and the mission takes them over Monet’s
famous painting of lily pads, through the French countryside and to the top of the
Eiffel Tower in Paris.

In Carmine’s Big Race, the Little Einsteins are in Monaco at a grand prix to
cheer for Quincy’s friend Carmine, the music car. The other cars don’t think
Carmine has what it takes to win the race, but with the help of the Einsteins, he
just might take home the Grand Prix trophy. The team explores the Patagonia
region of South America in Mr. Penguin’s Ice Cream Adventure. When an ice
cream train being driven by Mr. Penguin to his best friend’s birthday party breaks
down, Rocket transforms himself into a train to pull the big load of ice cream.
Afterwards, the team must dig past a huge rock, put a musical bridge back
together and chug over the Andes Mountains.
The Magic Mission Viewing Mode let viewers use their remote to answer fun
questions about colors, shapes and sizes.

Violight Zapi Review


I have a HUGE problem with germs and bathrooms. I know it's not normal but I really can't stand the idea of germs being all over everything. Including my toothbrush. I used to keep my toothbrush in another room ( I told you -Huge problem). Then I saw a toothbrush sanitizer at Walmart and got it. Then it wouldn't work on my toothbrush because my toothbrush was too large.
Now I have a Zapi from Violight and I have my peace of mind back! The Zapi comes in different colors and comes with a matching toothbrush- score!
I love how easy my Zapi is to use and it's pretty cute to look at too. There are several different designs from Violight including some fun ones for the kiddos. I would love to have one for each of my boys.

Here is some info from Violight's site:
A single toothbrush can harbor millions of microorganisms, which translate into harmful bacteria — bacteria that thrive in the warm, moist environment of the average bathroom. VIOlight stops these microorganisms dead in their track. Independent studies prove that the patent-pending VIOlight system eliminates up to 99.9% of bacteria that thrive on your toothbrush. That's millions of microscopic bugs that can cause flu, colds and other illnesses, zapped in minutes!

Did You Know...?
A number of studies suggest that oral heath is associated with general health. Advanced gum disease has been linked to heart disease, diabetes, premature delivery in pregnant women, and stroke.
Researchers have found more than 10,000,000 bacteria living on a single toothbrush.
Tooth decay is caused by bacteria that can survive on toothbrushes.
Viruses that cause colds, flu, and fever blisters can survive for many days on toothbrushes.
Droplets produced by flushing toilets can harbor bacteria and viruses that can remain airborne long enough to settle on surfaces. Thus, a person could acquire an infection from an aerosol produced by a toilet.




Watch this video to learn more about what is on your toothbrush:

To view all of the great designs visit Violight.

anytimecostumes.com Review and Giveaway




It's crazy that Halloween is peeking it's head around the corner! I'm not a costume maker and this year I have been nervous about buying costumes for two little boys. They want to be everything- Spiderman, Transformers, even a yellow Power Ranger that sparkles ( I haven't seen one of those yet!). Well anytimecostumes.com has come to the rescue! They let me choose a costume from their store to review and I ended up getting the Transformers Optimus Prime Movie costume. It is so cool! This costume is really well made and I know we will be keeping it for a long time.





anytimecostumes.com has a HUGE selection of costumes from all sorts of price ranges. They have adult costumes, plus-size costumes and even infant.
anytimecostumes.com is offering one Free Costume Giveaway (Any Infant, Toddler, Child or Teen costume) to one of my readers! To enter please visit the site and tell me what costume you would choose.


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Shelf Reliance Giveaway!



Yippee! Another chance for me to share with you Shelf Reliance- my favorite food storage website! Shelf Reliance sent me a gift basket with samplings of a bunch of their food storage items including white flour, sugar, powdered eggs, powdered butter, and raspberries. Included was a recipe to make yummy Raspberry bars with the gift basket. I had a blast! We made ours for our family home evening treat tonight.


I really loved using their Thrive food storage products. Shelf Reliance has so many emergency preparedness items. I didn't realize that they even carry emergency kits. Shelf Reliance also now has a Facebook page, You Tube page, and Twitter page and a blog!


One lucky winner will receive the same fun gift set that I received. To enter please visit the site and tell me something you would like to try. For an extra entry sign up for the Shelf Reliance newsletter.

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Tree Frog Creations Review

How cute is this bucket? It is from my new favorite Etsy shop- Tree Frog Creations. They have so many adorable and functional items. Every one is personalized and made they way you want it.



Tree Frog Creations make a variety of personalized buckets, bibs, vinyl lettering and more. I love the bucket I received. I'm using it to store my boys art supplies on top of the fridge. The buckets are great for holding pretty much anything- toys, hair items, makeup, socks, etc.


I also really love this totally chic bib! I like that Tree Frog Creations offers several color options and a million different ways to personalize them. To view the entire collection click here.

Sunday, September 13, 2009

Pinup Girl Kit Review

I have been bored with my hair lately. It has been so blah! Sometimes a mom just wants to feel classy. So I contacted Rsession Tools to try out their Pinup Girl Kit. This kit has everything I need to make my hair super cute. The Pinup Kit comes with

2 Duckbill Clips
2 Flat Pins
2 Snaps
8 Small U-Pins
8 Large U-Pins
12 Bobby Pins
12 Mini Bobby Pins
1 Hair Bun
2 Bungees
25 Snag-Free Elastics
1 Styling Brush
2 Headbands
All of this will help you to make the above hair do's. It comes in black, blonde and brunette. I have been having fun making the bun on my hair. This is no ordinary bun. It makes a natural but stylish updo. I love putting up when I am running behind and when I don't feel like washing my hair. To get your own kit visit Rsessiontools.com.

TI-Nspire Review


I am taking a math class this semester and I need a really good calculator. I need the works! Texas instruments sent me their TI-Nspire. This calculator does it all. I know that it will see me through many more math classes. Here are some features from the website:
View multiple representations of a problem on a single screen
Grab a graphed function and move it to see the effect
"Link" representations: Manipulate the properties of one and observe instant updates to others without switching screens
Create, save and review work in electronic documents, like a computer
Activate the handheld's Press-to-Test feature to block access to certain geometry features not allowed on state exams
Experience identical functions on the handheld and TI-Nspire Computer Software (Windows© or Mac©). Your students can use the software independently or in tandem with the handheld for work in and out of class
Project a full interactive handheld alongside a large handheld screen to demonstrate concepts to your class usingTI-Nspire Computer Software - Teacher Edition


I am still learning to use the calculator (it does so much!) and luckily they sent me a TI-Nspire For Dummies to figure it all out! The TI-Nspire is #1 Brand Recommended by teachers and is also accepted on the SAT and ACT's AND comes with SAT and ACT test prep for free!
This calculator is going to last me for years to come in my classes. To learn more about it and all of the other Texas Instrument products visit Texas Instruments.

Teach My Toddler Review


I have sooooo many learning supplies in my home. Markers, crayons, activity books, flashcards, construction paper, charts. All taking up precious space in my home. I hate the clutter! How thankful I am to have the Teach My Toddler kit!


Teach My Toddler is the award-winning, first and only all-in-one pre-school learning system for toddlers 18 months+. The kit has 17 teaching tools to help toddlers master the basics; alphabet, numbers, shapes and colours/colors. Each section is fully-coordinated with a total of 5 puzzles, 4 board books, 4 posters and 4 sets of flashcards. The tools are neatly organized in a portable & storable carrying case. The aim of Teach My Toddler is to give toddlers a head start and to encourage one-on-one time between toddlers and their parents, grandparents and caregivers. It only takes 20 minutes a day.


The kit is very organized and easily laid out so there is no confusion as to where all the pieces went. It comes in an organizer that looks like an accordion style filing folder. The boys love the foam puzzles. They are really learning so much from their kit. We make sure that we take it out when we want to have learning time so that it is more special for them rather than always having it laying around in their room with pieces getting mixed up with their other toys. I love how it covers all of the basics. Since it is all together I am more motivated to take it out and have a learning session with them.


To purchase the Teach My Toddler Kit ( they also have one for babies) visit http://www.teach-my.com/index.html.

Yummy in My Tummy Review

Yummy in My Tummy is my new favorite way to cook! It is actually no cooking for me so even better! Yummy in My Tummy is organic, all natural convenience food for babies and toddlers. The fact that it is for little tummies didn't stop me from eating it as well! We reviewed several types of food and our favorites are the Baked Chicken Nuggets Meal, Chicken Enchiladas with Mexican Rice & Chunky Apples, and Extra Special Pizza.

The food is sooooooo gooooood. My boys can be picky but they sure went to town on these meals. The best part was I didn't have to cook for awhile! I would just stick the meals in the oven for 15 minutes and Voila! So easy and convenient. Here is some more info about the meals:

"Comprised of the freshest, most nutritious and tasty USDA certified organic produce
Always fresh, never frozen
Made for baby Stages 1-3 with seasonal specials throughout the year
Specials are available in each of the three stages and change each week, with a focus on seasonality and local produce availability;
Convenient and shipped to your door through our delivery service
Our Process"

"In our spotless, immaculate production facility we prepare, manufacture and package every container of organic baby food personally to ensure it’s consistent with the Yummy In My Tummy Safety-Ensured System and compliant with our HACCP Program (Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point).
The Yummy In My Tummy Safety-Ensured System is achieved by first using the most pristine organic produce available, Yummy In My Tummy roasts, bakes and simmers all products to prevent any loss of naturally-occurring vitamins and minerals in the cooking process.
The food is then packaged in BPA-free, phthalate-free, BHT-free, and BHA-free barrier containers and made available for in-store pick-up or convenient delivery service. To ensure safety and freshness, our products are also sent to a food lab for microbiological testing and shelf life analysis, so your Little Tummy always gets the best organic baby food possible!"

Our family really enjoyed these meals and recommend these to any busy family on the go wanting nutritious meals for their little ones. To view all of the yummy food visit Yummyinmytummy.com.

Monkey Business Sports Toy Review


This little bad boy is called the Pocket Shot from Monkey Business Sports and my boys are loving it! After we opened it they were occupied for a full hour! Sweet bliss! It says that it is for ages 5 and up but 3 year old and 4 year old both were able to play with it easily. They have fun loading the ball and watching it fly in the air just like a slingshot but way better for my house than a rock. It shoots over 40 feet! This is the ultimate boys toy and it's right up my ally since it is only $6! To view all of the other great toys at Monkey Business Sports go to http://shop.monkeybusinesssports.com/index.aspx.

Hoopnotica Review and Giveaway!



If you haven't noticed a pattern by my reviews lately I have been bitten by the workout bug! I figured if I could find a product that is fun that I might be more motivated to work out (what a novel idea!). When I saw Hoopnotica on another blog I felt it calling to me. Memories of my childhood came flashing back of when I use to play with a hoola hoop and had such a blast.

Now I can have the fun and get a workout as well. Hoopnotica is so much fun! Now don't get me wrong it isn't super easy like you may be thinking- like I was thinking! It provides enough of a challenge for me but not too much that I feel like giving up. My husband watched me as I was doing the workout for the first time. He sat on the couch and at times he laughed at me and other times he said I looked like I really knew what I was doing.

Here is some info from Hoopnotica :

"Celebrities such as Marissa Tomei, Liv Tyler, and Beyonce are finding a slimmer, sexier,
and more toned version of themselves in the hoop. Ryan Seacrest of E! News describes
Hoopnotica as “Part dance, part exercise and ALL fun”.
Hooping is as simple as spinning a weighted adult sized hoop rhythmically around the
waist.

Hoopnotica provides an energizing, effective, and low impact workout that
tones muscles, increases flexibility, improves coordination, and strengthens the
cardiovascular system. Simply hooping around the waist burns an average of 300
calories an hour, where more vigorous hooping can burn up to 600 calories an hour!"

I have had a blast using my Hoopnotica and I know one lucky winner who wins the Intro to Hoopnotica kit will too! To enter please visit their site and tell me your fitness goals and what you find most exciting about Hoopnotica.

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