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Monday, November 29, 2010

Is your kid a Sproutlet? Fun Recipes for Kids!

Elmo Funny Faced Pizza


1 - 4oz. whole wheat bagel, cut in half

Tomato sauce

1/3 cup shredded low-fat mozzarella cheese

1/3 cup shredded low-fat cheddar cheese

Sliced black olives and an orange pepper to decorate Elmo’s face


Cookie sheet

Butter knife


Preheat oven to low heat (250 degrees).

Spread tomato sauce onto each half of the bagel and place on cookie sheet.

Encourage children to help sprinkle the mozzarella cheese onto the bagel to make two eyes and the cheddar cheese to make a mouth.

Place two sliced olives in the mozzarella cheese to complete the eyes. Place a nose onto each bagel using thin slices of an orange pepper.

Bake for 5 to 8 minutes. Remove from oven when the cheese is bubbly.

*Remember to keep children away from hot ovens and sharp cooking utensils. Parents handle the hot stuff, but preschoolers will be able to help spread the cheese and decorate Elmo’s face!

Angelina Ballet Slippers


1 red pepper, cut in half with seeds removed

1⁄2 cup quick cook brown rice

1⁄2 cup vegetable stock

1 cup canned mixed vegetables, no added salt

1⁄4 tsp. black pepper

1 tsp. chopped fresh parsley

1 tsp. extra virgin olive oil

1 lemon

Decorative cabbage

1⁄4 cup shredded cheddar cheese, divided


Measuring cups and spoons

Cutting board & knife

Cooking pot

Small cooking pot

Mixing spoons

Slotted spoon

High-sided baking dish

Pastry brush

Large serving plate


Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Fill a pot large enough to hold pepper halves with water and bring to a boil (don’t add peppers yet).

In a smaller, separate pot, cook brown rice in vegetable broth according to package directions, about 5 minutes.

Meanwhile, blanch red pepper halves in boiling water for 3 minutes. Remove with slotted spoon and place into a high-sided baking dish.

Stir mixed vegetables into prepared brown rice. Season with pepper and parsley.

Spoon rice mixture into each pepper half. Brush tops lightly with olive oil, squeeze lemon to taste and sprinkle with grated cheese (approx. 2 tbsp. cheese per pepper).

Place baking dish into oven and cook until the peppers are soft and the cheese is melted and golden, about 35 minutes.

Transfer the peppers onto a large plate and put the cabbage on top in a criss-crossed pattern to look like the laces on a ballet shoe.

Barney Purple Hummus Dip


15 oz. can garbanzo beans, drained (keep the liquid)

2 garlic cloves, minced

1 tsp. ground cumin

1/2 tsp. black pepper

Salt to taste

2 tbsp. of lemon juice

1 tbsp. extra virgin olive oil

1 can of beets (only the juice will be used)


Variety of raw vegetables, cut for dipping (carrots, celery, broccoli, etc)

1 package of pita bread

Measuring spoons

Food processor

Mixing bowl

Mixing spoon

Serving plate


Combine garbanzo beans, garlic, cumin, salt, pepper, lemon juice and olive oil into a mixing bowl.

Put the contents of the bowl into the food processor and blend on low speed, gradually adding about 1/2 cup beet juice and 1/4 cup of reserved garbanzo bean liquid, until the desired consistency is achieved.

Cut vegetables and pita bread into bite-sized pieces, arrange on a plate and serve along with the hummus

Recipes from Sprout, these are not my own.

Friday, November 26, 2010

Need some inexpensive photo editing software??

You can sign up for the Amazon Prime for Free. This gives you free 2 day shipping, or $3.99 for overnight shipping. That is fantastic. I would like to thank all the morons out there that make this possible by paying rediculas amounts for shipping, because that's what these places do, jack up shipping so the other people dont pay it at all. So, Thank you Morons!

But if you want cheap photo editing software, Corel Create it! is listed for $45.45

Use coupon code: CRELMOMI

at the checkout to drop the price down to $29.99!

Check out the link below, I have read some great reviews on this product, and I will be ordering this myself, so make sure you all leave me one! lol Create It: Software

Baby Giggles- So Adorable, a Must watch!

Matthew is such a happy boy. He loves to giggle and laugh. He finds it especially funny when he poops and you tell him he has. Please enjoy my little 10 month old Matthews giggles. I know you won't enjoy it as much as I do, well, because I am his mother. But, you'll find it adorable.

Come join me in the Toys'R'Us Holiday Scavenger Hunt!!

Come join in the fun! Hurry though, you want as many chances to win as possible!

Toys'R'Us Holiday Scavenger Hunt: "Enter for your chance to win $25 Gift Cards Daily! One grand prize winner will also receive a $1500 Gift Card!"

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Cyber Monday Deal Alert- Baby Legs 3 for $10

Baby legs is doing an awesome cyber monday sale!

72% off the normal retail price of $12 each! Instead of paying $36 for 3 pairs, get 3 pair's for $10!!!

3 for $10
This sale will release to their Facebook fan's first, So Make sure you go over and

"Like" BabyLegs on Facebook

 and you will get this exclusive sale link!

****In addition to this great deal they are giving 25% OFF of everything else on their website too!

Just use coupon code cyber8 at checkout.****

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Our Favorite Roadtrip & Tips for Travel

Our Favorite Road Trip had to be when my now 4 year old son, at the time, 3 years old, and I went to Connecticut for my cousin Nikki’s Wedding. We were supposed to leave at 8am to drive the 3 hour drive to the ceremony and reception. Well come to find out, there was to be a parade that day, and our major route was going to be blocked from 9am-12 noon! Yikes!

Well, That didn’t stop us! Jacob went to bed at about 10pm. He was just getting used to his new toddler bed at the time. I had gone to bed reasonably early as well that night since well, I had a 3 hour drive in the morning. 4:30am, I wake up to Jacob crying. I’m not sure how he had done it, since his bed had slightly elevated sides, but he fell out of the bed. But, then he didn’t want to go back to bed, and it’s almost 5am at that point so I decide, GUESS WHAT?!?! We are leaving for Connecticut now!

This isn't from our CT trip, but it's from
one of our many car trips!

We packed up the rest of the car by 5:30am and off we went. However, this didn’t go without a snafu of course. Jacob falls asleep in the car about 10 minutes down 495 South. This was great, I set cruise control at 65 MPH, turned the radio up a little bit, and watched the sun rise, while there was no traffic on a brisk morning. Then we get on the Mass Pike. This was the first trouble.

Just after the rest area, with no more stops or exits for 20 miles, Jacob wakes up, “Mommy, I gotta go potty!” So, he pee’d in the bushes on the Mass Pike. No bathrooms for 20 miles, we didn’t have a choice. We get back in the car, and he falls back asleep. Next rest area, we need gas, and Jacob’s still asleep. We pull in, and I search and search, only to find, I forgot my debit card at the house, and all I had was cash, with a sleeping 3 year old in the car. Luckily, the lady inside was nice enough to come out to the car to take the cash from me so I didn’t have to wake him up. Thank God for the “Help please” Button!

Finally, after that we get into Connecticut. I turn on my GPS, and it will not find signal! Nor, can I find the mapquest I had printed just in case. Which turns out I left on the Kitchen Table. So, we get lost. We stop for a 2nd breakfast and to pee, and finally figure out where we are going. Just before the major route closes for that parade. That was pure luck!
We ended up being on time, (yes, for one of the first times in my life, I was ON TIME!)
Moral of the Story? (And, My tips for traveling!)

Well, Always stop to pee, especially if there’s 20 miles between exits.

Always double check that you have all your forms of payment,

and last but not least, MAKE SURE YOU HAVE YOUR DIRECTIONS!
Plus, the basics...Keep up on car matinance, check your oil, proper tire inflation, emergency roadside kit in trunk. All those are great tips for travel, and are proper safety guidelines to follow.
Happy Thanksgiving, and Have safe traveling Holidays this year!
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Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Winners, Winners, Winners, Could it be you??

So, I have been slacking majorly, and verifying entries takes FOREVER! But here are the ones that I have gotten through. I will be emailing today, well actually sending a one mass email, but if you see your name on the list please feel free to email me with your info.

Fracture- Lesley & Coupon Queen Bee (Liz)

Smartmom Teething Bling- Heather R.

My Baby's Green Cloth Diaper- stacythemagnificentmommy

CSNstores $35 Code- J. Lily

Congrats to all, Thank you for entering. More to come soon!

Currently is:

Grovia ALL IN ONE cloth Diaper
Tommee Tippee Feeding pack

Soon Coming is:

Cell Ranger ($149 Value!)
Baby Legs Grab Bag
Dr. Bloom Chewable Jewels
and some I can't think of, stay tuned!

Black Friday Save-a-ganza Part 1!!! Walmart :)

Have you seen some of the great deals that are going to be going on during Black Friday? I have some things that I have specifically picked out for my boys. But we are on a limited budget this year, now with 2 kids to buy for instead of just one. So, I will be shopping Black Friday deals, and online deals which I have started already!

Walmart has some really great things (check your local Walmarts opening time) Here are some things I am going to look for!

Starting at 5:00AM Friday November 26th, 2010 BLACK FRIDAY!

Emerson 32" LCD TV for $198

Phillips Portable DVD Player for $49

Sony Reader for $99

Kodak C183 Digital Camera for $59 (This is the One Button Share camera!!)

Flip HD Camcorder for $99

HP Photosmart Plus Wireless Printer for $74

Nintendo DS Lite for $89

Wii Red Bundle for $249

Video games for $7

Blu Ray Dvd's for $5 each!!

Power Wheels Jeep Ride on for $88

Zhu-Zhu Pets for $4

Hot Wheels for $5

Crayola 73 Piece kit for $8

Toy Story Karate Buzz for $12

Kiddie Land Ride on Baby Toy for $15

Fisher Price Sit to Stand Giraffe for $15

Lego Duplo 71 pc set for $15

Leapfrog Leapster2 for $25, games $19

Disney table & 2 chairs for $19

Baby-Toddler-Kids pajamas for $4

 500 thread count sheets for $20

Bissell Easy Vac for $24

Bath Towels for $1.33

Crockpot-mixer-mini chopper for $2.97

Cricut cartridges for $20

BROTHER Sewing Machine for $50

These are the things that caught my eye. There is actually a lot more on the Walmart Ad which is graciously provided by You can view it here.

The prices reflected are what is stated on the scanned ad. Opinions such as that these are great deals are strictly my own. I wrote this post based and for my own personal use. I was not asked or told or anything by anyone else. I wrote this post because I wanted to. Happy Shopping! This is Part 1 of my Black Friday Save-a-ganza!

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Facebook | My Photos - Mobile Uploads

Facebook My Photos - Mobile Uploads

Here is one Christmas Card I made, Hopefully my cell will stop being dumb and I can get more photos up. I lost my camera cord for the computer :( I can now charge it, but I can't upload...:(

Tommee Tippee Review and *Giveaway*

If you have been a follower for a while, that you must know that I have reviewed Tommee Tippee items before. If you’re a new follower, welcome to my reviews. When I reviewed Tommee Tippee before, both my son and I absolutely LOVED them.


So, when it came time to do solids, they are the first company I contacted. They are space saving, spill proof, and brightly colored. Matthew likes that he can chew on them and they are soft enough that it wont hurt him.

All 2 Review

We received the Tommee Tippee Truly spill proof sippy cups, explora bowls with spoon, and the feeding pots. These are all really great items, and wouldn’t trade any of them for any other thing!

The Cup:

PhotobucketSpill ProofNo Spill Cuppy

The cup has a soft spout, and 2 handles to help him hold it. It truly is spill proof. I tested this myself by holding it upside down, and not a drop came out.

The Feeding Pots:

Feeding pots

I make most of Matthews baby food fresh. However, I can’t stand using the ice cube trays. These feeding pots can be microwaved, frozen, and put in the dishwasher. These are the perfect size for 1 portion for Matthew. Plus, I can feed him right out of them which makes less mess!

The Explora Bowl:


The bowl is a great size, not just for Matthew, but also for older younger children. My cousin Kaity is 4 and used this bowl for her cereal and it was a perfect size. We love this bowl for traveling because of the snap on lid, and the special snap tight space for the tip of the spoon. If we have no place to clean up, we just close it all up, and can clean it when we get home. This is our favorite bowl, and Matthew loves the soft tip of the spoon for his teething mouth.

The cost at Babies R Us for each as follows:

Explora Bowl & Spoon 2pk: $5.49
2 Pack Sippy Cups: $7.99
4 pack feeding pots: $4.99

Tommee Tippee is going to graciously send one of my lucky readers, what you have read about today! That’s an $18.47 Value!!

Mandatory Entry:

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This Giveaway Ends December 21st, 2010 at 11:59AM EST. Winner will be picked via and winner will be emailed and have 48 hours to respond to winning email or another winner will be chosen.

The products in review were sent to me free of charge by the company for the purposes of this review. All opinions are 100% of my own.

Saturday, November 20, 2010

4 Things, and 4 bloggers tagged

I think the title says it all..?

4 Things In My Hand Bag
-Green latex, playtex binky
-digital camera
-baby keys
-my "idea" notepad

4 Things In/On My Desk
-LG Ally Android Phone that is a POS and I absolutely hate!
-Fanta Orange soda 99cent bottle
-Laptop- Toshiba Satellite
-My husbands xbox 360 controller that i took from the baby eariler today

4 Things In My Bedroom (under the mess) lol!
-A sleeping boy
-Phlebotomy School book & supplies
-Suitcase that is half filled to travel to the cousins house
-lots of baby leg warmers

4 Things I’ve Always Wanted To Do But Haven’t Yet
(ummm this is HARD, because I usually do what I want… lol)
-go to a celtics game (I only live a half hour away, but lack of $100 per ticket)
-Own a car that DOSENT HAVE an issue
-Have a holiday party where friends actually show up
-go to Pennsylvaina to visit mom #2 & my brothers

4 Things I Enjoy Very Much At The Moment
-This Fanta orange soda
-That Matthew is sleeping
-not working at this exact moment
-Law and order thats on TV then CSI

4 Songs I Can’t Get Out Of My Head
-Fly Like A G6
-All I want for Christmas by Miriah Carey
-Bless the broken road
-elmos world theme song

4 Things You Don’t Know About Me
-I miss being a kid
-I'm sick, not just a cold, but sick and could end up in the hospital until they figure out whats wrong with my liver since my ALT is 141
-I love reviewing things i wouldn't normally buy
-I can sing, and absolutely LOVE it.

4 Bloggers I’m Tagging
-Mom Spotted
-Sticky Hands, Boo-Boo's, and whyyy?s
-Life of a Slightly Crunchy SAHM of Drama Queens
-Masshole Mommy

An Apology, A Valid Excuse, A Contest, and upcoming giveaways!

So, I have been slacking over the past week or so. I have been really sick, and to the point that just taking care of the baby is exhausting me, let alone doing anything else...i.e. Blogging.

What is happening is my liver isn't processing like it should be, or well much at all for that matter. I feel like crap. I can only eat small portions, through out the day until I'm just "not hungray" anymore, which is usually after 2-3 bites. I am always so sick to my stomach. So, this is my valid excuse for not keeping up with everything.

I have found a few minutes to enter another photo contest, it would be great for us to win this, so Jacob could get this prize for Christmas. I think being 4 years old, he would LOVE to get this.

If you could or would take a few minutes just to click the link below and do the following:

"Like" bounce houses now on Facebook, (or you can't like the photo)
then "Like" our Holiday Photo. Comments do not count as votes, only the "likes" are votes. If you can do this for me, you can have 5 extra entries into our upcoming giveaways, which are:

$25 Gift card to Mother of a Sale
Tommee Tippee Cups, bowls, and feeding pots
Baby Legs Grab bag
OR our current giveaway for a Grovia Diaper!

Here is the link below to vote:

Please comment here with your facebook name (or names if your spouse votes too) that you voted with so you can get your extra entries.

Facebook | Fan photos from Bounce Houses Now

Next week I will be starting the wordless wednesday blog hop again, and regular routines.

I will be posting winners of the Fracture Giveaway, The Teething bling giveaway, and the CSNstores giveaway by 6pm est tomorrow. I AM EXTENDING ENTERING for them all until 12noon tommorow because of me way of making up for it.

I am so sorry again everyone, off to sleepy land to nap while the baby naps!

Friday, November 19, 2010

Head over to Cloth Diaper Talk, win a free baby carrier!

Theres a great contest over at Cloth Diaper Talk- Provided by them, Thanks Mama! Win a Free Baby Carrier and a little hint, it's a $100 value! Go over and look!

Cloth Diaper Talk: Win a Free Baby Carrier

Monday, November 15, 2010

What do you think? Feedback needed please!

Well I am thinking for the holiday season that I need to get some extra money for christmas for the family. With all of the Scrapbooking stuff that is laying around my house from my grandmothers projects, I was thinking of transforming these into Cards.

Do you have any suggestions? Ideas? Advice?

I would love to make a few, and have some blogs review them for me.

Also, what price would you pay, just an approximate for Homemade, thoughtful cards, if you are on a budget? What would you be willing to spend if you wern't on a budget?

I have even thought of a way to make personalized photo cards!! I am going to make a few, and post the photos so you can get an idea. I can even address them and mail them right out for you!

Please let me know anything you think, suggest, anything, PLEASE!!!

First 4 Blogs to contact me, will recieve 5 Free Photo Homemade cards to review on their blog. Any theme you'd like.

Thanks for your feedback great followers!

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Wish Your Life Was Easier? Here’s How!!!

Do you wish your life was a piece of Cake? Do you wish that world was perfect? Do you wish that everything would go your way?
Well, Good Luck! Everyone does…!
But, I am here to tell you that there is hope! I am ready to open up and tell you my secrets into making life easier! So, Let's get started…
  1. Think Positively: That has to be the most important rule in life. When it rains it pours, everyone knows that. But as long as you keep your head up, you'll be okay. Positive thinking increases your chances of thinking before acting. Thinking before taking action can make a big difference into the path you will choose, and change the chain of concurrent events that will subsequently happen as a result.
  2. Organization: Having an organized life is a happy life. A happy life is a good life. Try to organize your week, the week before. Make a family Calendar. Have a different color code for every family member, and have the calendar posted for all to see. Include appointments, practices, school events, work meetings, ECT. Then along with that, make a meal plan for the week. If you share the responsibility of cooking, make sure you include the other "cook" of the house in this plan. If possible, make a few frozen portioned dinners for the unexpected changes that happen. Which you know will happen, because why? It's life.
  3. Attention to detail: Pay attention to the small things in life. Cherish them, love them, change them, or hate them. It's your choice and you and only you can choose your destiny. Paying attention even if just slightly to the smallest detail will make a bigger difference later on down the road, but may seem insignificant right now.
  4. Comedy: Everyone loves a good laugh to lighten the mood, and make an unbearable task, well seem at least a little bit better. Finding enjoyment even in the stupidest or the boring things in life will help you to get through it, and conquer the task. Try buying a CD of a comedian to listen to while you are cooking, or doing dishes, or laundry. Too many people take life way more serious than they should, and do not see the little funny hints that life throws them, and it's sad. Those people are also the ones that do not think positively. I love comedy, and I try to incorporate a joke even in the worst of situations to try to make the situation better.
  5. Live life to the fullest: Always live life to the fullest extent. Without living life to the full extent that you are able, means that you are not living at all. It's okay to take jumps and leaps, but make sure they are practical to your situation. For Example, don't go out and buy a Great Dane just because you want one, if you live in a one bedroom apartment. So live life to the fullest, but be logical with your living J
  6. Lists: Create lists of things you need to do immediately, things you need to do in the future, and things you want to accomplish in your whole life. Then cross reference this list and narrow down when you want to accomplish these things. This will make your life easier in completing the tasks that you want to, or have to do.
  7. Give yourself time: Time is of the essence. Only time will tell, or allow you to realize what you do, or what you have done will change the chain of events in your life. If you have lost a loved one or ones like I have you understand that time heals the grief that you are feeling. I can give you a great example. Last November, my great grandfather died. I incorporated a little comedy into my grief. When I was about 12, I was in the elevator of his building with him. There was another woman in the elevator with us. He was in his late 80's and so wasn't the lady. When the lady got off at her floor, he looks at me and says, "She had a nice butt." Mind you, she was about 87 years old, (LOL). This made me laugh at a time that was sad in my life. Like I said, Time heals and time grows what it needs to in life.
  8. Try to simplify: Simplifying daily tasks will make your life so much easier! Try to accomplish all your errands in one trip (if possible), and don't detour. Procrastination is one of the famous downfalls of American citizens. We all procrastinate at one time or another, and sometimes it's good to do so, but mostly not.
  9. Love: Love is a little bit harder, but it makes your life easier. If you're not a millionaire, you need to work. To be happy, and have your life be easier, you need to love your job. You need to love the way your living, you need to love your home, and most importantly you need to LOVE your life. If you don't love your life then make some changes because most likely you're miserable.
  10. Be yourself: I always try to be myself. I change it, if needed, but other than that I am who I am. I am a mom, a human being, a wife, a daughter, a lover, a sister. Someone who likes organized events, and comedy. I am me. If you cannot be yourself your making your life harder because its harder to try to be someone your not.

Stop and smell the roses once in a while. Take some time to enjoy who you are, and where you are in your life. Don't ever let anyone rain on your parade, after all it is your parade! Love who you are, and where you are at. Organize your life, especially if it's complicated. Time will tell. Simplifying will help. These are my suggestions, and tips for an easier life. You may have your own opinion that differs from mine. But I am me. Be Happy. Do what you feel is right. Pay attention to even the smallest of details, it may help you down the road. I hope what I have said will help your life be easier in the long run. Give it sometime, everything gets better, and if you get knocked down, stand back up on your feet and dust yourself off. We are only human, and we make mistakes. Don't hold grudges, thus makes life more difficult.
Live, Laugh, Love.

DISCLAIMER: I wrote this blog post while participating in the TwitterMoms and Oral-B blogging contest, making me eligible to get full-sized Oral-B Glide products and a $30 Target gift card. For more information on how you can participate, click here.

Saturday, November 13, 2010

10 Holiday Survival Tips- Will You Survive This Holiday Season?

I LOVE the holidays. Who doesn't? Yummy food, presents, family, friends. Ya right! Who am I kidding? The holidays are a nightmare! Traffic, rude shoppers, ungreatful people, the exhaustion, and the list continues.

But, Here are my 10 tips for surviving, I hope they help you too!

10. Make sure the relatives are entertained: Don’t you just hate when you have your relatives or in-laws hanging out in the kitchen while YOU are trying to cook. They share how THEY would do it, or how they think YOU should do it. This is your holiday meal; you cook it how you want to.

9. Shopping with coupons and during sales: Saving money is good. Try to get your shopping do as soon as possible. Hit a sale at Bed, Bath, and Beyond during a sale (I still want that remote, lol!) and take one of their 20% off coupons with you! You can surely find a gift for someone on your list there. Plus, they get a great gift, and you don’t have to spend a fortune!

8. Photo greeting cards: Photo greeting cards are a 2 for 1 deal. Everyone has a family member that is always asking for photos of the kids, and/or family. So, you get to send out your usual holiday cards, plus the photo on it, and everyone gets the photo too! Tiny Prints has a great selection of Christmas Cards!*

7. More than one Christmas: At one point or another, either you as a child or you with your kids have done it. You throw the kids in the car and visit all the family members at each of their houses. Make it easier on yourself and the kids. All you need to do is plan 2 or 3 smaller trips on different days rather than one. Less crankiness on a holiday = Good!

6. Make clean up a breeze: obviously or well at least hopefully you have a good idea of whose coming for dinner. Create a list for everyone to help with clean up. For example, one person washes dishes, one person makes take home plates, ect.

5. Take a break: Everything can be so overwhelming, especially if you are the host/hostess. Take a sanity break. Hide in your room. Go for a walk. Have “me” time.

4. Yankee Swap: Yankee swaps are a great idea if there are a lot of kids in the family. Just make sure they are gender neutral. This makes less fuss if a boy is unhappy with a Barbie doll.

3. Start early: If you are hosting dinner for a holiday, start it early. Have your guests arrive at noontime instead of 4pm. You always have that lingering relative who stays until all hours of the night. Starting it early will hopefully have them out by 10! 

2. Organize your emails: Most invites now a days are not in the form of a card in an envelope. They are electronic through email. Make a special folder named “Holiday Correspondence” to keep all the details for the holidays in. Who’s coming, who’s not coming, who is bringing desert, who is bringing a new boyfriend or girlfriend, ect. So, there is no confusion and you can go back and look up what everyone said if you forget. Thus, making it go smooth, well as smooth as a family event can go.

1. Enjoy: Enjoy it, after all the holidays only come once a year!

Happy Holidays Everyone!

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Thursday, November 11, 2010

Friday Follows! Welcome Followers, Old and New!

Welcome Followers Old and New!

I decided after a long day, that I am going to hop around tonight and tomorrow!

Please check out my giveaways while you are here:
My Babys Green Cloth Diaper Ends 11/13
CSNstores $35 GC Ends 11/19
Grovia AIO Cloth Diaper Ends 11/30

Here is where I am hopping, thanks for stopping by, and enjoy!

Let's Just Give It Away

It's OK to follow... it's the Weekend

Working out of the Home...Day 1

Well today is basically my first day working away from home. I already miss being the SAHM. :-(
I have a few applications into some nursing homes for 11-7 shift, because I am up all night anyways. But I think I am addicted to blogging because I am "mobile blogging" right now at 6:57pm lol

I was syked when the pizza place I worked for before Matthew was born, called today and asked me if I could come in to work. My first thought was, boys christmas presents, now my thought is, I want to be home snuggling with my lil monster...:(

I'll actually have a somewhat useful instead of the whiny and I miss being home post when I get home tonight...

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Thursday Blog Hops- Welcome New Followers!

Welcome Followers Old and New!

I decided after a long day, that I am going to hop around tonight and tomorrow!

Please check out my giveaways while you are here:
My Babys Green Cloth Diaper Ends 11/13
CSNstores $35 GC Ends 11/19
Grovia AIO Cloth Diaper Ends 11/30

Here is where I am hopping, thanks for stopping by, and enjoy!

Bassgiraffe's Thoughts Thursday Blog Hop

I am so excited that Tomorrow is Friday!

$20 of Free Shopping! Yes it's FREE!

Gilt, is another daily deal site. They are offering a FREE $20 credit to new members who sign up for an account through this link (You must go through this link to get the $20 credit). With the $20 credit you can easily get something for FREE! They have things as low as $7.00 and with $7.95 shipping, you would get the item for free, just for signing up!

If you sign up, from this post as a BONUS you can have 5 Extra entries into any of my giveaways between now and January 1st 2011!!!

What are you waiting for?

I love entering giveaways

I know i'm working on a bunch of things right now, but i'm entering a few giveaways too!

Here they are:

Grinning Cheek to Cheek- $20 CSN Promo Code Ends tonight!

I'm sorry

I'm sorry I didn't get the Wednesday Blog Hop up today. I feel really bad. I have had a headache for over a week now that will not go away, and a fussy sick baby.

I will get it up ahead of time next week! I Promise!

I am also working on the Tommee Tippee Review and Giveaway right now while Matthew takes his evening nap. Possibly I can finish before he gets up?? Highly doubtful But i will try.

I have a CSNstores a Grovia AIO Cloth Diaper, and a MBG Cloth Diaper all up right now, go check them out! Just click my handy "current giveaways" tab at the top!

Back to typing, then some homework!

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Tuesday Train!

Welcome Followers, old and new! I'm hoping to hit over 200 today, can we make that happen??

Lets see!!

Join me on the Tuesday Train!


Monday, November 8, 2010

Matthews Birthday, Need some ideas! Come and Contribute!

So, I am starting now to plan for Matthews Birthday event.

Matthew will be 1 year old on January 29th :) I can't believe a year has gone by already!

So, in honor of his birthday, I want to do something awesome!

Let's make this a good one! Please suggest things that you would like to see reviewed and/or as a giveaway but we need to make it reasonable. Also I would like suggestions on a length for it. I was thinking maybe January 20th to February 10th. That would be 21 days, so I would be looking to do 10-15 Reviews and giveaways.

I have contacted a sponser as of now. Yes, I know Only ONE, I am slacking!

But I have contacted a few people about Wilton (for baking things) and can't wait to see how it goes! I will keep you updated!

Saturday, November 6, 2010

Saturday Laughs! Because Everyone needs a laugh!

So, Here are a few things that you can do. The directions are simple.

1) Start by opening a New Tab or Window...
A. Go to Google maps.

B. Go to "Get Directions."

C. Type Japan as the start location.

D. Type China as the end location. ...

E. Go to direction#43.

F. Laugh

(I thought this one deserved a good chuckle!)

2. GO back to "Get Directions" in google Maps

A. Start Point San Francisco, CA

B. End Point Honolulu, HI

C. Scroll Down to Direction #15

D. Laugh

(again, I thought this deserves a chuckle...I thought really?? lol)

3. Go to Google search page "web"

A. Type in "Location of Chuck Norris

B. Click "I'm Feeling Lucky"

C. Laugh

(This has to be the best of all!!)

Hope you atleast got a good Chuckle, Have a great rest of the weekend!

Grovia All In One Cloth Diaper Review and *Giveaway*

Have you ever heard of the Cloth Diaper Store, Thanks Mama? If you have, great! If not, well you will now! Thanks Mama is an online cloth diaper retailer with large selections of the great modern cloth! As I am sure you know if you have been a follower of mine for a while, I guest blog once a month for them on the Thanks Mama Blog.

Thank you to Thanks Mama for providing me with a Grovia All in One Cloth Diaper for this review!

Matthew is an active, 9 ½ month old boy. He crawls, rolls, stands, sits, and even falls, just like any other baby. I wanted to review the Grovia AIO because, well, I have read some great reviews!


My Thoughts
(The Review)

I had the option of color and I chose Ice, it’s a more boyish color. One thing that I do not like is that currently, the Grovia AIO only comes in 3 colors, one boyish, one girlish, and one neutral. However, their colors are different from any other cloth diaper company around.

Folds up small

The material on this diaper is super soft and non-irritating to my son’s skin. You know how sometimes, depending on the brand of diaper, it will leave the red mark from the elastic being too tight? Well, we didn’t have a problem with that while he was wearing it.

Good Fit

The side tabs that the front snaps on to, is also a lot stretchier than other diapers, which is great for his crawling. I am proud to say that we had NO leaks when using this Grovia AIO. The snaps also hold up strong and stay snapped, until you unsnap them. Matthew could not pull these snaps apart. Trust me, I let him try to!

The AIO piece is sewn directly in, but there is(see the green arrow in the Picture below)an additional snap in soaker for extra absorbency. Since he is a heavy wetter at night, we could never use this as an overnight diaper. I would not recommend this to a friend who has a heavy wetter for night time use. But daytime, when there is less time between changes it works great for us.

Snap in soaker

The Grovia AIO is a OS which means its rise is for an “average” baby. So, on Matthew it seems a little short, but it still works awesome.

Chunky Legs

The side snapping is also kind of awkward, especially if your baby rolls or tries to roll over during changes. You need two hands to snap the snaps, which prevents you from holding the baby to keep him/her from rolling.


So, after reading my thoughts, I will leave the decision up to you. Do you want a Grovia All-in-one diaper for your baby? Do you want a Grovia Diaper for a Mother to be? Do you just want a Grovia Diaper?


Or, Will you just crawl away???

Well, You could buy it here from the Thanks Mama Store for $21.95


Thanks Mama has generously offered one of my readers the chance to have a Grovia All in one in a color of their choice of their own!

Mandatory Entry: Visit Thanks Mama’s Store, and tell me of another item they sell (besides anything Grovia) that you like!

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Like Thanks Mama on Facebook- Leave some comment Love!(3 Entries, 3 Comments)

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Enter to #win a @GroviaDiaper from @Thanksmama & @BreenaElizabeth #giveaway ends 11/30 (insert Tiny Link)

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Please make sure you comment your email address if it is not public on your profile. You cant win if I cant get in touch with you!

If your entry is not complete or is not done right…(i.e. the tweet, or signing up for swagbucks through a different link, ect.) it does not count and will be deleted

All entries will be checked. Please leave your twitter name/Facebook name/blog URL/ect so I can verify.

This Grovia Giveaway Ends at 11:59AM EST on November 30th, 2010. Winner will be picked via Winner has 48 hours to respond to winners notification email, or another winner will be chosen.

Disclaimer: I have been provided with the item in review for the purposes of this review. All opinions are 100% my own. If you would like to read more about my disclosure policy please scroll back up, and click the Disclosure Policy Tab. I would like to Thank, Thanks Mama for providing the review item and the giveaway item to the winner. :)

Thursday, November 4, 2010

CSN Stores $35 GC Giveaway!

I absolutely LOVE the great selection of items at CSN stores. They are my #1 Pick for online shopping! So, when I was emailed by Caitlin from CSN stores about doing a giveaway I was estatic!
So, first of all, did you have a hard time with finding back to school items this year, inparticular the perfect backpack? Next year, keep CSN stores in mind when shopping, especially for Children’s Backpacks!
They have a great selection, and a variety of sizes, that would make any child happy to carry around

I saw these ones, that look like animals, and fell in love!
$35 CSN
Skip Hop Zoo- Bee
$35 CSN
Skip Hop Zoo- Penguin
$35 CSN
Skip Hop Zoo- Dog

$35 CSN
Skip Hop Zoo- Monkey

But CSN stores, doesn't stop there, They have so many great things! These stores may very well be your One stop Christmas Shop! Not just for Kids, but for all ages!
Here are some things that I am thinking about getting my loved ones for gifts, and possibly even for us...!

CSN $35CSN $35
They have everything from dishes to baby travel beds!
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From Kids sand tables to Bean Bag Sofas!
So, Now CSN Stores has graciously offered one of my readers a $35 Gift Card to be used at any one of their 200+ Stores!

How To Enter:

Mandatory Entry: Visit any of CSN’s 200+ stores and find something you would like, come back here and tell me what that item is. AND be a GFC Follower. (LEAVE ONE COMMENT SAYING BOTH PLEASE!) * THIS MUST BE DONE BEFORE YOUR EXTRA ENTRIES COUNT*

Extra Entries:

Like US on Facebook (3 Entries, 3 Comments)

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Tweet about this giveaway using the link below copy and paste it (Only counts if you use the below tweet!):
May be tweeted 4 times per day, an hour apart. (2 Entries each tweet, 2 Comments each tweet)

Enter to win a $35 GC to @CSNstores from @BreenaElizabeth Blog #contest #giveaway
Blog about this giveaway with a link to THIS post, and to any of the CSN stores pages (5 Entries, 5 Comments)



Contest is only open to residents of the US and Canada Only!

Please leave your email address on each comment/entry, or make sure your profile is public. If I can't contact you, you can't win!
This giveaway ends at 11:59AM on November 19th, 2010 EST. Winner will be picked via Winner will be emailed and will have 48 hours to respond. If winner does not respond, than another winner will be choosen.

DISCLAIMER: The opinions in this post are 100% my own. I recieved no compensation for this post. Thank you to CSN stores for providing the Gift Card to the winner.

I think entering Giveaways is great!

I am off and about now and entering a few giveaways, I am now looking to win for Christmas presents for my boys, and family.

I am currently entering for CSNstores giftcards at:

Ginger is the New Pink! She is hosting a $100 CSN stores gift card giveaway, but it ends today 11/5!

Inside Jewelryscapes Handmade Jewelry is Hosting a $55 CSN stores Giveaway that I am entering Ends 11/29!!

Opinions of a Moody Mama is doing a $75 CSN stores giveaway ends 11/15!

Happy Homemaker and Momma is giving away a $35 CSN stores GC Ends 11/15!

One Momma Saving Money is doing a $55 CSN stores giveaway Ends 11/12!

Miss Organics Kitchen and Great Blog Giveaways is giving away a $65 CSN stores Certificate Ends 11/14!

More to come!

Follow Fridays! Here we go again!

Welcome Followers, Old and New!

It's been a crazy week! But, I'm glad it's almost over! I am working on my Review & Giveaways this weekend, and hope to have them all up by Sunday Night!

I'm Hopping today! Here is where I am Hopping!!


More will be added as the day goes on, and more get posted. Even if it takes me a few days, I always Follow Back!

TGIF! Happy Friday!

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

So, you have a Holiday card dilemma? Shutterfly is your answer!

I absolutely LOVE Shutterfly. Their designs are magnificent, and elegant. They have designs for all occasions. Specifically, their Christmas collection is one two words…SIMPLY AMAZING! There are so many layouts, colors and designs to choose from. This is going to make it hard for us to choose our Christmas cards. I love designs that opt for multiple photos, but keep the elegance.

I always go for Holiday photo cards that are folded, so I can write on the inside. To me, it feels more personal than having the card just mass sent to everyone. That's not so personal. You want your card recipients to feel special and thought of during this holiday time.



  We recently had holiday/family photos done, and they came out good great! I want to incorporate those into whichever card we end up choosing. I found these two first, now one is a folded card, and the other is not. I had my husband say he liked the green one better. However, I can't take his vote because green is his favorite color, and if he had it his way, we would just use a piece of colored on construction paper as Christmas cards because they are not at the top of his list. (lol, probably not, but he wouldn't take the time and effort that I do to have Christmas cards.)

So, I personalized one that I liked just for an example here, and I think it's pretty good, but I am still going to play around with it more. There are so many colors, and templates, and designs to choose from, I am glad I started worrying about our Christmas cards early! lol.


While I am at it, I might just go look at their selection of Christmas party invitations! I would love to have a great well thought out, and planned christmas party this year!

Happy Holidays!

Disclaimer: This blog post is written by me, in 100% my opinion of Shutterfly's Christmas/Holiday Collection. I am writing my 100% opinion so I may recieve 50 Free Greeting cards for this holiday season. Are you a Blogger? If you are, would you like 50 Free Greeting cards from Shutterfly? If you answered yes to both, please click here for more details!

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Wordless Wednesday- Family Photo Day!

We had family photos done tonight. The ladies at picture people were awesome! Enjoy!