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Monday, June 27, 2011

Please visit us at our NEW place in the Blogosphere!

Everything (well almost everything) has been moved. Including the Giveaways! All entries or anything you post in comments on this blog will not be used for anything, they will be void. All of the posts have been moved to the NEW web address.

To Enter our giveaways, or to read my posts please come over to the new Blog. My Google Friend Connect has been moved over to it as well.

http://chunkymonkeybumz.com/

See ya there!

Sunday, June 26, 2011

10 Time saving tips...What are yours?

So, being a busy mother, you need to have some time saving techniques that you use to get through your day, and get everything done. I am here to share with you my 10 tips on saving time while having a busy life without sacrificing quality in the tasks you do.

1. You need to have 4 arms. This would give you the ability to hold on to children while completing your tasks, thus completing everything in a timely fashion J

2. A taxi. A taxi would save time, it could pick up and drop off the kids at different times and save you from having to run all over town.

3. A personal assistant. This would help with organizing your tasks so you can get them done on time and perfect.

4. A time travel machine. This would give you the ability to see into the future, so you can plan more accordingly.

5. The ability to be in 5 places at once . This is extremely important.

6. Magical toys that clean themselves up, dinner that makes itself, and laundry that washes itself. These are extremely important too.

7. A husband who can do everything for themselves

8. A car that never breaks down

9. Children that listen.

And last but not least.

10. A money tree that never runs dry J

Obviously, these things are impossible. So, There is really only one tip I can give you.

You need to plan out your day accordingly, the night before bed, is the perfect time to do this. If you plan your day, and give yourself enough time to get your tasks done, than you should have enough time incase anything jumps up and gets into your way.

I know, your probably saying that this is going to be impossible, and that you cannot predict the unpredicted, but in truth my friend you can. I wish I knew yesterday, what I knew now. But your hindsight is 20/20 right?

You can’t always get everything done. We are not superwomen. But we can get enough do everyday to survive. That’s all that matters. At the end of the day, when you’ve completed your tasks, you’ll feel good about yourself, and remember, the laundry can wait until tomorrow, Live for today, and do what you need to, to the best of your ability.

Enjoy your children, and your family. Nothing is THAT important that it can’t wait.

What are your time saving tips? Do you have anythign that helps you through your day. I want to know. Comment here with your tips! You never know, I may feature your tip as a post!

I wrote this blog post while participating in the SocialMoms and Starbucks blogging program, for a gift card worth $30. For more information on how you can participate, click here.

Thursday, June 23, 2011

{It's All About The Fluff Giveaway} Blissful Booty Cloth Diaper Review & Giveaway!

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We have the chance to review a Blissful Booty Cloth Diaper, Wipes, and wipes water set. This is an amazing Kit. We are in love with it already.

The wipes: are serged around the edges to keep them from fraying.

The wipes Solution: Is an amazing smell, and works really well, and keeps him bum really clean.

The Diaper:


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The diaper is a nice shade of green. It is very soft PUL on the outside. I have never had a diaper with PUL this soft and it is amazing! The inside is even softer, and doesnt cause irritation like my Bumgenius diapers do. The adjustable snapping takes some time to get the right fit for my son, but once its all set to go there is NO leaks!

This is a pocket diaper, and I was kind of worried about using it night, because Matthew is a heavy extremely heavy wetter while hes sleeping. He can be dry all day long, but as soon as his eyes close, its like a waterfall is breaking loose. We even have to chang ehim in the middle of the night. I've learned how to do that without even waking him! Score Mom 1 Matthew 6 (Yes, I'm still behind in score lol)

Personal Opinion:

This diaper is absolutely amazing, it even works on my heavy wetter at night time! I didnt even hav eto get up in the middle fo the night to change him! Blissful Booty's Diaper is an extremely soft material, and does not cause irritation by rubbing. This diapers adjustments are PERFECT FOR CHUNKY LEGS!


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We absolutely LOVE Blissful Booty's Diaper! We might have to just get more!

Now, The Giveaway...

Blissful Booty has offered one lucky ChunkyMonkeyBumz Reader a BB diaper of their very own!

ALSO DONT FORGET ABOUT THE OTHER FLUFFY GIVEAWAYS GOING ON RIGHT NOW!

MAUDE BABY CLOTH DIAPER
AND
FUZZIBUNZ CHANGING PAD

Please use the rafflecopter form below. I love RaffleCopter!



Wednesday, June 22, 2011

We will be moving!

We have found a permanent home! and we are excited!

Oh, wait, maybe we should clarify! We are moving to our own domain name!

in the next few weeks I will be working hard on switching from Blogger to Wordpress and to...

**drum roll please!**

http://www.chunkymonkeybumz.com/

It's not there yet, and I will still be here, and hopefully if everything goes well you wont have to change anything.

Here's a sneak peek of our new header! Tell us what you think!


We are official! It feels good, now its just a bunch of work to get swapped, and hopefully your experience on my blog will be an easier one.

Go the F@*K to Sleep! Narrated by Samuel L. Jackson

This is the new Book that has some parents going crazy. It's written as a childrens book, but it's not ment for children, I must repeat, NOT MENT FOR Children.

Now, with the warning is out of the way. Enjoy this narration by Sameul L. Jackson. He makes this book even better!

Parent's Choice Scholarship Sweepstakes!

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of PBM Products for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine.

Remember my last post about how brand name isn't always better? Well, here's another one. Baby Formula. Baby formula brand name vs generic is a huge debate right now, and it's been proven that the store brand like Parents Choice is the EXACT same as the Store brand in regards to nutrients, and probiotics, ect. But now, here's another reason to use Parent's Choice!

The folks at parents choice are going to help one student and family make a new chapter in their life. They have just launched the Parent’s Choice Infant Formula Savings Sweepstakes. The sweepstakes was created in partner ship with PBM Products, LLC, a Perrigo Company, will provide one lucky winner with a $10,000 college scholarship in the form of a savings 529 plan.

The sweepstakes was launched on June 15th, 2011 and runs until 11:59PM on August 1st, 2011.

Parents Choice Infant Formula can be purchased at your local Walmart, and is the same quality as the "big names" but at a lesser hit to the wallet. The Parent's choice brand even has the same different types, for instance Soy, and gentle. So pick up a can and try it for your baby, and save yourself some money without sacrificing quality!

Parent’s Choice Infant formula is Walmart’s private brand formula and is available exclusively at Walmart locations nationwide and online at www.walmart.com

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Saturday, June 18, 2011

What I can promise if I win the Lovable Labels contest

Here are the promises I can make if I were to win the Lovable Labels Blogher Contest. Now, please remember that it's not $350.00 or the other blogher ticket like another finalist is giving away. But I can give you real true, professional promises.

What I can promise to my fans:

1) I promise to Blog at least 2-3 times a day during the conference (or after a seminar) about all that I have learned, and how I will bring that into my blogging.

2) I promise to take LOTS of photos to show everyone the in depth details on the conference

3) I promise to use my new found knowledge to help you all in any way that i can.

4) I promise to tweet you and update via facebook during the contest.

What I can promise to Lovable Labels:

1) I can promise that I will tweet, blog, and facebook update throughout the conference (I own an iPhone)

2) I promise to represent Lovable Labels with the utmost respect, and class.

3) I promise to be professional with all of my actions, and sayings

4) I promise to do all I can to be the perfect Representative

I hope that this will help everyone to vote for me. this would be a great opportunity for me, on more than one level to be able to attend. Please click the link below to vote for me, and leave a comment after you vote. You can vote once daily.

http://apps.facebook.com/contestshq/contests/114315/voteable_entries/24226679

Thank you to all my loyal fans!

Friday, June 17, 2011

Please Vote for me!

I’ll be Tweeting at #BlogHer11!
So, I am in the contest over at Lovable Labels Facebook Page. I really need to win this sponsorship, so I can attend. Please Please Please vote for me everyday!

This is the Link: Can one person Make a difference?
Please vote everyday!

If i am able to go, I will be using the other ticket to take another blogger with me to the conference!

{It's All About The Fluff} Giveaway #2! FuzziBunz Changing pad!

My son is old enough that we on't need to use one of these, mostly because he is bigger than the pad, lol. But I think this is a great thing! It's got a fleece lining which is super soft on your babies skin, and then a waterproof layer on the bottm so no liquid can get through to the surface.



You can buy the Fuzzibunz Changing Pad @ Click here to visit Kelly's Closet for $15.00

From the Kelly's Closet Pad Description:

On the Go Clean



FuzziBunz® Changing Pads are super sized compared to other changing pads to protect your precious one from the elements. Fits nicely to protect car seats or bassinets. They come in a variety of colors and in either Organic Cotton or Fleece as the top coating. Wipes clean. Folds up compact to fit in any diaper bag for the mom or dad on the go.
The Changing Pad measures 27.75in. x 18.5in. (69.35cm x 46.25cm.) when open and folds small so that it fits inside most diaper bags.

OR You can win one here!

Enter using our easy Rafflecopter Entry form!




Yay! I'm a finalist in the Lovable Labels contest!!

This URL below is the entry that is a finalist in the contest! Check it out! Leave a comment on it telling me what you think!!


http://jakenmattsmom.blogspot.com/2011/06/lovable-labels-blogher-11-getaway.html

Yay!
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Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Lovable Labels BlogHer’ 11 Getaway Contest

Abraham Lincoln helped to end slavery.


Rosa Parks refused to sit in the back of the bus, and fought for civil rights.

Martin Luther king, he had a dream.

These 3 names above have made a difference. They have changed the way we think, act, and interpret things that we see and do in life. Without their brave actions, and their “I can” attitudes, the world would not be what it is today. Some say that this world is a wreck, and is not in great shape, but just think how much worse it would be if these 3 people didn’t step up and do something.

Did you see someone in a wheelchair today? Have you ever seen someone who is either paraplegic or quadriplegic? Have you ever been to a hospital or a nursing home? Maybe you know someone who needs help or assistance in order to live, and be able to do things like get dressed, go to the bathroom, shower, and eat.


That’s where I come in. We are mostly behind the scenes, and you may never see us at all. All you see of us is our work. That person in the wheelchair you saw, most likely didn’t dress themselves this morning shower themselves, or make their own food. But you wouldn’t know that by just seeing them.

Myself, and the people I refer to are the loving and caring people with the profession of nursing assistant. Nursing assistants help one person at a time, and make a difference in an elderly, disabled, or sick person’s life. When there are factors of age, illness, or disability, you see us. We work at nursing homes, hospitals, and even in your home. We do this to make sure you can live to your full potential.



I am a Nursing Assistant, and I wouldn’t change that for anything. As a nursing assistant, you touch so many lives, and help people in so many ways. More ways than you could ever think possible. Without us, Doctors, and Nurses wouldn’t know half of what they do. Nursing Assistants are the eyes and ears of all that goes on with their client.

Sometimes, Nursing assistants are the only human contact that the elderly, sick or disabled see on a regular basis. Human contact is essential in order to live.

One of my clients is a 96 year old woman, whose husband passed away 15 years ago. She never had any children, and all her relatives have since passed away, or moved away. Other than the occasional phone call, she didn’t have much human interaction until I became her care taker. There are days that I help her by getting her dressed and cooking her meals, and there are other days that we just sit and talk. She tells me stories of her childhood, and from when her husband was alive, and I tell her stories about funny things the kids or my husband did. She trusts me, and she confides in me. Not only am I her nursing assistant, but I am her friend. Sometimes, just being a friend is all someone needs.

I may not be able to end world hunger, or be able to make peace on earth. But at the end of the day, even with two cranky children, and a cranky husband, I know that I made a difference in someone’s life.

Do you have an elderly neighbor? Next time you see them, take 5 minutes out of your busy day, and walk over and talk to them, and just by doing this, you can make a difference in your community too. It doesn’t matter if it affects 1 person, or 1 million. It will still make a difference in someone’s life, and that’s all that matters.

So, my answer is YES, one person CAN make a difference! 
 
 
   
DISCLOSURE:This post was written as an entry into the Loveable Labels Blogher Contest. I was not compensated and didn't recieve anything for this post. This post is my original writing, and true story.  To join this contest, or see other entries please visit Loveable Labels Facebook Page Here: Loveable Labels

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Getting fed up


I'm really getting fed up with "competitive" bloggers. These would be the bloggers that say "don't swipe our sponsors" and who never return emails because they think you are trying to steal their secrets. They also have their nose up in the air and have the I'm better than you are attitude. This is all ridicules, which is why I took the kind hearted bloggers pledge. Blogging isnt about who is the best, it's about unity and working together. I refuse to work with any blogger who is a competitive blogger. I just can't deal with the snobby attitude.

On another note, I know times are hard, but if your going to Blogher ANYWAYS even if you DON'T get sponsorship, why don't you leave the contests to win sponsorship to the bloggers that won't be going unless they are sponsored. I know every penny counts, but it would be great if some of us smaller bloggers would be able to attend.

Sorry about my rant tonight everyone!!

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Monday, June 13, 2011

Just because it's Brand name, Doesn't make it better...

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Walgreens. All opinions are 100% mine.

 

 

 

Pharmacist

I know when I go to the store, the firs thing that catches my eye is brand name items. But being on a tight budget, we can't afford to always splurge on the brand name items. That's when it really occurred to me. Is the brand name really any better?

My Answer? NO.

When you look at the ingredients on both the brand name medicines, and the store brand medicines, the active ingredient which is the most important is the SAME!

I have personally used the Walgreens brand Pain Reliever, and I think it works better then Tylenol! Both products have the same active ingredients, but the Walgreens brand is half the price of Tylenol! And what makes them even better is that they are pharmacist recommended, and they have a 100% satisfaction guarantee! 

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Walgreens Brand Health & Wellness Products are a great value allowing families and individuals to save money without sacrificing quality and trust. With the rising cost of health care, saving money on over the counter medications can really benefit a family budget. It is an awesome exceptional value!

Walgreens is also outreaching into the community with their Walgreens Way to Well Fund™. The Walgreens Way to Well Fund™     will provides free preventative health tests as well as other health services and education to local communities. Some of those services will include preventive health tests through the National League Health and Wellness tour and vouchers redeemable in select stores.

Right now, Walgreens has some great giveaways going on right now! Just click the giveaways link to find out more! You can win, and it's simple and easy to enter!

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Take Over Tuesday (Facebook Edition!)


I am participating in the Tuesday Take Over Facebook Edition!


See you there!

If you want to join, just click the button above! it will take you to the host!

{It's All About The Fluff Giveaway #1} Maude Baby Cloth Diaper Review & Giveaway!

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Maude Baby is a NEW cloth diaper to the market. We had a great oppertunity to review a Chili Red diaper shortly after it was released to the public.








This diaper is a One Size Pocket Diaper. It comes with 2 microfiber inserts, and extra leg elastics.



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The legs adjust by adjusting the elastic to allow more room, or to make it tighter. The snaps are easily adjustable as well.

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The PUL on the diaper is coated with a white layer instead of a clear layer, thus making it stronger and leakproof.

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What I like:

I like that it's a pocket diaper which makes it faster to dry, which equals less time in the dryer or on the line.
I like that it allows for custom leg tightness.

What I do not like:

I do not like that it says 5-35LBS. My son is 30lbs and it is on the highest rise, and largest waist settings. see photo below for the diaper on its largest settings.

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Now what we have all been waiting for!! The Diaper Action Shots!

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You can buy a Maude Baby Diaper HERE for $17.99 (when they first started they were $30!) I'm so happy to see them at a better price!
Or You can win one here!

I am giving away my Review Diaper to one of my lucky readers! You will get the diaper pictured in these photos. It has been prepped, and only worn to see the fit, and for this review.

We have been lucky enough to have been selected by Rafflecopter to be able to try out their new program as well! I think it's awsome and makes the giveaway's easier! Check it out! comment below this post and let me know what you think of this way to enter!




Friday, June 10, 2011

Pink Princess {Giveaway} Winner! Was it You?!?!

We had 103 Entries into our Pink Princess Giveaway! It takes me longer to verify all winners because for #1, Blogger does not number entries, but this one was simple. #2 No one leaves Facebook names or URL's to their entries which makes it even harder...ANYWAYS! HERE IT IS!

Winner is Comment Number:

Comment number 89 was:


Email address has been blanked partially out for privacy reasons!

Congrats Robin! Please respond to your email ASAP!

Thank you to all who entered!

Want a Free Baby Jogger City Mini Stroller? Enroll today!

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of CryoCell International for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine.

As a mom I know how hard it is to exercise after a baby is born. It gets much harder the more children you have as well. The energy, and the ambition just seems to get to be less and less. However, would it be easier for you to exercise if you had the right stroller to take your baby with you?

How about securing and keeping the baby's cord blood so they will have a healthy future? Cryo-Cell can help you do that! Although that is rewarding enough, they would reward you more! Wouldn't you want the baby to have a healthy future before they can even exercise?

Are you pregnant? do you know someone who is pregnant? would you like to get them a great gift? Sign up to have the baby's cord blood banked for future use, against many diseases. After you sign up for this, you or the mother would receive a Baby Jogger Mini Stroller!

This is the absolute best gift that you can have, get or want! Security for your child, and a way to get exercise and start healthy after the baby is born.

 

Can you think of a better way of celebrating the birth of your newborn, other than walking or jogging around with this great stroller, and showing off your little one, all while getting back into shape?!? I can't think of a better way!

What are you waiting for? its simple, and you can enroll today! You have to at least check it out, and if you sign up, you get a free stroller, what is there to lose? (besides the baby weight after the baby's born, and oh yeah, you'll protect the baby against diseases by banking the cord blood. but it's up to you, the choice is yours.

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Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Talk about it Tuesday Recap! #Guns don't kill people, People kill People

So, tonight I started a Talk about it Tuesday!

Tonight, I had more participants than I thought would chime in, but I love it!

Here was the first Facebook Post:

Tonight's 1st talk about it Tuesday Topic:


Who is against guns? Who believes the phrase "guns kill people?"

and Yes, I know I am opening a can of worms here! But I need to know every ones thoughts before I post the blog post...

Unanimous Decision:

Guns are not the ones to kill people, people pulling the trigger kills people. You don't need a gun to kill, you could kill someone with a spoon. There are so many tragic endings to lives, that could be avoided, especially the ones involving children. If the gun owner had been educated at all about their firearms, they all could have been prevents. The children that die because of parents leaving loaded guns in drawers, or under beds because they live in a "bad" neighborhood, is not an excuse. If the neighborhood is THAT bad, then you should not live there.

Having guns in a house with children is okay as long as they are locked up, and disassembled. Everyone who agreed said that when they were young children when they were introduced to guns, before they were even curious to what guns were, and that they were educated by their parents about them. They were educated on what could happen with them, and how they worked, and the proper handling. They were educated the right way, and when old enough they were taught how to use them in a safe manner.

 It was agreed that NOTeveryone should be able to buy guns when they reach a certain age, and that there should be a requirement of getting a certified education by an instructor, and holding the proper license to own one.

It has been said before that "gun's kill people" and this saying tonight has been talked about. It is not the GUN that kills people, it's the person behind the gun, who pulls the trigger that kills the person. Hence why the person who uses the gun is prosecuted, and not the gun itself.

The Second Amendment states: "... the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed."

The meaning of this amendment would vary on whom with you speak about this. I do not think it's infringing on your rights to have and bear arms if you are required to be properly trained with the firarm you wish to have in order to be able to purchase it. I DO NOT think you should be allowed to just buy a gun.

Did you hear a while back about the person who shot his foot off, and then sued the gun company because it happened? Now, if this person was properly trained on his gun, and how to use it, that would have never happened.

All these familes who had guns in the house, and who's children died because their children got a hold of their gun out of curiousity, should be prosecuted becuse they were negelectful, and untrained.

If you have your opion on our Talk about it Tuesday, please comment below. I would be happy to have the conversation with you as well. I will be posting our other two topics from tonight, tomorow, one was about cloth diapers VS disposable, and the other topic was Obama.

Thanks for reading everyone. Please chime in, i would love to get talking some more!

Have a great Wednesday!

Monday, June 6, 2011

Are you ready for It's #allaboutthefluff Event? Pre Event Giveaway!

So, I got invited to try out Rafflecopter, and Just in time for our it's all about the fluff event! So, I am doing a PRE event Giveaway that will consist of:
2 Rockin Green Samples
3 Flannel/minky Wipes

there will be 1 winner to take all!


Sunday, June 5, 2011

Looking for Sponsorship

Remember that video a couple of days ago that I posted for the Salsa Sensations Blogher Contest, where they will be sending one lucky blogger to Blogher in California this year? Yeah, that one.

If I don't win, (and I don't have any luck in the world anyways LOL) I will need to find other sponsorship.

As Most of you know, without sponsorship, I will not be able to attend, unlike a lot of other bloggers who are financially able to attend on their own. I have been writing to companies for months and offering them whatever I could in order to gain sponsorship for this trip. So far, no luck.

If anyone hears of any companies that would like to sponsor a a Blogger to to the Blogher Conference this year, please let me know, give them my name, something, anything! I would so love to attend blogher, and learn all that I can, and help promote companies, and soak up knowledge from others.

If Companies are reading this and interested in sponsoring me, please look at these links below, These links are previous reviews, and giveaways that I have written on my blog, this gives you a look into my writing style!

Thnkas Everyone and have a great day!

Pink Princess
KAMsnaps
Merrimack Valley Diapers
Tag*a*long
Agoo Baby Legs
CSNstores #2
Dr. Bloom Chewable Jewels
Baby Legs
Tommee Tippee
Thanks Mama CD Store Grovia All In One
CSNstores #1
My Baby's Green Cloth Diaper
Smart Mom Teething Bling
Fracture Picture Frames
Rockin Green CD Detergent
Tommee Tippee Bottles
Ellas Kitchen Organic Baby Food

Oh yeah, and dont forget our Fluff event starts in 5 days! be on the look out for the cloth diaper and fluff related reviews coming soon! and the giveaways starting June 11th!

My children are circumsized...

Yes, I have to admit. That both my boys are circumsized.

I am now writing about this topic because I am seeing that there is a big contraversy to ban "genital mutilation" or also known as circumcisiton. To me, Circumcision is a choice, not  mandatory. It is the parents choice of the baby to decide if the boy will be circumsized or not. People say that it tramatizes the child, however, both my children are perfectly fine, and heck, dont even remember it because they were just days old!

I know there will be some comments on this post about how I should not have done it, or how it's wrong. Well, guess what? it's NOT wrong. It's perfectly normal!

So, don't critisize me for having it done on my children, I dont critisize you for NOT doing it to yours.

 I believe that it should be a parental choice to whether it's done or not, and what the parents choose to do should NOT be critisized by others who chose to do the opposite.

Saturday, June 4, 2011

I submitted my entry for the @SalsaSensations Contest! Help me with my #salsacraving please!

Hi Everyone!

I finally submitted my entry for the Salsa Sensations Contest, where they will be choosing one lucky blogger to attend Blogher 2011 this year in San Dieago California!

I am really hoping to have atleast a shot in the finalists, although I am sure there are bloggers who have entered who have a larger fan base and more popularity than I do. But I had to atleast give it a shot. I know that they wanted a creative video, but I decided, that the best way for me to be creative is to just be ME!

So, Please watch my video entry and give me your thoughts!



This would be a dream, and an opportunity of a lifetime for me to be able to attend. i would learn so much from attending this conference.

Thank you so much to Salsa Sensations for doing this contest, and giving me the opportunity to enter to win. I have my fingers crossed!! Even my toes are crossed!! LOL

Please help me by tweeting with me using the hastag #salsacraving !!!

I Like it Spicey! #salsacraving

I like it Spicey & Hot!

Wait...What are you thinking about?
GET YOUR MIND OUT OF THE GUTTER!

I'm talking about Salsa!

Salsa is a great party favor or side dish at a BBQ. Put it with some cheese & Tortilla chips, and {BAM}, Instant Pleasure!

There's a GREAT recipe that I would love to make (If my family liked spicey food like I do), and it looks fantastic, and even the horriblest of cooks could make it! Its that simple!


You will need:

2 Mini Bagels (Toasted)
1/4 cup(s) Mexi-Cheese
1/2 cup(s) Black Beans (drained and rinsed)
1/4 cup(s) red pepper, chopped
1/4 cup(s) mango, chopped
1/4 cup(s) orange pepper, chopped
1/4 cup(s) Salsa Sensations Medium Salsa
2 tablespoon(s) Sour Cream
1 tablespoon(s) chpped cilantro
2 qty limes, juiced
1 qty avaocado, sliced

Please Note: Preparation Time: 25 minutes Cooking Time: 1 minutes Serves: 4

Combine black beans, peppers, mango, cilantro and lime juice. Let sit.

Toast Mini Bagels in toaster oven. Top with cheese and microwave for 10 seconds. Top with black bean salad, Sensational Salsa, sour cream, avocado and cilantro.

Serve Immediately.

These photos make it seem even more delicious!



I want to be a better Blogger!
Help me to win a trip to Blogher '11 this year!
Tweet with me using the Hashtag #salsacraving

Let's Show Salsa Sensations that I can represent their brand to infinity and beyond!
Let's Rock this party!


*photo's courtsey of Salsa Sensations as well as the Recipe. You can find more recipes HERE as well as siging up for their newsletter, and for valuable coupons.


 


Friday, June 3, 2011

I will Blog for Salsa! #Salsacraving

Please Send Me To Blogher '11!!

Blogher is a blog conference that every blogger DREAMS of attending!

This conference is being held in San Diego, California in August this year, and with us living in Massachusetts, it's a little easier said than done.

However, Salsa Sensations is offering one LUCKY Blogger the chance to attend, all expenses paid! This would be a dream come true for me, since unless I am sponsored, I am unable to attend.

I would love to become a better blogger, not only for myself, but for my family. Blogging can take you in many directions, depending on your readers, and topics. This blog focuses on our trials, and efforts, and fails of parenting, and along the way, we rave about products we LOVE and rant about products, that do not fit our standards.

This conference could teach me all about these things. I am asking YOU, my readers to help me get to Blogher '11 this year.

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Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Wordless Wednesday- 5 Generations!

We celebrated my Great Grand Mothers 94th Birthday this weekend, with all of her Children, grand children, great grand children, and great great grandchildren!

Our family has 5 Generations living! All photos were taken by me (with the help of a tripod) and 3 or 4 taken by my aunt Sonya.

This is my Perfectly Function, Dysfunctional Family <3

Drool Baby Expo Wrap-up!

So, we went to the Drool Baby Expo Tuesday night at the seaport hotel in Boston, Massachusetts.

Magic beans organized this event, which was an extreme success!








This was the initial view from the entrance!!

We then ventured around to some stations/exhibits, which turned into me getting a mini make up make over from the Becca Line!






Then they were recording the make over with video camera so I'm not sure where that video is, but if someone does, please let me know!! But that is why I am smiling and giggling kinda in this photo below...






Then below is the result from my mini make up make over!!! What do you think??
I think I looked like a clown!! Lol, make up is for some people, just not for me. I'm an eye liner and mascara only kinda girl LOL





Then we learned about the grow bag. Below in the picture is a size 12-18 months and it's purpose is to keep the child warm because "you are not supposed to put loose blankets in with a baby". However, knowing my son who is 16 months, this would not fly with him. He rolls around sooo much while sleeping, so this would not be a product for us, but definitely is a great idea.






Then we visited the Boon Inc table. They had a lot of great products, especially their drying rack that looks like grass. I always thought it was soft like the silicone or rubber toys, but it's actually a soft hard (if that makes sense) to be able to hold things upright.






Then there was a vendor there who did 3D ultrasounds. These are a great thing! We ha them with Matthew, and we could tell by the pictures that Matthew was going to look like Jacob before he was even born! If your pregnant, I strongly suggest getting one of these done, they are priceless memories that you will want to keep forever!!





Then we visited Ergo's spot. We love ergo and hopefully one day we'll be able to do a review of one of their carriers. We would like to give a big THANK YOU to ergo for doing their contest to win a pair of tickets. Without that, we wouldn't have been able to go!! Thank you ergo for the tickets and the hat :-)






Then we met these nice ladies!! They prepare home cooked packages that you freeze and then thaw when your read for a home cooked meal! The BBQ chicken sample was delicious!






Jot journal is an amazing thing! It puts your status and photos into a printed book from Facebook! How cool Is that!?!?





Stokke is as always an amazing product! Don't you just love that bassinet???






That small lightweight highchair by Stokke is sweet too! And so modern and stylish!




Skip*Hop has some really cute awesome stuff! Remember that post I did for CSNstores a while back? Well the lunchbox I featured is made by skip*hop and is extremely cute!





Macleran as we all know is quite pricey, but their products are well worth it! This stroller was used for demonstrations and with 4 easy steps it folds up for storage and is extremely light weight! I'd absolutely love to review one of these!




OXO has great items for feeding infants and toddlers. Their snack containers are cute, economical and my son loves them!




Babycook is a great product! It steams the food and then purées it for baby to eat! It's a great tool if you make all your babies food like I do!




Donkeys strollers are to die for! Extremely lightweight and perfect for infant to toddler, I'd love to review one of these too!



Do I need to say much about babybjorn? Lightweight, storage friendly and so stylish! I'm in love with this highchair!



Look at this highchair it's lightweight and perfect! Now look at the photo below this to see how it folds! I love this folding feature! It's weight capacity is 40lbs too which is great!


Now see how small and flat it folds down! Barley any room needed for storage! Sweet!



Zoli baby has a great item that caught my attention! They have a nail filer for babies! It takes batteries and can file the baby's nails without the chance of cutting them too small! Definitely mama approved!


I love the "carry" potty idea! It's small, lightweight and portable! Have you ever had to stop somewhere for a potty break and you can use the bathrooms but they aren't clean enough for your children?! I'd love to review this when the time comes for Matthew to potty train it looks nice and practical!!!


Then there's britax! Britax is insanely awesome! I can't wait to be able to get Matthew one of their boosters! Come on everyone! Get my PR up so Britax will want to work with me for a review! Britax is all about safety and I trust them with my children's lives!


Drool baby sponsors!


Check out some of the items in the regular gift bags! If this is a regular one, it makes me wonder what was in the VIP one!


Drool was a huge success and Magic Beans put on a great Expo! I hope to get a VIP ticket next year as this expo was da bomb!!!

Kudos magic beans and sponsors! Hope to see you next year! Thank you for a great evening!!!