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April 14, 2014

Huggies Little Movers Slip Ons - Way to go Huggies!!!

I participated in an Ambassador Program on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for Huggies. I received product samples to facilitate my review and to thank me for my participation.

My son took his first step on his first birthday, and now at 16 months is confidently walking and cruising everywhere, but with more movement came more diaper leakage so I was thrilled when asked to try out Huggies Little Movers Slip-On Diapers. This product is designed for standing/newly walking babies, and not for potty training. I know I originally was a bit confused on if these were for potty training or just for moving babies, so I wanted to share with other moms and my readers. These slip on diapers are made with stretchy sides that don't need adjusting, so I could stop "changing" my son and start "dressing" him, or allowing him to dress himself. He loves when he  learns new things; he feels like such a big boy.















We have been trying to teach him to pull his socks off, pull his pants up etc, and now we tell him to pull his diaper up and he does. It isn't always 100% successful, but he tries so hard! He gets so proud of himself that usually results in some very silly faces like this one!

At first I was worried about how to take the diapers off, especially those filled with the unspeakable messes only a toddler can make, but thankfully these come with tabs that allow you to remove the diaper and roll it up for disposal, so there's no need to slide them off when they are messy. The last thing any mom wants to do is slide a messy diaper down the kicking legs of a toddler, only to make an even bigger mess. 

I was also concerned about how long these diapers would last when compared to our previous brands, but I was pleasantly surprised. My son usually goes about 5-8 hours in a diaper, and he's worn his Huggies Little Movers Slip-Ons overnight (for him, this is 10pm until 9am), and he hasn't leaked through yet. I can't say the same for the diapers we were previously using, so I've been converted!


I would definitely recommend this product to other moms of mobile kids. I don't think that children need these as much when they aren't crawling or walking, but once they start moving they need a diaper that can bend and move with them, providing give & take while still providing the ultimate in leak protection.

If you would like to try them for yourself, here is a link to a $1 off coupon on any package of Huggies Slip On Diapers: http://huggies.com/firstfit 
Note: you will be required to register with huggies.com prior to obtaining the coupon!

Thank you Mom Central Consulting and Huggies for the Huggies samples and this opportunity!

April 11, 2014

#EggoYourWay Contest

This is a sponsored post on behalf of Eggo with One2One Network. All opinions and ideas are my own. 

Eggo has whipped up a #EggoYourWay recipe contest, and you're invited to spread the word! After all, you're never too old to play with your food. 


Eggo Waffles aren't just for breakfast. One of my favorite dishes was inspired by a local park - Knobels. They have a restaurant on site that serves Chicken and Waffles with gravy. It is delicious!!!






Love Eggos, enter your your unique and delish #EggoYourWay recipe and you could win $10,000, $2500 or a year’s supply of waffles!  Eight finalists will be selected by the Eggo Recipe Experts and the prizes are:
1 – $10,000 check for the grand prize winner
2 – $2500 check to two first prize winners
8 – eight finalists will win 24 Eggo product coupons for a year’s supply of Eggos (well, except in our house…  24 packages of Eggos won’t last very long with my kids…  but still an awesome prize!)
You can submit as many Eggo Waffle recipes as you’d like!

#EggoYourWay
Enter here!  GOOD LUCK!

April 08, 2014

Educational App!!!

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Preschool Kids Games & Kid' Puzzles for curious girls and boys: Learn Interactive ABC Alphabet Phonics tracing with educational app based on Montessori match letter quiz and logical math game for toddler, kindergarten children iPad free by Kids Academy.

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While I am not the type of parent to hand my phone over to my son, I do appreciate that there are educational apps out there so that if my child is using my phone for entertainment, he's learning something useful. 

They offer three main screens to show letters and corresponding items (B-Bee, Bridge, Building etc), on another screen it teaches kids to trace letters, and finally a page for numbers.

So while I like what this app has to offer, the ad for more workbooks popped up several times while I was using this app, and I'm not sure kids would know what to do with this. I also saw "over arrows" but couldn't get them to do anything, so that was confusing. Perhaps it's user error, or maybe it's an app issue, I'm not sure.

Download from itunes today!!!

April 06, 2014

Blog Book Tour: What Follows After by Dan Walsh


What Follows After

Have I mentioned lately how much I LOVE Dan Walsh's novels? Every single book of his that I've started, I couldn't put down, and What Follows After was no exception. What is this book about, you ask? The book description is below:

In October 1962, Colt Harrison and his little brother, Timmy, hatched a plan. They would run away from their Florida home, head for their aunt's house in Savannah, Georgia, and refuse to come home until their parents got back together. But things go terribly, terribly wrong. Colt's mother and father must come to grips with years of neglect and mistrust in order to recover their beloved sons, their love for one another, and their broken marriage. 

The novel starts with a man who received a lake house from someone's will, but it obviously has bad memories, but the reader doesn't know why. As the story unfolds we learn about Timmy and Colt's decision to runwaway from home and all that resulted from that decision. I really felt for the kids who just wanted to see their parents get back together. So often kids are the ones who are hurt by parents' decision to split up. They don't understand. I also could empathize for Gina and Scott when their son went missing. I know I've only been a mom for 15 months, but I can only imagine the sheer terror a parent feels when their child goes missing. This book was so full of emotion, suspense, highs and lows, and I loved it! 

Many thanks to Baker Publishing for an advanced copy of this book to review!

March 25, 2014

GIVEAWAY: $50 Lowe's Giftcard

About American Dream Builders

The American Dream Home is something everyone fantasizes about. Whether it’s a new closet, a larger family room, or simply a place to put all your stuff, there’s always something we want to change about where we live!
What if you could make your home into your Dream Home?
AMERICAN DREAM BUILDERS – a new show on NBC airing on Sunday at 8/7c – and Lowe’s want to make your dream a reality
Hosted by famed interior designer and best-selling author, Nate Berkus, AMERICAN DREAM BUILDERS follows the nation’s top 12 designers and home builders as they compete to be crowned the Ultimate Dream Builder and take home a $250,000 cash prize. It’s the home competition that will change everything!

From the producers of Survivor and The Bachelor, don’t miss AMERICAN DREAM BUILDERS, Sundays at 8/7c, only on NBC.

You can enter for a chance to win $100,000 in products and services from Lowe’s and a consultation with the winner of American Dream Builders!

Enter for a chance to win your dream renovation at www.nbc.com/lowes.
You will have the opportunity to earn 5 bonus entries when you “Dream It Yourself”! Upload a photo and description of a home project you are working on and EARN 5 BONUS SWEEPSTAKES ENTRIES.
Finally, follow the show on Facebook and Twitter for a chance to win more prizes from American Dream Builders and Lowe’s!


WIN IT: $50 Lowe's Gift Card 

HOW TO ENTER:
a Rafflecopter giveaway

(Each household is only eligible to win One (1) $50 Lowe's Gift Card via blog reviews and giveaways. Only one entrant per mailing address per giveaway. If you have won the same prize on another blog, you will not be eligible to win it again. Winner is subject to eligibility verification)


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March of Dimes Ebay Campaign - Create a collection to get a donation!!!!

Together with March of Dimes, we celebrate the potential in all. We believe everyone is born to be something great. Help eBay reach their goal of raising $25,000 for March of Dimes this month by creating 25,000 eBay collections. We are looking to our community to curate boards “for a cause,” and for every collection created, eBay will donate $1 to March of Dimes!

It takes a few minutes to create a collection, and it's for a good cause. How many of use spend hours perusing ebay for cute outfits, shoes, jewelry and more? Why not put this "window shopping" to good use and create a collection which will garner a donation to March of Dimes???

There’s also a sweepstakes for you! Everyone who curates a collection with the #ImBornTo hashtag meeting entry requirements will be entered for a chance to win a $5,000 prize.
One (1) Grand Prize: An eBay Collection shopping spree valuedat $5,000. Approximate Retail Value (ARV): $5,000. Prize funds to be awarded as a transfer to the winner's PayPal account. (see official rules)

Full instructions on how to curate a collection can be found here: http://eshopping.promotw.com/curateforacause/

For each Collection you create during the month of March, eBay will donate $1.00 to the March of Dimes® (up to $25,000 to be donated in total). The maximum dollar amount that will be donated by eBay through this Sweepstakes is $25,000.
A Collection consists of six (6) or more eBay products and the title must start with with the hashtag #ImBornTo. Create #imbornto collections to be inspirational.

Examples of collection titles:
#imbornto play in the big leagues
#imbornto be a mom
#imbornto be a race car driver
#imbornto feed the world my cuisine
#imbornto be a farmer of organic food
#imbornto be a vegetarian
#imbornto be a home designer
#ImBornTo be a fashion designer#ImBornTo drive classic cars
#ImBornTo photograph memories.

#ImBornTo photograph memories.
#ImBornTo photograph memories.

Online sweepstakes entries must be received by 11:59:59 PM PT on March 31, 2014 in order to be eligible.

March 24, 2014

Phantom of the Opera Comes to the Academy of Music MARCH 19 – APRIL 12


PHANTOM plays at the Academy of Music March 19 – April 12, as part of BROADWAY PHILADELPHIA, presented by the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts and the Shubert Organization.  With newly reinvented staging and stunning scenic design, this new version of PHANTOM is impressive to say the least. 


For those of you who are unfamiliar with the story behind the show, it is based on the novel Le Fantome de L'Opera by Gaston Leroux. It tells the story of a masked figure who lurks beneath the catacombs of the Paris Opera House, exercising a reign of terror over all who inhabit it. He falls madly in love with an innocent young soprano, Christine, and devotes himself to creating a new star by nurturing her extraordinary talents and by employing all of the devious methods at his command.
While I knew the music from this show, I had never seen it before. Although I was not a fan of the dark theme of this show, it was incredibly well done. The staging and effects alone are enough to impress, not to mention the skill of the actors/singers on stage. The main scene wall rotates around the stage and accounts for most of the various settings, and it was immensely impressive. At one point the phantom and Christine are climbing down from the top of this set, and stairs just appear from inside the wall as they are walking down. It reminded me of something out of an Indiana Jones movie. Not only was the stage set impressive, but also the chandelier, comprised of over 6,000 beads, 632 strands, and weighing in at 1 ton. Staging, lighting, and the pyrotechnic effects were amazing. Sparks were flying during this show, both literal, and figuratively speaking. It was an impressive show!
For more information on this production, or upcoming performances please visit: http://kimmelcenter.org/

Many thanks to Kimmel Center for providing me with the opportunity to attend this show, for review, but all opinions are my own.

March 20, 2014

Solosso Custom Dress Shirts


SolossoFrom start to finish, Solosso puts thought into every step.  I had the chance to design a custom made shirt from scratch.  Designing the shirt was really easy and pictures/descriptions on the website definitely helped.  I am not going to lie, there was some terminology that I had never heard of, but with the click of a button, Solosso made it easy to understand in layman's terms. 

I (my husband) was most worried about getting the exact measurements, so what I did was use a shirt I already had and entered those exact measurements online. It did take some time, but was well worth it.  You know what they say about measuring twice and cutting once.  For those who do not wish to worry about measurements, Solosso gives you the opportunity to send in one of your fitted shirts and match your custom made shirt to those specifications. 
When it comes to quality, Solosso has got you covered.  They use the finest fabrics, stainless steel collar stays and mother of pearl buttons.  I was really impressed with how crisp the shirt felt and how delicately packaged it arrived in the mail.  One thing the consumer cannot control is the choice of buttons. Solosso uses traditional mother of pearl buttons, instead of plastic buttons.  I do like the buttons; however, the back of one of them arrived cracked. Solosso does include an extra button on the inside lining of the shirt, like other manufacturers.  

Overall, this shirt is a great fit and I feel really confident wearing it to formal and informal events.  I chose to have my shirt monogrammed, which I feel adds that special touch you cannot find just anywhere.  My one recommendation is to include cleaning instructions inside of the shirt.  

Many thanks to Solosso for the opportunity to order a custom shirt for this review. We are very impressed!!!

Head on over and order yours today: http://www.solosso.com/

March 19, 2014

CRUSH Minimal Effort Pill Crusher


Disclosure: I got this product as part of an advertorial.

It just so happened that the week after I received the CRUSH Minimal effort pill crusher, that I got a cold and had some massive pills prescribed. I, sadly, am not able to swallow large pills so I had a chance to try both the pill crushers. They worked perfectly! With a simple twist or two the pill was pulverized and ready to be dissolved or added to a food for consumption.

About this Brand:

CRUSH is for people who don’t like taking pills or who have difficulty swallowing them and instead choose to crush medications into a powder and ingest them in food and drink.


Most pill crushers on the market require repeated twisting and untwisting to get the job done, and can be very difficult on the hands. In addition, most pill crushers out there can only crush small pills and cannot handle turning larger pills into powder. Finally, we couldn’t find one single pill crusher that doubled as a pill box.

So, we created a pill crusher with real muscle that does most of the work itself and is ergonomic and easy on the hands and wrists. CRUSH quickly and effectively crushes all tablet types of all size, shape, and texture. And it’s a self-contained, all-in-one crusher-and-case.


CRUSH is easy to clean and fun to use. We hope that when you use it you’ll be pleasantly surprised at how little it makes your hands work. We hope it wil inspire you to take a moment to stop, listen to the snap and crunch, and appreciate the strength it takes to stay healthy.

CRUSH is made by Sabi:
Website: http://www.sabi.com
Blog: blog.sabi.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Sabibrand
Twitter: @sabi_brand


I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

March 13, 2014

GIVEAWAY: Veronica Mars DVD

About Veronica Mars KF

On the eve of graduating law school, Veronica Mars has put Neptune and her amateur sleuthing days behind her. While interviewing at high-end New York law firms, Veronica Mars gets a call from her ex-boyfriend Logan who has been accused of murder. Veronica heads back to Neptune just to help Logan find an attorney, but when things don't seem right with how Logan's case is perceived and handled, Veronica finds herself being pulled back into a life she thought she had left behind.
See it In Theaters MARCH 14
Pre-order on DIGITAL HD


WIN IT: Veronica Mars DVD (open to US and Canada)

HOW TO ENTER:
Take the 3 levels of “Purity Test Marshmallow Super-Fan Trivia” and post their results in the comments section as a giveaway entry. Be sure to leave an email address, or else I can't reach you to say you've won!!!

Each household is only eligible to win One (1) Veronica Mars DVD via blog reviews and giveaways. Only one entrant per mailing address per giveaway. If you have won the same prize on another blog, you will not be eligible to win it again. Winner is subject to eligibility verification.

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Giveaway and all information provided by PartnersHub and VM.

March 12, 2014

Heart Healthy Recipes

About Campbell's Address Your Heart

Health is foremost on people’s minds, keeping your family in tip top shape can be a challenge in these busy times. Campbell’s Soup wants you to “Address Your Heart” with Heart Healthy Tips, recipes and more! 

Visit AddressYourHeart.com to get heart-healthy tips, including 21 Campbell’s recipes that are certified by the AHA and product coupons, as well as Facebook.com/campbellskitchen for the latest Campbell’s recipes and offers.

Our family tries to eat a lot of whole grains and fresh fruits and vegetables to stay heart healthy. We have been making a lot of quinoa dishes lately, or baked goods using oats and kamut. I'm always on the lookout for heart healthy recipes to try on my family. Check out some interesting sounding recipes below:

  This post is sponsored by Campbell Soup Company

Book Tour: In the Shadow of Jezebel


In The Shadow Of Jezebel (Treasure Of His Love, #4)Princess Jehosheba wants nothing more than to please the harsh and demanding Queen Athaliah, daughter of the notorious Queen Jezebel. Her work as a priestess in the temple of Baal seems to do the trick. But when a mysterious letter from the dead prophet Elijah predicts doom for the royal household, Jehosheba realizes that the dark arts she practices reach beyond the realm of earthly governments. To further Athaliah and Jezebel’s strategies, she is forced to marry Yahweh’s high priest and enters the unfamiliar world of Yahweh’s temple. Can her new husband show her the truth and love she craves? And can Jehosheba overcome her fear and save the family–and the nation–she loves?


First off, I just have to say how much I enjoy Mesu's stories. I've been a huge fan since I read Love Amid the Ashes, so when I was invited to take part in this blog book review tour, I jumped at the chance. She has a way of writing which pulls the reader into that time and into the lives of the characters, and this novel is not exception. It makes you view the characters differently. Her books also urge me personally to research the story more deeply and compare to the actual Biblical account. I didn't know anything about Jezebel, except that she had the reputation as a "bad girl" of the Bible, so it was nice reading this novel without any preconceived notions.

I received a copy of this novel for review. 

Paperback Swap!!! (get rid of old books and get new ones)

Trade Books for Free - PaperBack Swap.

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