Category - Family

Hooked on Phonics Master Reader Review and Giveaway {CLOSED}

Hooked on Phonics Review GiveawayIn case you haven’t heard I love Hooked on Phonics. Just in time for school to start, I was able to do a review for their Learn To Read Program where Miss A quickly learned her ABCs, she is now spelling out words and beginning reading thanks to Hooked on Phonics. Check out my full review here.

This time I was sent their Master Reader program for children ages 7 and up that is so packed full of learning goodness that I could barely lift the box when it arrived on my doorstep. I was hoping they didn’t just fill it with bricks and much to my delight there were several great Hooked on Phonics Master Reader materials. Read More

Breastfeeding and Beer?

Breastfeeding and Beer?Watching reality TV is one of my guilty pleasures, and I must say I watch far too much of it, if I’m being honest, which I really try to do most of the time. Anyway, out of the shows I watch The Real Housewives series are tops on my list and now a fun spin-off of one of my fav’s from The Real Housewives of New York has her own show. Bethenny Frankel is the star of Bethenny Getting Married? and she is super sarcastic, like me (‘cept I’m not mean, I don’t think,) has a new baby, like me, and is breastfeeding, like me, so it’s pretty fun to watch even though we do have some major differences as well.

As I (and secretly Daddy B) was watching this past week’s episode I noticed the baby nurse giving Bethenny a Blue Moon, no this is not an advertisement but I do really enjoy a good Blue Moon, I did a double take and quickly said to Daddy B, who was blogging on his own blog at the time, “You HAVE to look that up, right now!” I was intrigued! I know many people have found it to be controversial and here are my thoughts on the matter considering that it is World Breastfeeding Week today through the 7th! Read More

The Couponizer Review and Giveaway {CLOSED}

Yep, you guessed it, I’m one of those mommas or at least pretending to be one. A coupon lady. I’ve always had a small coupon book that I carried with me, but after hearing from friends that they walked out of grocery stores with hundreds of dollars in savings or that the store paid them after their shopping trip, I just couldn’t resist.

The only problem was that I didn’t know where to start. So I found The Couponizer and founder, wife, and mother, Amy Bergin and began my couponing ways. When I opened up my package I spread everything out so you can see what The Couponizer comes with. Here’s a picture of my Couponizer goodies: Read More

MommyB is for Bountiful Harvest

Today was our first Farmer’s Market visit and as I sit here eating McDonald’s, yes you heard right, not food from Old MacDonald’s farm, the kind of McDonald’s that has the fries that never decompose, I wonder where it all went wrong. I guess perhaps it all started this morning…I wasn’t feeling great and Daddy B let me sleep in with Baby C, we ended up getting up around 10:30, this is crazy late for me.

Now in a perfect world I’d get up at 10:30 and the whole family would be ready to head out the door by 11:00 right? Not with us, not only did I need to get myself around, I needed to feed Baby C, get her dressed, dress Little Miss A, and then, dum…dum…dum…Mis A’s hair….this is an entity in itself. Often times I find myself wondering why I prayed for daughters with curly hair, and I love the look when it’s all pretty and done up, but it sure does take some energy, time, and product! After all of us getting ready plus 30 minutes for two puffy piggies, we were finally out the door…at lunchtime?!?! Read More

Introducing the Ball Canning Discovery Kit (Giveaway) {CLOSED}

So my luncheon was a success, Baby C was good for Daddy B, she even took a nap and Little Miss A got treated to some McDonalds (long story short, we gave the lunch I packed for her to a homeless man who needed it more.) I abhor being late, but now that I’m a mom it’s something I have to get over. So, I was very tense being a few minutes late for the luncheon, but I don’t think anyone noticed.

I had no clue where to sit so I grabbed a seat next to three great women, Kathy from Kath Eats Real Food, Emily from The Front Burner, and Caitlin from Healthy Tipping Point, right away I noticed these ladies were total foodies, I felt a little weird sitting there, being a stay-at-home-mom who usually eats standing and often with my fingers, but again I don’t think anyone really noticed. From what I gathered I think I may have been the only mom blogger there, which was pretty cool. The girls and I talked a little about Virginia and DC as two of them are moving away very soon. Read More

Sand Gone Giveaway {CLOSED}

So occasionally the companies that send samples for reviews are kind enough to provide an extra for my lucky readers, I posed the review for Sand Gone earlier today here: forgetting that Tiffany has so graciously offered one lucky MommyB Knows Best Reader one of their very own containers of Sand Gone!!

So for those of you who were bummed that I wasn’t doing a Sand Gone giveaway, you’re in luck, you have until July 21st to enter and win and 8 ounce container of Sand Gone.

Here’s how to win: Using the entry form directly below this post (NOT the comment form), submit your name, an email address that you check regularly, and the entry you are submitting. *Please note the Mandatory Entry MUST be completed before you can qualify for additional entries

Giveaway ends July 21st @12:00 am. The winner will be chosen at random, verified, emailed, and announced in a Winner’s post. The winner will have 48 hours to respond to the email from MommyB to claim the prize, if the prize is not claimed within 48 hours a new winner will be chosen at random. You must be a US resident and 18 years or older to enter.

Sand Gone Review

I love summer vacation, the “B” family and I just got back from a great vacation at Myrtle Beach. I know most of you will disagree with me but personally I’d rather spend my time at the pool rather than the beach. I’m not a huge nature person so the sand and salt water just aren’t my thing.

Unfortunately for me Little Miss A loves the beach, so I put on a happy smile and enjoy taking her, even though I know I can expect sand coming out of my ears for days. Or maybe not…with Sand Gone.

I found Sand Gone on another mommy blog and thought with my love *eye roll* of all things sand, that I should try it out. Tiffany Smith, creator of Sand Gone has two children of her own and was nice enough to send a sample my way.
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Ball Canning Event

I’ve been invited to attend a great Charlotte event featuring the new Ball Canning Discovery Kit.  So far it looks pretty great. But I’ll be attending a luncheon to learn more about how it works and benefits. I’m hoping to find out a little more about family meals and maybe even preserving baby foods this way. Pretty cool huh?

In attendance will be several other local bloggers, retailers, consumers, and local press. The event also features Chef Keith Snow of PBS’ “Harvest Eating.” Chef Snow is a Carolina resident and touts wholesome eating. I’m very excited to meet him and learn some mommy tricks to bring back home to my family and yours. Check out his other site as well.

I’ll be posting all about my fun luncheon today very soon. I just hope Baby C is good for daddy while I’m gone.

Market Mommies Feature

marketmommiesI had the great pleasure of “meeting” Toni, the smart mommy behind the website through Twitter. is a great site where you can shop and support Mom owned and run businesses, I adore the concept and think it’s so important for us moms to support each other in our endeavors. I love the mommy love!

Toni is mom to 3 children, 2 boys 5 years old and 3 years old and a little one year old baby girl.  She worked in media/public relations and as a television news producer before children and  after quiting to stay at home with her son, she started to meet moms who were following their dreams of starting their own business. A number stay-at-home moms I’ve met are, “mompreneurs” (moms who are entrepreneurs,) or want to be one.

Most mom businesses thrive on word-of-mouth advertising, especially for the start-ups. It’s a great way to spread the word and it’s free advertising essentially. Plus, most of us moms will tell everyone we know if we love (or hate) a product. Toni mentioned that word-of-mouth, coming from her pr background, is one of the slowest forms of advertising. Read More

Momover Review

momoverMomover, The New Mom’s Guide to Getting It Back Together by Dana Wood, with foreword by Veronica Webb, is a hysterically real-to-life account of motherhood, giving new moms some straightforward tips to recovery.Dana Wood is not only the author, but she is also a mother, wife, and is currently the senior fashion features editor of W magazine. Wood was also the health and beauty director of Cookie, touted as the stylish parenting magazine for the new, modern mom. Wood shares her own motherhood experiences, advice, and even mistakes in this amazing self-help like book. It’s something I’d recommend to all of my pregnant or new mommy friends. Read More