Category - Family

You Oughta Know

There are some little known facts out there that I personally have found helpful and think would help most of you parents and families out there. I only put up a few, I’m sure I’ll think of more after I publish this, but feel free to share your own in the comment section as well. I always love new tips and tricks.

Are you one of those parents accumulating small toys and books from fast food restaurants? Chick-fil-A offers it’s customers an option to trade the unopened toy/book in for a free kids cone or cup of ice cream. Little Miss A prefers their ice cream over the books which are usually too young or too old for her anyway.

Pampers.com has a great reward “program” called Gifts to Grow, basically, when you purchase Pampers products, wipes, diapers, etc, there is a code or sticker on the item. Once you register at their website you can enter your codes for points towards free merchandise. Most of the items are Shutterfly related, but I have seen gift cards, toys, and free baby product coupons as well.

With Miss A we received a Melissa & Doug Monster Bowling set worth $25. I did not have to pay for shipping, although I think back when the program started a few years ago they did make you pay. Anyway I think it’s a great idea, if you’re already buying Pampers anyway why not take the few extra minutes to enter the codes and get something free. And if you don’t want to use your codes feel free to send them to me 😉

What’s the scoop on Bed Bath & Beyond coupons? Well of course you can use them at any Bed Bath & Beyond, and often Bed Bath & Beyond will accept them if they are expired as well. Bed Bath & Beyond is in the same company as Buy Buy Baby so they allow you to use their coupons at their baby stores as well. I have also heard that some, not all, BabiesRUs stores will accept either Bed Bath & Beyond or Buy Buy Baby coupons because they are competing stores.

What are some ways you save money that others may not know about?

Jovan Satisfaction Spotlight and Giveaway {CLOSED}

Jovan Satisfaction Review and Giveaway

Okay so the slogan (and online commercials) may be a little goofy: “Improve your love life 100% Satisfaction Guaranteed or your money back.” But Jovan really is standing behind their new product line, Jovan Satisfaction for men and for women. If you really aren’t happy with their scent you can send it back and receive a full refund.

Can you believe that Jovan Satisfaction is the first fragrance from Jovan in over a decade? I still remember my mom’s signature scent was Jovan Musk, honestly I think it still may be her favorite. Until she tries this one! Jovan Satisfaction is guaranteed to make a lasting impression. Read More

Prank Box Review

Prank Pack Review LogoWith a number of spring birthdays to celebrate, what better idea than a creative box to give it in. Prank Pack’s Genuine Fake Gift Boxes are a fun and light-hearted way to gift give. They will make any gift receiver scratch their head and give a half-hearted thank-you.

Prank Pack offers several different “styles” of boxes including: Coffee Talkies – The Original Travel Mug/ 2-way Radio, Beer Beard – Secret Beverage Dispenser, BirdieBelt – Rangefinder/Belt/Buckle, Noggin Net – Wearable Fishing Net, Wake and Bake Dream Griddle – Alarm Clock and the box I got a chance to test out: Motorized Rolling Pin. Read More

Palm Pre Plus Review

Palm Pre Plus Review

I would not call myself a technological guru nor would I call myself technologically ignorant. I guess being a blogging stay-at-home, social networking mommy makes me a little bit in between.

When it comes to the basics of setting up electronics I’m sure I could read manuals and figure it all out, but typically leave it up to my husband who’s more suited in that realm of things. But learning my way around the Palm Pre Plus was pretty easy all things considered.

As I took the Palm Pre Plus out of the Verizon box I was immediately impressed by the size and shape of the Smartphone. It was very sleek, yet not too good looking to be functional. Read More

Softlips Review and Giveaway {CLOSED}

Softlips Review and GiveawayI noticed with all of the snow and colder weather we’ve been having here in Charlotte that my lips have been extremely chapped and dehydrated. DaddyB is one of those men who have several tubes of Chap-Stick around the house and while I’ve been tempted to just put some on I remember the smell, waxiness, and even aftertaste I get from it and vow to drink more water.

Fortunately, Softlips® has just the right stuff. The newest Softlips® PURE flavors, which are 100%-natural and USDA-certified organic, are formulated with the same quality moisturizing ingredients as the original organic flavor –Pomegranate– to condition the lips, helping to keep them soft and healthy naturally. Softlips® PURE, the line of premium organic lip conditioners, are now available in new Peppermint, Acai Berry, Papaya and Chai Tea. Read More

Chelsea & Main Review and Giveaway {CLOSED}

Chelsea & Main Review GiveawayChelsea & Main is a new parenting brand designed for moms and dads who want the best in products for their new baby. Their design team combines great design, style, and function to create the highest quality products at the most affordable prices.

Their designs are warm, vibrant, colorful, friendly, and energetic-distinctively Chelsea & Main. Designed hand in hand with a team of new parents, Chelsea & Main offers the greatest attention to detail, up-to-the-moment looks and best quality, all at a fantastic value.

Best yet, all of their bags are available at Walmart.com and $25 and under! I love my Chelsea & Main Flap Pocket Diaper Bag. While the name isn’t very flattering, I love so many things about this bag. Before my Chelsea & Main bag I had been using a Nine West bag-turned diaper bag, so the bag wasn’t really made for diapering or mommying but looked cute. Well, my Chelsea & Main bag has both. I love the cute flower print, since I’m having another girl I figured it was appropriate. Read More

Lock & Mane Review and Giveaway {CLOSED}

Lock & Mane Review and GiveawayI first heard about Lock & Mane on Twitter and was overwhelmed, (in a good way), at the number of hair care products that they carry. It could be that I’m so out of the loop being a busy mommy, but they have a ton of products I’ve never even heard of. Another thing that amazed me is they have a product for everything from dandruff to dry shampoo to men’s shaving products and more! Read More

I Heart Jonas DVD Review

I Heart JONAS ReviewWant to fall in love this Valentine’s Day? If you’re already a fan of the Jonas Brothers you’ll be crushing on them even more after you watch the I Heart Jonas DVD. If you’re not a fan, the acting, or lack thereof, may bother you, but in general the storyline is pretty decent for being a tween/teen Disney show.

The Disney Channel TV series JONAS premiered on May 2, 2009.JONAS was created by Roger S.H. Schulman and Michael Curtis, and stars the Jonas Brothers – Kevin, Nick, and Joe – as well as cast members Chelsea Straub, Nicole Anderson, Jon Ducey, and Frankie Jonas, the brothers’ real-life brother. The brothers appear as three members of the fictional band JONAS who try to live a normal life in the face of stardom. The show won the 2009 Teen Choice Awards for Choice TV: Breakout Show. Read More

MommyB and Me Tips: Make Way for Baby

MommyB and Me With Baby C on the way at the end of March we’ve been telling Little Miss A lots about what to expect; the baby’s going to cry a lot, she won’t be able to do a lot of big girl things like you, she’ll sleep in mommy and daddy’s room when she comes home…and so on.

I feel it’s really important to prepare her as much as possible now and since she’s almost 3 she really understands a lot of it.

She’s been taking good care of her dollies, bottle feeding them, burping them, and of course diapering them.

Since I’m having a c-section I also told her that I would have a “boo-boo” on my tummy so when I came home from the hospital she’d need to be extra careful and that I couldn’t play with her like normal right away. Speaking of hospital, unfortunately in North Carolina (and perhaps other states, I haven’t really researched because it wouldn’t matter for me anyway,) there is a ban on all visitors under the age of 18 due to the H1N1 outbreaks. This could mean, and probably will mean that Little Miss A will not be able to visit me in the hospital. Once again, since I’m having a c-section that means at the very least I’ll be in the hospital for 2 days, away from her. Of course it makes me super sad, being that I’ve only left her overnight once and she was with DaddyB.

So trying to be the pro-active mommy that I love to be I started thinking of things I could do to help her prepare even more, especially with me being in the hospital. Here’s a list of a few fun things to do with your kiddo(s) whether or not you’ll be away from them to get them excited about the new arrival.

MommyB and Me Baby TipMake a paper chain– I love these paper chains! You can use them to decorate anything and also they’re great for countdowns. I decided that I’d cut some strips of pink and purple construction paper, about an inch/inch and a half thick and Little Miss A could decorate them with stickers and markers. She was more excited that I thought she’d be, and the best part is she can count down to the day Baby C will come home from the hospital (so long as my darling husband and family members remember to do this with her while I’m in the hospital, hint hint.)  You can also buy some paper chain kits, but I figure why waste the money, and home-made is so much better in this case.

Make a Video- We also plan on making a video or video chatting as a way for Little Miss A to be able to meet her little sister, in case the hospital regulations don’t lift before Baby C is born. I don’t want Miss A to think that I’ve gone and left her and now all of a sudden I show up at home with a new baby, the end. She loves video chatting with her grandmom and papa so I know she’d love the video as well.

Siblings, depending on their age, can also help you decorate baby’s room, pick out clothes or stuffed animals, talk to the baby, and kiss your belly. Really, everything depends on your child, try to pick something they love, music -make a song up about them and the baby, art- have them draw a picture for the nursery door, so many options! This will help big brother/sister bond with baby before they even arrive and feel like they’re a part of the process.

Do you have any great tips for me or other expecting parents out there to help their child feel included???

Be Nice Review

Be Nice ReviewI find it so hard to get my 64 ounces of water especially now that the cold weather is here. I’m just not interested in H2O even though I know it’s good for me and this little baby that’s growing inside me. Well, I found a product that makes getting my daily requirement of water much easier. Be Nice Prenatal packets are not only a more flavorful way to enjoy your water, but they also include essential vitamins and DHA. You can drink Be Nice before, during, and after your pregnancy to get the benefits of this all natural product. Read More