Category - Family

Tie Z’s Review

Tie Z's ReviewLittle Miss A is VERY intrigued at the prospect of tying her own shoes. I guess that’s just how an independent 2 year old (almost 3 year old), is. If she had her way she really would be tying them all on her own. Now I know that 2/3 is a little young, generally speaking, to be tying shoes, but at the same time I figure why not fill her little sponge brain (not a put down) as much as I can if she wants to learn?!?

I first saw Tie Z’s on Twitter and thought that would be a GREAT way to show Miss A at least the steps towards solo shoe tying. Tie Z’s touts shoe tying made easy. Basically it’s three cute designed snaps that you place, (under direction,) on your child’s shoe. There are then instructions on the back of the card you receive them on and also a great How To Video on their site: http://www.tiezs.com/how-to.html. In addition to the Tie Z’s themself you also receive, by email, a rewards chart to record progress.

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My Busy Kit Review

How is My Busy Kit going Green?
My Busy Kit looks proactively for ways to be environmentally friendly. We recycle our toy packaging and use recyclable materials wherever possible. The My Busy Kit bags are reusable, so families do not throw away bags when they purchase our kits, but use them for multiple trips and even refill them with their own toys. My Busy Kit also repurposes extra bags into activity kits for needy families. Soon we will add another dimension to our green efforts – an educational Eco Busy Kit with earth-friendly items and activities for kids.

My Busy Kit ReviewWith another child on the way I thought it would be a good idea to get a few things together for Little Miss A to play with while I am nursing or just have my hands full in general. Typically Miss A is easy to entertain, but I do notice that she focuses longer if she’s playing with something new. As I looked for new toys for her I stumbled across My Busy Kit.

My Busy Kit isn’t just 1 new toy or activity for Miss A, it’s a cute lunch box sized bag full of great goodies. As soon as we got the clear plastic bag Miss A could see all of the great things that were in store for her and couldn’t wait to get into it right away. Read More

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