Category - Reviews

Motherhood DVD Review

Motherhood Review Are you sick of the television and film “perfect moms” who put real mommies to shame with their perfect hair and stainless clothes? Not Motherhood! This film gives it to you straight.

Motherhood is a comedy written and directed by Katherine Dieckmann. This movie stars Uma Thurman, Anthony Edwards, Minnie Driver and a few other lesser known actors. Shot on location in New York’s West Village, Motherhood focuses on the dilemmas of being a mom, dealing with the ups and downs of marriage, figuring out the whole “work” thing, and trying to maintain some semblance of self. All this happens in one slow starting day.

I think Motherhood gives, “A Day in the Life of Mom,” a realness. I appreciate the movie starting off in silence as mom drinks her coffee and gets things ready for the day. I did however feel like the silence dragged on F…o…r….e…v…e….r. Also, another thing that bothered me was the two apartment situation, which came up during the opening scenes. Maybe it’s because I’m not from New York city, but I didn’t really catch on until much later in the movie that the family had two apartments to live out of. So personally this wasn’t a necessary piece to the movie’s plot if you ask me. 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

Nuka Maternity Spotlight

Nuka SpotlightTrying to find maternity clothes that you know everyone won’t be wearing? You may want to check out Nuka contemporary maternity clothes clothing line. Nuka was created by Julia Noik, a graphic artist turned fashion designer. Nuka focuses on soft, luxurious, modern pieces that look and feel great for mom-to-be. The line has grown from vintage inspired tees to fun maternity essentials and even includes some hand-dyed items.

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Bellies and Babies Review

Bellies and Babies LogoBellies and Babies offer a wonderfully relaxing experience for any mom understanding that pregnancy is a beautiful occasion that needs to be enjoyed. (Would you please tell our husbands this?!?)

Bellies and Babies facilities are located in Charlotte, North Carolina run by Angie McInnis, who’s original goal was to create and celebrate pregnant women by offering comfort during their pregnancy. This desire has spawned to include not only mom but also dad and baby in the massage process. Read More

Custom Made for Kids Review and Giveaway {CLOSED}

Custom Made for Kids Review and GiveawayI’ve tested out a few different personalized book companies and have enjoyed each of them, however I truly feel that Custom Made for Kids is a different company with a more personal keepsake slant.

I had the opportunity to review The First Adventures of Incredible You. Not only is this 32-page, hard covered book full of bright and fun illustrations, the message given to each child is one of inspiration.

Custom Made for Kids book allows children to have fun hearing the city and state they live in, read family members names and listen to a fun adventure featuring the best character of all, them! Read More

Save-a-Lot Grand Opening

Save-A-Lot Grand OpeningIn the land of Save-A-Lot everyone saves a lot. If you’re not familiar with Save-A-Lot grocery stores these are the times when you will want to acquaint yourself with the nearest one using their Store Locator. My small hometown got a Save-A-Lot a few years back and my mom loves shopping there.

On March 4th, 2010 I was invited to the Grand Opening of Save-A-Lot located on Freedom Drive right here in Charlotte. What a great honor as a blogging mommy! This was my first event as a blogger, although I’ve interviewed many people for publications and radio it was a great treat to see everything Save-A-Lot had in store for the community. Read More

Grow Green Baby Review and Giveaway {CLOSED}

Grow Green Baby Review and GiveawayI cannot say that I am a “Green” mommy or that I do all the right things when it comes to being eco-friendly. However, I do try to take steps in the “Green” direction like recycling and checking out great sites for eco-friendly products like Grow Green Baby.

Grow Green Baby is a great website for organic baby products and a few fun mom products as well. They have everything to cover your baby necessities from 100% organic clothing to baby safe Green to Grow bottles and bubbly body wash to keep your baby fresh and clean.

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Express Yourself Baby Spotlight

Express Yourself Baby SpotlightI’m one of those parents who thought it would be a good idea to teach my daughter how to sign before she learned how to talk in order to communicate with me. I’m so glad we decided to use videos to help Little Miss A, because it really did help us understand her more. She would tell us when she wanted to eat, take a bath, go night-night, and when she wanted more (food in particular). In fact, I believe that because of signing her first word was, “more”. What a weird first word, I know. This girl liked to eat though!

Now I don’t personally recommend using sign with all children, because I think depending on the child’s personality, some children will use sign instead of talking, rather than using it in conjunction with speech. But, I think it’s a great way for some children and parents to alleviate those tough situations before your child can really speak to you.

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Princess Bubble Review

Princess Bubble Review

Ever dream of being a princess? Running away with a handsome prince? Living happily ever after in his castle? Well forget that! Okay, maybe not completely, but I stumbled upon this amazing book, Princess Bubble, written by Susan Johnston, published by Susan Johnston and Kimberly Webb and illustrated by Maria Tonelli.

Princess Bubble is a modern day fairy tale with an amazingly empowering twist. The Princess does not run away and get happily married to the prince. She finds her own happiness rejoicing in and celebrating the spirit of being a strong, independent woman.

I found this book to be anything but focused on feminism. Instead,Princess Bubble embraces her talents, encourages education and finding a career and knowing that no matter what every Princess/woman has worth, whether or not they choose to find that “Prince.” Read More

Guest Blogger: Thomas & the Runaway Kite Review

Thomas & The Runaway KiteWith Baby C on her way things here at MommyB Knows Best has been, to say the very least, busy. Although you may not notice I’m doing a lot of posts in advance to provide you, my loyal readers with regular posts and (fingers crossed) no lapse during the time that I’m in the hospital and adjusting to becoming a mom to two little girls.

I’ve invited a mom friend of mine, Courtney, to review Thomas & Friends newest DVD Thomas & The Runaway Kite. This film is not something my household is into but Courtney has two boys who adore Thomas so I figured she’d be the better expert on this one.

Courtney is not only a mom of two boys, her husband is hearing impared, she takes care of two little ones during the week and is a huge animal lover. Hopefully this will not be her only review for MommyB Knows Best. Thanks again Courtney and I hope you all enjoy her review. Read More