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Cheddar’s Scratch Kitchen – Treat the Team Giveaway

This is a sponsored post in partnership with Cheddar’s Scratch Kitchen.

Fall is here and if you’re anything like our family you are busy with school, activities, sports, and preparing for the holidays. Scouts, football, hockey, gymnastics, book clubs, robotics teams, whatever your family is involved in you are on-the-go.

Let’s be honest with running errands and shuttling the kiddos to their activities it can leave you with little together time and you know if your child is a part of a group they want to hang out with their teammates and club mates outside of that activity. So how do you fit in together time?

Cheddar’s Scratch Kitchen is making it easier for small groups like families or large groups like sports teams and clubs to “treat the team” and enjoy a made-from-scratch meal, whether it’s dine-in or to-go.

The B Girls are part of an amazing scout-like group called GEMS where they get together bi-weekly and love seeing friends, and learning new things. It’s not often when we get the opportunity to spend extra time with our GEMS friends, but thanks to Cheddar’s Scratch Kitchen we were able to enjoy a fun night of conversation, filled with laughter and no cooking or cleaning for me.

I’d love to pass on the opportunity to you. Check out a Cheddar’s Scratch Kitchen near you to learn more about their menu, great kid’s meal pricing, and let the team and family bonding begin!

Win a Treat the Team Game Day Pack?

 

Enter to win a $50 Cheddar’s Scratch Kitchen gift card (with $4.99 kids meals, it goes a long way), 1 folding stadium chair, 1 fleece stadium blanket, 1 football, 1 first aid kit, and Treat the Team activity sheets that the kiddos will love.

 

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Prince Lionheart theBOOST Plus Review

Mealtime is definitely one of Lil’ C’s favorite times of the day. Of course as parents we want to make sure our children are comfortable and have everything they need to have a successful meal. Since Lil’ C is 4 she’s not quite a baby in need of a highchair but sitting in the dining table chairs doesn’t quite sit up to the height of her plate without the assistance of a booster seat.

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We’ve been trying out the Prince Lionheart theBOOST Plus for a couple of months to review all the features and in order to tell you more about our likes and dislikes about the product. Since we are using the booster for Lil’ C we don’t use the included tray, but it’s a great option for a smaller child.

We like the Prince Lionheart theBOOST Plus because:

  • It comes in four accent colors: Berry Blue, Galactic Grey, Flashbulb Fuchsia, and Gumball Green
  • There is a 3-point harness option for buckling your child in
  • The seat seems very durable in the months we have been using it and even through our move.
  • It’s super easy to clean, we just wipe messes away and the straps are removable for easy washing.

 

Things that we don’t love about theBoost Plus:

  • The price point is at the higher end for boosters
  • May not fit all dining room seats
  • Depending on your dining room chair it may be difficult for the child to seat themselves in the booster

Prince Lionheart theBOOST Plus Review

 

All-in-all I would say this is a great booster option especially if you are going to be handing it down to younger siblings/family members or friends because the quality is great and well worth the retail price. Check out more details on Prince Lionheart’s website: princelionheart.com

 

I received sample product in order to give you an honest review of theBOOST plus seat. Your opinions may vary.

My Medifast Progress – Week 8

Remember how last week I was sharing about the sickness the B household has been plagued with all of January? Well that statement was fully true. Lil’ C was sick then I was sick, then Lil’ C got sick again, then Miss A got sick, and they’re still battling to get over this super crazy cold or flu or whatever it is.

B Family Sickies

Luckily, I am no longer coughing up a storm during conversations or business call, but my week has been busy taking care of Miss A mostly, and trying to make sure she felt better. On Thursday, although a little pale, she seemed in great spirits and said she felt well enough to go to school, and it seemed so to me too. Unfortunately, around noon I received the call that Miss A just didn’t have the energy to finish out the day. I kept her home today to hopefully rest and get over whatever she has. Pray for us!!

Nonetheless, after the past couple of weeks of not losing weight and then a gain, I was determined to stay on plan this week. Other than a few small snacks that weren’t on plan I enjoyed my shakes, soy crisps, and bars. I hopped on the scale yesterday just to get a good gauge of how things were going, which is usually a motivator for me either way.

Here are my results this week:

Week 8 Final

Beginning Weight: 168.5 lbs Weight
Lost This Week: -3 lbs {starting this week at 158 lbs}
Weight Lost Total: -13.5 lbs
Current weight: 155 lbs
My First Goal: -33 lbs/135.5 lbs {since I’m 33, I thought that was appropriate}
My Final Goal: -16.5 lbs/119 lbs {half of 33}

Check out my thoughts on the Medifast Foods I’ve tried so far:http://www.mommybknowsbest.com/medifast-food-reviews/

Energy: Normal. Pant size: 10ish woohoo!!!

For previous week’s Medifast posts click the following:
Happy Birthday to Me – A Medifast Present
My Medifast Progress – Week 1
My Medifast Progress – Week 2
My Medifast Progress – Week 3
My Medifast Progress – Week 4
My Medifast Progress – Week 5
My Medifast Progress – Week 6
My Medifast Progress – Week 7

If you want to join in my journey here’s how: Medifast has some deals for you! If you use my code, MOMMYB56, and sign up for Medifast Advantage when you order $250+, you’ll receive 56 free Medifast Meals and free shipping! You’ll receive 28 free meals with your first Medifast Advantage order and ANOTHER 28 free meals with your next order! This offer is only valid if you enroll in Medifast Advantage, and it’s limited to one per customer. It’s not valid with prior purchases, any other promotions or discounts, or for Medifast Ready-to-Drink Shakes. Not ready to enroll in Medifast Advantage? You can use code MOMMYB28 to receive 28 free meals with your purchase of over $250. Limit one per customer. This offer is limited to new customers only and not valid with prior purchases, Medifast Advantage, or any other promotions or discounts. Both codes expire on 3/31/2013. See website for complete details on program and discounts. Consult your physician before beginning a weight-loss program. Click HERE to head over to Medifast’s website and learn more about the program I’m starting and begin your own journey.

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Also check out the progress of these other great bloggers and follow their journey!

The Divine Miss Mommy

Kelly with Makobi Scribe

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–        A Very Busy Mama (currently pregnant!)

–        The Turnip Farmer (maintaining)

–        The Adventures of Goober Grape and Monkey Man (maintaining)

–        Unemployed Mom (maintaining)

I receive free product in order to evaluate and comment on my experiences on the Medifast Program. Medifast products and the Medifast Program are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease or illness. Any medical improvements noted while on the program are related to weight loss in general, and not to Medifast products or programs.

Peek Away Nursing Kit {Guest Review}

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For being such a natural thing, breastfeeding is not always so easy.

On a previous Mommy B guest post, I shared 8 Things No One Told Me About Breastfeeding. It’s been almost four months since I wrote that post, and I still have some challenges.

One thing that has not changed in the nearly seven months I’ve been nursing is the need for a pillow to help position my daughter to my breast. I always use a nursing pillow in the house and a travel version (it’s inflatable) that I leave in the car and take with me as needed.

Even though the pillow is inflatable, it’s not always convenient to tote around, but for me, it’s essential.

Peek Away LogoThat’s why I was very excited when I learned about a product that is a pillow, nursing cover, changing pad and purse – the Peek Away 4 in 1 Essentials Nursing Kit.

The Peek Away is approximately 13 x 6 x 3 ½ inches when it’s folded. It has hooks and a strap that can be attached so you can carry it like a purse. You can also use that strap to secure the pillow around your waist. It also features a nursing cover with a “rounded” collar so you can peek in on babe while he or she is nursing. The pillow unfolds into a changing pad and there is a pocket with a reusable wipe container. There are also two additional pockets you can use for keys, your cell phone, credit cards, etc.

It was designed by a husband and wife who found it was difficult to travel as frequently as they did while conveniently nursing and having the essentials they needed easily accessible.

Overall, I think the design and functionality of the Peek Away is fantastic. What a great idea to have something that you can use for a quick errand or travel (especially air travel) that can function in so many ways.

However, there are several areas that can be improved to make the kit, which retails for about $45, a truly remarkable product.

 

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  • The multi-function strap cannot be used to secure your pillow around your waist since you’re likely
    going to use it primarily for the nursing cover. This is really a small detail and in my experience, the
    pillow didn’t really move much anyways.
  • The pillow turns into a nice, cushy changing pad although it would be great if it were a tad bit longer.
    The integrated wipes container is a fantastic idea, but it needs to be a higher quality plastic as it’s not
    very durable.
  • The fabric used for the newer prints (bright, pink or green floral) is not what you would expect for
    a $45 price tag. It’s on the thinner side and in bright light at the right angle, you can see through the
    nursing cover. However, it’s lightweight which keeps you and baby cooler. In addition, the stitching on
    the kit is inconsistent and doesn’t look polished.

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The owners of Peek Away are aware of the quality concerns with the current kit which are a result of the manufacturer not following the company’s specifications for materials or workmanship.

They are in the process of addressing these concerns and selecting another manufacturer to produce an improved, higher quality product and anticipate having them available in the Fall of 2012.

Peek Away PicturePeek Away is offering an incredible deal on the current lot of the floral kits – 65% off the retail price. You can buy one on their website for only $16.99. At that price, the kit is affordable and while it does have some minor quality issues, it is still functional and could make nursing-on-the-go an easier experience for you and your baby.

Peek Away provided products for this review, however, the opinions expressed are my own and were not influenced in any way.

Jamie BioAfter a 13+ years PR/communications career, Jamie K. recently took on her most challenging job yet – as a fulltime CFO (chief family officer). Currently, she lives in Alabama with her husband, an officer in the Air Force, and her toddler son and infant daughter. She’s a big fan of deal sites, attempts to be eco-friendly, and struggles daily with the great balancing act of being a super mom.


Beaba 360 Spoon

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Scandinavian Child I have found that Scandinavian Child, also known as SCI Child comes up with the most creative, awesome products in the world of kid things. I’m always wondering what they are going to come up with next and immediately was drawn to their cool Beaba 360 Spoon.

Baby C {now almost 20 months},{when should I stop calling her Baby C, if I call her Baby C forever will she stay little, no? Okay :(}, is doing great using her forks, in fact some days I think she is going to break the plate when she gouges into her food, and she’s actually doing pretty well using her spoons too, however the kid spoons that I have found are often too flat so it was great to try out the Beaba 360 Spoon with her.

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Here is a video of Baby C using the Beaba 360 Spoon. Please ignore the bed head, she just woke up and is eating breakfast, and Miss A is narrating *LOL*

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Momnesia Mondays

Momnesia MondaysBaby C has been doing great with solids (pureed) although she normally gags at anything green at least I can get some sweet potatoes and carrots in here and there.

I’ve always been a little skeptical of parents saying, “my baby doesn’t want baby food, they just want to eat what I am eating.” Often times I think they just don’t want to buy baby food out of cost or convenience. Now, I’m not talking about making your own baby food necessarily, I’m talking more about what’s on the parents plate at dinner time.

MomnesiaWell, guess what, I had a Momnesia Moment! I was eating mashed potatoes, (red skinned, garlic if you must know) and Baby C was eating her chicken and sweet potatoes baby food, well wouldn’t you know I got a lot of hollering and fussing from her every time I put my food into my mouth. I gave her a bite of the creamy mashed potatoes (can you tell I’m Irish yet? ) and she’s so her mother’s daughter, loved them!

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Being the mommy that I am, I gave her a few more bites of the potatoes and then back to the chicken and sweet potato puree, but much to my surprise she swatted them away…flying all over the kitchen stove and mommy. This back and forth went on for a while, I finally got to sneak in a few bites of her own food in between potatoes and ended up not completely covered in baby food, luckily.

But I did learn one thing, when people say their baby’s only want what their parents are having….it may just be the truth.

What’s your child’s favorite food? Did they ever want “real” food over baby food?

Tommee Tippee Review

I had the opportunity to try out a few Tommee Tippee products through one of the online networks I’m a part of, Mom Bloggers Club. If you are a mom blogger this is a great resource for family blogging, giveaways, followers, and tons of advice, plus it’s a great way to connect with other mom bloggers.

Back to Tommee Tippee, it’s hard to believe that we’ll be going through Baby C starting solids in just a few weeks. She doesn’t seem as interested in food like Miss A was, but I’m not worried, she’ll do everything in her time. 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