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Saturday, February 26, 2011

Reuse broken crayons

I had been wanting to make these "muffin crayons" for the longest time! So, yesterday was a snow day and I had my lil' cousin over for the day, that makes 4 kiddos. So I decided that that would be a perfect thing for them to do! It's super fun and super easy!

Simply peel off the paper on the crayons and break the crayon 4 times. I put 18 broken crayon pieces in 1 muffin compartment. You can put any color's you'd like. Let the kids have fun!

Put in a 350 degree oven for 5-7 mins or until melted.

Place in freezer for 20 mins.

Pop them out and start coloring!!!

Girliebows

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I am so excited to show you another beautiful dress from Girlie Bows!!! I got to review her BEAUTIFUL knot dress. This is her Wild Heart Knot Dress, retails for $40.
There is my beautiful daughter modeling the dress! I personally love this fabric. It has leopard, zebra and cheata! I've seen a lot of boutiques work with this fabric before but this is by far my fav. dress I've seen made with this fabric!

Here is a close up of the bottom of the dress. She has lined it with cute polka dot fabric. Matches oh so perfectly.


You can also order and matching bow and diaper cover with this dress.

Here are just a few other items she has available to buy:

I love love her clothing, it's so cute and fun!

Where to buy?
She has a
Etsy and a Facebook. Go check her out!

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Popcorn 4 All

If someone asked me what 5 items I had in my house at all time pop corn would be in that list! We love our popcorn here at home! Who doesn't. Popcorn is great for sleep overs, movie night, family night etc...I was very excited to run across Popcorn 4 All!

Why Popcorn 4 all?

Our popcorn is air-popped which means we just heat the popcorn kernels -- we don't have to rely on oils or other agents that are used in kettle popping. The results are the purest form of fresh and evenly popped popcorn, that when mixed with our own recipes, is a taste that you are sure to love.

It is made to order and sealed in foil fresh bags! They don't like to hide there beautiful popcorn inside, but the foil bags keep out the moisture and light. The results are popcorn flavors that will last much longer than the competition with an amazing taste as if it were fresh out of the kitchen!

I was sent a Gourmet Popcorn Gift Box. 3 Popcorn Flavors in 3 Half Gallon Packs. Citrus Wave Theme.Our theme boxes make great gifts of popcorn for friends or family. Three 8*10 foil fresh bags, each with more than half a gallon of delicious gourmet popcorn, in a presentation box with custom color lid. Choose three different flavors from our standard range or make them all the same - we're cool with either! Choose your lid color from a selection of 7 options. All for under 30 bucks!

First let me say when I received the popcorn pack I loved the cute citrus colors! You can also keep the box and use re use it! I did! I was sent the following flavors:
Combo
Italian Feast Jalapeno cheddar
Toffee
Green Apple

Now for the fun part, I got to try out those yummy flavors!
Right away I opened them 1 by 1 tasting them all =) I was in popcorn heaven.
They all tasted very fresh. Our fav. was the green apple!!! I never heard of it before and YES IT'S GREEN =) how fun!Kids would LOVE this! The combo is a classic! white, caramel and cheddar yum! The Italian Feast, I'll be honest it wasn't my fav. It had a lot of spices on it. My boyfriend like it tho. He said it taste like pizza! Toffee was very good. Had a nice crunch to it! Last but not least jalapeno cheddar! Loooved it! Was not to spicy at all!

Here are some other fun flavors they have to offer:
* Cheddar
* Chocolate Cherry
* Red Cinnamon
* Holiday Crunch (Green Apple and Red Cinnamon Mix)
* Humbug
* Pumpkin Caramel
* Ranch
* White Cheddar
I would love to try the Red Cinnamon!




I would recommend popcorn 4 all to you ALL =)

Where to buy it? www.popcorn4all.com

They have $4 shipping everyday , nice referral program and specials.

Sunday, February 13, 2011

PetCakes review and GIVEAWAY



I'm Blueberry Buddy. I'm real sharp. In fact, I'm a sharpie. I act tuff for my size but I'm a loving push over. Sweet as the blueberry frosting on my head. When I'm sleepy I cuddle up in my cupcake wrapper.






I'm Coco Coconut.I'm a fluffy poodle and as lovingly as a frosted cupcake. Cuddle me and keep me warm in my cup cake wrapper. You can take me wherever you want to go.







Hi I'm Randy Candy and I'm a mutt. I scamper around playfully and take long naps in my cup cake wrapper. I'm topped with tasty frosting and a cherry. Sometime I get sweet frosting on my paws and leave tracks around the house.

My name is Twinkle Sprinkles and my colorful frosting tops look D E L I C I O U S! I'm a playful, loving and mischievous Beagle. I like to yelp when I'm happy but I never, never bite. I sleep in my cupcake wrapper where my nose stays nice and warm.



Are these guys A D O R A B L E !?
We though so!

From the website:a new collectible plush pet line that will be a sweet treat for children ages 3 & up. Each PetCakes animal features a "frosting" hat, comes nestled in its own cupcake wrapper and has its own whimsical backstory. At first look, children will see a delicious cupcake but will then be surprised by the pet they find snuggled inside! Combining sweet faces and cuddly plush with a clever cupcake theme, PetCakes are collectible and provide hours of open-ended imaginative play. PetCakes make perfect gifts for a special friend and for pet lovers.

My kids young and old loved these sweet Petcakes. You can take them in and out of there "wrapper". My two year old thought it was fun to play peak a boo with them. Each PetCake has a cute animal nestled into a cupcake wrapper , and then topped with "frosting" hat. PetCakes are collectible and provide hours of open-ended imaginative play. PetCakes make perfect gifts for a special friend and for pet lovers. They are ideal for birthday party favors, stocking stuffers and as rewards for good grades. Most of all, PetCakes deliver the kind of fun kids eat up! They are so soft and cuddly too


PetCakes are for ages 3 and up but my 2 year old LOVES them. This is Series 1 and right now there are four available and more than six additional generations of PetCakes will begin debuting in 2011 featuring new puppies, kittens, bears, rabbits, raccoons and other furry friends. Can't wait! I would buy them!

Where to buy them?
PetCakes are available now in specialty shops and online at retailers such as Toy r Us, eToys, and Amazon. They aren't available at Toys r Us stores, just online, would hate for you to go to your local Toys r Us and find out they don't have them.

They have a suggested retail of $13.99 and are sold individually.A little high but It's worth it!

Want to WIN one??

I am giving away 1 Petcake!

Here's how to enter:

MANDATORY:
1.Visit Petcakes and tell me which one you'd choose if you won.
2. Follow my blog publicly

EXTRAS ENTRY:
1.Tag me in a post on Facebook telling friends about this giveaway. Leave the link.3 extra
2.Friend me on Facebook and leave me your name.2 extra
3.Comment on 1 other post and let me know which one.2 extra
4.Grab my button 4 extra
5.Blog about this giveaway. Leave me link.5 extra
6.For each friend you get to follow my blog and tell me that you sent them you can get 1 extra entire (per friend)

This giveaway will end on March 1st. 10:00 p.m. central

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Johnsons baby products


For years, JOHNSON'S Brand has made babies and toddler hygiene produts with moms in mind.They are also clinically proven to be mild and gentle. JOHNSON'S Brand has recently introduced their new JOHNSON'S NATURAL products, an addition to the line of baby and kid's products that contains a combination of natural plant and fruit-derived ingredients. Natural oils cleanse and hydrate, while helping to nourish baby's skin.I had the pleasure of reviewing some of them!

I was sent:
JOHNSON'S® Baby Lotion
JOHNSON'S® Baby Oil
JOHNSON'S® NATURAL™ HEAD-TO-TOE™ Foaming Baby Wash
JOHNSON'S® Baby Powder



My daughter loves bath time so we reviewed the foaming baby was that night!
The first time I used it I was not liking it. It's a foam and it didn't lather up well. You also, 1 pump of the foam was didn't give you alot. I had to pump it about 10 times to get enough. The second night I guess I got enough to lather it up. It worked well. It made my daughters skin smell really good. Very soft and gentle. It don't burn there eys'e either!
  • No Parabens
  • No Dyes
  • No Animal Byproducts
  • No Silicones
  • No Lanolin
  • No Paraffin
  • No Petrolatum
  • No Phthalates
  • No Essential Oils


After the bath I always put lotion on her skin. So I tried out the lotion. I love it. Love the smell. It will make your babies skin feel like silk! It's that light and smooth!
  • Fast-absorbing formula with rich emollients leaves skin feeling soft and smooth, not greasy
  • Clinically proven to be gentle and mild
  • Hypoallergenic, allergy and dermatologist-tested


I used the baby oil to make baby wipes! It works great! It also has pure mineral oil forms a silky barrier to help prevent excess moisture loss.
  • Moisturizes baby's delicate skin and helps protect from dryness
  • Pure mineral oil forms a silky barrier to help prevent excess moisture loss
  • Great for baby massage and parent-baby bonding
  • Clinically proven mild and gentle formula
  • Dermatologist and allergy-tested
  • Great for your skin, too!
I didn't get a chance to try out the powder.But it's great for helps to eliminate friction while keeping skin cool and comfortable. It's made of millions of tiny slippery plates that glide over each other to help reduce the irritation caused by friction.

Johnons
Baby promise to you:
For over 100 years, we've dedicated ourselves to understanding babies and the special nurturing their eyes, skin, and hair require. We use that knowledge to provide mothers with safe, clinically proven mild, and gentle products. But we don't stop there. Our products also engage the senses, evoke positive emotions, and ultimately enhance the loving bond between mother and baby.

That's why moms and healthcare professionals around the world have trusted the JOHNSON'S® Brand to care for their babies. It's a responsibility we take seriously as we continue to apply our knowledge and research to bring you safe, innovative products that live up to our pure, mild and gentle promise.

We're committed to working with moms, healthcare professionals, scientists and experts in public health to ensure that our products continue to achieve the highest of the JOHNSON'S® Brand standards. We continue to work to reduce environmental impact to help leave behind a world your baby will proudly inherit.

I love Johnson baby products and will continue to use them! Mom's can use them too! ;D

Wordless Wednesday

Monday, February 7, 2011

Brightside Btq


I hardly ever wear jewelry but when I do it's a necklace and the necklace has to have a special meaning to me. I've had 2 necklaces that I use to wear for years before they broke =/ 1 from my grandparents and one from my parents. I've found a new shop that hand stamps there own necklaces!! How neat! I was sent 1 necklace for this review. She makes them out of washers. Who new washers could be so beautiful! They have all 3 of my kids initials on it. "BXM, BMM, and CRM <3 To make is just a little more precious she hand stamped the words "made with love" on to another metal piece. This must have taken her some time and concentration to do. You can tell that she really takes her time with these necklaces. I'm going to take such good care of this necklace. It's so special to me. I believe that this necklace that I'm going to wear for a long time. Thanks Suzy for letting me review it!

Here are a few other necklace's she has made:


Brightside Btq also offers tons of other items. Here are just a few!


This is deff. a girlie girlie shop! I always have fun browsing threw all her items. You will find that the customer service is excellent! She will help you out with anything!

Where to buy?
You can find Bridghtside Btq on Facebook.

Happy shopping!

NayNay's Custom Bowtique

NayNay's Custom Bowtique

I love bottle cap bows on my girls. You can put any image on it, make them say whatever you want! That is why when I was told I could do a review of NayNay's Custom Bowtique I was so excited! I have this shirt for my 2 year old, Beatles A is for Apple B is for Beatles. I love it, I always wanted to find a bow to match it. Never could! So, I though well, I'll just see if NayNay's can do it! They say "custom" ;D She worked her magic and got me the same exact image that is on my daughter Beatles shirt on the bottlecap! No bubbles, no flaws that I could see! =))) She mounted it on a lined alligator clip. There are layers of green black and white ribbon. She also made me 3 others:





They are all the same style of bow. They are so well made and my two year old had a hard time getting these bows out of her hair!! I was so impressed.

NayNay's Custom Bowtique also makes korker bows, Isabella Bottle Cap Flowers, Lashey Starburst Bows and a few other kids!

Here are the 3 I mentioned above:




I think there all so adorable! The korkers look so full!

Where to buy?

You can buy NayNay's Custom Bowtique bows on Facebook.

EdenFantasys

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Eden Cafe

Ladies, Valentines day is riiiiiiiight around the corner! Do you have any gift idea to get your man yet? What about a Afterglow Candle by Jimmyjane?



Here is a review of the candle:
The warm oil felt great on my skin. It's not too hot, just warm enough to make your skin tingle with excitement. I found the candle to be really relaxing when poured on my back. The oil makes the skin very moist and slippery.

It even comes in these yummy scents!
Dark vanilla
Cucumber water
Gingersnap
Grapefruit
Pink Lotus
Bourbon
Black currant
Fig Leaf
I'd like to try the dark vanilla!

Find these and other candles at EdenFantasys

Sunday, February 6, 2011

Imagination Box Co.


Do know when you give a kid a toy and then they only play with the box?! Well, Imagination Box co. took that concept to a whole other level. Imagination Box co. are eco-friendly imagination boxes. Even the packing is re recyclable. The graphics are all hand drawn by Russ, the owner. How neat!
hey are made from high quality sturdy double-walled corrugated board. Not only do they have graphics on the outside, they also have them inside! I was sent the barn to do this review.

My kids happen to be home that day due to the snow, so I was thrilled! Here's something they can all do together! And that they did! We opened the box and they even send you a paint set. Just one. So we found some other paint brushes and painted away. My 2 year old did the roof of the bar and my 8 and 10 year old had fun painting the inside and outside! I also liked it because if brought all of us together =) The kids really worked hard on it painting the doors, ropes, vines, first aid box and other cute real life details they have inside!






My two daughters thought that it would be fun to put there dolls and barbies inside of it lol

Also, the boxes are EXTREMELY sturdy and durable. We've moved the barn from room to room many times and have yet to have any tears on it! We also flatten ours back us for easy storage!

Imagination box co
also offers castle tower, cottage, fire house and others!

Overall, my kids enjoyed this! I would recommend this to any parent!

Where to buy?
http://imaginationboxco.com/

Sister Girls' Avenue

Stephanie, a mother of 2 started my online business,Sister Girls' Avenue, last summer, making bows at first but sort of transitioned into crocheting making headbands, clippies, hats, scarfs, etc. She now runs a Etsy and a Facebook page where you can buy all her items =)

Her most popular hat is Mr/Mrs Owl hat and love it, but she thinks HER favorite hat is her slouchy newest hat just because of the look of it. Its also the style I use for my Strawberry shortcake hat. But she also love making hat/tutu sets.

I was sent 2 hats to review first one is the ADORABLE owl hat!

The hat is made with a soft yarn. Teal and dark pink yarn for most of the owls face. All the colors come together very nicely. She gave the owl big eyes and a orange beak! She has The braids on both sides. To top off this adorable owl hat she placed fringes on top of the owl's ears. It fits so nice!

My daughter got so many complements when she went out in it =)

The second hat I had the pleasure of reviewing is this Hello there Kitty Kat Beanie:
How stinkin cute is that?! ;D
This beanie is a Hello Kitty inspired beanie made out of 100% cotton Caron So Soft yarn.
I love all the cute lil' details! The black whiskers and the pink bow on it's ear!

Here a pic of her Strawberry shortcake hat and tutu set I talked about earlier:
My kids absolutely love these hats! At Sister Girls' Avenue you may shop for creative and cute handmade gifts (baby shower, birthday, dress up, etc.)

Saturday, February 5, 2011

CSN store review



I love ordering from CSN stores and I have placed many orders with them. So far, I have been very happy with the customer service and their fast delivery. Last month, I placed an order with CSN stores. I ordered a American Plastics doll set for my daughter for Christmas. She loved it! So, I was excited to order from CSN again! I thought I get the kids stuff all the time, why not buy something for the house? ;D So I did! This time I ordered a Pfaltzgraff Edgehill Frost 20 Piece Flatware Set.

Such a steal at $25.85!! You get:

* 4 Dinner forks
* 4 Salad forks
* 4 Dinner spoons
* 4 Dinner knives
* 4 Teaspoons

Specifications:

* Material: 2.2-2.0 Gauge 18/0 stainless steel
* Dishwasher safe

They were "adult sized". Which, I liked! They had a sleek modern look to them. I would recommend them to anyone! This set has a 5 star rating too!

Friday, February 4, 2011

Hallmark Recordable Storybooks Review and GIVEAWAY

I'm so happy to see my kids enjoying reading. I love reading to them too. I try to make it a bed time routine. I'll be honest since we have 3 kiddos now, bed time routines are harder.lol.I was excited to hear about Hallmark's recordable books!
I got to review there All the ways I love you recordable book

All the Ways I Love You

Remind your little ones of all the ways they are loved, even when you can't be there to tell them in person. Perfect for parents to kids or grandparents to kids.

The illustrations and words are so sweet and soft.







It's also perfect for Grandparents, parents who are deployed aunts, uncles? This book will be PERFECT for them. It will help close the distance and keep grandchildren familiar with their voices

Giveaway!

Hallmark is giving away 1 recordable book for my followers!

Mandatory:
1.Follow my blog
2.Go to Hallmark.com and tell me what book you'd choose

Extra entries:
1.Tag me in a post about this on Facebook 3 extra
2.Blog about this 10 extra (leave link)
3.Comment on 1 other post (tell me which one) 1 extra entries
4.Friend me on Facebook 1 extra
5.Enter in 1 other giveaway 3 extra
6.
Become a fan of Hallmark on Facebook

This giveaway will end on Feb. 10th 10:00 p.m.



Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Brandi's hair candy



My daughter is obsessed with Elmo! Obsessed ;D If I'd let her she'd watch Elmo 24/7. I love him too. I had asked Brandi's hair candy is she could make me a Elmo bow holder to review for my daughter. With out hesitation she said "yes" I was thrilled and excited for my daughter. The owner, Brandi,loves being craft and creative. Here is what she made me for this review:


It was better than what I expected! She got ever last detail! The butterfly's, the fish and the stuffed bear! It's soo cute! And there is Elmo waving! He's fuzzy =)
It has a glossy finish. No marks, dents or anything! There was two strand of ribbion to hand the bows on. You can fit a ton on there!

To my surprise she make a matching bottle cap Elmo bow on a lined alligator clip!

Cute huh?? My daughter was happy. She keep saying "Elmo! Elmo!

Brandi's hair candy also makes mini bows and clippies!

You can shop and buy her items here.

Wordless wednesday

The I like Book




People of every age long to be genuinely liked. What if the people in your life, the ones closest to you, had entries in their "i like book" filled out by you? How would it make them feel? Would focusing on the positive in your family make a huge impact? The "i like book" is natural, pure and from the heart. It has the capability to bring genuine peace and happiness to any relationship.

how to use the i like book
Write a short i like statement daily in your children's i like book, something you like about them, and share it with your children. Try incorporating this activity into your bedtime routine. The like can be affectionate, funny, loving, silly, warm, complimentary, or anything special.



It is easy to do. It is designed so that each child has their own book and the adults in their life write something they "like" about them. Whether you make an entry once a week or once a day does not matter. The biggest suggestion is to try and make it as interactive as possible (let them know what you "like" about them). You will be amazed at how well your child will respond after several days!



There are spots for both Mom and Dad and the comments are directed towards your kids! Here are some examples of what I wrote, I like when you crawl in bed with me in the middle of the night, I like your big smile, I like when we you randomly come up and give me hugs. I have made this a before bed time routine for us. They have really enjoyed doing this daily. My 8 year old daughter won't let me forget to do it! I really think it boost there confidence. In this crazy busy world we live in today, it's nice to just sit and be with your child. This book is just for them! They can sit back and look at all the wonderful things that you "like" about them. It will just warm there hearts! A great keep sake too!

CAUTION: this book may create fantastic relationships!

The I like Book has also came out with a book for couples!


Both would be great gifts for Valentine's Day!

Where to buy?
Visit there website here
There also on Facebook