Monday, September 30, 2013

Kidorable Ballerina Backpack Review

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Well, the school season is officially in full swing!  WooHoo!  That means its time for school supplies and backpacks!  Now, my little ones aren't in school yet, but our oldest still needs a bag.  In fact, she has several!  Haha!  She takes her pull-up and snack to the nursery in one.  She takes one when we go to visit the grandparents.  And now that she's in ballet class I really wanted to get her a cute bag to carry her ballet slippers and her water bottle in, so I immediately thought of Kidorable!!! 

Chicago Steak Company Wagyu Steak Review

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Yesterday we decided to grill out the Wagyu steaks we received from Chicago Steak Company! If you've never heard of Wagyu beef before, its a Kobe-style beef, known for its wonderful marbling and tenderness. We put a little olive oil and some of the Chicago Steak Company Steak Seasoning on these steaks...




Oka-b Fall Shoe Review

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During the Summer I did a review of Oka-b shoes.  I was REALLY impressed with them!  I received 2 pairs - a fun, dressy pair (that I wear to church or out to dinner sometimes) and a cute, green "everyday" pair.  And when I say "everyday" I'm not exaggerating.  I wear them EVERY DAY.  They are great!  So I jumped at the chance to review their Fall collection!

This time I decided to go with the Vida...

Blue Orange Games Review

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Now that my little one is getting older, I really love getting new games for her to play!  Games are great for teaching sportsmanship (good attitude whether you win or lose), taking turns, being patient, following directions, etc.  They are great fun and wonderful learning tools!  And Blue Orange makes some FANTASTIC games!  The kind folks at Blue Orange were nice enough to send me a couple of games for review!

The First game I received was KeeKee the Rocking Monkey...

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

The Happy Trunk

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Several months ago I did a review of The Happy Trunk subscription box.  The Happy Trunk sends a box of fun activities for you to do with your kids.  I love subscription boxes that send me projects to do with my kids!  It takes some of the pressure off.  The Happy Trunk sends you a themed box with activities and all the supplies you'll need to accomplish them!  Its great for homeschool, craft time, or rainy days!  hey were kind enough to send me another box for review!  This box was called "Paint Party."



Weelicious and Weelicious Lunches Review

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I was SUPER excited to get to review these two books!  I've heard great things about the Weelicious cookbook and the Weelicious Lunches book - which is brand new - looked equally great!  The books are very nice and have lots of wonderful, color photos - which is something I love!  And they are filled with healthy recipes for you and your kids!

 

ShaveMOB Review

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There are lots of fun subscription boxes out there!  And I love most of them!  Haha!  But, let's be honest.  Most of them are frills - things you get for fun.  Here's a subscription service that falls in the necessity category.  And its a pretty smart idea! - ShaveMOB!





Friday, September 20, 2013

iChameleons Review

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Several months ago I did a review for iChameleons.com.  I really liked the items I received - especially the Hello Kitty wall stickers.  They look great in my little one's room!  The folks at ichameleons were kind enough to send me a couple of items to help me get the school year off to a great start!


The first item I received was this 6ft Blackboard Decal...
 


Thursday, September 19, 2013

Citrus Lane September 2013 Reviews and 50% Off Your First Box

Woohoo!  Our Citrus Lane boxes arrived yesterday and they were a BIG hit!!! We've been getting Citrus Lane for more than a year and we love it!  Our oldest even recognizes the boxes now!  In fact, yesterday they came during naptime so I thought I'd take some if the items and put them away for Christmas.  But "somebody" must have heard the mailman and peaked out of her room because she said, "Mama, our boxes are here!  Can I see what I got?" Haha!  So here's what we got! - 
 
7 Month Old Box - 

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Zipadee-Zip Review

Hi guys!  You may remember my Zipadee-Zip review several months ago.  If not, Zipadee-Zip is a great transition from swaddling!  Its a sack, but the hands are also covered - which is great for keeping little hands warm and also protecting your little one from scratching their face with their finger nails!

  

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Coqui Baby Review

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As I've mentioned before, I am newly in love with cloth diapers!  Besides being eco-friendly and saving lots of money, they can also be SUPER CUTE!!!  - Just like the Coqui Baby diapers!  The nice folks at Coqui (pronounced "ko-KEE") Baby were kind enough to send me one of their Hero diapers AND a wet bag for review!  Woohoo!!!



Monday, September 16, 2013

Blogging Through the Alphabet: K is for Kiwi Crate!"

I've been trying not to do too many reviews as my "Blogging Through the Alphabet" series, but this is a newer company to me (we just started receiving their boxes) and I'm SUPER excited about them!  And since it was time for my "K" post, I just had to post about Kiwi Crate (Use this link for $10 off your subscription)


Blogging Through the Alphabet: J is for "Jump for Joy! Its National Play Doh Day!" (Sept. 16, 2013)

OK.  OK.  I know.  I'm stretching things quite a bit to make this my "J" post, but COME ON!  Its National Play-Doh Day!  Whoop!  Whoop!  Did you know the original "Play-Doh" was actually invented as a wallpaper cleaning agent?  Seriously!  We LOVE Play-Doh in this house!  But what I REALLY love is making our own!  Yep!

 
 
Homemade Play-Doh:
1 cup flour
1 cup water
1/2 cup salt
2 tsp cream of tartar
1 tsp vegetable oil
food coloring

Thursday, September 12, 2013

SunBaby Diaper Review

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I'm currently on a cloth diapering craze!  Cloth diapers are great!  They are eco-friendly, which is great!  And thanks to newer designs, they are MUCH easier to use and much cheaper than disposables!  (And all in one diaper can last you from birth to potty training!)  So here's another cloth diaper that I'd like to introduce you guys to - SunBaby Diapers!



My Giggle Box July "Light Up the Sky" Box Review

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In January I did a review of My Giggle Box.  I love subscription boxes!  They are so much fun!  And Mu Giggle Box is particularly fun because its a box of projects and crafts for you and your kids to do together!  Well, the good folks at My Giggle Box were kind enough to send me another box for review!  This time they sent me their "Light Up the Sky" Ultimate Giggle Box!  (This is the box they sent out in July of this year and it is LOTS of fun!!!!)



Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Blogging Through the Alphabet: I is for "Incredible Heroism"

This week's "Blogging Through the Alphabet" post will be short.  Its my only post today.  I didn't feel right posting anything else today.  Its September 11th.  And all day today I've been reflecting on what happened on this day 12 years ago.  So today I'd like to say a few things about "incredible heroism."  We saw a lot of it that day.
1.) First Responders - There were thousands of firemen, paramedics, policemen, etc. that worked tirelessly to save lives that day.  Even after the second tower was hit and it began to sink in that this was no accident, but an attack on our country - and that more attacks could be imminent - these men and women worked to save lives.  Many of them died saving others.  And afterward, first responders came from all over the country to serve with their brothers and sisters - searching for survivors, recovering bodies.  Thankless, excruciating, horrific work.
2.) President George W. Bush - This is not a "political blog."  So be advised that if you leave a derogatory comment about the former president - or President Obama, for that matter - on this post it WILL be deleted.  (Those are my rules.  Its my blog.  If you don't like it, get your own blog.)  Today is a day to drop political views and just admit that President Bush had an unbelievably difficult job to do that day.  He had to lead our country while remaining calm.  And he did it beautifully - displaying calm, courage, and determination.  He made us feel that we would be OK and that those that had committed this act of terror would be found and brought to justice.
3.) Flight 93 - I can't imagine what went through the minds of those men and women.  But they decided to sacrifice their own lives rather than let the hijackers on their plane succeed.
4.) The Military - The men and women of our military ALWAYS deserve our respect.  They are heroes - just for enlisting.  They protect us, serve us, and represent us around the globe.  And, to me, they are MUCH better role models that the movie stars, athletes, and socialites we "worship" today.
5.) The Secret Service - I can't imagine what these men and women went through that day.  Their job is to basically throw their body in front of the president (or the other protectees the watch).  At a time when our country was being attacked, they kept our president safe and able to lead our country.

These aren't the only people that proved to be heroic on 9-11, but they are a sampling.  And it makes me proud to be an American.  GOD BLESS AMERICA.

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Naughty Baby Diapers Review

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I recently switched to cloth diapers - at least while we are at home.  We still use disposables sometimes when we are out, but for the most part we are cloth diapering.  I love it - for a couple reasons.  First of all, its more eco-friendly.  And secondly, it saves money!  Disposable diapers are PRICEY!!!!  So when the folks at Naughty Baby offered to send me some diapers for review I jumped at the chance!  Here's what I received...



Monday, September 9, 2013

Green Toys Rocket Review

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Let me tell you guys a little story.  Once there was a mom (ahem... me) that wanted to recycle some of the items in her home.  So she and her AWESOME toddler made crafts and toys out of items found in their kitchen.  An egg carton turned into a caterpillar.  A paper plate turned into a clock...


And the mom thought she was pretty awesome and pretty creative - until she found some moms and dads that REALLY knew how to do it!  Enter the good folks at Green Toys!  They've take recycling to a whole new level!  And they turned your old, used plastic milk jugs and turned them into this...

Thursday, September 5, 2013

ProCook Review

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Have you checked out ProCook.com?  They have some great items for folks that love to cook!  The awesome folks at ProCook were kind enough to send me several items to review...



Lucky & Me Children's Underwear Review

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We've been working on potty training for quite a while now.  My little one was fighting it for quite a while.  Maybe it was the new baby?  I don't know.  Anyway, when the folks at Lucky & Me contacted me about a review I was thrilled!  I though that maybe some new, frilly undies would be the trick!  The Lucky & Me website says,

"We believe underwear is just as important as birthday cake.  Our mission is to redefine the underwear category for kids with fabric that’s soft and comfortable, thoughtfully designed details, adorably chic styles that capture the whimsy of childhood and prices that won’t break the piggy bank."



Wednesday, September 4, 2013

MommiesFirst Subscription Box Review

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I was recently offered the opportunity to review a subscription box by MommiesFirst.  Now, if you know me, you know I LOVE a good subscription box!!!  And MommiesFirst definitely sent me a good one!!!  With my little one just about to turn 6 months old, they sent me their 6 month box...



Kinderfeets Review

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I recently had the opportunity to review a really nifty kid's item! - The Kinderfeets!  Its a wooden pushbike.  Its meant to ease a toddler's transition to a pedal-powered bike and its pretty cool!!!!



Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Chicago Steak Company Steak Burger Review

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You may remember my previous review of Chicago Steak Company's fabulous steaks.  We really enjoyed those steaks!  They were delicious!  Well, the folks at Chicago Steak Company were kind enough to send me several of their steak burgers for review!!! 

I received 4 (8oz) steak burgers...



Burgers' Smokehouse Sauced Ribs Review

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You may remember my previous review of Burger's Smokehouse's dry rub ribs.  My husband and I really enjoyed those.  They were easy to thaw, easy to cook, and tasty!  Well, this past weekend we pulled out the sauced ribs they sent.  Again, we had planned on making them on the grill, but it started raining AGAIN.  Oh well, that's the summer in the South!  No problem though!  I simply followed the directions for cooking them in the oven!  I cut them in half so they would fit in the pan and then I poured the rest of the sauce from the package on top...



Sunday, September 1, 2013

Hatch Baby Essentials Review

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As I've mentioned time and again, I LOVE reviewing mom-run companies!  Or dad-run companies, for that matter!  I just find that parent-run companies tend to be more picky about the items the sell.  They tend to want to sell items they feel are safe and important - items they themselves would use!  So today I have a BRAND NEW mom-run website to introduce you to! - Hatch Baby Essentials!  Alisa at Hatch Baby Essentials has really chosen the products she is offereing very carefully and I love that!  When we spoke, I told Alisa that I was interested in cloth diapering but I had no idea where to start, so she offered to let me review her "Curious About Cloth" Package...