Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Nuby Bathtime Fun: Whale Pail & Bath Letters and Numbers Review

We LOVE Nuby products in our house and we also LOVE bath time! What better way to combine our two loves than with these two great items!

Nuby Foam Letters and Numbers are BPA free and have fun, colorful patterns! There are all 26 letters and numbers 0 through 9 for a full set of 36!

They not only float in the water (because they're foam) but they also stick to the tub and tile when they're wet. The kids have even figured out if they "fall off the wall" that they need to "re-dunk" them in the bathwater to make them stick better!

My kids love sorting them by pattern and also trying to line up the alphabet and numbers in the correct order (they might be a little bit OCD like their parents! LOL)

NOTE: I'm not sure if it's the same in every pack of these but the fact that there are 7 RED letters/numbers but only 5 BLUE ones when there's 6 of each other kind was really messing with my OCD! LOL

The Nuby Whale Pail is also BPA free and perfect for scooping up the letters after fun time in the bath tub My kids don't mind helping to clean up with the smiley whale!

Even daddy's get in on the fun scooping up the bath toys with the Whale!

The hook for the whale sticks nicely to our tile at the back of the tub and the holes allow all the water to drain out well so there is no concern for mold/mildew on the tub toys!

The Nuby Whale Pail and Bath Letters and Numbers are available at these retailers:
• www.kohls.com
• www.walmart.com

Stay tuned for more amazing Nuby products!!!

Disclosure: I received the items mentioned above at no cost to facilitate this review. I was not compensated in anyway to give a favorable review. All opinions are my own and I only recommend products that I, and my family, actually use and love.

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Thursday, March 13, 2014

Baubles for Books: A Chloe + Isabel Jewelry Charity Fundraiser!

My dear friend from high school, Jessica, is a merchandiser for Chloe + Isabel and is doing a wonderful charity fundraiser from now until April 1st!

The details below are from Jessica herself!

The Children's Literacy Initiative (CLI) is a non-profit that works with teachers to transform instruction so that children can become powerful readers, writers and thinkers.

I have partnered with CLI to help further their impact and mission in the Philadelphia area school district. I will donate 30% of my proceeds from this event to CLI. Every purchase made through this link before 12:00 AM April 1st will benefit Children's Literacy: http://www.chloeandisabel.com/boutique/jessicacortes/4d6412

Chloe + Isabel is a fashion jewelry brand devoted to empowering the next generation of entrepreneurs through social retail. Our handcrafted jewelry is designed and sourced through our NYC studio. Preview my collection of beautiful, vintage inspired pieces that cannot be found in any store here: http://www.chloeandisabel.com/boutique/jessicacortes/4d6412

All of C+I jewelry is:
~hypoallergenic, nickel-free + lead safe
~designed in NYC
~packaged in keepsake + gift-ready pouches with branded closures
~affordable luxuries from $18 - $200
~backed by a lifetime replacement guarantee
~featured monthly in major fashion magazines such as Vogue, Instyle, Glamour, Real Simple, and more

One of the coolest things about the company is that I have the freedom to run my own business and do something really incredible, like partner with The Children's Literacy Initiative! I am so excited to launch "Baubles for Books!" I look forward to your support and feedback!

Please consider shopping her boutique between now and April 1st to give back to CLI - an amazing organization!

A FINAL NOTE: Below is a link to the public Facebook event for this fundraiser! Make sure to click "JOIN" to participate so that you don't miss out on raffles, discounts and free jewelry!


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Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Spring Into Cash Giveaway! Ends 4/10!

Welcome to the Spring Into Cash Sweepstakes!

Spring means cleaning, purging and ORGANIZING my entire house! It would be that much easier to do with a $250 Gift Card to buy supplies! LOL

Two lucky winners will each receive a $250 Visa Gift Card.

Giveaway ends April 10th at 11:59pm, open worldwide, ages 18+. Only one entrant per household. Winner is subject to eligibility verification. Winners outside of the US will receive $250 via Paypal instead of the Visa Card by mail. Complete each task on the giveaway form below to earn entries.

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  Disclaimer: The participating bloggers were not compensated for this post. We are not associated with any of the companies named above. No purchase is necessary to enter. One entrant per household. Void where prohibited by law. The odds of winning are based on the number of entries received. Confirmed Winner(s) (by Random.org) will be contacted by email. Winner(s) have 48 hours to respond before a new winner is chosen. The sponsor(s) will be responsible for product shipment to winner(s) of this sweepstakes. My blog is not responsible for product shipment/delivery. This event is in no way administered, sponsored, or endorsed by, or associated with, Facebook and/or Twitter, Google, Pinterest. This disclosure is done in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission 10 CFR, Part 255 Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising. Contact teri@mompoweredmedia.com if you have any additional questions or comments.

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Thursday, March 6, 2014

10 Things I’m “giving up” for Lent

NOTE: I’m going to just start these during Lent and try to continue on afterwards.
  1. Negative thoughts. When I have one, I will try to find a positive aspect to the situation and focus on that instead of the negative.
  2. Yelling at the kids. Going to try positive reinforcement instead of negative (to go along with #1). Tell / thank them when they’re being good instead of always pointing out the bad.
  3. Procrastination. I have so many things I want to do and I keep saying “when it’s nice out, we’ll do _______” or  “when I have time I’ll do ______”. No more waiting. When I decide I/we should so something, we’re just going to do it. Life is too short to put things off indefinitely!
  4. Leaving things for “tomorrow”. This goes along with #3. If I’m still up, I will do the dishes,  put the trash out, set up the coffee etc. This will make mornings feel less hectic from the start.
  5. Not taking care of myself. I’m tired of the days where I lounge in PJ’s (they aren’t often thankfully) and don’t or BARELY brush my hair. Every day I will get up, get dressed and brush my hair (at a minimum tho a DAILY shower would be a REALLY nice treat). If I do that, I will feel better about myself and that will put a positive spin on my day.
  6. Not going places / doing things because we have kids. This is a BIG thing for me. We often pass up on doing things or going somewhere because we’d have to take the kids and they aren’t as “perfect” as we want them to be. How can I expect them to behave like I want in public / at a restaurant if we never put them in those situations?
  7. Avoiding doing things because I have to take all 3 LITTLE ones by myself. Ash Wednesday mass was the perfect example. I got myself all worked up worrying about it and it wasn’t “that bad”. Did they sit nicely with their hands in their laps the whole time listening intently to the readings and sermon? Of course not, BUT they did the best they knew how to do (which is all I can ask of them). They will figure it out eventually after more “practice”. I don’t know any 20 year olds who fidget and walk up and down the pew during mass.
  8. Trying to take control of, well, EVERYTHING! This is also going to be really difficult. I know I’m a control freak. I’ve come to accept that about myself. Everything has to be “perfect”. If it’s not, I tend to freak out about it until I get it “fixed”. I need to let my husband lead me towards things HE wants us to do together or things HE likes and wants to share with me. I need to let the children lead me with what they want to do/play/learn each day instead of me always directing them to what I want them to do/learn.
  9. Staying up late. This just needs to stop happening. I get to bed later and later it seems and 630/7 am still comes around the exact same time every morning and I wake up still tired and VERY cranky. I need to set a bedtime for myself and stick to it. Turning off electronics an hour before would help immensely as well. This would also give me quality time with my husband before we turn in.
  10. Soda. Yep, the standard “I’m giving up junk” for Lent promise. But this is also for health reasons – I need to stay away from soda because of what it does to me after I drink it. It’s not an immediate impact but it wreaks havoc on my insides and I just need to stop drinking it.
All of these things will put me in a more peaceful mindset to spend QUALITY time with my family and friends and those are the people who bring me closer to God because I get to see Him work amazing miracles around me!

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Thursday, February 20, 2014

My Wish

I wish I could go back to being naive about pregnancy.  To announce it to the world 2 seconds after getting a positive home test. But I can't.

Having gone through 11 miscarriages now (yes 11 you read that right), I have been robbed of the joy of pregnancy.  It's replaced by fear and worry and stress.  I pray for a heartbeat,  then pray I start the meds I need to STAY pregnant at the right time. Then there are the worries of healthy baby and chromosome testing.  Then there is the real risk of preterm labor and bleeding excessively during labor.  I don't get to enjoy pregnancy at all anymore.

Don't get me wrong I'm happy to have my babies.  They are my whole world.  It just seems that I hold my breath for 9 months wondering,  waiting,  worrying and praying. I wish I could just forget what it's like to say goodbye to a baby that was so loved and wanted from before it was conceived.

I want the luxury of complaining about pregnancy symptoms instead of freaking out the moment they seem to ease up.

I know I'm not the only one to feel this way.  There are many of us.  Some are more outspoken than others.  That's why I'm writing this. To speak for those who aren't ready yet to say these words.

I wish I could be naive about pregnancy again. Even if only for a moment to truly enjoy it.

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

HugeTOMS Sale on Zulily!

I'm sure you've all heard of TOMS by now - they're the company who donates a pair of shoes to a child in need with each pair you buy! 

One for One With its Giving Partners and customers like you, TOMS has transformed everyday purchases into a force for good. Every time you purchase eyewear, TOMS helps give sight to someone who needs prescription glasses or medical treatment. And with every pair of shoes you buy, TOMS gives a new pair to a child in need. To date, that's over 10 million pairs! You can learn more here.

Now, how about getting those amazing "pay it forward" shoes on SALE?!?!

Zulily has an amazing sale going on right now on TOMS!

TOMS will be on sale at zulily.com from 6am PT on 2/19 to 6am PT on 2/22!

Not only are they ON SALE, but if you order $65 or more, you'll also get FREE SHIPPING! Sure sounds like a win-win-WIN to me!

Sales end 2/22 at 6am PT!

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Tuesday, January 14, 2014


Spring Into Cash Event

Organized by: Mom Powered Media

Grand Prize: $1,000 Visa Gift Card

Event dates: 3/20 – 4/10

Open to all bloggers with 2,500 facebook fans or more.


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