Wednesday, December 31, 2008

A very happy new year!

Wishing everyone a very happy and exciting new year! 2009 promises to bring our family a big change, and one we couldn't be more thrilled or happy about.

We can't wait to meet you, baby Thor (nickname). We love you so much already.

As if our wonderful son wasn't enough to ring in the new year... I won a couple of prizes this week! A big THANK YOU to Thrifty and Chic Mom for the Lychee Cabrio Clutch, isn't it gorgeous?!

And another big THANK YOU to 1stopmom for the Cheeky & Swank Chic Thermal prize. Since we're having a boy, Latricia was kind enough to send this adorable thermal to my friend Erica, due with a girl in February.

Have a happy and safe new year!

Sunday, December 28, 2008

See Kai Run Giveaway

Have you seen the cute shoes they have for kids these days?? It's incredible. They're as cool as adult shoes.

However, they can be pricey, especially considering how quickly they are outgrown. So, how would you like a chance to win a super cute pair??

See Kai Run have definitely made waves with their great designs and comfortable kids shoes.

You could win a pair of SKR shoes on Thoughts from the Mrs. blog! Oooh, how I hope I win!

Click here to read more and enter the giveaway, or copy/paste this URL into your browser: Good luck!

Saturday, December 27, 2008

Flip Ultra Giveaway

Have you seen the Flip Ultra video camera?

I'm in love with it. Small and compact, it's easy to stash in your purse for spur of the moment recording. It also has a built-in USB cable, so there's no hassle with uploading the videos to your computer.

It's something I know I would buy and use. As opposed to the larger cameras that probably sit in most people's closets and rarely come out for video taping life's best moments.

If you'd like to have a flip ultra too, head over to I Never Grew Up. Vanessa is giving one away on her blog, yay!

Just in time for Thor's arrival, and capturing all of his firsts.


Tuesday, December 23, 2008

ipod giveaway and more!

Christian Personal Finance has a great giveaway going on right now. There are several prizes, including an iPod Nano and an iPod shuffle, plus much more.

You do have to have a blog or website to enter, or a Facebook or Squidoo page.

Enter by December 29.

Happy holidays!

Friday, December 12, 2008

Organic Baby Resource

I feel lucky to have so many organic choices for Thor, although the world and our economy still have a lot of changing to do. After first getting pregnant though, I had a lot of learning to do! Where does a new mom start??

One good place is the Organic Baby Resource. Tons of great info, organized by topics (nutrition, diapers, toys, baby showers, etc) based on your particular interest, and they offer monthly giveaways (score!).

This month's giveaway is for a full basket of Boon goodies! We love Boon, especially the sippy cup. I think Boon is so creative in their product development, and the fact that they're organic, awesome!

So, if you haven't checked out the Organic Baby Resource yet, head on over. While there, enter this month's contest for some Boon goodies!

Monday, December 8, 2008

SKR, SKR, See how great they are...

...See how great they are. (Words sung to the tune of 3 blind mice!)

Yes, we LOVE See Kai Run shoes. Love them, obsess over them, think they are the greatest thing since sliced bread. So what is the best thing that could happen to someone that loves SKR shoes?

They win a pair!

Currently, Berrie Sweet Picks is hosting a SKR contest for a pair/size of your choice. That is sweet for sure. Thank you!

My pick would be the ultra cool Radik's. Wouldn't thor look so great sporting those?!

Hurry over, contest ends tonight at midnight EST.

Friday, December 5, 2008

Diaper Tote

There are a lot of creative people in the world, and oh, how I wish I was one of them! But, the next best thing?? Etsy, of course!

I love how Etsy has made it possible for anyone with the craft gene to offer their beautiful items to you and me (usually at amazing prices compared to generic department store/made-in-china stuff).

One such wonderful shop: Sister Sue Designs

She has the cutest booties for babies, soft blocks, bibs and diaper totes available. AND, she's been featured at a trunk show, and is being uber-generous and sharing the love by giving away a diaper tote, of your choice, on her blog. Thanks sister sue!!

Click here to go to the giveaway, or here to visit Sister Sue Designs Etsy shop. You're going to love it!

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

KEEN footwear giveaway

Do you own a pair of Keens? We have about 5 pairs in our household, and love them!

I have three: the Saratoga II, the Newport H2, and the Winterport Shoe

Whether you already have a pair, you'd like to try a pair, OR maybe you'd like to give a pair to someone special for the holidays.... you could buy them, OR you could win them! Yes, win a pair of KEEN shoes, of your choice. Yay. Oh happy day!

The giveaway is being hosted by 3 P's in a Pod. And she's being super generous, offering a number of ways to gain entries. So hurry over, and check it out!

Contest ends December 8th.

Tuesday, December 2, 2008


SKR, SKR, how we love thee. Let us count the ways...

1- the Radiks
2- the Pauls
3- the Addisons
4- the Oliver
and on, and on. xoxo

Check out the latest SKR giveaway at STL Mommy! She's giving away the pair and size of your choice. Contest ends Dec. 5th.

Downtown Holiday Jacket and Pant GIVEAWAY!!!!

Run friends, run!! Grosgrain has another giveaway currently happening on her blog for the cutest little jacket and pant set. But the entry deadline is today - Dec. 2!

Click here: Downtown Holiday Jacket and Pant GIVEAWAY!!!!

Recital Frock GIVEAWAY!!!!

Calling all dressy girls... Grosgrain is a generous and VERY talented/creative designer of little girl (mostly) clothes. Every 1-2 weeks, she gives away one of her amazing creations on her blog.

If you'd like to see what I'm talking about, click here: Recital Frock GIVEAWAY!!!!

Until Dec. 13th, you have a chance to enter the latest 'recital frock giveaway'. It's a cute little dress, perfect for the upcoming holidays/school recitals, but is versatile enough to wear long after the holiday cheer and humdrum has passed. Valentines, Easter, etc.

This dress is a cutie!

Monday, December 1, 2008

12 Days of Christmas @ The Lil' Peanut Patch

12 days of prizes, but only 2 winners (each receives 6 of the prizes). I like it!

December 1st, the first day of Advent, is a big day. Help celebrate it, and join in some Christmas giveaway fun, by heading over to The Patch for their 12 days of Christmas event.

The Lil' Peanut Patch

Happy holidays!

Hottest Holiday Toys of 2008

The blogosphere is buzzing with gift guides, and Christmas Countdown Giveaways! If you haven't seen what I'm talking about, you must be living under a rock.

I love browsing the gift guides, seeing the various styles and tastes of each mom and especially reading opinions if they've used the toys/clothes/books/etc with their kids. Being a soon-to-be new mom, having honest mom reviews and resources for baby prep has been invaluable. A big 'thank you' to all you mom bloggers!

Today I read a post titled the Hottest Holiday Toys of 2008, and I thought they were right on target! At least, many of the toys fit with my taste and preferences. There were toys for the older kids and younger set, wooden/eco-friendly options, and some tried & true classic favorites.

I definitely encourage you to visit Mamanista's blog and check out her Hottest Toy guide. And while you're there, she's got a Christmas countdown happening, with lots of great giveaways! Happy shopping.


A cyber-shower! Fun

Sarah, from Sassyfrazz, is having baby #4 - awesome! And Pamela Kramer, from Happy Panda (love them!), is hosting a cyber-baby shower for her. I love cyber-parties. Ok, ok. I love ALL parties!!

I'll be playing a few of the shower games, and you can too (click on the cyber baby shower button above)! In addition to it being fun, you can also win prizes. Everyone loves prizes.

Game #1: Because we're due in January, I can only offer this recent picture of my husband and our bump... not sure that it counts, but I thought I would share anyway. It's my favorite and we were having such fun playing with the bump and bonding! I may be biased (ahem), but I think it's very sweet. xoxo

Photo taken by Amy Scherer

Game #2: Guess the birth weight... I'm going to say 9 pounds 2 ounces.

And because I have no play-doh (I'm sure that's going to change soon!), I'm going to skip game #3. But I cant wait to see the other entries!

My top prizes would be, in no particular order: See Kai Run, Paperlicious, Happy Panda, Cute Slings and Baby Banz.

Congratulations Sarah!

Sunday, November 30, 2008

Baby Sparewear

I'm sure carrying an extra item of clothing in the diaper bag is not a new concept. But what is a great idea, is a coordinated outfit, that comes in a handy travel pouch so it's convenient, compact and ready at a moments notice!

Introducing... Baby Sparewear! Their designs are also simple and classic and can mix and match.

And... Mogul Baby is having a giveaway for a $25 gift certificate to Baby Sparewear! Yay.

But hurry, the giveaway deadline is tonight at midnight.

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

BabyLuxe mega holiday giveaway!!

Hold onto your holiday hats... things are about to get bumpy! Feel the ground shaking? That's the stampede to enter the mega holiday giveaway at BabyLuxe. I'm not kidding.

I don't think I've ever seen so many quality prizes, things I not just want but need and drool over, in one place before. It really is mesmerizing. So watch out! You'll have to get in line. And you'll have to fight me for the Uppa Baby Vista stroller. But, I want you to have a chance at some holiday cheer too! Because I love you, and because you deserve a prize.

So, head on over to BabyLuxe now. Seriously. DO. NOT. DELAY.

A few of the prizes up for grabs:
Leapfrog Didj
Uppa Baby Vista Stroller
Boon High-Chair
Zosephine Diaper Bag
Robeez Shoes
An Organic Blanket
Belle Baby Carrier
Ring Jewelry
Custom Photo Collage
Goosie Cards
...and more!
Much more!

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Your Very Own Hospital Gown

Child Labor... It's magical, a miracle, wonderful and so very worth the pain. But there it is, there's pain. And you're in a hospital. It's not comfortable, you're feeling very unattractive, and being poked and prodded. But oh my, is it worth it!! And we can't wait to meet Thor in January (or February, if he's anything like his parents)!!

If you're a friend of mine, you're probably aware that I just spent a 'fun' afternoon at Swedish hospital a couple weeks ago. After having a small tear on my cervix, and my doctor worrying about it shortening, I thought I should get some 'pinching' feelings checked out. While the hospital staff are all very friendly, and they do all that they can to make you comfortable, you're still in a hospital. And this time around, I didn't have our sweet baby in my arms to cuddle and distract myself with (we dont want that to happen until January, he needs some more growing time!). Turns out, I had a UTI. Yay, no shortening of my cervix and not a big deal. Overall, the afternoon was a preview of our upcoming hospital stay.

If given the chance, I would love to do what I can to make my next hospital visit (hopefully, labor day!) as comfy as possible, and to focus on happy thoughts! So I'm thinking, as you walk around your hospital room and look in the mirror/window reflection, why not have your own hospital gown looking back at you? Something 300 other laboring mothers haven't worn, that doesn't smell like hospital, and that's pretty. Sign. Me. Up!!

Healthy Moms is giving one lucky soon-to-be-mom their own hospital gown from Labor Looks, and I think it's wonderful. What a fun gift, just for mom. A little something extra special (not a 'need', but a 'want') for a rough few hours of her life (which she's glad to go through, but is none the less a bit painful).

This will be our first baby, and I would love to win. Why? It's these extra special touches that make the lead-up time more exciting, the day-of more comfortable, and the after a cherished memory.

Thanks for the chance Healthy Moms!

Would you like to enter to win too? Click here

Sunday, November 23, 2008

New giveaway!

Bellaziza's Favorite Things is having a spectacular giveaway again...

You could win a Recaro Youth Sport car seat!! Oh, how we are going to need one of these to protect our precious cargo. When you browse their site, I promise you will be wow'd with their safety standards and commitment. It takes all the worrying out of selecting the 'best' car seat, and all that's left for you to do, is choose your favorite color. Love that.

Hurry over though, contest ends Monday, November 24th.

Sunday, November 16, 2008

Quilt Giveaway

Dana has done it again, only bigger! Bigger, and more amazing!

She is giving away 3 quilts, 1 each to 3 winners. Yahoooo.

Check out the quilt giveaway at Old Red Barn, and then stay to check out her blog. It's fun, and a great read.

Thursday, November 6, 2008


SKR. Do you know what I'm talking about?? Of course you do!! Why? Because I love See Kai Run, and I tell you about them a lot. They are the CUTEST, funkiest, best shoes I've seen for little feet.

Well, we're all in luck. Frugal Mommy of 2 Girls is hosting a giveaway for a pair of See Kai Run shoes. Love it.

Head on over and enter! The giveaway ends on November 13.

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Bellazizas Favorite Things

This one is worth revisiting: Bellaziza's Favorite Things

Remember, I told you about their organic mattress giveaway, well... they're at it again! But I suggest you head over for not only the fun swag, but also bookmark them as a 'good read' and stop in every couple days.

They list some fun info on celebrities and what they're buying for their little ones, good baby tips (like how to make your own baby food), etc.

And, of course, the swag! They find the best stores and must have great relationships for all the amazing swag they score. I'm forever impressed.

So don't delay... check them out by clicking here!!

Current swag giveaway: Hatley kids snow suit

Monday, October 27, 2008

See Kai Run, See Kai Run, see another giveaway!

Yay! It's the bloggy carnival time, which means people everywhere will be spending WAY too much time at their computer over the next week. ha, ha.

I love to find new blogs and revisit some I had intended to read more often. There never seems to be enough time though.

On one of the blogs I frequent regularly, but always want to read more often, they are hosting a See Kai Run shoe contest for the Carnival giveaway. You all know my SKR obsession by now. I think they are the cutest, most stylish shoes for little feet on the market. And the company seems incredibly generous, offering regular giveaways on mom blogs.

So don't delay, you could win a pair of Jake or Monica at the 3 Kids and Us blog! And while you're there, take some time to read their blog. It's a good one!


Earth Mama Angel Baby Breastfeeding Kit Giveaway

Here's one us new moms do not want to miss out on!

Visit Figs + Sage for your chance to win a fantastic breastfeeding support kit. I can't wait to breastfeed, but I'll admit, I'm also a bit worried about it. I know it can be painful, uncomfortable and not always pleasant. But it's oh-so-important for the baby, and I want to be as successful as I can.

That's where a super great kit like this will come in handy. It's packed with nipple cream, breast soothers, and tea. How nice to paper mom during one of the most important jobs she will ever have!

So dont delay, head on over to Figs + Sage and enter now!!


Sunday, October 26, 2008



Hooray, and congratulations to Grosgrain! She is a fantastic designer of little girl clothes (mostly), and offers up regular giveaways on her blog of her designs. But now, she's opening up her own shop! Send her lots of good vibes as she's very deserving of success.

All the best!

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Free Reuseable Tote Bag, from Target!

Thanks Thrifty and Chic Mom for telling me about this great offer:

Target has an ad inside People magazine that you fold up, stuff with 5 target shopping bags and mail in for a free reusable tote( you will receive a coupon).
If you don't have the magazine that's ok too just stuff your 5 bags into an envelope and mail to:

121 New York Ave.
Trenton, NJ 08683

Be sure the bags are clean and you include a clear return mailing address. Expect your bag coupon in January, redeemable until1/31/09.

Did you know Seattle is currently trying to pass a bill to charge for bags used at the grocery stores? I think it's great! So start stocking up on your reusable bags now, and save yourself the $ later.

Marie-Therese Gown GIVEAWAY !!!!!!!

Marie-Therese Gown GIVEAWAY !!!!!!!: "Oh my goodness, oh my goodness! Dont miss this amazing costume giveaway at Grosgrain. Her creations are fabulous, but this one takes the cake!!"

See Kai Run Giveaway @ Mom Most Traveled

I've told you all about See Kai Run shoes before.

Have you seen the Paul style? Check them out! Thor would look so cute, sporting those shoes.

And he just might be... why? Because Mom Most Traveled is hosting a fantastic giveaway to win a pair - style/size of your choice! Hip, hop, hooray!!

Head on over, and enter for your little one.

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Organic Mattress @ Bellaziza's Favorite Things

Being eco-friendly has hit the mainstream and continues to go strong! Esp for us crunchy northwesterners.

But being 'organic' is not always easy... it usually means spending a bit more money. Understood. So, you prioritize what you will/can spend more money on. One of the biggest items for Thor that Tim and I have discussed buying organic and spending the money on, is an organic mattress. I don't care if I have to eat PB&J sandwiches for the next year to afford it, I will.

But, for one very lucky mommy (and baby!), they will win an organic mattress! Yay. Whether it's me or not, it's such a wonderful prize and I just know whoever wins it will love it.

If you want your chance to win (and if you dont need it, you can gift it to me- ha, ha!), head on over to Bellaziza's Favorite Things and enter. They always find the greatest stores and products, thanks ladies!!

Also, just wanted to mention that the mattress comes from the Netto Collection. Holy WOW! I love their products - great modern look, organic, made in the USA. I heart them.

Now hurry, head over to BFT and enter. You can enter once per day!


Monday, October 20, 2008

Free photo book

When I started our baby blog and mentioned that we were going to turn it into a baby book (eventually), a couple of you said that you plan to do that as well or already do. So, I thought you all might be interested in this current promotion for a free 120 page photo book (dont think it incorporates blog posts, but you can do 'baby's first year' in photos, or maybe a 2007-2008 family trips album, and I'm sure they allow photo captions - although I haven't looked into it yet, it's on my to-dos to sign up later this week).

If you're interested, read the below review, which includes the promo code and how to get your free photo book! (you do pay for shipping, $5 I think)

* You must sign-up by Oct. 24th and make the book within 1 month from your sign-up date.


Sunday, October 19, 2008

The elusive...

...See Kai Run.

I see these shoes ALL over the blogosphere. You've heard of them, right? If not, go. Go now, and check them out! They're great little shoes, just as cool as mom and dads, but for little feet. I love them.

I don't think we're likely to buy a pair, unless they're used (you know I love craigslist). They can run a bit pricey, but you can also try to buy some new on sale or on amazon. I just keep hoping to win some. Our little man would rock these shoes!

Leading me to my next subject, a giveaway for a pair of See Kai Run Eleven shoes. Yay.

If you'd like to enter the giveaway, please click here to be taken to Red Sox Mommy's blog.

Good luck to both you and me!



Remember the company Ambajam I was drooling over?? Well, still drooling.

Here's one of my favorite items from Ambajam: the jumbo cuddle blanket

If you'd like a chance to win a $50 gift certificate to Ambajam, head on over to Val's Views and enter the giveaway!

Thanks for the chance to win a soft, cuddly blanket Val. Fingers crossed.

p.s. I may be hurting my own chances by telling you this, but, I like to believe I'm a nice person. So... HURRY to enter, the contest ends tonight!!

Saturday, October 18, 2008

My First Shades Giveaway

What’s That Smell? is blinded by the light, but your kid doesn’t have to be! Visit the What’s That Smell? My First Shades kids sunglasses giveaway to enter to win 1 pair of kids sunglasses in your choice of color/pattern from My First Shades. My First Shades have 100% UV protection to help protect one of your child’s most valuable things - their eyesight.

* Hurry over to enter the giveaway. It ends noon (central time) on Tuesday, Oct. 21.


Thursday, October 16, 2008


Do you use I've not been a great coupon-cutter in the past, I admit. But I think I could get into it!

What caught my eye was the $1 off coupon for any box of Kellogg's cereal. Cereal is so darn expensive.

Go forth and save with coupons!

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Oh! How lovely!

"Oh, how lovely" is right!

The wonderfully cute blog, Oh! How lovely!, is hosting a sling giveaway from Love September's etsy shop. And truly, they are wonderful and lovely. My favorite design is the Elinor.

Please go check them out! Do so before Saturday, October 18th, to enter the giveaway.


Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Hello... stroller, love!

Friends, I'm here to introduce you to the newest stroller on the blog to be offered up in a giveaway! Hip, hip hooray!! Some companies and blog owners are too generous, and for that, I heartily thank them. This is a wonderful prize, that no matter what, I am SURE will find a great home.

However, I'm hoping it's my home. No, no, just a good home will do! ha, ha.

In any event, Parents With Style is the location of the stroller giveaway. And it's not just any stroller - it's a chicco trevi double stroller. How cool!

So head on over, and check it out. I know you're going to want to enter this giveaway!


Oh my gosh...

Oh my gosh, oh my gosh, OH. MY. GOSH.

There's another quilt giveaway happening in the blogosphere right now. I hesitate to speak about it because I want to win. But being a kind person I am, and to get 5 extra entries, I'm going to share this gem of a secret with you!

Pigtails and Snails
is the place to go, and Elizabeth is the talented quilt designer to thank.

Now run, run I say, to Pigtails and Snails and enter. If you're super duper nice, and like me a lot, and you win, maybe you'll even give me the spoils. No? That's ok, I still love you.

The Full Mommy

Hi guys. I'm tagging along Tim's short business trip, so I haven't had time to do the Thor update/post yet. But it's on it's way!

In the meantime, I wanted to share with you a fun mom blog that just updated their look and that has a lot of great info on it.

The Full Mommy

Not only do they have a new look and are fun to read (so I suggest you run over there and take a peek), but they have a great giveaway right now for a Flip Ultra. 'Flip what', you ask? Tsk, tsk. A trendy, small video recorder for us on-the-go moms, so we can capture all the giggles, coos and diaper explosions for future blackmail. No, no, just kidding.

So really, go check out The Fully Mommy, and enter to win a Flip Ultra while you're there!


Wednesday, October 8, 2008


I know I post quite a bit about baby stuff, well, we're having a baby!

But you know I also love to cook. There's a great giveaway happening at Cupcakes Take the Cake, as part of an introduction and launch of a new book, called: Baked

It sounds fantastic, and I'm totally throwing my name in the hat to win a copy. Click here to read a review, hear from the writers and to enter the giveaway too. Good luck! And happy baking...

Rosepetal Cottage House Giveaway!

Since you all know we're having a boy, I am not promoting and entering this contest for me... it's going to go to a very deserving, happy home (but I'll leave you guessing, as to who I have in mind). My chances of winning are slim anyway, but you never know, fingers crossed!!

So what are the details of this giveaway I speak about? The who, what, when and where??

All you really need to know is, the giveaway is being hosted by Kristin at An Ordinary Life. Go! Go check it out!! And enter.


Flip, for the Flip-Ultra

I know, I know... the Thor post is coming. I promise!

But first: Do any of you read The Full Mommy? It's a fun blog with honest product reviews, contests, and personal opinions/stories. They also just changed and updated their look, so it's all sleek and pretty!

To celebrate their upgraded new look, they are hosting a giveaway for a Flip Ultra video recorder. I soooo want one of these. With Thor due in January, there are years and years of video recording ahead of us.

So, head on over to check out The Full Mommy. See what they have going on, and if you are so inclined, enter the giveaway. Gift Certificate Deal

I just bought a few gift certificates as 'thank yous' and for christmas presents and wanted to share... offers $10 or $25 gift certificates to restaurants in your area for a fraction of the price. A $10 GC costs you $3. A $25 GC costs $10.

There are usually 'conditions', so read carefully before buying. For example, a restaurant may not allow the gift certificate to be used during their popular weekend brunch, or it excludes alcohol, etc. Nothing unreasonable.

BUT, right now (through Oct. 12), use code DISCOVER and get an extra 50% off. So your $25 GC only costs $5!! Yahoo!

So buy, and eat away. This deal is too good to pass up!

Are you wondering what's going on with Thor? ha, ha. Sorry. Yes, we are still pregnant and an update will be coming soon! Maybe even a pic (wink, wink).


Hullabaloo Boutique

Via a contest, I found Hullabaloo Boutique. Oh, my, goodness! It is some of the cutest little people clothes I've seen. Simple, with flair. I love it.

Check out these adorable pants!

Because they are celebrating their anniversary, the boutique wants to spread the joy! They are offering a $60 gift certificate to one lucky winner. If you have a little one, or friends with little ones, or a shower coming up... I encourage you to go check them out!

Click here to enter the contest.

Tuesday, October 7, 2008


If you don't know what SKR stands for yet, man, oh, man... See Kai Run!

How I love these shoes. They are sooo cute! Great styles, for little feet. Who says our bambinos have to wear plain jane, when they can start showing some fun, funky, preppy, or sporty style in the first years? I love them.

And right now, at Does Mommy Love It?, they are hosting a giveaway for a SKR pair of your choice. Woo, hoo!

Be sure to enter. This soon-to-be-mommy definitely recommends it.



Babylegs, babylegs, how I love you, babylegs!! Ok, ok. I'm silly.

But seriously, BLs are one of the greatest ideas and mom inventions on the market. In my opinion.

And lucky us, the Pitter Patter Boutique is offering us the chance to win a pair! My fingers are crossed. My toes are crossed. My eyes would be crossed, but that would give me a headache. Hurry over, and enter yourself for a wonderful pair of babylegs.


Jack & Lily Shoes

And there's more. The same blog, Simple, is giving away your choice of Jack & Lily shoes. Hip, hip, hooray!

Hurry over, the contest ends on October 10th! Click here.

Bugaboo Shoes

I was reading lists of 'must haves' for our baby registry, and making my own list of to-buys for little Thor. One of the 'do not buy' items from Metropolitan Mama was shoes under the age of 1. Smart, because I hadn't thought through the fact that the kids aren't typically walking before then, and probably dont need real shoes yet. You can likely get away with socks or going barefoot!

However, once they hit 1... and start using those feet... they're going to need shoes!

So, head on over to the Simple blog, they're giving away a pair of really cute Bugaboo shoes in winners choice of style (from 3 options) and color. Yay! I chose the max in black. How about you?

xoxo, L

Monday, October 6, 2008

Joovy Stroller Giveaway

There have been a few stroller giveaways lately, it's wonderful! As much as I hope to win, if I don't, I always hope they go to a home that needs them.

Currently, The Giveaway blog is hosting a Joovy Kooper stroller giveaway.

I encourage you to RUN your fingers over the keyboard/mouse, don't walk, and enter! If not for yourself, for me. Ha, ha. I kid, mostly.


Saturday, October 4, 2008

7 Habits of Happy Kids

Have you guys heard of this book?

It was written by the son of Steven Covey, who wrote The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People. I find father-son writers fascinating (another good father-son collection of books to read are The Killer Angels, and Gods and Generals- they're about the civil war, and really good! Not my typical chick-lit and I loved them). Anyway, I digress.

The Integrated Mother (great blog!) wrote a great review and support of 7 Habits of Happy Kids, and makes me want to run out to buy it. Thor wont need it for a few years, but those of you with 3-5 year olds might love it now (if you buy it, tell me how you like it!). You may also see it at our Secret Santa event this year... he, he.



There are very few thing scarier to me than spiders... but I'm LOVING the mutsy spider.

And guess what, my friends? Sisters Amanda and Kristin are giving away a Mutsy Spider on their Sister Sister blog. Hooray!

Forget candy, we're in the big 'trick or treat' leagues now! Fingers crossed to win (for me or you, if you go enter).


Friday, October 3, 2008

250 Free Mommy Calling Cards

On PBP, they featured Vista Print, a company that offers free starter sets of various paper products.

Currently, under their FREE listings, are 'business cards'. They have lots of designs, and I found a couple I would definitely order once Thor arrives and we have an official name. You customize the card, so use them for business, or for mommy cards. They don't care.

As I clicked through, the only thing you pay for is the shipping (approx $5.50). 250 mom calling cards for $5.50, great deal!!

PBP also mentioned they give notecards and postcards away for free, but those aren't currently on offer.

Go check them out! Another thing getting me excited for Thor's arrival...

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Contest at The Write Gal

The Write Gal is hosting a giveaway from the Appledonia Etsy shop. I know you guys have little rascals that could use a new t-shirt or onesie!

There are some really cute items in the shop, and you get to pick the size and style! Super generous.

Hurry though, the contest ends tomorrow - October 2.

Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Handbag Planet launch & giveaway

Who DOESN'T want a new purse?! Yeah, I thought so. Everyone does!! Of course.

Handbag Planet is launching it's new online store in 14 day, 16 hours and 46 minutes (at the time of this post). And to celebrate their launch, they are giving away 1 handbag per hour. Yippee! I love when people are excited and gather others into their party.

Go check them out, I promise, it's worth it!


Sunday, September 21, 2008

YGG: Jig

As you all will soon see, I've been having a big debate with myself over our registry. I have the customary items (bottles, butt paste, manicure set, etc) on there. But then there are the things I just flat-out want. I feel a little guilty over adding these items, so after adding them, I deleted them. But a few still remain, and I'm sure you'll know which ones they are! :)

One of the items I seriously contemplated putting on my registry, but didn't, was a custom onesie set from Jig. And guess what... Your Goodies Galore is offering a set as a giveaway!! With any luck, I'll win and have my much loved Jig set after all. A girl can dream, right?

If you'd like your chance to enter the giveaway and win a custom Jig onesie set, click here. Or copy/paste this URL into your browser:

Tuesday, September 16, 2008


I love simply saying that word... am-ba-jam! But it's not just a fun word, it's a cute, cute baby shop.

Does Mommy Love It? did a great review on the shop, and is giving away one of Ambajam's cuddly soft baby blankets. Run, don't walk friends, to the review and enter. Enter for me if you don't have a need yourself! he, he.

Click here
to go to the review, or copy/paste this URL into your browser:

Monday, September 15, 2008

Everything Minky

Have you felt the new minky fabric they have out for babies these days?? Oh. My. Goodness. I'm in love. It's the softest, best fabric I have ever felt, and the idea of tickling or wrapping up our bambino in it, is divine!

Well... Thrifty and Chic Mom blog is hosting a giveaway for a minky bunny. Oooh, how I have all fingers and toes crossed to win! Head on over there to win, and see what great minky creations her sponsor company (Whimsical Stork) has to offer. Oooh, la, la!

Click here
for the giveaway, or copy/paste this URL into your browser:

Making your own baby food

I am so excited about the idea of making our own baby food. If you know me, you know I love to cook. So this isn't a stretch for me. And from everything I've read, it seems so EASY!!

A recent blog post I read on making your own baby food (short & sweet, with steps and tips) was at Trying To Be Greener. Great starter information to tell and show you how easy it really can be.

Then, click on the Wholesome Baby Food link, and you are set!! I probably need another baby book, as I feel a little lost on what to do nutritionally, physically, learning, etc with Thor (our new nickname for the baby!) once he arrives... but Wholesome Baby Food takes a little of the unknown away with great food stage information on when, what and how to feed your baby. Yay! Just what I've been looking for.

Check both sites out! You wont be disappointed.

See Kai Run Shoes

Have you seen the cute shoes they have for kids these days?? It's incredible. They're as cool as adult shoes.

However, they can be pricey, especially considering how quickly they are outgrown. So, how would you like a chance to win a super cute pair??

See Kai Run have definitely made waves with their great designs and comfortable kids shoes.

You could win a pair of SKR shoes on Mustard Seeds blog! Oooh, how I hope I win!

Click here to read more and enter the giveaway, or copy/paste this URL into your browser: Good luck!

Sunday, September 14, 2008

Miracle blanket! Miracle blanket!

I have heard such good things about the Miracle Blanket, I have two on my registry. Swaddling a bambino has some great benefits, including easing fussiness and sleep. Restful baby means a restful mommy.

I found My Quest for Sanity (blog) only a couple days ago, and already have it on my to-reads! They also happen to be featuring a giveaway for... a miracle blanket. Oh, how I love them for that.

So if you are interested in learning more, and entering a giveaway for a miracle blanket AND soothing bedtime CD, click here. Or copy/paste this URL into your browser: Hurry, the giveaway ends tonight!!


Saturday, September 13, 2008

HABA recall

I'm saddened to hear of problems with HABA's toys... they are one of my favorite brands to give as shower gifts, and that I had thought to buy for our baby. Not that I wont buy the brand again, but I'll certainly be more careful in the future.

Check out Hazelnut Kids Blog post to read about the most recent recalls.

If you haven't already done so, and you have children, I strongly encourage you to sign up for the Consumer Produce Safety Commission's recall newsletters/emails.

Friday, September 12, 2008

Organic Options

I feel very lucky to be having our baby during a time where eco-friendly companies/products and organic options are in abundance.

Something Snappy is featuring an organic cotton clothing company called Earth-Tots. What makes this organization even more special, in addition to their fantastic organic products, is that it was founded by two women. Way to go ladies!

If you'd like to find out more about Eco-Tots, Something Snappy's opinion of the products/company, and/or enter to win a giveaway from Eco-Tots, click here.

If the link doesn't work for you, copy/paste this URL into your browser:

Thursday, September 11, 2008

It's a...


We're at 20 weeks, which means the half-way mark. We can't wait for our baby BOY to arrive in January. Hip, hop, hooray!!

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Baby Sleep Tips

Hold the phones... Here is a blog post that I LOVE!! And not only does it speak to exactly what I need and want to learn about, but they're offering a giveaway too! Icing, meet cake.

I strongly encourage you to read this blog post if you are pregnant or have a wee-little one in the house. Sleep habits are something I'm obsessed with, as I think a happy baby AND happy mama, makes for a very happy house. I've seen it over and over again, kids really do respond well to routine.

Click here to be taken to Ambajam's blog post on 5 sleep tips for your baby, or copy/paste this URL in your browser:

And if you want to learn more about baby sleep habits, do's/dont's of your baby's sleep, tactics to make the routines work, etc, click here to be taken to Pick Nicks Brain blog. It's woooonnnnnderful!! I promise.


Monday, September 8, 2008

Sleep Habits, setting good ones!

I've been very interested in reading and learning about sleep habits for babies and toddlers lately. I've printed off A LOT of articles because I'm afraid once baby is born, I'll be in a haze and forget what I'm supposed to be doing and what I had planned. I am a believer in routines for kids, especially when it comes to sleep!

Click here for a great article I recently read on 5 sleep tips, and for a chance to win a blanket or sleep tip guide.

And you can get some additional baby/toddler sleep tips from Nicole at Pick Nicks Brain.

Sleep is a good thing. A very good thing!!

Saturday, September 6, 2008

NY Giveaway... oooh, la, la!

Ever wanted to be surprised with a goodie bag of things from NY - bought just for you?! Oh, I have, and I do!

Natalie over at Natalie's Sentiments is having a great giveaway!!

Check it out here!!

Friday, September 5, 2008

Table Cloth Skirt and Dinner Party Top GIVEAWAY !!!!!!!

I don't know why I've been on the tail end of everything this week, but here's another fantastic blogosphere opportunity for one lucky little girl... (or her mom/dad, since you're likely the one reading this, and going to enter the giveaway, right?)

Just click on the link below, to be whisked off to Grosgrain, and drool over the skirt and top she has offered as a giveaway. If you're smart, you'll hurry and enter to win!

Table Cloth Skirt and Dinner Party Top GIVEAWAY !!!!!!!

Good luck!!

Baby Week at Little Birdie Secrets

Hurry! I just found out about the cutest ever baby week, and you dont want to miss out... it's been going on all week at Little Birdie Secrets blog, so it's ending soon.

But if you dont make it in time to enter their giveaway, dont worry, bookmark the site and you're guaranteed to still love it as a resource. They have GREAT tutorials on how to make your own baby gear - and they're all sooo cute (and useful).

For example, make your own binkie clips:

I'm definitely trying this one out. With a bit of mom's help, I may even be a binkie making machine and make a few extra for friend's shower gifts (you know who you are!).

Click here to join the fun, or copy/paste this URL in your browser:


Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Sweet Little Dress

We're in September and everyone is celebrating back-to-school or the start of fall. Fall is one of my favorite seasons (although I think that about all of them when they come up in the year!). But the apple pies, the family gatherings, the cooler days and scarves to wear... Love it.

You too can celebrate the start of fall by entering to win a sweet little dress over at Leila & Ben! Fun!!

Click here, or copy/paste this URL in your browser:


Tuesday, September 2, 2008

Win this stroller!

Wow- that's all I can say! There are some great blogs around the blogosphere, and sometimes they are amazingly, wonderfully generous and offer a giveaway. But this is not just ANY giveaway, it's for a Micralite Toro Stroller! Stop the presses!!

Yes, you could win this stroller. Want to know how?

First, click on over to Micralite and peruse the stroller. Drool a little.

Then, click here to go to MomDot and enter the giveaway. You can also copy/paste this URL into your browser:

Good luck!

Sunday, August 24, 2008

Boy vs. Girl

We are dying to know whether our cute bambino will be a boy or girl. No surprises for us, thanks!

Here's the breakdown based on old wives tales... we should find out at either our 18 or 20 week check-up. So stay tuned!

I am carrying the extra weight out front.
I am carrying low.
Sleeping in a bed with my pillow to the north indicates that I will be having a boy.
I didn't have morning sickness early in pregnancy. (neither did my mom, and she had 3 girls and 1 boy)
My chest development has not been very dramatic during pregnancy, unfortunately. Although tim said otherwise this morning... maybe I'm just wearing baggy clothes and don't notice.
The sum of the mother's age at conception and the number of the month of conception is even.
I have been having headaches.

The hair on my legs is not growing any faster during pregnancy.
Tim hasn't been gaining weight along with me.
A needle on a thread held over my belly moved from side-to-side.
I am craving sweets.
My nose hasn't changed during pregnancy (can this happen?! yikes), which indicates a girl.
I have been craving fruits (I think this is the same as 'sweets', as it probably has to do with the sugar in fruit - but whatever, wives tales!).
I love to have orange juice daily.
My belly looks like a watermelon.
Lastly, according to a Chinese Gender Predictor, we are having a girl.

Friday, August 8, 2008

Week 15!

Holy toledo batman, we're at week 15. Just started the second trimester last week! Woohoo!

According to What to Expect When You're Expecting, the baby should measure about 4 1/2 inches and weigh about 2-3 ounces. Which is about the size of a navel orange.

I've been more tired this week and the doctor said that my iron counts were down, probably due to the baby being larger and growing, therefore stealing more of mommies nutrients! So I'm taking an iron supplement, and it doesn't have the best side effects. Oh well, all in the name of a healthy, happy bambino!!

Tuesday, July 29, 2008


I'm nervous to say this, but I think I'm past the stage where it would hit me...

I've had NO morning sickness. (look left, look right. the sky has not fallen. hooray!)

Cross my fingers that everything else goes this smoothly! But, so far, baby and mommy (and daddy) are all doing great.

Thursday, July 10, 2008

First baby photos...

Cutest little bean I've ever seen...

10 week ultrasound

Thursday, June 5, 2008

January 29

Got the news from our doctor today: January 29th is the due date! We'll be having a 2009 baby.

That means...

Our baby will be in the high school graduating class of 2028
He/She will be an Aquarius
I will be 33 when I give birth

So fun!!

Friday, May 30, 2008

A new beginning...

Thought it was time to start a new blog, as we have big news and something to chronicle... a baby!

We got the double line yesterday, and we're so very excited!!

We're going to try to use this blog to chronicle our milestones and family changes. We hope you enjoy reading how we change, and what we discover.