Sunday, January 25, 2015

"Apparel for All" Sponsor Spotlight- Zoey's Attic

I received a sample from Zoey's Attic for the sole purpose of this review

With both boys birthdays just 2 weeks apart, I knew I wanted to get them matching birthday shirts! But I also wanted something that they could wear all year and not something JUST for their birthday. So with that I chose the Birthday Shirt Monster for both boys. But I didn't want white so I got light blue and then had them make the circule a different color so it didn't clash too bad!

I love that you can make the shirts custom and not just a standard shirt with Zoey's Attic. I love that it can be what you need and they do it easily for you.

The shirts were more gorgeous than I thought they were going to be! They are just so beautiful!

Coqui Baby Review & Giveaway

I received a sample from Coqui for the sole purpose of this review

I haven't tried a new cloth diaper in a few months now! I've really been streamlining my stash to only use what we love, but I was having withdrawals from trying new brands. I admit it, I experience withdrawals when it comes to cloth diapers. So I came across Coqui Baby and decided to give them a try. I liked that their diapers have 4 settings which means they'll fit the smallest and chunkiest of babies and have a lot of sizing versatility. 

We tried the Mangosteen Minky diaper and the Orange Surfboard non minky diaper.

Friday, January 23, 2015

Shopping for Flowers

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When you hear that Valentines Day is coming, you might start thinking about where you are going to get flowers and other treats to send to the people you love. You can shop for Valentines Day flowers with Fresh Flowers and other online florist companies. 

Ordering flowers online is convenient for most people, and it is sometimes faster to get the arrangements to someone else because they are usually put together and delivered on the day you want them to be sent. You don't have to worry about waiting for a florist to have the flowers you want or waiting for the company to deliver the flowers on a certain day. You get to choose what you want to order and the date to have it sent. 

You will often see a larger variety of flowers and other items online than you would in a store. Most stores don't have the room to hold all of the items that they sell. When you see something online, the company can get it from a company warehouse. The orders are often arranged on the same day so that they are as fresh as possible, and they are usually kept refrigerated until they are delivered. There are often discounts offered online that you won't find from a florist. You can read information on how to take care of flowers online that a florist might not give to you. Online companies often have access to flowers from across the world instead of only flowers in your state. 

There are usually special deals offered during holidays like Valentines Day and Mother's Day. Prices are often less expensive in general than they would be in a box store because the company doesn't have to pay overhead in the form of rent or utilities. Online companies will accept an order at any time. You can search for what you want in the middle of the night, place an order and receive a confirmation that it will be sent on the day you entered. A florist is only open during the day in most locations, and the store is usually open only on certain days of the week.

Baby Shower Gift Ideas

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So you are invited to baby shower but are blanking on what gift you should bring. Should you go for a safe and traditional present, or get a bit more wild and crazy? The following ideas should make the decision process a bit easier.

For the Fashionista

Who doesn’t love baby booties? They’re tiny, adorable and come in a wide array of styles and colors. Why not pick out a trendy pair or two? Just make sure to speak to the parents-to-be so you don’t purchase a style that they don’t like.

For the Sports Lover

If the soon-to-be parents are fans of a certain sports team, why not purchase an outfit for the baby that shows support for said team. Websites such as offer many outfits and accessories for the younger generation of sports fans. 

Stick to the Classics

The traditional baby shower gifts are a classic for a reason; they are well loved and useful by the parents-to-be. Onesies, diapers, rattles, bottles; these are all rather inexpensive items that just about every parent needs for their newborn.

Go with the Unexpected

If you really want to WOW everyone at the shower, consider going with something a bit unusual but still useful. There are several different unique items that parents love but are not generally given as gifts. A freezer tray designed specifically for freezing baby food and a stroller smartphone holder are just a few ideas.

Get Crafty

Another option is to create a homemade gift. This is a wonderful idea if you’re short on funds or simply what to put a more personal touch into the present. A crib mobile, personalized subway art and camera lens pal are a few do-it-yourself gift ideas that are sure to please. Another option is to create a “cake” out of cloth diapers.

Get a Keepsake

Keepsakes are small trinkets that the parents can keep and possibly pass down to their child when they are grown. Keepsakes also make wonderful baby shower gifts. A first year frame or a handprint/footprint triptych are two such keepsakes. 

Get a Gift for the Mom-to-Be

The purpose of a baby shower is typically to give the parents gifts for the baby. While this does help them out, the mom is usually left without anything for herself even though she will be the one doing all the work in the delivery room. Giving the mom a spa day so she can pamper herself or purchasing her the latest album of her favorite musician is a great gift that she will appreciate.

Why is Minecraft so Popular?

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Over the past couple of years, you may have noticed one word on every child’s lips from the age of 5 upwards, Minecraft. At first glance, Minecraft looks like any other computer game, with pixelated graphics and frankly, not much of a plot, but there is something compelling and fascinating about it that draws people, especially children, into its world. So what makes Minecraft so unique?

Ultimate Creativity

The main draw of Minecraft is the fact that there are no rules. There is no clear objective, nothing to find, and no points to be earned. Minecraft gives kids free reign on what they want to build and what they want to do. The game works like this: the player is in a world where they can make anything their heart desires out of 1X1 cubes made of various materials. That’s it. That’s the whole game. There are some levels with villains who destroy your work, but you don’t have to play on those levels if you don’t want to. The game gives kids unlimited freedom to do what they want and be who they want to be. Because there is no way to master Minecraft, there is no way anyone could get tired of playing it. Minecraft is all about creativity and imagination, two things that kids have an abundance of.

Appeals to Both Girls and Boys

The simplicity of the game appeals to kids of all genders. Much like Legos, Minecraft has broad appeal because it doesn’t have rules. You can play it however you want. Whether you are into fighting or dolls, beauty or destruction, or anything in between, Minecraft has something to offer. The possibilities, as they say, are endless. The game’s broad appeal is also great for merchandisers, who have created enough Minecraft merchandise to make any kid happy.

Classroom Applications

Minecraft allows parents and teachers to teach kids real-world skills. The game can be used to teach kids about gravity, architecture, teamwork, physics, biology, and, of course, coding, among other things. The near endless possibilities of the game allow for near endless applications. There is no limiting the influence of Minecraft just as there is no limiting what can be done within the game.

The game has become so popular that now there are even Minecraft action figures, like these from ToyZoo, and Minecraft costumes. Minecraft merchandise allows kids to keep their imagination flowing, even when disconnected from the computer. There are various characters and action figures available, as well as buildable Papercraft sets to keep kids engaged and thinking creatively. These toys prove that Minecraft is a crossover hit that is sweeping the world. The game, with all of its intrigue and possibility, is here to stay.

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Wyatt Lily $75 Certificate Giveaway ENDS 2/6

  Wyatt Lily one of New York City's Premier Children's boutique has unveiled their new Signature Line and it's sure to turn heads wherever your little one goes.