Saturday, October 29, 2011

DownEast Basics Review & Giveaway (Girls) *CLOSED*



Since I've had a TON of items from DownEast Basics already, I really wanted to get one for Avery too. This time I got lucky. The PR Rep was very nice and offered us each an item! I chose the Tuxedo Sequin Henley in the Totally Teal color from their Girls line for Avery. 

I got it in a Size 4 and it fits her great!



She looks so grown up :(

I love this top on her. It's a gorgeous color. Brings out her blue eyes and it just looks great. I love the sequin touches and that the arms are cuffed. Super cute! It also has Tulle on it along with the sequins and it's just super cute. It's cute for a toddler, but it's also grown up looking all at once. 

I love the color. The quality is amazing just like all of DownEast's items and I'm just in love with it. 

I'm so happy that Avery can start her DE collection now too!!!
It also comes in a mustard color
Here's some more of my favorites
Adorable stuff as usual. DownEast has outdone themselves again!

Price: The Henley is $16.99. So worth it. And those Boyfriend Jeans are $36.99.

Overall: *****

*Disclaimer* I received an item directly from DownEast basics in exchange for a review. I was not paid to try out these products*
A big thank you goes out to DownEast Basics for allowing me to review this product and offering a giveaway


DownEast Basics Review & Giveaway (Women) *CLOSED*



You all know about my love affair with DownEast Basics. I love their clothes. They're cute, affordable and are high quality. Every single month they have New Arrivals which definitely keeps everything up to date!

I received a lovely cardigan. Something I could wear pregnant or not. So I'll get a lot of use out of it. I got the Roundabout Cardi in the Ginger Spice Color
I got it in a size medium. It fits me great. It's nice and flowy. It's a bit long so it covers everything. The color is so gorgeous for fall. It's all open in the front so it's perfect for pregnancy. I just love everything about it. 

It's kind of thin, but is great for fall when you just need a bit of extra covering. The quality is really nice and it's soft. It's been washed a couple times and still looks like new. I just adore it! I love the color. 
It also comes in a Kangaroo color
So they're both great for fall. 
That's how it fits on me too. It falls so nicely! I just love everything about it. 

This was from the New Arrivals in September. So here's some from this month.
Those all also come in black!

They also have a girls section and a home section as well as accessories!

Price: The Cardigan I received is $36.99 and oh so worth it!

Overall: *****


*Disclaimer* I received an item directly from DownEast basics in exchange for a review. I was not paid to try out these products*
A big thank you goes out to DownEast Basics for allowing me to review this product and offering a giveaway


Bathtub Soap Crayon Recipe!



These are SOOO getting made here!
Avery would just love these!

http://www.kiboomu.com/2011/05/30/our-favorite-bathtub-soap-crayons-recipe/

This Bathtub Soap Crayon recipe for kids is one of our favorites!  It’s makes for a great summer craft and kids just love bathtub time when they have their bathtub crayons to play with!
Craft supplies:
  • 1 cup grated Ivory soap or Ivory Snow flakes
  • Warm water
  • 4 Bowls
  • Food coloring
Craft instructions:
Have the children grate a bar of soap, making one cup of soap.
Next, have the children divide the cup of soap into 4 bowls.
Then, have the children add water and several drops of different food coloring into each bowl, and mix.
Encourage the children to stir the mixture until the soap mixture forms a thick dough.  Add more water or soap shavings to get the right consistency.
Once the dough is firm, have the children shape it into crayons by hand or press it into ice cube molds.
Place the soap crayons in the freezer for 10 minutes, and then pop them out of the mold.
Let the bath tub soap crayons dry 1 to 2 days.
Once ready, let your children color in the tub!


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Wild Mountain Mommies Review & Giveaway *CLOSED*



This here begins my cloth diaper reviews again!
I'm so excited to get back into it!!

This one is from the wonderful Wild Mountain Mommies. She very generously sent me a Newborn Diaper to review
 Wipes is fleece on this side and flannel on the print side.
 Umbilical Snapped Down
 And it unsnapped
 Fleece Inside
 Pocket Diaper
 Itty Bitty insert
I am in love with this diaper. I've always loved Ooga, but never had an ooga diaper until now. She surprised me. I just told her a boy newborn and this is what she came up with. I love it. I love all the different colored snaps she used too.

It looks like it would fit a newborn very well. Her newborn claims 6-14. I would agree with 6 and possibly 14 if you have a longer skinnier baby. I don't know how well it would fit a chunky short 14 pound baby though. But I know we'll probably get 2 good months out of this diaper.

It has fleece inside which wicks away moisture well. As does the microfiber insert. So I love that my baby's bum will be dry. 

I love the wipe. It's a generous size. Flannel is absorbent and great for wiping up messes and the fleece on the other side is nice for my hand to not get wet as fleece is water resistant. OR I can use the fleece side to wipe and have it be extra soft on baby's bum.

I love this diaper and can't wait to use it!!!

Price: Her Small Printed PUL (like I received) is $11.49. That's a pocket diaper without an insert. But her OS are just $13.99!

Overall: *****

*Disclaimer* I received an item directly from Wild Mountain Mommies in exchange for a review. I was not paid to try out these products*
A big thank you goes out to Wild Mountain Mommies for allowing me to review this product and offering a giveaway


Purewool Review & Giveaway *CLOSED*



I have been really knitting up a storm lately. For this baby I have been knitting longies and hats mostly. I need to do a hat/bootie set that matches his coming home outfit though! 

Purewool was very generous and sent me 3 skeins for review. Purewool is known for their good quality yarn but with a very affordable price. Very comparable to the wool you see at craft stores. Their shipping is expensive, but if you can get in on a co-op they are usually about $7 per skein plus a couple dollars for shipping!

They sent me 3 girl colors. I asked for boy, but she's from uruguay and didn't understand. I should've said MALE colors! I was sent the Beautiful (purple, green, blue), Praia (yellow, green, pink), and lastly what I believe to be Kasen (I can't find a link to it anywhere!)

These are all a Merino Worsted that I was sent. 
Here's the thing. Since I need boy or neutral colors I asked the rep if she would allow me to trade these for boyish colors and review the ones that I had already knit up. She said that was JUST FINE!
I found a mama who took the pink and the Praia from me and in return she sent me Mysterious and Leaves
Here is mysterious knit up

Here is leaves knit up
NEITHER KNIT BY ME!
So I have those 2 colorways to knit up and work with still. 
I have another one called Blue Warrior that I need to do as well. 
Here is one that I have done. This is Purewool's Karpatos Colorway
 One side of hat
 Other side
I put Paton's (found at Joann's) black trim with it. It's not a perfect match, but I think it makes it look very handsome! These are both newborn size. I can't wait to put him in these!!

It was 1ply Merino Worsted and I just adored working with it. It was easy to work with, wasn't too fuzzy. And the coloring worked out perfectly on the longies. There was no pooling at all like there was with the hat.
I can not wait to work with Blue Warrior, Leaves and Mysterious and see how they work up. 

Price: On their website the skeins are right around $9 each, but shipping is not cheap since it's coming from Uruguay.

Overall: ***** love working with Purewool. 

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*Disclaimer* I received an item directly from Purewool in exchange for a review. I was not paid to try out these products*
A big thank you goes out to Purewool for allowing me to review this product and offering a giveaway


Thursday, October 27, 2011

Peter Rabbit Organics Review & Giveaway *CLOSED*



When Avery was little we didn't eat organic anything. We were on food stamps and just got by on whatever we could. Our dinners usually consisted of easy like hamburger helper or side dish meals. Once we moved into this house I got a lot better. Making meals, then making them mostly from scratch. And now about 30% of what we buy is organic. If I can try my hardest for my family in making them healthier I will. 

A good start is Peter Rabbit Organics for your toddlers. I have received a couple samplers from them in the past and I just got another one. I couldn't refuse it. Avery still loves these pouches and this was no exception. 

We received one in each of their 6 flavors. Actually, now I see that they have a Peach and Apple flavor as well that we didn't get. Sounds yummy!

Avery devours these though. They have fruit ones and then they have veggie/fruit flavors. These are great ways for her to get in her daily intake, especially of the veggies. I loved giving her one of the veggie ones at lunch time along with her sandwich. 

She loves them and these were all gone within a week. She had one a day. 
I think these are great for an older infant who is trying to be more independent and doesn't want to eat from a spoon, they can just slurp them up. Or you can squeeze it onto a spoon for a younger infant and feed them. 
I think these are great all the way up to school age children and they're perfect for a lunch box, snack in the car on the way home or great for an after school activity snack. They are small and compact, but pack a healthy punch!

All the pouches are 100% organic fruits and/or vegetables and nothing else. They all have Lemon Juice concentrate in them to remain their colors and flavors, but other than that just fruits and vegetables. 

These are sold in Starbucks Locations. Buy Buy Baby, Publix, Whole Foods and more. And also online at Babies R Us, Amazon and Diapers.com

Price: Babies R Us online has 10 packs for $11.98 on sale from $17.99 so this is a great sale!

Overall: *****

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Wednesday, October 26, 2011

31 weeks



Yes I'm there already! I seriously can not believe that I'm 31 weeks along already!
In less than one week I will have 8 weeks left and will officially be 8 months pregnant!!

I'm feeling it too.
With Avery I gained 15 pounds. So far I'm at 26. I'm hoping it really tapers off from here on out though!

At 30 weeks with Avery I stopped gaining weight. I would gain a pound and then lose it the next week. So I'm hoping that remains this time too. I'm not that concerned about it, but I know the more I gain the harder it will be to lose.
I do remember that I gained 15 pounds with Avery and the day I left the hospital I was 23 pounds lighter.

I feel so big!!!!!!


Artisan Artifacts Review & Giveaway *CLOSED*



I love candles. Always have, always will. But with a child in the house sometimes they're not the safest. I've never had a problem with Avery touching our candles. We have a large island type area in the kitchen and in the middle of it Avery can't reach, so this is a bonus. But you never know when a ball will get thrown and knock it down. 

So I've recently fallen in love with warmers and candle wax that melts in the warmer! Artisan Artifacts has some lovely scents in her Soy Tart Melts. I love that they're made of soy. 
I received 2 bars for review in the Aspen Winter and Loving Spell
 Just so you can see the colors, but also how the Loving Spell ones had popped out.
The loving spell had arrived in pretty bad shape. It wasn't full and they had popped out and were all cracked. BUT it didn't change anything about how it smelled or how it melted. 

I put one section of loving spell plus a couple little loose pieces into my Scentsy warmer and let it do it's thing. If you like the ever popular Love Spell scent from a certain manufacturer then you will DEFINITELY love this scent! It smells identical and it's a great smell to infuse the house with. 

That 1 piece has been in my warmer for over a week now and been burnt every day for several hours and it still smells strong. Sometimes I don't smell it, but if I go outside for a minute and come back in I can easily smell it. Even if I'm in the bedroom for a few minutes and then come back into the living room I smell it. 

The aspen winter I will love in a month or so from now! It's very piney. Very winter smelling so I don't want to use it now, but I love the smell of it. It's strong but smells delicious and I know it will be a hit with anyone who comes into the house while it's melted. 

I love the use of melts with a warmer. They're safer. Remember the story of Bella who jumped over the counter while the warmer was on? Wax was EVERYWHERE but there was nothing that caught fire!

USE CODE HA15OFF FOR 15% OFF YOUR ORDER (THIS IS AN UNLIMITED CODE)

Price: Her wax melts are just $2.50 each!! This is AWESOME! Her shipping is $3 for the first item and $1 for each additional item. 

Overall: *****

Giveaway Ends November 5th at 11:59 PM EST
*Disclaimer* I received an item directly from Artisan Artifacts in exchange for a review. I was not paid to try out these products*
A big thank you goes out to Artisan Artifacts for allowing me to review this product and offering a giveaway


Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Phix Energy Review & Giveaway *CLOSED*




I was contacted by Phix energy to try out their natural energy drink mixes. I figured it was natural so why not. Jon likes to do energy stuff once in a while so I got them with him in mind. 

I was sent one package of the Energy and one package of the Sleep in Lemon Chamomile

There were 6 packets in there. 3 flavors. Teaberry, Citron, and Tropic. I'm allergic to pineapple so I wanted to give one a shot and tried the teaberry. I figured they're natural so they won't affect me negatively. 

I got one sip in and dumped it. The taste was TERRIBLE to me, but I'm not an energy drink drinker. They aren't my thing at all. I don't need energy so don't drink them. However Jon downed a tropic and the teaberry and said it was good. 

Maybe it's because I tried it earlier on in my pregnancy, although I had no other food aversions, but maybe that's why? I don't know. I just didn't like it. I guess if you're used to energy drinks then these would be good for you. 

The sleep one was pretty good. It tasted like tea to me. 
I will say that neither of them had a gritty taste or anything. The mix dissolved very nicely in water. 

They are made with a ton of vitamins and then cane juices, fruit and vegetable juices and natural flavors. The sleep just has added chamomile which makes you sleepy.

Price: $9.95 for the 5 pack. Which is pretty decent considering some of those energy drink prices. 

Overall: **** Depends on taste!

*Disclaimer* I received an item directly from Phix in exchange for a review. I was not paid to try out these products*
A big thank you goes out to Phix for allowing me to review this product and offering a giveaway





Monday, October 24, 2011

Wholesale Halloween Costumes Review



So from the other site Avery REALLY wanted to be a mermaid, but they didn't have her size. We lucked out and Wholesale Costumes did have it! They had the Mermaid that she had wanted. 

We got the 4-6 size. I figured it might be a bit big, but doable. Well it is REALLY long




It's long and a bit big too. I should've gotten her the 3-4 size. It would've fit PERFECTLY! 
But at least she can wear this next year (or maybe the year after) and then use it as dress up too. 

I Love it though. It's so shiny and pretty and I love the shell headband that was included. 
I can't wait for her to wear it. 
It's a thin material, but it's spandexy so it's similar to under armour. It should keep her warm on our chilly Halloween nights here.

They have a ton of other costumes to choose from. Some adorable adult ones too. 
I might get this one to match her.
And I love this one for little man
Price: The Mermaid is $23.90 on sale. That monster is $39.90

Overall: *****
Just big. But she's a tiny 4 year old, so I'm sure it would fit the average 5-6 year old NO problem!
*Disclaimer* I received an item directly from Wholesale Costumes in exchange for a review. I was not paid to try out these products*


Nutrisystem Week 5 #NSNation



It has now been an entire 5 weeks on Nutrisystem! I can't believe it and neither can Jon. It's been crazy! He's still trying to get used to everything. He finds it's really hard to eat 4-5 servings of veggies a day so he's been getting inventive. He called the help line and they told him he could juice his veggies.
So for dinner he gets 2 servings of veggies and one serving or a fruit OR veggie. So he's been talking 2 veggies and a fruit and juicing them. It's 8-10 oz of pure juice and it's all his nutrients! He's been loving that.

He hasn't been hungry on this system AT ALL. He hardly ever is hungry for dinner, but eats it anyway. He's been struggling with eating all this food. He's not used to the amount they're having him eat.

But even though he's downing more food. He's losing weight which is great.

I think he needs to make Saturdays his weigh in days from now on and here's why... This Saturday he was 267.5!!! WOW. That's awesome. So we thought he'd be around that today... NOPE.

Weight and Measurements (Beginning in red)
Weight: 272  286
Arms: 16"  16"
Chest: 47"  49"
Waist: 50.5"  52"
Hips: 47"  49"
Thighs: 29"  29"
BMI: 40.2 42.2


May not seem like much, but 14 pounds in 5 weeks is great. 2" in his chest, 1.5" in his waist and 2" in his hips! He's doing great!
But I don't know what happens on Sundays because on Saturday he's down a good amount of weight and then my Monday he gains... So I think we're switching his official weigh in day to Saturday!

His pants are getting much bigger. He's tightened his belt one notch. EVERYONE he sees that he hasn't seen in a few weeks is noticing. There's a difference in his face and his stomach is not all bloated and round like it used to be.

*Disclaimer* I received This Program directly from Nutrisystem in exchange for a review. I was not paid to try out these products*
A big thank you goes out to Nutrisystem for allowing me to review this product
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Sunday, October 23, 2011

Name Change and new Facebook!



Alright we're finally at this moment!!

I'm in the process of switching my blog name to Mommy's Favorite Things. MY blog designer is in the process of switching out my header and my button and after that point I will be purchasing a domain for my URL to change.

One other step that needed to be completed was a Facebook fan page! FINALLY!
So here it is. Go over and like it. After a while I will be deleting all blog readers from my personal page (unless we've become good friends) so you want to like the page now so you can still get your extra entries!

Saturday, October 22, 2011

Pop Rocks conjures Halloween Fun with "My Costume Rocks" featuring "Flavor of the Year"




Company Also Shares Trick or Treating Safety Tips AND Halloween Treat Recipes

Atlanta, GA -- October 20, 2011 -- Pop Rocks® celebrates Halloween and costume creativity this October with a fun “Pop Rocks My Costume Rocks” contest for all Pop Rockers. The contest showcases photos of scary, spooky and funtastic Halloween costume photos on the Pop Rocks facebook page with a chance for participants to win a box of Pop Rocks’ “Flavor of the Year,” Pop Rocks® Grape.

Entering the contest is easy, with Pop Rockers submitting their best Halloween costume photo at the My Contest Rocks link at Pop-Rocks.com through Oct 31st 2011 at 11:59 pm. Then,on November 2nd, Dr. Frank Rockenstein, noted Pop Rocker and Costumologist, will randomly select five costume photos from among all the entries. Dr. Rockenstein and Pop Rocks will award each winner a box of Pop Rocks Grape, recently named “Flavor of the Year” by Pop Rocks fans worldwide.

The “My Costume Rocks” contest is part of the Pop Rocks, Halloween Spooktacular also featuring a pre-emptive safety campaign to keep youngsters safe while Trick or Treating. The 2011 Pop Rocks outreach is part of the company’s yearlong celebration marking the 35th Anniversary of Pop Rocks. For more information on My Costume Rocks and Pop Rocks please go to Pop-Rocks.com.

About Pop Rocks:
The one and only original popping candy brand, Pop Rocks, is America’s best selling popping candy and has been enjoyed by and is a favorite of an ever-growing variety of loyal confections lovers of all ages since the 1970´s. After 35 years at retail, Pop Rocks maintains an extremely high brand awareness and continues to use unique marketing programs that appeal to kids, teens and people of all ages. Become a Pop Rocks fan on facebook by visiting www.facebook.com/poprockscandy today!


Editors: Safe and Happy Halloween Tips:

Acknowledging the potential dangers this spooky holiday can sometimes present, parents and children should always keep the following tips in mind as they trick or treat.

10 Tips for a Safe and Happy Halloween

Travel only in familiar neighborhoods.
Only stop at houses or apartment buildings that are well lit. Remain on the porch and never enter a person’s house.
Always travel in small groups, accompanied by an adult if under the age of 12.
Avoid very long costumes and oversized shoes, which can easily cause you to trip.
Wear reflective tape on costumes and bags so you are visible to traffic and other trick-or-treaters.
Walk, do not run, from house to house.
Always walk on sidewalks. In neighborhoods with no sidewalks, always walk on the left side of the street, facing traffic.
Always cross streets as a group on established crosswalks.
When possible use makeup instead of masks. Besides being uncomfortable, masks can obstruct a child’s view of traffic, steps, and holiday decorations.
Never eat candy until a parent or responsible adult can inspect it.

For more Halloween safety tips and suggestions visit the American Cross website at: www.redcross.org
    Pop Rocks make a great addition to recipes for homemade family fun and parties during Halloween or any holiday season. Pumpkin Patch Orange Pop Rocks’          
    cool mix of green and orange Pop Rocks and will add festive Halloween colors and an explosive zest to baked goods and other homemade dishes. But for 
    those looking for some special treats for their home Halloween party try these easy to make Halloween recipes:

Edible Wizard Wands

Ingredients:
Pretzel Rods
Baking Chocolate
Pumpkin Patch Orange Pop Rocks

Extras:
Wax paper
1.Melt chocolate in deep microwave safe bowl in microwave oven according to the directions.
2.Let chocolate cool and slightly thicken for approximately one minute.
3.Pour, stir and mix desired amount of Pop Rocks into slightly thickened chocolate.
4.Dip pretzel rods midway into melted chocolate and Pop Rocks mixture.
5.Place chocolate and Pop Rocks covered pretzel rods on wax paper to let cool
6.Refrigerate until served


Drinkable Popping Potion Ingredients:

Orange and Lime Jello
Pop Rocks
Ginger ale or Lemon Lime Soda

Extras:
Clear cups

1. Prepare Jello according to the instructions on the box
2. Cut the Jello up into small cubes
3. Set cubes of each flavor in a separate own bowl
4. Allow party guests to fill their cup with Jello, alternating colors as they like
5. Pour some Pop Rocks on top (not too many, or you'll have a mess)
6. Pour Ginger ale or lemon lime soda on top, and enjoy!

About Pop Rocks:
The one and only original popping candy brand, Pop Rocks, is America’s best selling popping candy and has been enjoyed by and is a favorite of an ever-growing variety of loyal confections lovers of all ages since the 1970´s. After 35 years at retail, Pop Rocks maintains an extremely high brand awareness and continues to use unique marketing programs that appeal to kids, teens and people of all ages. Become a Pop Rocks fan on facebook by visiting www.facebook.com/poprockscandy today!


My Baby Clothes Boutique Review & Giveaway *CLOSED*



I guess they've recently changed their name!

I love love love cute clothing. You all know this by now. The cuter the better. Since Avery is just getting to an age of wanting to pick out all her own clothes and dress herself I wanted to take this last opportunity to still pick out something cute for her and get her to wear it. 

 Love the Ribbons with the bow!
We got the 4T and it fits Avery great. It's perfect with tights or solid colored leggings underneath and it's been just perfect for our 50 degree days we've been having! I LOVE this jumper. It's so adorable!

My Baby Clothes has a ton of items to choose from for boys and girls and in sizes 0-4! So they have everything for most babies and toddlers. They have TutusBaby HatsBaby Headbands and lots lots more!
Here was my second choice
I just love all their styles. The clothes are very stylish and very affordable!
Super cute stuff. 

I love the quality of the jumper we received. It's corduroy so it's very thick and durable. The l/s shirt underneath is a good quality cotton as well. And the ribbons on it are just adorable. As are the flowers. I think it's really cute for Fall but with it's bright colors is adorable for Spring as well. It's just adorable! The length comes to just about her knees so it fits pretty perfect and with leggings underneath it we will probably get to wear it into next Fall as well.

Price: The Dress is $22.99!!! Great deal. That last set I showed with 2 shirts and 2 shorts is $15.99! Great prices that's for sure. 

Overall: *****

*Disclaimer* I received an item directly from My Baby Clothes in exchange for a review. I was not paid to try out these products*
A big thank you goes out to My Baby Clothes for allowing me to review this product and offering a giveaway