Saturday, September 29, 2012

9 months and Fall Photo Shoot of Kids

Emerson is 9 months old already 3/4 of the way to a year!! NUTS

We go in for his 9m appt on the 8th, so I'm not sure on stats. But he's around 18 pounds and about 29" long (or longer)

 Best picture with the bear... eh, at least it shows his size right?

Avery's fall shoot!
I like this one, except the hair in her eye
 This is my favorite
 Head shot!
And Emerson's shoot!
In the sweater I knit him!
 Love this baby boy!!
I was glad to get my own pictures, that aren't too far from professional with just my little camera in my backyard!!

Weight Loss Challenge OVER!

It has finished and completed. 8 weeks are up and I can't believe the transformation.

I will begin working out now to tone everything up!!

So are you curious how I did in just 8 short weeks?
AND I won the challenge!!!! I was the person who lost the most percentage of weight, so I won! 50% of the pot, so I won roughly $70!!!

I'm below pre Emerson weight. It really does take 9 months to put it on and 9 months to take it off. Emerson was coincidentally 9 months old yesterday! 
I was 130 when I got pregnant with him. 

I was 122 pre Avery, but was super muscular and 16, I know I'll never be back there and I don't want to be. I'm happy right where I am!

Friday, September 28, 2012

Swaddle Designs Review & Giveaway *CLOSED*

I have review for Swaddle Designs many, many, many times in the past and their products never fail me. I love every single one of them and they're constantly releasing new items and new characters. 

I had heard of the SwaddleLite for a little while and then they contacted me to review it! I jumped at the chance!! It's a 3 pack of lite weight blankets. 
I chose the Jewel Tone-True Blue. I also wanted to review a flannel sheet for the cooler months approaching and they sent me the True Blue Jewel Tone Stripes. So it matches his blankets perfectly!

Aveeno Baby Giveaway

Whether you're an expectant mom planning a skin care regimen, a new mom seeking information on relieving the irritation and discomfort of diaper rash or eczema, or an experienced mom interested in toddler skin care, AVEENO Baby has a skin care and hair care solution!
AVEENO Baby Daily Moisture Lotion is a non-greasy formula that contains natural colloidal oatmeal and rich emollients to soothe, heal and protect your baby’s delicate, dry skin. It is formulated to moisturize for a full 24 hours and can be used every day to help keep your baby’s skin soft, smooth and healthy.
  • Tear-Free: AVEENOâ BabyÔ Wash & Shampoo provides gentle, tear-free cleansing for hair and body.
  • Gentle to eyes and skin: AVEENOâ BabyÔ Wash & Shampoo is soap-free, tear-free and cleans without drying or irritating.
  • Lightly fragranced: AVEENOâ BabyÔ Wash & Shampoo provides a light, soft and clean fragrance.
  • Two-in-one: AVEENOâ BabyÔ Wash & Shampoo allows for maximum convenience since both hair and body can be washed with one easy-to-use product.
  • Doctor recommended: BabyÔ Wash & Shampoo is formulated with natural oatmeal -- known for it’s soothing properties. It is part of the AVEENOâ Brand, recommended by doctors for more than 50 years.
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ABC Mouse offers a full online curriculum for preschool, pre-k, and kindergarten in the subjects of reading, math, science, social studies, art, and music. Children can start anywhere and move through the curriculum at their own pace! ABC Mouse has won numerous awards, including the Parent's Choice, Teacher's Choice, and Mom's Choice GOLD awards! Get your first month FREE!  CLICK HERE

We use this program with Avery and it's been amazing thus far! It helped prepare her for kindergarten this year! Her year expires in January and I'm pretty sure we'll be renewing!

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Car Seat Safety

I'm reposting this!!!

We are huge on Car Seat Safety. Avery Rearfaced until she was 18 months old and she will be extended harnessed. MI law is harnessed until 40 pounds AND 4 years old and then you can switch to a Booster. Avery is currently 5pt harnessed in a Britax Frontier 85 and she is 5 years old and about 37 pounds. Emerson is rear facing in a Britax Marathon 70 and will be until he reaches the 40 pounds weight limit (unless he's REALLY tiny like Avery, at that point I'll probably switch him around 3). 

Please read through these, you could save a child's life!

Not using a safety seat consistently

"We were only going to the grocery store ..." "He hates to ride in his car seat, so just this once I didn't make him ..." "She was having a meltdown, so I took her out of her seat for a minute to calm her down." Safety experts hear these words all too often from distraught parents after tragedy has struck. Remember, a one-time lapse can result in a lifetime of regret.

In any case, using a safety seat consistently and correctly is the law. All 50 states require that children up to 3 years of age (or 40 inches tall in Kentucky) ride in car seats in private vehicles, and many have laws requiring car seats or booster seats until a child is considerably older.

There's good reason for that. Every year, more than 90,000 children under age 8 are injured in car crashes, and more than 1,000 are killed. In fact, auto accidents are by far the leading cause of death for American children.

Safety seats dramatically reduce the risk of death or serious injury in a collision. Stephanie Tombrello, executive director of the nonprofit passenger-safety organization SafetyBeltSafe U.S.A., urges all parents to get a safety seat that's convenient to use, and to make buckling your child into it such a habit that you don't even have to think about it.

Yankee Candle Fall Festival Giveaway

Welcome to the Yankee Candle Fall Festival Giveaway! Real Mom Reviews has teamed with an awesome group of bloggers to bring one super lucky reader three large Yankee Candle Jars in fall scents. The traditional design of Yankee Canndle signature jar candles reflect a warm, relaxed sense of style that's always at home. Convenient and easy to use, the large Housewarmer Jar Candles provides 110 to 150 hours of true fragrance enjoyment! The seasonal candles one reader will win help celebrate the best of fall with fragrances inspired by the beauty of nature and the bounty of harvest. Apple Cider is a welcoming aroma of hot cider spiced with cinnamon, cloves and nutmeg! Spiced Pumpkin will quickly fill your home with the smell of fresh pumpkins baked in simmering spices of clove, nutmeg, and cinnamon, and sweetened with brown sugar. Autumn Leaves provides a vibrant scent medley of birch and maple leaves with pomegranate, juniper berry, and orange blossom that will leave your whole house smelling like fall! One lucky reader will win them all! Giveaway is open to US and Canada. Entering is simple, simply read over the giveaway rules and then enter using the Rafflecopter form below!

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Glow Bug Review

I have done a review of Glow Bug Cloth Diapers in the past. But I had another opportunity to review another diaper of their's and I took the chance! I loved my first Glow Bug, so why not love another one?

They are releasing a new style next month too!
I received the Flame Print
Smallest Setting

Live Well Review

I can not swallow pills, I don't have a sensitive gag reflex, so I really think it's just me psyching myself up and then I end up spitting them out. I've never really been able to swallow pills and usually I go in spurts of I can do it and then I can't. I haven't swallowed a pill in probably 2+ years now. I took gummy's while I was pregnant. 

When I came across Live Well and their Vitamin B-12 Ultra I wanted to contact them immediately! I knew that this would be great for me. I was also currently trying to lose weight and so I know B-12 is great for that.

Creative Bioscience

This is a post from Cristi Marashi over at Cristi's Reviews

Growing up, I always maintained a great weight. It wasn’t until I got married and had children that I got to a point where I was uncomfortable with how I felt and looked. I especially had a difficult time after I got pregnant with twins! I did actually manage to stay at a lower weight after their pregnancy than I did after my first, since by that time I had learned much more about health and wellness and had been practicing great eating habits (for the most part!) Last year, I lost 11 pounds and throughout this year, This year, I gained back 13! I am ashamed that I let it happen, but the stresses of having three preschoolers and a husband who works full time and is a full time student sometimes makes me feel as if I am a single mom. It’s time to put those excuses aside. 

Where I struggle most is I can’t seem to get full! That is why I have decided to do a 90 weight loss challenge using Creative BioScience’s African Mango Lean. African Mango Lean includes the extract of the African Mango seed, which has been clinically supported to promote weight loss. This product is good for people like me, who are looking to lose less than 20 pounds and want an energy boosting formula. It also contains ingredients known for their anti-aging qualities. All of these are things I am looking for and I love that they are combined in this one supplement! African Mango is known to suppress appetite and boost metabolism.

I am not sure what to expect as far as how much weight I will lose using the African Mango Lean, but I would love to kick start this weight loss in to high gear. My overall goal is to eventually lose 13-15 pounds. I will continue to eat well and jog and hopefully the African Mango Lean will help me to eat just a little less and burn more fat! I will check in halfway through the challenge and then again at the end with my final results. Wish me luck!!

If you are blogger interested in the 90 day challenge, you can fill out the form at Creative Bioscience 90 day weight loss challenge and take the challenge as well. There are several products to choose from including the African Mango Lean and HCG drops!

Scentsy Buddy's ON SALE!!!

This is really a deal you DON'T want to pass up!!! Starting today through the end of the year, select Scentsy Buddy's (all of them except the baby) are just Buy One Get One Free!!!!!! You really can't pass up this deal!!

Exciting news Starting at noon MT (2pm EST) Wednesday, Sept. 26, through Dec. 31, 2012, buy one of our selected Buddies and receive a second Buddy for FREE!

Choose any two of these popular Buddies:

Lenny the Lamb
Penny the Pig
Roarbert the Lion
Ribbert the Frog
Ollie the Elephant
Mollie the Monkey
Patch the Dog
Scratch the Cat
Barnabus the Bear
Wellington the Duck

Then, bring your new Scentsy Buddies to life with two Scent Paks -- one for each of your new friends:

Scent Pak #1: Choose any Scent Pak fragrance in the Scentsy Fragrance Fall/Winter 2012 Catalog!
Scent Pak #2: We'll choose a second Scent Pak for you!

Shop Here

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Halloween Eco-Friendly Giveaway Hop *CLOSED*

BuzzWorthy Freebies
The Event is FINALLY here!!!!
There are lots of wonderful bloggers signed up for this event as well, you can see them below!
For now here are the wonderful sponsors that are here at Mommy's Favorite Things

Monday, September 24, 2012

Wonder Box Review & Giveaway *CLOSED*

I don't usually do a ton of rafts with Avery because she loses interest really quick and easily. 
But when I came across the Wonder Box I knew it would be perfect for Avery. 

Halloween Eco-Friendly Hop Sponsor Spotlight WOOLIES

BuzzWorthy Freebies
My second sponsor for this event is Woolies dryer balls. 

I received a 4 pack of balls in grey and pink and they were scented too!

Halloween Eco-Friendly Hop Sponsor Spotlight IRRESISTIBLY GREEN

BuzzWorthy Freebies
The Halloween Eco Friendly Hop starts TOMORROW and I forgot about it. Terrible since I'm the co-host!!!
Thankfully for me I only have 2 spotlights to write!

My first is brought to you by Irresistibly Green some of you may remember her former name as Greenie Beanie Bottoms? She has changed her name and to be honest I like this one better!

We received a Happy Heiny's aplix diaper in the Tie Dye for review!

Sunday, September 23, 2012

Philips Review & Giveaway *CLOSED*

I don't usually get much for Jon to review. Usually because he doesn't review the items, but when Philips contacted me about reviewing their Pro Bodygroom I said yes!! I could have reviewed it on myself if need be. 

Of course Jon was really excited to get this for review. He's a VERY hairy man and he was looking forward to shaving with this groomer!

Thursday, September 20, 2012

The Sak Supports Breast Cancer Awareness Month (October)

The Sak has partnered with the National Breast Cancer Coalition to support Breast Cancer Awareness.  The Sak is donating 20% from every Lisa Crochet Driver in our newest color, Sandra Pink, that is purchased during the Fall 2012 season.  Sandra Pink was created in honor of the mothers of two Saksters, both Breast Cancer Survivors named Sandra.  The crochet pink driver features The Sak branded mandala with the Breast Cancer Awareness Ribbon etched on it along with the phrase  “peace, love, cure” written on the shoe interior.  The shoes willbe available for $69 this Fall 2012 on and in select department and specialty stores.

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Do you have an online store?

Do you have your own online store?
Have you always wanted one but didn't know where to start?

Well 1shoppingcart makes it easy for you to sell online. They set up a website for you and help you promote it.
Have you ever wondered how to sell online? This makes it super easy for you.

I've actually considered opening a store of some sort in the past. But with all the options out there it just gets overwhelming. Now that I've come across 1shoppingcart I just might consider opening up my own shop for knit items that I make. Everything was so daunting before now. They make it super easy for you to open up a store.

Best part? You can try it free for 4 weeks! So what's stopping you? They have powerful store marketing tools which makes it easy to attract, build and grow repeat customers.

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Dog Geekz: West Paw Designs Nap Mat & Toys Giveaway

Driven by a passion for pets and the joy they bring, West Paw Design seeks the most innovative designs using the best possible materials, resulting in a meaningful value for all pet owners who use their products! They are an environmentally green company that cares about the sustainability of the environment and believe in making a positive impact in and beyond the pet industry and Dog Geekz is proud to sell almost all their products! All their products and packages incorporate recycled and recyclable materials! You’ll find eco-friendly dog supplies, organic dog beds and guaranteed tough dog toys! By sourcing the best materials, West Paw Design is able to make stylish dog mats, toys, and apparel that are more than just eco-friendly, they are safe.
Dog Geekz and Real Mom Reviews have partnered together to surprise one lucky reader with an amazing West Paw Designs prize pack containing an eco friendly nap mat and three dog toys!

Lil Helper Review & Giveaway

We all know I love and adore cloth diapers. I have signed up to be an Ambassador for Lil Helper. I had heard great things about their products and I knew I wanted to try them for myself. 
The shipment of products was a complete surprise to me until I opened it. So I was happy to find accessories inside the box. I don't need any more diapers so this was really great!

I received a set of Bamboo Wipes, a Zipper wet bag and a Drawstring wet bag for my review

What Mattress are YOU Sleeping on?

What kind of mattress are you sleeping on?
Is it one of those uncomfortable spring mattresses? Or is it a very comfortable mattress?

Mattresses have certainly come a long way in the years. I used to sleep on a hard spring mattress that was my grandma's when I was growing up. It was a queen, but it was very uncomfortable. However I had just turned 12 when I started sleeping on that so I had no issues with my body and it didn't really affect me in any way.

Then I moved out and had a knock off sleep number mattress, it was better than a spring mattress but still not super comfortable, but it made do until about a year ago. Finally we caved in and bought a BRAND new mattress and it is a Serta iComfort. This bed is AMAZING. We got the adjustable base for it too so we can go into a Zero Gravity position (the best position for sleeping) and it can also go into a lounge position which is great for reading. It's the most comfortable bed ever.

But these mattresses are pretty amazing as well. They have Single, Double, King and Super King mattresses to fit your needs and they have a very basic spring mattress all the way up to a Double Pillowtop with cashmere and silk fillings and the pocketed springs shape to the contour of your body. So they only have spring mattresses, but these mattresses are comfortable and high quality AND are affordable.
The mattress I mentioned above is $518 pounds so about $839 USD.
Doesn't it look comfortable??

Mattresses are very hard to find for under $1000 these days, especially for one that nice!!
*Disclaimer, This is a partnered post. As always, all my opinions are my own and not swayed by outside sources*

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Lazoo Review & Giveaway *CLOSED*

I have done a review for Lazoo in the past before. They have some wonderful products. They have clothes and books, dolls and shoes! 
In the past I received some books and a shirt for Avery. I also got a boy shirt in a 24m that Emerson will be able to wear next summer!

This time around I received a gorgeous romper for Emerson. 
We got the Kiri in an 18m

Monday, September 17, 2012


I have done a few reviews for Scentsy in the past. Well now I have decided to join this wonderful family myself! I am now a consultant for Scentsy and can't wait to get my business going.
You can visit me here and place your order for these wonderful items!

Saturday, September 15, 2012

Green Family Giveaway Hop Event! *CLOSED*

The event is here!! There are a lot of other bloggers participating in this event and there's even a Grand Prize to be entered :)

Glow Bug Cloth Diapers is the grand prize sponsor for the Green Family giveaway. One lucky reader will win a complete cloth diaper stash! The stash includes 24 cloth diapers with inserts featuring the newest prints! The winner will be able to choose from either a boy set or a girl set. Enter the Grand Prize Giveaway!

Friday, September 14, 2012

Green Family Giveaway Sponsor Spotlight NEWMAN'S OWN

My second and last sponsor is Newman's Own Organics I have worked with them in the past and they are just a wonderful company and I was elated to work with them again.

Just like before they sent me a HUGE package to review.

Weight Loss

I'm so happy that I decided to do this.
Ever since having Emerson I was stuck at a weight. I gained 39 pounds with him. I started at 130 and was 169 the day before I delivered. At 2 weeks post partum I was down to 145ish so that was FANTASTIC! However, I was still stuck there as of 6 weeks ago.
My online due date group decided to put together this weight loss challenge, we each put in $10 into the pot and the person at the end of 8 weeks who loses the most percentage will win the money! I'm so glad I decided to join because I feel amazing!!

So what have I done in 6 weeks?
I haven't exercised much that's for sure. I haven't had time and with school starting life was hectic. Now that Avery is in school and I have a jogging stroller I'll be going on jogs in the morning with Emerson.
I have changed my proportions a LOT. I have cut back a ton, but I'm not really watching what I eat much.
I eat a fiber one bar for breakfast every morning, that's it and it usually holds me over until 12 or 1. Then I'll usually jut grab like a sandwich for lunch or 1 pack of ramen noodles and then dinner is a usual dinner that I make, but it's smaller portions.
For snacks I'll grab some fruit or veggies. You need to eat every 4 hours to keep your metabolism up, so keep that in mind. Eating more often helps you lose more weight.

That's it. It has been nothing special, but I have learned that cutting back on proportions makes the world of difference.
So how have I done??
I have also lost 10". 1" from my waist, 3" from my belly button, 2" from my hips and 2" from each thigh! I feel AMAZING and more energized. It's amazing what a little weight can do.

I'm happy where I am. I was wanting to fit into three quarters of my jeans by fall and I've done it. I had to buy size 6 shorts for the summer because none of mine fit me, but I just bought myself a new pair of size 4 jeans and they fit me like a glove. I also wore a pair of capris last week that didn't fit me a few weeks prior. I'm so happy to be losing this weight. 
I would like to get down to 130 where I as when I got pregnant with Emerson. 

But to say I've lost 12 pounds right now is AMAZING to me!!!

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Green Family Giveaway Event Sponsor Spotlight DR. LUCY'S

This is going to be a wonderful event with a Grand Prize package that everyone can also enter!
But for my part of this Giveaway Hop will be 2 sponsors. The first one is Dr. Lucy's Cookies. As the name suggests they are known for their wonderful cookies!

I received a package that contained Brownie Cakes and Snack 'n Go Packs