Friday, November 30, 2012

Merry Fluffy Christmas Sponsor Spotlight PROJECT POMONA #FluffyXmas

I have done a review for Project Pomona in the past. She sent us some of her shorts which are just wonderful. Emerson got quite a bit of use out of those this summer. 

So I wanted to contact her again about her jeans. Now we're in pant season and I wanted to give them a try. 
She had agreed to do it for this event. She sent me a size 2 jean and they fit Emerson perfectly!

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Merry Fluffy Christmas Sponsor Spotlight BARREL AND A HEAP #FluffyXmas

I received a cover to review back in July!

Here is my previous review again!

I review a lot of diapers, but covers are few and far between. I don't have a need for a TON of covers, but it's always nice to have options. Since prefolds and flats are some of my favorite diapers, it's nice to have a range of covers to use as well. 

Barrel and a Heap sent us an adorable cover to try out! We got the Medium size which is from 18-28 pounds, but I didn't want a cover that was only going to last us 2 pounds!

Merry Fluffy Christmas Sponsor Spotlight POOPSIEDOODLES #FluffyXmas

I love unique diapers. Unique materials, unique fit, unique prints. ALL of it!! I like having a diaper that I don't have any others like it in my stash. 

With PoopsieDoodles that's what you get!
I received a super cute cow print halfsie diaper!

Sesame Street Live is coming to town!

Mark your calendar for a musical event like no other—monsters making music! Elmo, Abby Cadabby, Big Bird and all their Sesame Street friends are taking to the Fox Theatre stage to share their love of music in Sesame Street Live "Elmo Makes Music" for 41 performances from Thursday, Jan. 24 through Monday, Feb. 18.

New this year, families can come one hour early to move and groove with some of Sesame Street's favorite fuzzy monsters. Imagine your child popping up in Oscar's trash can or visiting Elmo's World. Don't miss a single picture-perfect moment because you never know who'll make an appearance! The new interactive pre-show activities are FREE with each Sesame Street Live ticket and opens one hour prior to every performance.
Register here to win a Family Four Pack of tickets to the opening night!

Save $3 on Sesame Street Live! tickets in Detroit with this Promo Code:®ionid=402

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Merry Fluffy Christmas Sponsor Spotlight BELLY BEAR BABY GEAR

There are many items that go along with cloth diapering. There are lots of accessories. Well one of those if you use prefolds or fitteds is Wool. It can come in many different styles.

One style I received is an upcycled cover made from a sweater. I got this from Belly Bear Baby Gear

11 months old!

Just one more month from today and my little man will be 1 year old already :( This year has gone by SO fast it's been ridiculous!! So much has happened this year too.

Today Emerson is 11 months old and here's some of our shoot.
It is really hard to get a good picture of this boy lately.

 I have never seen this face before...

Then I finally got a couple!

I can't believe how big he's gotten! And now he's about to celebrate his first Christmas and his first Birthday just a few days apart from each other!

Here's a video of him taking 5 steps. He's up to as many as 9 now, but he's been going SLOW at it. He was taking 3-4 steps for a couple weeks... Avery was full on walking at 11 months and 1ish week. He will be slightly behind that I think!

I have to schedule his birthday pictures and then get a cake/smash cake ordered for his birthday!
At least we're not having a party so that eliminates one stress for the month of December. 

I'm also trying to plan a wedding this month!!! LOTS to do!

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

10 Ways to Save Money this Christmas

There is no getting away from it, you WILL spend more money than you intend to this Christmas.  There are a number of reasons for this; panic buying, dis-organization and caving into pressure being some of the top reasons.

BUT, it doesn’t have to be this way.  With a little forward planning and determination it is possible to have an affordable Christmas that you remember for all the right reasons.

Follow these top 5 tips to make sure you don’t have a nightmare before Christmas:

Set a budget
All too often we approach Christmas the wrong way: decide what we want to buy with a rough idea of budget in our minds, and then worry about the actual cost afterwards.  This will inevitably lead to overspending.  Decide your budget as early as possible, and then work out how to have the best Christmas you can on that budget. 

Divide your budget into clearly defined areas, such as Christmas food, kids presents, Christmas parties, etc.  This will help you decide your priorities and allow you to make alternative plans for anything you simply can’t afford.

Think creatively
Once you have set your budget, you may decide that there isn’t enough money in the Christmas kitty to buy presents for your older siblings, or grandparents.  That’s OK as there are sure to be other, more creative solutions meaning they don’t have to go without.

If you have young children, ask them to paint pretty Christmas pictures for any family members you wont be buying presents for.  You can add heartfelt Christmas messages to them, and I guarantee these will be more gratefully received than even the most expensive shop bough present.  Homemade edible gifts are also a great idea – think gingerbread men or mince pies.

Being well organised is probably the best Christmas money saving tip of all, and will help all the other tips listed here actually happen.  By planning, writing lists, shopping around and setting expectations early you will avoid all last minute stresses and overspending temptations.

Use your skills
If you’re a fantastic seamstress, then use your skills this Christmas to save precious dollars. Beautiful Christmas stockings can be whipped up using cheap brown sacking cloth lined with red gingham material. Children’s dressing up outfits can be craftily re-created from old bed sheets.  Put your imagination and skills to work and you’ll be surprised at the results. 

The internet is your best weapon
Shopping online will guarantee you bag the best deals.  Not only will you save money, you’ll save hours of time by being able to compare prices at the click of the mouse, rather than having to traipse all over town.

In addition there are several fantastic voucher code sites offering some amazing deals like money off a free delivery before Christmas.  For example, Charles Tyrwhitt Promo Codes have some fabulous deals on men’s clothing, perfect for even the most difficult to buy male in your life.

Taylor Joelle Designs Review & Giveaway

Taylor Joelle is one of those companies that you've probably heard about before, but may have not tried out yet. 
This was me. I have heard of Taylor Joelle for a couple years now, and knew their items were quality, just never had first hand experience with them. Until now!

Avery received the Picadilly Plum Purple Top in a size 6.

Sunday, November 25, 2012

Merry Fluffy Christmas Sponsor Spotlight NARABUMS

I had the opportunity to try a Hybrid Fitted from NaraBums for this wonderful event. The diaper has super sherpa inside which makes it far more water resistant than a regular fitted does. 
I chose the Clouds fabric which is SO much cuter in person!!

Saturday, November 24, 2012

Bratz, Lalaloopsy and Novi Stars Review

All awesome and amazing companies!
So let's get started!!

From Bratz Dolls we received Cloe Style Starz as well as Angel Cloe & Co. Boutique

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Keurig Review

We purchased a Keurig brewer last year. We had wanted one for a while and thought it was best for us. There were many times we would brew a full pot of coffee and have most of it sit there. Then I became caffeine intolerant so could only drink decaf and Jon prefers his coffee caffeinated. So brewing a pot for Jon and one for me was just out of the question. 

We finally broke down and bought the Platinum Brewing System
I contacted Keurig about a review and she sent me some wonderful K-Cups to try!

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Little Tikes and iTikes Review

I have recently received some wonderful items from Little Tikes and iTikes for review. I am keeping them for Avery for Christmas though, but here is my review on these wonderful gifts!

From Little Tikes I received the Big Adventures Action Fliers and from iTikes I received the Keyboard/Piano

Sunday, November 18, 2012

Tiny Love Review & Giveaway

I have received a few items from Tiny Love now in the past and I fall in love with this company more and more! Emerson loves all of their items and they have been a hit here. So when they offered me to review a few more items I quickly said yes!

This time we received the Sunny Stroll and 3 of the Clip On Toys

Jeni Lynn Designs WINNER

Car Seat Poncho Winner

Saturday, November 17, 2012

Christmas Pictures

YES! It is that time already! I wanted to get them done early so I wasn't stressed with everything else to do come December.
So these are the kids Christmas Pictures which I will use on the Christmas card. Hopefully they all fit!

*I do not claim to be a photographer OR a good picture taker, I just do these to save some money and at least they're not HORRIBLE*

Both of them!

And some other cute ones I got!
The quality of this one is crap, but I still like it! I wish it would've come out better!!

Friday, November 16, 2012

Shaving Cream Bath Paint

Avery is always bored in the bath. She doesn't like to take showers, so we still take baths.
She plays with some bath toys but most of those are for up to like age 3... so she's bored in there and it's usually quick in, quick out.

So today I made Shaving Cream Bath Paint!

Shaving Cream
Food Coloring
Paint Brushes

Put your shaving cream into your containers. My cream was pink to begin with
 I added purple and green food coloring to 2 of the containers
 More painting!
 They're pretty!
Avery is in the tub right now with these actually. She's been in there for 20 minutes and is still playing happily and quietly. So this is a WIN and I'll continue to do it. But instead of wasting my expensive cream I'll buy the cheap $.88 cans for this purpose. It's 100% worth it!!

Have you ever made Shaving Cream Bath Paint?