Monday, December 31, 2012

Cuddle Barn Review & Giveaway *CLOSED*



I had the opportunity to review 2 wonderful items from Cuddle Barn

We received the Moos Like Jagger and the Talking Ben toys. I saved them to give to Avery for Christmas and so far she's loving both!



Our Year in Pictures




Our year was fairly uneventful this year... But here is our year wrapped up into just 12 photos. One from each month!

January


Friday, December 28, 2012

He's 1!



He really is 1! How did this happen??
HOW is my baby 1 already???
Last night as a baby
This morning... as a TODDLER


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Thursday, December 27, 2012

Blogger Opp: Chance to review Diamond Candles




Diamond Candles has opened up an opportunity for bloggers to review their products and host a giveaway!
These soy-wax candles are a big hit in the blogging community. Each one has a ring in it too! So it's a great little surprise.
Just fill out the short form to get started

Mushroom and Lima Bean Stew RECIPE



An awesome HEALTHY recipe for after the Holidays! It's what we all need to get back on track!

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup Dried Lima Beans
  • 2tbsp olive oil
  • onion powder
  • garlic powder
  • 8-16oz of sliced mushrooms (your choice of kind)
  • 3/4 of a Butternut squash, cubed
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 10 cups chicken broth
  • salt, pepper
  • 1/2 bunch of kale (stems removed and leaves thinly sliced)
  • Shredded Parmesan (optional)
Directions:
  • Soak beans overnight in water. Drain
  • Heat oil in large pot over medium heat. Add mushrooms, onion powder and garlic powder and cook until mushrooms are tender. About 6-8 minutes
  • Add in squash, beans, bay leaf and stock. Season with pepper. Bring to a boil, reduce to a simmer and cover partially.
  • Cook until beans are just tender, about an hour. Stir in kale and cook until tender, about 5 more minutes. 
  • Season with salt
Serve into bowls and then I shredded some Parmesan on top! It is such a healthy recipe, it's really yummy too!!



Sarong Ties



When my family goes to the beach, I like wearing a sarong instead of lying on the sand in just my bathing suit. I have several sarongs, and one of the ways that I keep each one tied back is with a sarong tie. One of the ties that I bought was a seashell. The shell had been cut in the middle to make it a tie. It looks great on the beach, and it blends well with any color that I have. The simple sarong ties are fun to wear, but my favorite ties are the ones that have colors and glitter. The pearl ties dazzle in the sunlight, and the hand painted ties have multiple colors on each piece. I love ordering from his company because I know that my items will be shipped carefully and quickly. The prices are very affordable, and I have received discounts for ordering multiple items at one time. The customer service is more than I could ask for, and the website is updated frequently to reflect new additions.

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

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Our Christmas!



It was just a relaxing day for us! We spent the morning opening gifts. Then went to breakfast at Denny's (it's our tradition). Then we came home and made a small dinner for just us! It was nice and peaceful and there was no stress!!
The kiddos!




 Me and the kids!
 Daddy and the kids!
 His big gift from Santa is bigger than he is!
 Stocking Stuff

Over all it was a pretty good day. Now my house looks like it threw up. I can't wait for Garbage Day so I can purge old toys and get rid of all these boxes!


Cloud B Review



I have been eyeing the Cloud B items for a while now. They are awesome for children and are great for promoting sleep.
The most popular item they have is the Tranquil Turtle. This is also what we received for Emerson. 


Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Alskar Baby Winners






Begin Again Review & Giveaway *CLOSED*



Natural toys are pretty important here to us. For one they don't usually make a ton of noise which is great for ANY parent! We all love when the toys our kids play with are nice and quiet. For two they are healthier for them. Especially when you have a baby that chews on every toy they see. 

Begin Again toys has some wonderful, natural toys for your children. 
Their saying is "A Wish" which stands for A- is for Artist, W- is for Write, I- is for inventor, S- is for sportster and H- is for Hero. Then there's B which is for Beginner. 

We received 2 toys from the beginner category. We got the PushArounds Car and the Red Earthworm.


Monday, December 24, 2012

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Reindeer Cam: Watch Santa Feed his Reindeer LIVE!!



Santa is getting ready for his big night and so are his Reindeer as you can see from this Reindeer Cam.
Every day at 11am, 6pm and 9pm EST you can watch him feed his reindeer live!!!!


Sunday, December 23, 2012

Lil Threadz Review & Giveaway *CLOSED*




I knew I wanted to take Emerson in to get his 1 yr pictures. I have been doing the monthly shots on my own, but each month I was getting less and less good pictures, so I decided it would be best to take him in to the professionals! 
For that I wanted to get a shirt that said ONE or 1 on it! So I was drawn to lil threads clothing. From there I found a couple shirts that would just be perfect, but of course she sent me just one!

I really liked this one, but wanted an orange owl and possibly wanted it bigger (I was being picky). 
But ultimately I decided to get the Octopus Birthday Shirt. I love the orange octopus and it's just adorable!!


Friday, December 21, 2012

BLOGGERS WANTED: Breathe Easy Humidifier Giveaway Event





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Wednesday, December 19, 2012

BLOGGERS WANTED: Sizzling Superbowl Tailgating Giveaway Event




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Sharper Image Must Have Holiday Gifts @TheSharperImage



This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Sharper Image. All opinions are 100% mine.
Everyone has heard of The Sharper Image right? They make some amazing items and are always on top of the electronic world!
This season they have come out with 3 Must Have Holiday Gifts. The Sound SootherBack Massager, and Bluetooth Speaker. All are amazing and great for just about anybody on your Christmas list.
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Let's start with the Sound Soother. It's an alarm clock that also plays 20 soothing nature sounds. It does sounds like Thunderstorm, Rainforest, Heartbeat, City and Wind Chimes and many, many others. It also has auto shut off that you can set for 15, 30, 45 or 60 minutes.
Great Holiday gift for those that need the extra push to go to sleep!
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Then they have the Back Massager. It goes on any standard chair and lets you experience deep-kneading shiatsu or rolling massage as 4 rollers travel up and down your back. Use Spot Shiatsu and Perfect-Fit to customize the massage  to your back and height.  Soothing heat is an option for a deeper, more relaxing massage. It has an easy-to-use advanced touchpad control, which features a laser-etched flat panel. Carrying bag is included.
Must Have gift for those hard working or manual labor people on your list this Christmas.
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Lastly, but certainly not least, is the Bluetooth Speaker. Big enough for great sound yet small enough to take on the go. It connects wirelessly with smart phones, laptops, and more notebooks. Works up to 30 feet away using your device to control music. Powerful speaker output with integrated subwoofer for expanded bass response. Convenient universale device holder.
Perfect gift for those techies who love their music!
I would personally LOVE to get the Back Massager this Christmas, that's the one I'm eyeing!
What about you? Which item would you love to see under the tree this year?
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Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Forrest Concrete



One part of building a home or remodeling a home is figuring out which countertops to choose. Well Forrest Concrete can make that easy for you.

You're probably thinking concrete countertops? But yes indeed. They are actually quite beautiful.
With concrete countertops they can make them look like granite or be chemically dyed to add a variety of color and texture effects.
It doesn't look like concrete to me at all. It resembles just your regular old countertop. I like the look of it though, with the rock specks in there it looks different and unique, but still being a nice durable countertop!

They polish them to a high shine too, so it's not rough like regular concrete. It's nice and polished. It's beautiful, Affordable and has ease of maintenance. They're also almost impossible to stain which is awesome!! My Formica counter is stained all over. If you drop spaghetti sauce on it, it seems to stain super easily!

Check them out if you need a new countertop soon!
*Disclaimer, I have been compensated to write this post. All opinions are 100% my own*


Winners for 12/17



Susie Tallman Winner

Merino Sleepbag Winner

Juicy Juice Winner

Zumba Winner



Monday, December 17, 2012

alskar baby Review & Giveaway *CLOSED*



When I originally came across √§lskar baby I knew I wanted to review one of them. They are so adorable and they look super soft online!

I received the Blue and Brown Giraffe Lovie in the mail and I'm going to give it to Emerson on Christmas!


Saturday, December 15, 2012

Calcium Pyruvate



Most everyone has a little bit of weight they want to lose right? I just went through having to lose about 16 pounds to be where I was pre baby. They are right, 9 months to gain and 9 months to lose. I had no problem losing the weight with my first daughter, I had gained only 15 pounds and by 6 weeks I was down 22. It actually took me 2 years to GAIN weight and be where I was pre baby. But with my son, I had gained 39 pounds. I lost about 20-21 within 2 weeks but the rest just stuck around. At around 7.5 months post partum I finally decided it was time to do something about it. So I started my 'diet'. It was surprisingly easy to lose the rest of the weight and just 8 weeks later I was down 18.5 pounds! I was 1.5 pounds under my pre preg weight!! I was so elated. I also won a challenge that I was participating in online and got 40% of the pot :)

Now I wish I had known about Calcium Pyruvate. It's a Thermogenic Fat Burner. It's a nutritional supplement used to increase energy. Pyruvic Acid is naturally occurring in the body and it aids in conversing starches and sugar into energy. The 2 components together  can help enhance metabolism and speed up the creation of energy. Therefore helping your body lose weight.

It works best if you're also exercising along with taking the supplement. They sell 120ct for $20!! Was $26, so it's on sale now!
*Disclaimer, I was compensated to write this post. All opinions are 100% my own!*