Mommy's Favorite Things: November 2012

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!

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

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

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.

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. 

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?

Merry Fluffy Christmas Sponsor Spotlight BEAR MONKEY BOTTOMS

I love when cloth diaper companies offer you the choice to do a customized diaper. 
Bear Monkey Bottoms is one of these companies and they have had the honor to be my FIRST Spotlight for this wonderful event!! 

I did not receive an item for review from Bear Monkey Bottoms, but they have a lot of adorable items to choose from!
This is a custom Holiday Diaper!

Officially Official

Okay... Some of you may remember that I proposed to Jon on Christmas 2009. That was ALMOST 3 years ago!!!
He was afraid of getting married again (yes, he was married before) but didn't tell me this until after I proposed.
We've had a rocky past couple months. Things were strained, I was even considering leaving him. He didn't want to marry me and we were just in different places.

Well the past 5 weeks or so have been down right amazing! He's a totally changed man.
So he's been talking a lot lately about getting married. Saying he's finally ready and such. So on Monday we went out ring looking. I didn't think he'd buy one, BUT HE DID!!!

It's a 1ct
We'll be buying this band soon, this is the picture of the 1ct, but the one we're buying is 1/2ct
They look downright stunning together. I like that the engagement is princess cut and the band is round stones. 

We haven't set a date yet, or planned anything, but it's just going to be the 4 of us plus a couple friends. I'd like to possibly do an outdoor wedding since it would be free pretty much, but we don't even really want to wait until spring/summer. So I don't know where we're going to do it... We'll figure things out though. 

I'm just glad he finally got over his fear of marriage. We've been together 6.5 years now and have 2 kids together. It's definitely time!
We're also planning on moving soon and he even mentioned having a 3rd child in a couple years :) EEK

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

BagBlaze Review & Giveaway *CLOSED*

What's better than getting new clothes you ask? Purses, definitely purses!! They are my second weakness. I don't have a ton of them, but I definitely adore them and love to have an array of them to choose from. 

I came across BagBlaze a while ago and knew I wanted to try one of their LOW priced bags. Now I admit I have a couple of higher end, expensive Michael Kors bags. I LOVE them and their quality. But I still love a bargain and these bags are definitely that. 
I received the Donna Tote in Sand and I'm in love!

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Jeni Lynn Designs Review & Giveaway *CLOSED*

Some of you, who have been following me a while, may remember that Avery got a Car seat Poncho for review 2 winter's ago. 

Now that Emerson's here and it's winter, I needed one for him this year too. I came across Jeni Lynn Designs and knew I wanted one of hers for Emerson!! We received a custom Car-N-Go in the Green Stripes with Solid Blue back

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Beanie Designs Review & Giveaway *CLOSED*

I love handmade items for my children! I love making them as many items as I can, but for those that I don't have time to make, I like to reach out to other companies for this. I had originally contacted Beanie Designs about a year ago for a hat for Newbie Emerson. But they never sent anything. I contacted them again and they sent me the Multi Color with PomPom hat in the Orange/Blue.
I received it in the 6-18m size

Sunday, November 4, 2012

Safari Ltd. Review & Giveaway *CLOSED*

You all know my infatuation with Safari Ltd. by now! They really, truly are one of the only toys Avery plays with. She loves all of her Safari items and they are some of my favorite as well. They're quiet and don't make noise and they allow her to use her imagination!

This time around we received the Dragonfly, Blue Morpho Butterfly, Arctic Fox, and the Bobcat