Baby News!! {For The Love Of Blog}

THURSDAY, APRIL 10, 2008

Baby News!!

I know the count down to baby says that we have 23 days to go, but it’s wrong! Due to my blood pressure issues we knew that he would be born before 40 weeks, but everything was always still up in the air. Well, I saw the doctor today and we are good to go! Sunday evening I will go into the hospital to have the induction process started. So Monday (April 14th) will be baby day! I’ll post pictures of him as soon as I can…although I may be quite busy next week! And yes he is still nameless!

Pacific Baby World {Giveaway}

We live in Boston, and since we live in a big city having a car is a bit of a headache so instead we take public transportation and do a lot of walking. In the summer it can get really hot and I often get concerned about how Dmitri is going to handle being out in the warm weather. I sunscreen him up, he wears a hat and I try to keep him in the shade, but it’s still so hot.

(Dandy Giveaway receives free products for review purposes and may sometimes be compensated for posts but all opinions expressed are 100% my own. See Dandy Giveaway’s disclosure policy for more details.)

I’ve found the Pacific Baby all-in-one cups to be a pretty amazing addition to our summer outings, since they are not only super versatile but the are amazing at keeping Dmitri’s drinks cold. Ice cold. In fact, if I add ice to his drink, 4 hours later there are still ice cubes in his cup… Pretty fantastic right?

Let me tell you a little bit more about these cups, because they are great for a lot of reasons:

  • They keep drinks cold or hot for up to 7 hours! 
  • They are a great transition cup and you can upgrade it to meet the needs of your child simply by switching out the mouthpiece on the cup; they have bottle, sippy cup, and straw tops. 
  • They are environmentally friendly (and you only need one cup for a baby through a 5 year old).
  • It’s made out of stainless steel which is good for sanitation. 
  • It’s super easy to clean by hand and they are dishwasher safe. 

Dmitri never took a bottle, so we didn’t end up needing the default top that came with the cup and instead we went straight for the sippy cup top. Dmitri loved it. It’s soft and flexible, but we’ve had no issues with spills and the cup really is amazing at keeping a drink cold… like to the point I’m a little bit jealous of it. I also love that it comes with lid to cover the sippy cup spout and I can add hand grips to the side if I want them.

It’s been a great bottle to have over the summer, and I’m looking forward to being able to use it this winter as well. If you’re looking for a really great outdoor bottle that will work for years and years then check out Pacific Baby and their fantastic 3 in 1 bottles! Check them out:

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And for the best part! Pacific Baby Worlds has offered one lucky Dandy Winner a 3 in 1 Pacific Baby Bottle!!!

Pacific Baby Worlds has offered one lucky Dandy Winner a 3 in 1 Pacific Baby Bottle!!!

*This giveaway is open to US entries only

*The winner of this giveaway will be drawn no later than the evening of Sept 6th and will be emailed. If the winner does not respond within 48 hours, a new winner will be drawn.

*The product(s) in this review was provided to me free of cost for the purpose of conducting this review. All opinions expressed in this review are my own are not influenced by monetary compensation.

Why I Care What My Son Is for Halloween

IMG_4604We are what we are today based on the millions of experiences we have had up to this point.  People have touched our lives, we were taught fundamentals from our youth, and successes and failures have made us more brave or more hesitant to continue or discontinue the path we were once on or have always been on. I believe that, as parents, our job (among a million other things) is to protect our children from people and things that will harm and hurt, and steer them in a way to leads to success and happiness, whatever that means to you and your child.

One of the ways that I am personally guiding my son is in the way of emulating positive role models instead of harmful ones, and one way I can do that is by putting particular interest in who my boy is portraying for Halloween!  Call it minial and unimportant, but I think who we allow our children to dress up as and act like is certainly an opportunity of great direction.

First of all, let’s talk about weapons.  We don’t let our children play with guns, for obvious reasons, but primarily so that they never accidentally get ahold of a real and loaded gun and wave it around like they have in play time and inadvertantly do some great damage.  Likewise, how do you feel about play knives, axes, and saws, when these very dangerous items are found in most homes?  Most children who have seen their dad make repairs or do serious yard work know where these tools are, and getting to them isn’t entirely difficult.  So what’s my point?  I think we should be careful with what we let our children play with, even and especially ‘play’ versions of very dangerous things.

Take this to a level above weapons, and what are we doing by allowing our children to roam around the neighborhood masked as villians, ax murderers, grim reapers, and evil spirits?  We are letting them feel comfortable in this costume and this role of evil and thus allowing them to experiment with this feeling of being a bad thing on the outside while remaining incognito.

This might sound a little extreme, and I hope this doesn’t bring on an entourage of angry mommy comments, so let me wrap this up.  I will not be allowing my son to EVER be a character of masked wrongdoers.  Captain Hook is the farthest we go.  I will closely be monitoring and heavily influencing what my son dresses up as for as many Halloweens as he is in my home!  Lets keep a track record of cute animals, wholesome professions, and super heros for as long as we can!  You don’t need to be extremely creative to find a costume that you both can agree on.  In fact, Pure Costumes carries hundreds of these exact costumes I’m talking about: dragons and frogs, fire fighters and policemen, and every super hero you could think of.

Let’s keep Halloween fun and safe for our young and impressionable youth!

 

Disclosure: This is a sponsored giveaway on behalf of Pure Costumes.

Tales From The Recliner {For The Love Of Blog}

Tales From The Recliner

Tuesday, April 8, 2008

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Well, I’ve been on bed rest since February 6th and I finally decided to try and figure out this blog thing! Why the delay you may ask? Especially since I’ve had plenty of extra time on my hands! For starters alot of my friends use this as a way to post pictures and updates of their kids for family and friends to see, so I was mostly waiting on the baby to actually be here to do that. Of course I’m clueless at creating it and I also delayed because I wasn’t really sure what to blog about. I mean how interesting would my blogs have been? Probably something like “day 32: yet another day spent on the couch” or “there was this really, really, really good show on daytime tv today” (catch the sarcasm?) or the ever popular “it is now day *input any # between 1 and 60* of my house arrest sentence”. There is only so much that a person can say about being stuck at home! And most people wouldn’t understand unless they have been through it. All you have to do is think of the most boring day of your life and multiply it by 2 months! Weeks ago one of my friends asked me if I was about to go insane. I told her that I was so past that!! You lose it pretty early on and then you just get used to it. Kind of reminds me of when our cat had to wear a cone around his neck for a month. At first he tried to get out of it, but after a while he just gave up! Sure it’s what I have my degree in, but I won’t bore you with all the psychology behind it! :)

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Juggle Bubble {Giveaway} Closed

Have you seen, heard about, or played with Juggle Bubbles?! It’s this new bubble solution that lets you blow a bubble and then play with it if you’re wearing the special gloves. You can bounce it, pass it back and forth to another person, and even combine two bubbles into one large bubble.

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Munchkin and I tried it out today. After several attempts we finally got a chance to see what the fun was all about. I decided to take a video of it so you could see for yourself! (Baby Cakes was trying to tell us something :D)

It didn’t last very long but it was pretty entertaining while it did. The pack comes with one Mega Blower, one pair of Magic Bubble Gloves, one bottle of No-Pop Bubble solution, one bubble tray, and instructions.

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Overall I’m not a huge fan of the product. I think it’s definitely geared towards a bit older children. It says 5+ on their website and I feel like that is pretty accurate. Personally, I felt like getting the bubble off of the blower was tricky and kind of hard to get the hang of.  However, I do think that once you get it blown and start playing with the no-pop bubble it can be pretty fun. For Munchkin though it kept being a bit of disappointment if it popped. Also I think if you buy one set you could totally use some winter gloves (you know those extras that seem to linger around the house all spring, summer, and fall but then you can’t find them when the snow starts to fall) for other kids that want to play too.

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That being said, I am excited to work with Juggle Bubble on a giveaway. I think if you have any children over the age of 5 in your life this could be a really fun product for them to use!

The winner of this giveaway will win one set of Juggle Bubbles.

*This giveaway is open to entries in the US only.
*The winner of this giveaway will be drawn no later than the evening of August 25th and will be emailed.  If the winner does not respond within 48 hours, a new winner will be drawn.
*This posting and giveaway are sponsored by Juggle Bubbles, but all opinions are my own.

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Keep Onn {Giveaway} – Closed

 

I hate to say it, but it seems like summer is wrapping up it’s stay. Living on a college campus I see hints of it all around. Graduated students who extend their stays through the summer are moving out, the family dorm is filling up with new faces, undergraduates are popping back up on campus, and the brand new college students are being lead on campus tours with their eager and proud parents trailing after them. It’s exciting to feel everything picking up again but sad to see the end of the season approaching, but it’s the perfect time for a Too Cool for School Giveaway Hop!

This giveaway hop will run August 18-24, 2014 and is hosted by BloggerPR. After you’ve finished entering this giveaway be sure to check out all the other awesome blogs participating in the hop! Their links are at the bottom of the page!

(This post may contain affiliate links. Dandy Giveaway receives free products for review purposes and may sometimes be compensated for posts but all opinions expressed are 100% my own. See Dandy Giveaway’s disclosure policy for more details.)

One of the best things about school starting up again is an excuse to stock up on school supplies, especially the fun stuff like clothing, accessories and dorm decor and to do that you should check out Keep Onn.

Keep Onn is a cute online boutique/etsy shop specializing in these amazing button earrings! Shalae, the owner, is fantastic and really goes out of her way to add a personal touch to both her store and products. She started making button earring for friends as part of a ‘thank you’ following a baby shower and had such a positive response that she decided to open an etsy store. She sent me two pairs to try out and I love them! They are cute, stylish and a little bit whimsical. Thankfully they don’t dangle so Dmitri doesn’t try to tear them out of my ears, and they are a fun way to add a bit of pizazz to my everyday t-shirt style.

 

 

It seems like the etsy shop is working out because Shalae also has an online store that sells a lot more than earrings. She sells cute and affordable fashion, like the sequin pocket shirt. The shirts itself is so comfortable and lightweight, perfect for a hot summer day and I love the sparkly pocket. This shirt also comes in black and white and it’s a nice way to change up the casualness of a t-shirt without having a cumbersome get up or losing out on comfort.

 

 

Keep Onn has a bunch of cute clothes to brighten your wardrobe, some great prints to add a touch of personality to your home or dorm, and fantastic accessories. Check out Keep Onn and get ready for back to school!

 

 

 

 

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Shalae has offered one lucky Dandy reader a $100 gift card to spend at Keep Onn! Check out this fantastic store and stock up for school!

 

*This giveaway is open to US entries only
*The winner of this giveaway will be drawn no later than the evening of August 26th and will be emailed. If the winner does not respond within 48 hours, a new winner will be drawn.
*The product(s) in this review was provided to me free of cost for the purpose of conducting this review. All opinions expressed in this review are my own are not influenced by monetary compensation.

$50 Amazon Giftcard Giveaway from Dunkel Bros!

Who doesn’t love a big, fat gift card giveaway?!  Today’s prize is sponsored by Dunkel Bros, which is a machinery moving company.  They specialize in using forklifts, cranes, air-ride truck and trailers, etc. to crate and transport your equipment!  They can handle domestic or international shipments and they have over 200,000 sq. ft. of space in their warehouse to store whatever it is you need moved.  They’re pros in dealing with sea containers of all types, as well as bulk freight.  They serve aerospace contractors, auto racing development, food and beverage plants, theme parks, universities, and laboratories, to name a few.  If you need any machinery moved, Dunkel Bros.’ machinery moving services are going to take care of you!

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And now for our killer prize:

One winner will receive a $50 Amazon Gift Card!

This giveaway is open to US and Canada!

Thank you, Dunkel Bros.!!!

Dandy Giveaway is not responsible for prize fulfillment.

For The Love Of Blog

Remember when EVERYONE had a lifestyle blog?  All the friends from college.  Posting away about their families and all the fun adventures detailed in pictures.  It was nice wasn’t it?  I had one.  In fact I was just looking at my old family blog and getting all teary eyed with feelings of nostalgia.  My last post was on May 6, 2012.  The one before that was an entire year prior.  I’m not alone.  Looking at the sidebar roll call I can see that the majority of my friends haven’t posted in years!  So I ask you…  What happened to the world of blog?  What happened to the written word?  I guess Facebook happened.  Then Instagram happened.

Do you have a blog?  Did you used to have a blog?  Do you miss it?

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For the next little while I’m going back to my roots.  My blog roots.  Each week I’m going to be opening up and sharing a part of my life that I’ve never shared with you before.  I’ll be going back old school and sharing posts from family blog.  The one that never sees any action.  I’ll be sharing from start to finish.  With the occasional edit here and there to protect the privacy of others mention in that little ole blog.  *wink*  I’m bringing back the love of blog.  Yes, I am.

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Summer Blow-Out Sale on Kids Digital Apps!

I love this time of year when school supplies go on sale and we close that wonderful summer chapter and anticipate all the things we’ll learn in the upcoming year!  If your child’s school year includes a lot of time waiting in car pools, sitting outside of ballet class, or waiting for the soccer game to start, you might consider stocking up on some new apps for your kids to keep their little minds and fingers busy!

Starting today, and running through Aug 17th, here are five great apps that are normally priced between $1.99 and $4.99, but are all discounted to $0.99!

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These apps involve more than just flipping pages on a screen.  They include games, coloring pages and narrative stories to keep your child learning and engrossed.  I don’t know about you, but when I have to bring the kids to doctors appointments, there is just no way on earth I can keep them from tearing the room apart, unplugging phones, and logging off computers, so a friendly app available in those situations is a must-have.

So check out these five apps that are available!

Yo Gabba Gabba! Music is Awesome!

This app is composed of musical activities where you can make your own music and paint your favorite characters.

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Strawberry Shortcake Jumbo Coloring Book

Here you can color 70 different pages of color masterpieces!  The pictures include holidays, princesses, pets, ballerinas, etc.  Perfect!

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Strawberry Shortcake Summer Fun

This is a storybook with summer-themed coloring pages, 15+ stickers, and two fruity games!

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Rio2

This one looks so fun!  You can play an action-packed game of sky soccer against macaws, and brought to you in partnership with Twentieth Century Fox

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These five apps are available on the App Store, Amazon Appstore for Android, Google Play and Barnes & Noble App Store for NOOK, as well as for Tabeo and Nabi devices.

Stock up now!  Remember, this sale only runs through the 17th!

 

Untitled-19Disclosure: This is a sponsored post on behalf of Cupcake Digital.

 

Our World Boutique {Giveaway} – Closed

Welcome to the 2nd Annual “Off to School We Go!” Giveaway Hop hosted by Heather from Mommy’s Favorite Things and Michelle from Mama’s Baby Cupcakes. This hop is focused on items you’d want/need for your children to get ready for school! Each blog has a minimum prize package of $25 per winner and after visiting my giveaway, make sure you use the linky below to take a look at the other blogs to see what they have to offer for you!

There was a time in my life when I worked in the corporate office for a large company. Working in the corporate office meant that I needed to dress nicely for work and my wardrobe included lots of button down shirt, slacks and skirts. One day I had the bright idea to wear a pencil skirt to work. The skirt was black, semi stiff, and had a three inch slit in the back so that my legs could move a little bit and I could actually walk in it. I remember getting into work and feeling fancy. That lasted right up until the moment I plopped in my chair and heard a terrifying “shhriiip”. Suddenly that friendly three inch slit had expanded itself into an embarrassingly revealing twelve inch slit. Feared any clients I met with that day would not remember me for my awesome Powerpoint slides, I rushed home to change.

(This post may contain affiliate links. Dandy Giveaway receives free products for review purposes and may sometimes be compensated for posts but all opinions expressed are 100% my own. See Dandy Giveaway’s disclosure policy for more details.)

I’ve always loved the sleek look of pencil skirts but since that incident they have not been included in my wardrobe. However when I saw that Our World Boutique had a new generation of pencil skirts, ones made to be super stretchy and hopefully rip resistant I was intrigued.

I was sent the Royal Blue Stretch Scrunch Skirt, the Double Delight XL Statement Necklace, and the Heart Infinity Pendant Silver Necklace to review. I tore into the box the moment it arrived and had a very girly run to my room to try everything on. Ha.

The pencil skirt was so much better than I even dared to hope. It’s a stretch skirt and a one size fits all deal which I was a little unsure about. My jeans are somewhere between a size 28-30 depending on the day, and the skirt looked fairly narrow which brought back some semi concerning memories, but once I slipped it on all of those fears disappeared. The skirt was super stretchy! The wavy line designs on it were amazing for blending bunching and other potential imperfections and the skirt was really comfortable. I even put it through the ultimate test of walking (just over a mile) in it and it was fantastic, and absolved all of my fears that this thing would split up the back, it was just too stretchy.

The skirt is made of nylon and spandex, which makes it a soft jersey feeling fabric.  It’s super comfortable, but (I found out the hard way) very bad for little boys with exposed Velcro shoes. The first day I wore it Dimitri was on my lap and twisted around to look at me effectively locking his shoe into my skirt. By the time I got it unlatch the skirt threads had been pulled up and looked fluffy. I was able to give the skirt a hair cut of sorts, but keep it away from Velcro and anything else that is prone to snag.

The statement necklace comes in tons of colors and I thought it was fun to have the fabric ties in the back. It’s a semi heavy necklace and the fabric seemed nicer to have resting against my neck than a chain would have been. It also the necklace the fun accent of cascading down your back, and it looks great paired with a solid colored shirt.

The infinity symbol seems to be making a big step into vogue. I see it all over and I like it… it might have something to do with it being a math symbol and me getting my husbands attention in a high school calculus class… but I digress. I think it’s sweet to have it pair with a heart and it makes me think of eternal love. The necklace itself if dainty, subtle but substantial enough to survive the toddler jerk test.

Our World Boutique has tons of great fashion and jewelry. My awesome scrunch skirt is currently being sold for only $15 and it comes in a bunch of colors, and Our World Boutique has a weekly giveaway of their own for anyone sporting their clothing on Instagram. Check out their website and find something you love.

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Now for my favorite part!

Our World Boutique has offered one lucky Dandy Winner a $25 Gift Certificate to their online store!!!

Plus you have a chance to win a whole bunch of other great stuff to help you prepare for back to school!  Check out the rest of the blogs participating in the ‘Off To School’ giveaway hop! 

The Grand Prize sponsors for this blog hop event is Zoey’s Attic Personalized Gifts, Spark & Spark and Umi Shoes! With the $35 Gift Code from Zoey’s Attic you can purchase cute back to school shirts among many items they sell. Michelle’s review highlights their school shirts and items available for purchase. Spark & Spark has offered a metal lunch up for grabs that is available in a variety of different themes, as well as customized with your child’s name on the front. Michelle also posted a review of their lunch box in which she uses for her daughter who started Kindergarten this year. Last but not least is Umi Shoes who is offering a $60 Gift Card. Children are always growing and in need of new shoes, but with Umi Shoes you can get tennis shoes and others in a variety of sizes ranging from baby to school children. Retail Value for this package is $131 and you purchase directly from their websites. Be sure to visit Mama’s Baby Cupcakes to enter for a chance to win this fabulous Grand Prize!

*This giveaway is open to US entries only
*The winner of this giveaway will be drawn no later than the evening of August 25th and will be emailed. If the winner does not respond within 48 hours, a new winner will be drawn.
*The product(s) in this review was provided to me free of cost for the purpose of conducting this review. All opinions expressed in this review are my own are not influenced by monetary compensation.
*Mama’s Baby Cupcakes, Mommy’s Favorite Things and the “Off To School We Go!” participating bloggers are not responsible for sponsors who do not fulfill prize obligations.

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