Thursday, May 31, 2012

Summer is upon us and what better way then to celebrate with a new Voda swim suite!

Don’t forget to enter the grand prize giveaway sponsored by TruKid, Imperial Toy, and an amazing group of bloggers who want to make your summer a blast! You have the opportunity to win a wagon, water table, kid-friendly skincare package from TruKid, and a variety of bubble and water toys from Imperial Toy! Please note that the Grand Prize GIveaway is only open to US residents.

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Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Need a Father's Day gift idea?

Father's Day is right around the corner and that means that I need to get creative. I try to find things for my husband and dad that they will use and will not sit on a shelf collecting dust. Now my dad loves to cook so I knew he would benefit from something kitchen related. Lately he has been into cutting fresh vegetables so I wanted to find a high quality knife that would last and not rust after a few washings. Nogent has a wide range of knives that are made for precision cutting. The Nogent expert range knife has a very thick blade and micro-serration that allows for precise cutting and slicing. The knife also has a handle that is guaranteed not to come off and is rendered antibacerial in the dishwasher. An added bonus for me-look at the handle color...also available in pink, and turquoise blue!

Nogent offers a wide selection of knives including pairing knives, steak knives, filleting knives, bread knife, boning knife, and the new Chef's knife. Each knife is manufactured in France and is a must for any kitchen with a budding chef. I know my dad will love that he is not only receiving something he can use but something that will grow his passion for cooking.

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Perfect go to summer bag!

So my wardrobe in mostly black & white but with summer quickly approaching I need an easy color change to make my outfits pop. Since I am not a huge jewelry fan because everything seems to get broken around my energetic toddler I tend to focus on a bag that stands out. My other problem is that we are in prime potty training and wet swim suit season so I needed a diaper bag without the look of a diaper bag. This meant I had to turn to one of my favorite shops 7 A.M Enfant! I have the Barcelona in red and cannot believe the versatility of the bag. Just take a look at all the great color options:

My bag is super lightweight and easily transitions to all of my activities during the week. It has been our swim bag, dance bag, my work bag, and above all just my everyday purse. I love the deep pockets on the front that hold just about anything and that it is made from a water-repellent material. This comes in very handy when little miss spills things constantly! My Barcelona bag has exceeded all of my expectations....even when it is full of all the daily essentials it is still much lighter than some of my thicker bags. It also easily fits on my stroller...I have high hopes to go back to jogging this summer and am excited to that I won't have to have a separate bag for the stroller! If you are going to buy a bag that will grow with your child I would highly recommend 7 A.M. can still carry a diaper bag without giving up your sense of style!

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Madagascar 3 in theaters soon!

This afternoon was my turn to host "mom's afternoon out"...what better way than with a Madagascar movie viewing party sponsored by Children's Claritin!  As a Mom Crew member I get to try out all the latest and greatest in Claritin (a real life savor in my house!). Every month my friends and I take turns hosting a mom's afternoon out-basically one of us gets stuck at home with a house full of kids while everyone else gets 4 whole hours without hearing "mom, mom, mom,mom". You can imagine my extreme delight when a box arrived with Madagascar 1 & 2 and great party ideas. The kids loved the movie and it has been agreed that the next outing will be to see Madagascar 3: Europeans most wanted in theaters (June 8)! My daughter does not sit through many movies so I was beyond thrilled to actually watch her dance with the animals and take a genuine interest in the plot. Who doesn't love Alex the lion! 
We also made some popcorn, ate some "zoo mix" and made these adorable lion hand print crafts 
The best part was each kid went home with a great goodie bag filled with zoo themed prizes (including stickers) and each mom received a grab bag of Claritin samples-with allergies being so out of control this year I think they were more grateful for the Claritin then the day off! 
If you have a child that suffers from allergies I highly recommed trying the grape chewable..I get super drowsy from all allergy medicine and the Claritin actually works for me and each of children-so great to have a one stop medicine for everyone! 

* A big thanks to the Claritin Mom Crew for a great Madagascar movie party-all opinions are my own*

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Me4Kidz=easy vacation travel!

So we will be taking our first big trip with my daughter since she was an infant in a few weeks. This means a plane ride, long airport layover, strange hotel room...the whole nine yards to turn a pleasant vacation into a nightmare quickly. As you have read my daughter is not a fan of sticky hands but also will not use traditional baby wipes since she thinks they are only for babies. This does not leave much room for portable wiping on my part...I have tried the little moist towelettes you get from restaurants but she hates how those smell. So finally I found little buddy antibacterial wipes! They truly have been a life savor-the package has a cute little dolphin on the front which makes my daughter think they are big girl wipes. She has no problem carrying them in her "purse" and use them anytime she may have sticky hands. The package is very easy for her to manipulate by herself and over the past few weeks they are still moist and  and have not dried out-I am actually pleasantly surprised how well the package has held up to a two year old! Me4Kidz offers a variety of products including a medibag, medibuddy (1st aid kit to go-perfect size for small places), diaper bag buddy, smile buddy, and nail buddy. We are also a huge fan of the nail buddy-a compact little kit full of everything a little girl needs for her nails. My daughter loves that the flower nail stickers are just her size and we do not have to cut them down for her tiny fingers. No matter what you may be up to this summer be sure to grab your "to go" kits from Me4Kidz!

Monday, May 21, 2012

Shake, Rattle, & Roll Hop!

The Shake, Rattle, & Roll Giveaway Hop features a variety of great products for kids of all ages! Once you have entered to win here, be sure to visit all of the participating blogs at the bottom of this post! Don’t forget to enter to win the Shake, Rattle, & Roll Grand Prize sponsored by Tommee Tippee! You will have the chance to win a Closer to Nature Audio Baby Monitor valued at $149.99!

 Use the rafflecopter form below to win the following prize pack:

Baby deedee Sleep Nest:

Comforts Baby Prize Pack:

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Friday, May 18, 2012

All Aboard! Thomas the tank is coming to town!

Tomorrow is the big day-Thomas will be arriving at the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad on May 19-20 and May 25-27. Thomas will be here for my daughter's birthday and we are beyond excited-not only do you have a ride with Thomas but there are also activities planned...this is sure to be a birthday to remember! 

Tickets for Day Out With Thomas are on sale now and available by calling Ticketweb toll-free 866-468-7630, or by visiting . Ticket prices are $18 plus taxfor ages 2 and up (service charges and fee may apply). Thomas will be in many cities all over the country so be sure to check the schedule for a town near you. 
Hope to see some of you next weekend-also feel free to follow my tweets from the big event! 

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Spring is here -time to Chooze Shoes!

I have found my must shoes for spring for my daughter-Chooze Shoes! I originally found the company by searching for shoe companies that "give back" and soon fell in love with the designs and company concept. Chooze Shoes are different. The left shoe is never the same as the right so each shoe is is what I mean:

Now the company offers a wide variety of shoe choices and designs. I personally love Chooze Shoes because of the mission of the company. Offering a hand-up rather than a hand-out, the company uses profits each year to provide loans to women in poverty so they can start their own business.  The process cycles each year and the loan helps women provide for their families. Chooze Shoes are also made from vegan material and come in a great "Art Box" instead of a shoe box. Our box has now become home to many little dinosaurs and Easter eggs. So how do the shoes fit? I am highly impressed with the quality and durability of the shoes. We have a hard time finding Maryjane type shoes that don't hurt little misses feet in some way until she tried her Chooze Shoes. It has now been well over a few weeks wearing them day in and day out and I could not be happier with how nicely they fit....added bonus no stubbed toes in sandals this summer! Chooze Shoes are available in both girls, boys, and women' is the pair I have my eye on: 

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Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Birthday time in 2 weeks-time to get busy!

Can you believe that my daughter will be 3 in two short weeks? This year she is big into two things-Thomas the train & princesses. I swore before I had kids that toys would not overtake my life but now it is like living in toys'r'us and we have just enough space to function! So now it is time to kick into high gear and find her the perfect present. Her request was a train ride and a Princess & the Frog dress.  Well as usual I knew just where to go to get the! They have the most amazing, affordable costumes that are perfect for any occasion! Here is the great dress we found:

Anytime Costumes has a ton of princess costumes available that look just like the dresses from the movie. I love our costume because it is just floor length now but can grow with my daughter through the years. It also has an easy to use Velcro neck so she is able to put on her own costume-no more hearing her scream for help as she is stuck in a dress! The dress has amazing detail with a leaf pattern down the front of the dress and a "Tiana button" as my daughter call it. No question that this dress was made with an amazing attention to detail. Want to know my favorite part of Anytime Costumes? They also offer an adult frog costume! I see a great Halloween dress up duo in the to let my husband know he will be going as a giant frog this Halloween!