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25.9.10

Johnson's Natural - Review and Giveaway

The name I have ALWAYS associated with baby care is Johnson's.
Before Broxton came along, I always thought that Johnson's was just the pink bottle of baby lotion and the yellow bottle of baby shampoo. Now that I have Broxton, I am always looking to see what the newest item being presented from the Johnson's line.
The newest?
The naturals line of kid and baby products!
We were sent items from their newest line and I am once again... impressed!

The naturals line includes:
Baby Shampoo
Baby Lotion
Head to Toe Baby Wash
2 in 1 Kids Hand and Face Foaming Wash
3 in 1 Kids Shampoo, Conditioner and Body Wash

This newest line is pretty cool:
98 % natural ingredients
NO TEARS formula
ALLERFREE

The baby wash was foamy, so of course, Broxton loved it...
I really like that Johnson's has introduced a "naturals line."
With Broxton having eczema...
We have to use the more expensive items that have no fragrance...
Now, we can use this and I do not have to worry about it acting up!

The good thing, the 3 in 1 will work for the older boys as well...
So, instead of buying several different bottles of stuff for when they come up for the weekend, we can just get this and EVERYONE is taken care of.
The foaming handsoap is a hit around here for everyone...
So, I know it will make a permanent residence in their bathroom!

How would one of you like to win a set for yourself?!
Whooo Hoooo!!!
You can win it for yourself, or it would make a great baby shower gift!!!!!

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Contest will end October 9th at midnight.
Contest open to US residents
Random.org will pick the winner.
Winner will be notified by email and will have 72 hours to respond or another winner will be selected.

FTC Compliant Review Policy: The product(s) featured in this review were provided free of cost to me by the manufacturer or representing PR agency for the sole purpose of product testing. Opinions expressed are my own and are NOT influenced by monetary compensation


Blogger Challenge Day 25

Day 25 — A recipe

Since I do not cook, I am going in a different direction.

Taken from :

Recipe For Life

4 cups of Love
2 cups of Loyalty
3 cups of Forgiveness
1 cup of Friendship
5 spoons of Hope
2 spoons of Tenderness
4 quarts of Faith
1 barrel of Laughter

Take Love and Loyalty, mix it thoroughly with Faith.
Blend it with Tenderness, Kindness & Understanding.
Sprinkle abundantly with Laughter.
Bake it with Sunshine.
Serve daily with Generous helpings.

24.9.10

Bloggy Blog Designs Giveaway

Bloggy Blog Designz is having a Giveaway!!! They are giving away all kinds of goodies. Plus ALL entrants will receive 20% off any purchase through the end of the month! Be sure to check out their website for more information, or to enter yourself. Take a look at their portfolio and packages to see what's right for you.
The first 5 entrants will receive a $15 giftcard. The giveaway will close on September 30th, so be sure to have your posts done and comments left by midnight! Good Luck to everyone!

7-Eleven anyone?


IMAGE from J-CENA.COM

Okay......
I know this is going to be a short post...
but I was wondering if one of you might be able to do me a HUGE FAVOR.......
I am looking for someone near a 7- Eleven.
John Cena has a coffee cup there for sale...
It raises money for the make-a-wish foundation...
I really, really, REALLY want one..
and there is NO 7-Eleven near me.
So, anyone out there want to help me out?!

Thanks in advance...

Aloha Friday - 53


Happy Friday everyone!
This week has literally flown by!
I had no clue it was Friday until I saw another Aloha Friday Post...

My question this week:

Are (Were) you close with your grandparents?


My answer:

I was extremely close with my Nana... I have mentioned that before. She seriously was like a best friend. With my other living grandparents, I try and see them when I can, but I can not say that I am as close with them as I was my Nana.... I know that I am lucky to have such a wonderful family and I am SO HAPPY that Broxton gets to see his GREAT GRANDPARENTS.


Blogger Challenge Day 24

Day 24 — A movie no one would expect you to love

Hmmmm...
I do not have a "closet" movie...
Is that good or bad?

Do you have one?

Free Spirit Publishing


Remember when I posted a review about Free Spirit Publishing and the book 26 BIG Things Small Hands Do?
Well, today, I would like to tell you about two more of their books...
(From the Toddler Tools Series)
The first I would like to share with you is Bedtime By Elizabeth Verdick.

This book is great for us as it shows that other kids have a routine for bedtime as well.
I have enjoyed reading this to Broxton before he goes to bed...
We see that other kids also get their bath, brush their teeth, enjoy stories and slowly relax to go to sleep.
The best phrase to me in this book is, " I do my best growing when I am sleeping."
I constantly tell Broxton he needs to get his rest so he can feel good and grow big and strong like daddy. :)
Broxton also brings this book over to me to have me read it to him during the day. I tell him we are reading it so that he knows what is going to happen at bedtime!


The other book that we have been reading is Calm Down Time by Elizabeth Verdick.

I really like this book as I think it will be a big help when he is able to read the words...
This one helps to address the different emotions that everyone faces...
Mad or sad... sometimes you just need a hug to feel better.
It helps to teach ways to calm down and relax, avoiding a temper tantrum.
( I know that they say they are the terrible two's, but I have seen kids of all ages get fussy, I think that this would help children, as well as parents, remember to calm down and relax. )
Calm Down helps to let you know to stop and calm down, cry if you need to ... get a hug if that helps... breathe and then you will feel better!

I think that this might be a good book to have in doctors offices, not because of temper tantrums, but because while they are waiting, they could read this to learn what to do when they do get upset.

I like all of the Toddler Tools Series and I think I will need to get the other ones...
They also have Manners Time, Sharing Time, Clean Up Time, Bye Bye Time, Naptime and Listening Time...

FTC Compliant Review Policy: The product(s) featured in this review were provided free of cost to me by the manufacturer or representing PR agency for the sole purpose of product testing. Opinions expressed are my own and are NOT influenced by monetary compensation


23.9.10

Winners - I love these posts!

Just wanted to announce a few winners.....

jakiesmom said...





entered bridgewater candles 2


Country Time Lemonade -

Comment 11

Sheila P said...






I did once when I was a kid. Didn't sell much though!


Other winners will be posted ASAP...

Dealing with a sick baby, doesn't make checking all the entries any easier...


Casting About by Terri DuLong


Are you looking for a great read?
I have the perfect book for you!!!!

If you have not heard of Terri DuLong, make a note of her NOW...
Because she is officially in my list of favorite authors!
(You know, right there with Nicholas Sparks and Jodi Picoult)

I was fortunate enough to review her first book, Spinning Forward and I loved it!
You can read that review HERE.
Her writing pulls you in!
I have been anxiously awaiting the second book in the Cedar Key series and let me tell you...
I think this might be even better than the first!
The second book is Casting About.
One thing I like about Terri's writing is that she pulls you in and keeps you going.
I also like that she has made this the Cedar Key series.
Spinning Forward introduces us to CedarKey and the characters in her book.
With Casting About, you get the story of Monica and her husband Adam.
(Monica was in Spinning Forward, but was not a main character, this time she is.)

With Terri's writing, you do not have to read the first one to fully enjoy the second one... but to be honest, I do not know why you would not want to read it! :)
In Cedar Key, you learn that you live in more than just a community, you live in an "extended family!" (If you are from a small town,you know what I mean!)
Monica is still in the newlywed stage of her marriage and is unsure if she wants to be a mother...
But, quickly it all changes when Adam's ex-wife is not seen as a fit mother, thus custody going to Adam and Monica. Wish the uncertainty of motherhood and abruptly being thrown into it with an 8 year old little girl... Monica has to quickly figure several things out...
BUT, she doesn't have to deal with it by herself. Besides the help of Adam, her family and friends help her to deal with everything that life throws at them.

I will tell you this, Casting About made me cry!
LOL, Imagine!
Yes, I cry at the Hallmark Commercials, but there are several places in this book that just touches me and had me a little emotional.
Also, I read this book in about 2 days... I wanted to finish it in the first day, but Broxton had other plans!

The book synopsis from Terri's site:

In this beautifully crafted and uplifting novel, the author of the acclaimed Spinning Forwardwelcomes readers back to the lush Florida island of Cedar Key, where the vibrant shades of hibiscus and azaleas are the perfect backdrop to a colorful, quirky community. . .

In the four years since Monica Brooks moved to Cedar Key, she’s found a home, a husband, and now a business to love. Taking over her mother’s bustling knitting shop is a welcome challenge, but Monica’s exciting plans are waylaid by unexpected news. Her husband’s ex-wife has been deemed an unfit mother, and custody of their eight-year-old daughter, Clarissa, is to be transferred to Adam.

Going straight from honeymoon to motherhood—especially when she’s unsure she wants children—leaves the normally even-keeled Monica doubting herself at every turn. Yet in a place like Cedar Key, nobody goes it alone. With help from friends and relatives, Monica, Clarissa, and Adam begin to forge a close-knit family of their own—one that will need to be strong enough to withstand all the surprises set to unravel. .
.


Casting About comes out October 26th, so be ready to grab it off the bookshelf then!!!!
(While you are waiting, go ahead and read Spinning Forward, you will NOT be disappointed!)


*****I was sent a complimentary copy of Casting About for my personal review. I did not receive any monetary compensation for this review. This is my own personal opinion. *****

Blogger Challenge Day 23

Day 23 — A way in which you want to be remembered

This is IN NO PARTICULAR ORDER:

I want to be remembered as a good person.
A child of GOD.
Great mother.
Loving wife.
Great friend.
Honest.
Trustworthy.
Loving.
Kind.
Dependable.
Funny.
Hard working.

Or, lets go back to school...

N - ice
O - utstanding
E - ver so cheerful :)
L - oving
L - istener
E - xcited


22.9.10

W-W- Daddy's Hand

I just love this picture!
Before Marc deployed, I said I wanted to try and do something artistic with it...
As you know with me, that never happened!
Isn't it great though?
Happy Wednesday!

Blogger Challenge Day 22

Day 22 — A website

Just where do I go in my "free" time?
Of course my blog... and the blogs of my friends...
But other than that...

I could list more...
and yes, I am a gossip junkie of the celebrities! :)

21.9.10

SmartKnit Seamless Socks - Review and Giveaway


I have seen SmartKnit Socks ALL over the blogosphere...
So, yes, I wanted to see if they really and truly were "seamless socks."
Think about it, how can you make them and they are truly seamless?
(As for the "seamless," they start at the toe and make them that way... )

I emailed and asked if I could review a pair and I was so happy when they emailed me back!
Not only did I get to try a pair out for Broxton, I also got a pair for me!!!!

They make SmartKnit Kids socks...
As well as SmartKnit BIG Kids socks!


Let me just tell you the main reason I like these....
They have a "no heel design" meaning, Broxton will not outgrow them as fast as those other little kid socks! That has been a main problem with us... His little fat feet do not last in the socks that long. We all know how miserable it is to have socks to big... They bunch up and squish all around your toes... Not with these!!!!
I put the pair on Broxton to see how he liked them. (Normally, he takes his socks off just as soon as he can... ) He loved them!
He wanted me to leave them on! He ran all over the house playing and laughing!

Of course, with that reaction, I had to try mine on!!!
I wear the no show or ankle socks in the summer, so these would not work out and about... They are only the higher ones...
But, I have enjoyed wearing them around the house!
They are very soft and so comfortable!

Now, Broxton is not old enough to tell me if the seams bother him or not, but I can tell you ...
He loves these! (They MUST be doing something right!)

Now, guess what?!
They have said that YOU can win THREE pairs of your own!!!
One lucky reader will win THREE PAIRS of SmartKnit Kids socks!!!!!

Want to win?
(Please leave your email in comment if not visible in your profile)

Mandatory Entry-
Just tell me...
Who would they be for...

Extra entries-
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Follow my blog- 1 entry (must be public)
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Enter any of my active giveaways - 1 per entry
Comment on any NON giveaway - 1 per comment (limit 3)


Contest will end on October 5th at midnight.
Winner will be selected through random.org.
Winner will have 72 hours to respond to winning announcement or a new winner will be chosen.

FTC Compliant Review Policy: The product(s) featured in this review were provided free of cost to me by the manufacturer or representing PR agency for the sole purpose of product testing. Opinions expressed are my own and are NOT influenced by monetary compensation


Blogger Challenge Day 21

Day 21 — Something you know you do differently than most people


Ha!
Do you really want to know?

I guess one thing is I sit "Indian Style" different than most...
I do not sit with my legs criss crossed, I sit with them one on top of the other...
More like a yoga pose, I would say...
Not sure why, but always have...

I have another one, but I just can not share it...
LOL, if you really really know me...
You know what it is...
:)

Side note...
My dad says they days of the week differently ...
LOL, like:
MonDAY - he says MonDEE
TuesDAy - TuesDEE

Ha ha!
Ask him a day and he says it right, using it in a sentence, he says it wrong!
Gotta love him!

20.9.10

Blogger Challenge Day 20

Day 20 — A hobby of yours

I have several hobbies.
I love to scrapbook, just have not done it in a while.
I love to read... MAJOR HOBBY THERE!
I LOVE to take pictures, just need to get back into it.

I wish I had a hobby like crochet, knitting, anything creative like that...
But I don't.
Not yet...
Willing to learn if you want to teach me!

19.9.10

Baby Milestones - A guest post

One of my best friends is pregnant...
and I am just as happy as I can be for her!
I received this with permission to share, so I wanted to post it for all of you.
Some you may know, others not so much...


Baby Milestones - The First Two Years


By Lisa Pecos
For anyone who has never had a baby, it can be difficult to understand how thrilling it is when your little girl or boy passes those important developmental markers. When a baby smiles at you for the first time or says her first word, this can seem so momentous that you may feel like calling everyone you know to tell them the earth-shattering news. But beyond the emotional impact of these milestones, they are also important markers signifying that your baby is developing at a normal rate. Here are seven of the most important baby milestones to watch for during the first two years.
1. Eye contact
Eye contact is an essential component of human interaction, and the fact that newborns do not do it is a sign that the social parts of their brains are still undeveloped. However, by about 6 to 8 weeks, your baby should begin to register your face, which will soon result in eye contact. At this stage, the baby recognizes that you are a person and is ready to begin consciously communicating with you.
2. Social smiles
After a month or two, the social development of your baby will begin to accelerate. In addition to making eye contact and cooing, he will begin to recognize that gestures and facial expressions can be meaningful, and he may even start imitating you. One of the biggest signs that your baby is developing at a normal pace is that he begins reciprocating your smiles, which usually happens at around two or three months.
3. Babbling
For the first few weeks, a baby communicates mainly by crying. After that, she starts learning how to make vowel sounds in the back of her throat, resulting in cooing sounds that are sometimes triggered by the voice of a parent. Then, by about six months, most babies start babbling. This is more complicated than cooing in that it requires the tongue and results in consonant sounds in addition to vowels. Soon thereafter, the baby should start babbling back to you when you talk to her.
4. Grabbing
From birth, many babies instinctually grab things that are placed in their hands, but it takes a while before they begin to intentionally reach out for things. This usually happens by the three-month mark, and it signifies that the baby has learned that he or she can directly interact with the world. It is the first step toward more advanced developments like crawling, standing, and feeding herself.
5. Crawling
Most babies begin sitting up by around 6 to 8 months, and after this it doesn’t take long for them to start moving around on their own. This is one of the most fascinating milestones in the development of a young baby, as the things that he crawls toward can say a lot about his developing personality. For example, if he crawls toward toys it means he likes to play, while if he crawls toward other people it means that he is social and likes attention. This is the developmental stage in which childproofing the home becomes crucial
6. Standing
Soon after learning to crawl, most babies begin trying to stand. It starts in an effort both to reach things and to imitate the people around her, and it soon becomes a habit. Usually happening at around 9 to 10 months, it signifies that the child is developing her own personality, and it shows that her leg muscles are growing normally. Now, it is only a matter of time before she takes her first steps.
7. First words
Now that the baby has become better at babbling, has mastered some gestures, and has figured out that he can get things from people by communicating, it is time to start talking. At around 12 months, the vocalizations become highly responsive and even imitative, and soon afterward you may begin to hear sounds that closely resemble words. Meanwhile, you will also notice that the baby is beginning to understand common phrases and commands. Look for the first words to come at around 18 months, but do not be alarmed if it takes a little longer.

Lisa Pecos is a wife and well accomplished writer whom firmly believes in natural colic treatments for infants. She has authored numerous articles in Baby Care Journals on the topics of toddlers, kids and teenagers.


I was allowed to run this post for free. I was not paid for printing this.
A huge thanks for sharing this with all of us!

Blogger Challenge Day 19

Day 19 — A talent of yours

Ha!
I would like to think my talent is that I can sing...
BUT WE KNOW THAT IS NOT TRUE!
Unless it is the end of the night and you have been drinking all day!

I think I am a talented photographer...
I know, I know..
If I am so talented, I need to use it..
Thanks, I know...

Yes, I will get that fire burning and get to working on it again...
Soon
 
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