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7.5.11

What To Expect - The Second Year - Review and Giveaway

How many of you read anything dealing with your pregnancy when you found out you were pregnant?
I know I did!
Of course, I read the Internet and all...
But I also heard that "What to Expect When You're Expecting" was like THE IT BOOK for pregnant women.

You know what that meant...
I just HAD to have it!
Well, look what they have done now!!!
Calling all moms of toddlers...
April 5th was the release date of the newest book in the What To Expect Series...
They are trying to help us mama's out and are shedding light on the Second Year!


The Chapters Include:
Chapter 1- Your Toddler On the Grow
Chapter 2- Your Toddler, Head to Toe
Chapter 3- Your Toddler On the Go
Chapter 4- Feeding
Chapter 5- Sleeping
Chapter 6- Behavior
Chapter 7- Disciplining Your Toddler
Chapter 8- Talking
Chapter 9- Learning
Chapter 10- Playing and Making Friends
Chapter 11- Traveling With Your Toddler
Chapter 12- Keeping Your Toddler Healthy
Chapter 13- Second Year Safety
Chapter 14- Treating Toddler Injuries
Chapter 15- Developmental Disorders


So, with the release of the new book...
and to celebrate Mothers Day...

Time for a giveaway!!!!

One lucky reader is going to win an amazing Prize Pack
from the people of What to Expect.

Just what is in that prize pack?
(Over a $100 value)

What to Expect the Second Year book by Heidi Murkoff
Tommee Tippee Explora Cup (9m+)
PediPed Originals (12-18mo)
Johnson's Baby Bubble Bath and Wash (15 oz)
Summer Infant Swaddle Me (7-14 lbs)
Totsy Gift Card ($15)
NUK Active Cup
NUK TrendLine pacifier (sz 2, 2 pk)
Playtex Lil Gripper Spout Cup


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A couple video clips for you

My dear friend Lorie posted these clips on her blog...
I wanted to share them with you...

The first, is a piece of safety advice for any of you with smartphones.
Yes, we have them...
Mine is okay, but I need to check Marcs...
Take a look at this:




Now, another clip.
It brought tears to my eyes.
This is an amazing man!
Thank you Mr. Hume!!!!


Hope yall are having a great weekend!!!!!

Doesn't This Sound Fun? DaGeDar

This is so new that it is not even out yet...

And I have a feeling that this will be on at least one of the boys wish lists soon!!!!

I like how it sounds like a fun game to play, but also one that requires THINKING.
Although they are balls, the players have to figure out the ways of it as to keep it on track!!!!
FUN! FUN! FUN!



DaGeDar™ (pronounced DAH-geh-DAAR) collectible supercharged battle balls have a special feel and weight that almost demand to be raced! Each DaGeDar™ battle ball boasts a graphic design that reflects the true energy contained within. More than 240 different DaGeDar™ ball graphics are planned for release this year, with varying degrees of rarity. Each ball carries a special code number that when registered on the DaGeDar™ website (www.dagedar.com) will reveal the true spirit contained within the DaGeDar™ ball, as well as its hidden powers, which can assist in racing strategy and let kids unleash the power within!

Racing DaGeDar™ balls requires skill, practice, agility and finesse. Players must control the speed and velocity of DaGeDar™ balls in order to propel them through thrilling loops and turns without forcing the balls off the tracks. Exciting tricks and stunts can be refined by whirling DaGeDar™ balls in Spinners or loading several balls into Battle Launchers to unleash them with supercharged battle play.




***** By posting this commercial to tell you about DaGeDar, I have been entered to win a set for our house. No compensation was provided. *****

6.5.11

Down to the wire....

***** I can not figure out how to make it smaller to fit, but when you click it to print, it does print out just fine. Good Luck and sorry! *****

With Winnie the Pooh being released in theaters July 15th...
They want Winnie the Pooh in your minds...

Here is a Mothers Day card that you can print out from home!


Hope all of you have a safe and happy mothers day!!!!!!


AmLactin - Review


We were sent a sample of AmLactin for us to check out...
I was looking forward to using it on Broxton, but the smell was a bit to strong.
(Yes, it says fragrance free, but I smelled something.)
I used it on my hands and the smell eventually wears off, but it is a little too heavy for me to see putting it on Broxton again.
I will say though, if you can get past the smell, it really does moisturize your skin!
(I see this as more of a winter lotion for me... and a great relief for my elbows!!!!)

The following information was taken from their site:
(They have AmLactin, AmLactin XL and AmLactin Foot Cream)


Formulated for All Skin Types

  • Fragrance free
  • Non-greasy
  • Long lasting

Available in a Variety of Sizes

  • 7.9 oz (225 g) bottle
  • 14.1 oz (400 g) pump
  • 17.6 oz (500 g) pump (available only at Costco and seasonally at Walgreens)
  • Cream is available in 4.9 oz (140 g) tube

People everywhere are talking about AmLactin® Moisturizing Body Lotion. In a recent survey of over 300 women, nearly 75% agreed that AmLactin® Moisturizing Body Lotion soothed their skin.1

AmLactin® Moisturizing Body Lotion contains a clinically proven alpha-hydroxy acid (AHA), 12% lactic acid.2 This AHA is ideal for rough, dry skin relief.

AmLactin® Moisturizing Body Lotion gently exfoliates dead skin cells to help return dry skin to its healthy, natural state. It helps skin lock in and retain moisture through intense hydration.

Finally, the search for dry skin relief is over.



More effective than certain prescription skin care products*1

  • Unique ULTRAPLEX® formula—only AmLactin® offers a unique (patent-pending) high-potency blend of three lactic acid alpha-hydroxy moisturizers clinically proven to work better than other prescription moisturizers*
  • Restores lost moisture and softens dry skin—apply twice daily for best results
  • Works to exfoliate dead skin cells—returns skin to its natural healthy state and improves overall appearance
  • No prescription necessary—available at most retail pharmacies and drug stores nationwide—ask your pharmacist
    - Available in a 5.6 oz tube

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.

5.5.11

Aloha Friday - Law and Order

Welcome to this week’s edition of Aloha Friday. In Hawaii, Aloha Friday is the day that we take it easy and look forward to the weekend. So I thought that on Fridays I would take it easy on posting, too.

Therefore, I’ll ask a simple question for you to answer. Nothing that requires a lengthy response.

My question:

Do you watch Law & Order: Criminal Intent?
If you do...
What do you think about them bringing back Goren and Eames?

My answer:
I LOVE that show...
Actually did not watch last year, once Goren and Eames were gone...
SO HAPPY that they are back!
LOL


*** Don't forget to enter ALL my giveaways. Click here to see which ones you want to win!***

Does your child write? Raising Confident Readers - Book Review


I heard about that school in Maine that gave Ipads to their kindergarten class.
Yes, I love the idea of them learning, but what about the basics of writing?

I see more and more emails...
More and more e-cards and text messages.
Which means...
Less and Less writing.
Hand written letters, "snail mail" cards...

I for one am still a firm believer in sending Thank You NOTES.
(Thanks mom, that is something that Broxton WILL pick up.)
That means, handwritten message, stamps... snail mail.

But, with technology advancing as fast as it does, where does that leave handwriting?
I really hope that they still teach that when Broxton starts kindergarten!

We go outside and color and draw.
I write the ABC's and the 123's.
We read.
I don't want to lose this.

With that being said...
I am reading "Raising Confident Readers" by Dr. J. Richard Gentry.
This book is How to Teach Your Child to Read and Write - from Baby to Age 7.

While reading this, I have learned not to be put off by the technology, but to embrace it!
Think of all the different activities that they can do and learn from!

Dr. Gentry shares that the way to do this is pretty easy!
Basically, 3 steps.
Step 1 - Get off to an early start: Enjoy Loving Literacy Interactions with Your Child.
Step 2 - Know the Reading Phases: The Early Milestones for Monitoring Progress
Step 3 - Engage Your Child With the Right Literacy Activity at the Right Time

I love how he breaks it down into Phases.
(and relates it to the tadpole!)
BUT, the neatest part in the book to me was when he was talking about the hours spent reading.
Based upon research, he has figured that based upon hours, you will not be an "expert" reader until college, but if you get some hours in before kindergarten, that is a drastic improvement!
Also, think about it...
The brain is still learning so much right now, the earlier we read and teach, the more comprehension they will keep!

Now, this is not saying that you have to read this book and start teaching your newborn how to read...
It is giving guidelines and helpful advice for the parents that want to have an "early start" if you will.
On page 11 of the book, Dr. Gentry explains his Pyramid Model for teaching your child to read.
With the pyramid, you will need to establish the phase that your child is currently in.

Chapter 1 : Start Early
Nurture Your Child's Brain as It Grows into Reading.
This section basically is explaining your babies brain at this stage.

Chapter 2 : The Brain-Based Formula
Repetition- Enthusiasm - Attention - Drawing
(did you see if you put the first letters together, it spells READ)
This also breaks down some of the phases for us to figure out.

Chapter 3: Find Your Child's Phase
Determine Where to Go and What to Do Next to Raise YOUR Confident Reader


Now, besides all the reading and explaining, there are also graphs and charts to help along the way.
I'm telling you, I am not wishing for Broxton to hurry up and grow, as I think he is growing fast enough as it is...
But, these letters and drawings that are in here are just too cute!
I can only imagine what we will have on our fridge!

I am glad that we read and write as it is...
and I am lucky that we now have this book to add to our library of educational information!

Just remember, reading to your little one does more than just teaches them.
It also gives time for you to bond.

If this is something you want to do, but you do not know where to start...
Purchase the book.
It has all the helpful tools you need to know!
(Including suggested books and additional material!)

Please, follow Dr. Gentry on Twitter and Facebook.

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.


Can you help "Save Prom"? VERY SHORT NOTICE

I just received this email and I immediately wanted to share with you...
I did not even think about the seniors that lost everything for their Prom with the tornado.

Now, I did not go to mine...
Had no desire to, but I do know that there were many girls that planned and planned for that special night!

So, if you have anything to donate...
Will you?
Also, if you have a blog, or facebook or twitter..
Will you please share this information?
If it even means one dress or jacket or even a tie is donated...
I know it will mean so much to them.
Even if they can forget the destruction for one night.
That might be what they need to help deal with all that they have lost.

Seniors in Trenton; Dade County lost everything during recent tornado.
Prom Dresses, Sports Jackets and Ties needed.
By tomorrow - May 6th

Sizes- Whatever you are willing to donate
Drop Off Location - Calhoun Armory; Calhoun, Georgia
( soldier will take it to teacher in Dalton, Ga)

Diane Sheppard - New Hope Middle School
1111 New Hope Road; Dalton, Ga 30721
706-673-2295

Trenton United Methodist Church
Pastor - Reece Fauscett
12500 North Main Street; Trenton, Ga 30752
706-657-6170

If you want/need more information, please contact Diane Sheppard or Trenton United Methodist Church at the above information.

On behalf of the seniors of Trenton High School, THANK YOU.

***** UPDATE: *****
They are working with Becca's Closet in providing any addition attire for those in need...
Please click here to learn how you can help with donating to Becca's Closet.

4.5.11

Lot's of Giveaways Going on - EXTRA ENTRIES

Just wanted to remind you that there are several giveaways going on right now...

Tonight is the last night to enter for a chance to win two tickets to the ATLANTA BABY AND KID EXPO being held at the Fox Theatre May14th.

You also need to remember to enter to win the BIG BELLY BANK giveaway... It ends 5/5






Kidlandia $40 Gift Code - ends 5/19

Name Frame - ends 5/27


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Then, leave "Mothers Day entry" on any giveaway for 3 bonus entries...
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Chicken Soup for the Soul: My Cat's Life- Review & Giveaway


CALLING ALL CAT LOVERS!!!!!
Chicken Soup listened and in turn, made a book just for you!!!!


Synopsis:

101 Stories about All the Ages and Stages of Our Feline Family Members

From kittenhood through the twilight years, our feline companions continually bring joy, love, and laughter to the lives of their "staff." This collection of 101 new stories captures the experience of living through the natural life cycle with our cats — from the laugh-out-loud antics of kittens and tear-your-hair-out escapades of teenage cats to the more mature adult years and final stages of life. Stories cover each age and stage with all the fun, frustrations, special bonds and routines involved. The book also holds a special chapter about grieving and recovery when our feline friends leave us.


Chapters:
Irresistible
Eat, Play, Love
Do You Know How Much I Knead You
Who's the Boss
I Am Cat, Hear Me Roar
It's the Cat's Meow
A Purrfect Life
Are You Stalking to Me
For All Nine Lives
Over the Rainbow
I'll Always Love You

Two Lucky readers will win:
A copy of Chicken Soup for the Soul: My Cat's Life

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Contest will end May 18th at midnight.
Contest for US and CAN residents, 18 and older.
Random.org will select the winner.
Winner will have 72 hours to respond to winning email or a new 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.

Kidlandia - Review and Giveaway


I am all about teaching Broxton things...
We work on our numbers and colors...
Shapes and everything else we can think of...

I have heard that if you start with the basics of just showing them the states that they will learn them faster than other kids that are introduced to them later.
When I heard about that, I immediately started looking for a way to introduce the states, without it really being a lesson.

I was so happy when I found that Kidlandia sold maps of the USA as placemats!

To make it even better, you could personalize it with your little ones name!!!
(As well as the fact that it even has a place to make a "holiday" with their birthday!)
Of course, that was what I wanted to get!!!
I was so happy to be able to review one for you, besides Broxton getting a great placemat....
One of you will win a gift code to get something for your household!

Kidlandia has several different items that you can choose from...
Puzzles, Placemats, Posters...
Growth Charts, Gallery Wrapped Canvas...
They even have different characters if you are in the mood for that versus the basics like I wanted...
No matter if you are into Cars or Spongebob...
Dora or Veggie Tales, they have a bit of all!
Head on over and take a look at what all Kidlandia has to offer!!!!

Are you just itching to buy something now?
If you see something you just "have to have."
Buy it all up ...
but be sure to use the code: BHGARB20
That will get you 20% off your entire purchase!!!!

~One lucky winner is going to win
a One Time Use Code for $40 to spend at Kidlandia~

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Contest will end May 19 at midnight.
Contest for US residents, 18 and older.
Random.org will select the winner.
Winner will have 72 hours to respond to winning email or a new 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.

3.5.11

W/W - Wedding Time

This past weekend one of my kid brothers got married...
Just a few photo's from the big day...
Oh yeah, I had a hard time getting my camera to work?
Not sure what that was about, so they aren't the best...
But, I still love them!!!!
My brother and my nephew before the wedding...
Love the father and son moment!
After the wedding...
Still taking 8 million wedding photos!
The happy couple!

Congrats to the both of them!
Here is to a lifetime of happiness!!!!!

***** Of course, all photo's belong to ME! *****

Chicken Soup for the Soul : My Dog's Life - Review & Giveaway

For all you Dog Lovers Out there...
Chicken Soup has the book that belongs in your house...


Synopsis:

101 Stories about All the Ages and Stages of Our Canine Companions

It's a dog's life. This collection of 101 new stories focuses on all the memorable ages and stages of our lovable canines' lives. Starting in puppyhood and covering a range of middle and senior years to the twilight and end when our dear friends leave us, this book captures the entire experience of living through the natural life cycle with our dogs. All dog lovers will laugh, cry, and recognize themselves and their furry friends in these heartwarming and inspiring stories of puppy antics, teenage rebellion, adapting to an aging dog and, finally, having to say goodbye.

Chapters:

A Bundle of Fur
Chew On This
Who's The Boss
It's A Ruff Life
For the Love of Dog
Leader of the Pack
These Old Bones
A Walk Down Memory Lane
Over the Rainbow
I'll Always Love You

Two Lucky Readers will win:
A copy of Chicken Soup: My Dog's Life

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Enter to #win Chicken Soup for the Soul: My Dog's Life #giveaway @jumpinbeans09

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Contest will end May 17th at midnight.
Contest for US and CAN residents, 18 and older.
Random.org will select the winner.
Winner will have 72 hours to respond to winning email or a new 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.

SIBU Beauty - Great Rate for Mothers Day!

In 2003 Bruce McMullin founded SIBU Beauty and I have to say...
I am glad that I was able to review for them!
Until SIBU Beauty, I had never heard of the Sea Buckthorn Berry.
Well, I guess I have been out of the loop, as it has been around for 13 centuries!
While reading all about the uses of Sea Buckthorn on the SIBU site, I learned that it has been used for both beauty and medicinal purposes... and get this, not only on the outside of your body, but inner uses as well!

I was sent several of their products and it was hard to pick a favorite one...
I was able to review their facial cleaner, the hydrating serum, the facial soap and the rejuvenating night cream.
I know that this is something that I would love to have for every day use, but being a stay at home mom, they are a little pricey, in my opinion...
(Keep in mind, I do not use things like this often, so they might be great priced compared to other competitors... )
That is why I am happy to tell you that they are offering a great deal in time for Mothers Day!

You can order the LUXE KIT that has the 3 new SIBU products for a discounted rate of only $59.95 PLUS FREE shipping!!!!
If you order by 5:00 PM Eastern Time (U.S. Only) Thursday, they will guarantee arrival by Mothers Day!
Just use:
Coupon Code: SIBUMOM2011


Do you want to know what the 3 products in the kit are?
You will get:
The SIBU Beauty Rejuvenating Night Cream.
Enhance your skin’s nightly natural repair process with this advanced all-natural renewal formula. Designed to protect your skin’s natural lipid barrier and stimulate your natural skin cell renewal cycle, our sea buckthorn night cream will help reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles while helping to noticeably reduce the visible sun damage. Wake up with intensely hydrated and replenished skin.
Features and Benefits:
  • Smooth the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines
  • Designed to protect the skins natural lipid barrier
  • Stimulates skins natural cell renewal cycle
  • Noticeably reduces visible sun damage
Directions for Use:
Gently massage into face and neck in an upward and outward motion. Apply nightly. For all skin types.


The SIBU Beauty Facial Cleanser.

Deep yet gentle cleansing is the foundation of effective facial care at every age. This all-natural balancing facial cleanser gently removes dirt, impurities and make-up while maintaining a healthy balance in your skin without compromising its natural protective nutrients. This lightly exfoliating facial cleanser will leave your face fresh, clean, and perfectly balanced. Your skin will look and feel radiant.
Features and Benefits:
  • Leaves skin looking and feeling radiant and refreshed
  • Removes excess oil and impurities
  • Contains micro-particles for a gentle exfoliation
  • Great for removing make-up
  • Non-foaming gel formula for all skin types
Directions for Use:
In the morning and evening apply a generous amount of Balancing Facial Cleanser to moistened hands. Work facial cleanser into a lather, and gently massage onto face and neck. Rinse thoroughly with lukewarm water.



The SIBU Beauty Hydrating Serum.
(My personal favorite of all of them. I even had my mom try it out... I think we both can agree that this is a winner!)

Experience the ultimate in skin hydration. This light, non-oily serum will flood your skin with moisture and help deeply hydrate your face and neck to eliminate that tight, dry feeling caused by dehydration. Natural sea buckthorn oils have proven to improve skin tone and texture, and help brighten complexion and stimulates cell renewal. Infused with vitamins and high in antioxidants, this serum fortifies the skin against the aging process and repairs damage at a cellular level.
Features and Benefits:
  • Promotes youthful skin tone and texture
  • Fights age without damaging chemicals
  • Brightens complexion and evens out skin tone
  • Helps protect against environmental stress
  • Naturally stimulates collagen production
Directions for use:
Gently massage into face and neck in an upward and outward motion. Apply morning and evening to moisturize and beautify. For all skin types.

I will be posting more about this in the next week or two, I just really wanted to share this special with you before the time expired!!!!!
 
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