Oct 31, 2008

Bella Sara


My oldest daughter has recently discovered the world of Bella Sara. Bella Sara is an interactive world of adventure focused around beautiful horses.

To access the Bella Sara world you will need special Bella Sara trading cards. Once you have the cards then you will notice that each one has a special horse or object with a code. This code will be entered online in your "Stable" area. The codes will provide you with "horseshoes" or digital points. Once you have collected enough horseshoes then you will be able to buy goodies in the Bazaar.
After putting your horses in their stables then you will be able to properly care for them by grooming, feeding and playing with them.
Don't forget to visit them often (as if they were your own pets!)
On November 6th, the Bella Sara family will be holding a celebration with a 10 day promotion introducing Bellas new baby and gifts for the Bella Sara Fans.
The cards are priced low enough that they would make great stocking stuffers during Christmas time.
Give your little horse lover an entire WORLD filled with adventure for a mere $2.99!!
There are also games, puzzles and other fun stuff such as coloring sheets and wallpapers to be found on the Bella Sara website.

Kids Fun Cards giveaway

Giveaway is now closed....
Congrats SANDY (I just sent you an email)
Thanks to everyone who entered!
When I was younger, I actually used to enjoy most of the lunches served within my school cafeteria. Maybe my taste buds had not fully produced at the time? Or maybe I was just a little wacky? hee hee

However, there were certain days when I would carry my own lunch. I remember opening the box and finding cute little notes from my mom along with a little treat (Usually in the form of a piece of gum or candy). It always made me feel better and the rest of the day went by just a little sweeter.

Wouldn't you like to have your little one's face light up during lunchtime? Well, check out Kids Lunchbox Cards. I have already featured them here on the blog but wanted to tell you a little more about what they have to offer.

Kiddos will definately crack a smile when they discover these awesome "Riddle Cards" in their lunchbox. Following each riddle is a special scratch off box. Simply scratch off for the answer. HOW COOL ARE THESE?

There are 5 special cards in each pack. (One for each day of the week.)

Other cards available feature.....

Mystical Little People

Real Looney Laws

Ewww! That's gross


It's a Wacky World

So, go ahead....Pack a little FUN inside your kiddo's lunchbox order LUNCHBOX CARDS today!

Wanna Win?
Visit KidsFunCards and browse through all the different lunchbox cards and then come back and tell me which is your favorite.
One lucky winner will receive a Kids Fun Cards gift pack that includes various lunchbox cards stuffed in this cute tin.....

Giveaway will end Friday November 7th and a winner will be notified.

Oct 29, 2008

You asked.....

I have been asked many times how to get products featured here. Well, it's simple just send me an email and let me know a little bit about your product and it it fits into the MOMMY/KIDDO category then I would be glad to work with you and your company.
My email addy can be found on the left side bar (At the very top).
I do not charge anything to be featured however, I do require a product to review/giveaway in return for the write-up.
Next giveaway scheduled: Kids Lunchbox Cards

(Yep, we loved them so much we just HAD to give some more away!)

Check back tomorrow or Friday!

OH BABY! (Diaper giveaway)

Giveaway is now CLOSED....
Congrats Amyswandering, Mrs. Sprinkles and JenP!
Please check your inbox for my email and thanks for entering!!
Thanks so much for all the entries!
Ok, before I get to the giveaway part I want you to check out this SUPER CUTE basket that would be perfect in your babies nursery.......to hold DIAPERS!
Makes and Takes created this one. I just adore it and may have to make one for a friend.
OK, now for the giveaway!!!
Got babies?
Then you must know a thing or two about diapers, right? hee hee
Well, we are out of the diaper stage (Thank you LORD!) but I know all too well how expensive those things are. And it seems that you are ALWAYS needing them too.
Well, my friends I am here to give away 3 diaper packs. Yep, that's right....I am giving THREE LUCKY MOMMAS coupons. One coupon is for a JUMBO pack of Huggies diapers and the other coupon is for a JUMBO package of Huggies baby wipes. Yippeee!!
All you have to do is leave me a comment below. (Any comment will do.)
Giveaway will end on Wed. November 5th and 3 winners will be notified.
Huggies: Nothing stops leaks better!
Wanna win more goodies? Head over to Bloggy Giveaways for their Bloggy Giveaway Carnival. There are tons of GREAT giveaways going on all over the blog-o-sphere!

Great sleepover snacks

We are in the process of planning a sleepover for my oldest daughter. Her bday is only days away.....

While browsing through tons of craft and food ideas I stumbled upon this one:


Aren't these adorable? Sleepover cupcakes by Let's Explore
Be sure to check out the rest of her blog.
I definately want to be her when I grow up.


The Sugarplum Dreams giveaway and the Chex Mix Indulgence giveaway will both end tonight at 10:00pm. I just thought I would give you a little extra time to get those entries in.....plus I am about to leave for the day and will not have time to choose winners. (hee hee)

Oct 28, 2008

Yummy recipe idea


I have a couple of picky eaters in my house (Don't we all?) Well, even the pickiest one liked this recipe and asked for seconds *GASP!

I am sure most of you probably have all the ingredients in your pantry/fridge too.
Chicken Stroganoff *Crockpot style
4-6 Boneless Chicken Breasts *Frozen
Cream of Chicken soup
Cream Cheese 80z
Italian Seasoning (powder form)
1/8 cup of butter
Egg Noodles or Rice
Place all chicken breasts (cubed or whole) in the crockpot along with the italian seasoning and butter.
Cook on low for about 5 maybe 6 hours
Once chicken has been cooked go ahead and take it out and cube it if you have not already done this part.
Place the chicken back into the crockpot along with all other ingredients and cook for another 30 minutes.
Now just "plop" your mixture onto some Egg Noodles or Rice and serve with salad and bread!

Oct 27, 2008

Your Couture Kid

"One of a kind Kid & Baby Gear & Wear"
Seriously, who needs to travel to the MALL anymore? There are so many great shopping boutiques found online. Boutiques with one-of-a-kind creations that can not be found at any store. Afterall, who wants to be seen wearing something that someone else is likely to have on?
Kids feel that way too, ya know?
They like to be unique!
Well, if you are looking for unique, one of a kind kids clothing and gear then you must visit Your Couture Kid.
Your Couture Kid offers a huge selection of products ranging from adorable t-shirts to cute infant shoes to frilly hair accessories.
You can also find custom children's furniture like this super cute step stool below:
Isn't it adorable?
My kids would get a kick of of this for sure!
Your Couture Kid sent us one of their beautiful hair flower ponytail holders to try.
The Ponytail holder is beautiful and very colorful. My daughter wore it yesterday and received a couple of compliments. The hair flowers would be ideal for any girly girl out there!
Next time you are in the mood to "buy", be sure to visit Your Couture Kid before heading to the crowded mall.

Oct 25, 2008

Simple Salutations *Giveaway*


The holidays are just around the corner. Have you thought about your christmas cards or party invites yet? If not then you better hurry up, folks!
Need help?
Just ask...
Simple Salutations offer trendy YET affordable invitations and card designs perfect for any occasion.

Whether you are looking for note cards, birthday invites or even save the date cards they have you covered.
Simple Salutations, owned and operated by sisters Kris and Shea, wants you to be happy with your designs so they offer customizations FREE of charge. That's right, They will work with you until you are completely satisfied.
All invitations, notecards and announcements are printed on 80lb matte or glossy finish cardstock and come with envelopes.

Designs are ONE of A KIND and can not be found anywhere else!

WOW, Right?

Are you still not convinced that this is this place for your next invitation purchase?
Just browse through their products and check out their amazing designs.
You'll be convinced, I am sure of it!
Would you like to win some beautiful Simple Salutations designs??
I am giving away a $20.00 gift card that can be used to purchase anything on the Simple Salutations website.

All you have to do is visit their site, look around and then come back here and tell me which "Trendy" design caught your eye.
Giveaway will end Saturday November 1st and a winner will be notified.

Halloween wrap-up

We are wrapping up our Halloween posts but before we do I wanted to share these cute ideas with ya!
Yummy Bones by Little Nummies

Tie-Dyed Halloween shirt from Sycamore Stirrings
Pumpkin seed necklaces by ToddleBits (Great way to use those pumpkin seeds!)

You can make this.....It's really easy too!


Last week she was a cheerleader. Yesterday she was a fairy and today she wants to be a princess. I just love having a girly girl in the house!

A girly girl that loves to dress up....

A girly girl that loves to carry a purse....

A girly girl that loves to wear hairbows....

Ah, a mom's dream come true!

I am sure most of you know how much $$ it takes to raise these so called "Girly Girls", right?
Well, instead of heading to the mall for the latest fashions...
Why not make them yourself?
YOU CAN DO IT and I will tell you how.
Actually, I will share with you a WONDERFUL website with tons of fashion e-books.
You Can Make This is jam packed with all kinds of tutorials/e-books for things like clothing, crafts, toys, jewelry and even home decor.
You just visit the website, choose your e-book, pay and then it is emailed right to your inbox.
You can be creating in a matter of minutes!
What did I make?
Well, I decided to try my hand at a TUTU for my little Fairy Princess.
I downloaded the file and purchased my supplies last weekend.
Did I succeed?
Of Course!
I made NOT ONE but TWO tutu's for my girl.
The instructions were simple to follow and the pictures were a huge PLUS. Each one was the perfect size.
I also enjoyed the variations that came with my tutu e-book. It definately gave me ideas for the next ones.
*Tutu's make great halloween costumes!*
So, if you are itching to try something new then I strongly suggest checking out You Can Make This.

Oct 22, 2008

Indulge with NEW Turtle Chex Mix bars


Congrats monky, jjdragonfly and orchestratenoise0726

Giveaway is now closed....Winners have been emailed.

Thanks for entering!

So after a long day of entertaining not 1 or 2 or even 3 kids but more like 5 (Sometimes 6) You better believe I am ready to unwind when it's all over!

How do I like to unwind?

A nice HOT and VERY LONG bath!

go ahead.....say it with me....


Now what if we were to pair that bath with a nice YUMMY treat? A YUMMY treat with less than 150 calories. Now we're talking! Or am I just dreaming?

NAH! I am referring to the new Turtle Chex Mix bars. These new snacks combine crunchy Chex pieces, pretzels and peanuts with chewy and indulgent ingredients like caramel and chocolate. Uh, YUM!

I bet you wish you had one right now.

Well, guess what? I have THREE boxes to give away and that's not all!

Along with each box of NEW CHEX MIX BARS, You will also receive :

chocolate candles

caramel lotion

and spa essentials like a loofah, hand massager, nail brush and a spa towel

Now you can relax with a nice long bath too!

Want to win?

Just leave me a comment below stating how you like to unwind after a hard day's work.

Giveaway will end on Wed. Oct 29th and THREE (3) winners will be notified.

Some great giveaways going on RIGHT.NOW!

I thought these were cute (Of course I would because my kids are too old to be "Squeaking" hee!
Squeaky Feet shoes giveaway hosted by Goodies for Mom.

Halloween Babylegs giveaway hosted by Clementine NW but hurry....this one ends Oct. 25th.

Mommy Calling Cards giveaway hosted by Frugal Mommy of 2

King or Queen for the day


Inexpensive costume idea: KING or QUEEN

Here's another great craft tutorial that would be great to try now since Halloween is next week.

Get the tutorial over at the Juicy Bits blog.
*Also great as bday party favors!!

Oct 21, 2008

~Sugarplum Dreams~ **GIVEAWAY**

Congrats JusticeCW
Giveaway has now ended....winner has been emailed.
Thanks for entering!
Doing a little christmas shopping? You must check out Sugarplum Dreams. There are so many unique gift ideas that I am having a hard time deciding what to buy. I have been searching for a "memorable" keepsake idea for my nephew. I want something that he can actually USE but when he is done with it I wanted it to serve as a special keepsake. I searched through a few hundred sites but everything was HO-HUM. Nothing I wanted to spend my money on......UNTIL I landed upon Sugarplum Dreams website. Maybe it was fate that I got that email?? hmmm....

Are you also searching for a unique gift idea? Maybe you are not shopping for a gift, Maybe you just want to buy something FUN for your own little one. Afterall, women never need an excuse to shop, right? hee hee

I urge you to check out the HUGE selection of products offered on Sugarplum Dreams. I am sure you will find what you are looking for.....even if you are not really "Looking"!

One of my favorite items on the site are the Crocodile Creek MY FIRST PUZZLE sets.

Each one comes in a cute decorative tin.
I just know you will go GA-GA over these too....
That's why I am giving one away!!
*All you have to do is visit Sugarplum Dreams.

*Browse through all the wonderful categories such as jewelry, children's furniture, hats and accessories and baby gear.
*Find something that you just LOVE and then come back here and tell me about it.

The giveaway will end on Wednesday Oct. 29th and a winner will be notified.
-SHOP at Sugarplum Dreams and SAVE-
Enter code-trendy15 for a 15% discount on your next purchase of $50.00 or more.
expires Dec. 31st 2008

All Star Buddies


Sure....You can play football in the house!

Go crazy and kick a soccer ball around while you're at it.

WHAT? You don't let your kids play sports in the house?


All Star Buddies is a new sports-themed virtual website that let's your child get in on the action and PLAY SPORTS.

Sounds pretty cool, huh? Both my son and my daughter are getting into the whole "virtual" world through the computer. They love this type of activity so I was more than thrilled when receiving our CUTE "Blitz" (football) plush.

There are seven different sports characters to choose from and each one comes with a special user id and password to be used online in your own virtual environment.

Enter your user id and password through the "Locker Room". From there you will find tons of games and activities to play around with. You compete for coins and these coins can be cashed in at "Fluff 'N Stuff for all kinds of accessories and fun things.

We recently gave our lil guy a cool hairdo!

There is also a section on the site where you can get coloring sheets, fun wallpapers and read all the character bios.

AllStar Buddies is a great way to get your kiddos brain-a-pumping! It is also a great cure for those Rainy Day blues.

AllStar Buddies will be adding more features to the website soon so be sure to check back often.

My son is only 5 and just getting into the whole "computer" thing so this was perfect for him. The website is easy to navigate and the design is bright and kid-friendly.

Check out All Star buddies and find out how you can get your kiddo involved!!

*Cool baby clothes for your TRENDY TYKE*

Yep, I'm a show-off when it comes to baby showers. I can not believe I am admitting this. You see when I am shopping for a baby gift, I like to buy gifts that are one of a kind meaning NOT everyone will show up with the same gift. Uncommonly Cute is right up my alley. They have some adorable children's clothing.

We recently received our own UNCOMMONLY CUTE shirt in the mail. Of course we had to choose the "Fashionista" shirt in PINK for the lil diva here. She ripped open the package and immediately wanted to wear it. She wore it to church that night as it was a huge hit! Now she goes around and tells everyone she is a "Sashion-Fista". Eh, close enough.

These shirts would make great gift ideas !

There are so many cute phrases and sayings to choose from.

Below are some of my favorites:

Don't take my word for it. Head over to Uncommonly Cute and browse through them ALL!

Order your TRENDY TYKE some cool baby clothes too.

Gift wrap idea.....I LOVE THIS!

Ok, we've all been there.....
Birthday party to attend and you have the gift but NO wrapping paper.
What do you do?
Well, Ramblings of a Crazy Woman made her own wrapping paper and it's DARN CUTE too!
(This is for a Halloween themed bday party but I can also imagine Santa Claus/Snowmen being made for the Christmas holiday.)
The kids will LOVE unwrapping your gift at the next birthday party.

See....I told ya it was cute!!

::Gasp:: Win this beautiful costume


Grosgrain has a new giveaway up!!!

Isn't it AWESOME?
Don't miss out! Head on over to Grosgrain Fabulous and add your name to the giveaway entries.

Oct 17, 2008

Yeah, this fits me better

I'm lovin' this necklace :
"Rocker Mom NOT Soccer Mom"
You can find it @ The Charming Lamb along with other SUPER cool designs!

Drooling on my keyboard


These look Y----U----M----M----Y! (and just perfect for FALL)
Picky Palate never ceases to amaze me.
Check out these Pumpkin Spice Blossoms......be sure to check out ALL her yummy recipes.

Just don't blame me if your stomach starts growling and you are suddenly drooling all over the keyboard.



Yes, Candy is Dandy!!

Head over to Scrumdilly-do this week. She is hosting a little guessing game.

If you can guess how many candies are in this jar then you might just win.

HURRY UP THOUGH, Contest ends Oct. 20th.

Oct 16, 2008

Fancy Nancy Posh Bedroom game *GIVEAWAY*


Giveaway has now ended.....Congrats to TaterTot374 (I just sent you an email)!

Thanks for entering and stay tuned for more giveaways.

We are definately a game-playing family. We love board games and video games.....maybe we just love to PLAY!

The Fancy Nancy Posh Bedroom game was right up my daughter's alley. This was something we could both play together. (She likes to have one on one time when the younger ones go to bed).
Help FANCY Nancy transform her room with all the "Fancy" accessories. The first player to complete their room WINS! There's plenty of boas, ribbon and tiaras to go around.

This game is perfect for ages 5 and up as there is no reading involved.
2-4 players
This game is definately a GIRLY GIRL'S dream.
Invite her friends over and have a ball!
Buy yours at BriarPatch for $20.99.

Win one!
All you have to do is visit the BriarPatch website and browse through their wonderful products. Come back here and tell me which your child would just go GAGA for!
The winner will receive their very own Fancy Nancy Posh Bedroom game.

Giveaway will end on Friday Oct. 24th.

Just for you .....MOM and maybe DAD too!

Giveaway is now closed. Congrats heavenstrees! I just sent you an email.
Thanks to everyone that entered. Be on the lookout for more giveaways coming real soon.
Pillsbury Savorings Flaky Pastry Bites giveaway
Yes, this blog is usually showcasing awesome products, craft ideas and yummy recipes for the lil "tykes" however, I think MOM deserves a little "goody" every now and again too. Don't you?? (sure ya do!)
That's why I am hosting this FAB giveaway today.
Have you heard of the NEW Pillsbury Savorings? OOOOH run to the grocery store RIGHT.NOW and pick them up. They are YUMMY!
Flaky Pastry Bites in flavors such as Cheese & Spinach, Buffalo Style Chicken and Mozzarella & Pepporoni. They are the perfect snack for those late night movies you and the hubby take in. Actually they are also great as an appetizer for the next cocktail party you host. (They are perfect with wine.)

These lil lovelies are so good that both of my grocery stores have been sold out for awhile. *The reason I haven't been able to post this giveaway sooner.
BUT BOY was the wait worth it.....
We tried the Cheese & Spinach flavor and was very pleased.
There are 12 "bites" in each box so that should be enough for you but you may have to grab another box for your guests.
OR AM I? haha
Ok, Wanna try some ?
I have a nice lil goody bag for ONE person.
The contents:
*1 coupon for FREE Pillsbury Savorings Flaky Pastry Bites
*decorative wine bottle topper
*Bottle opener
*Glass wine charms
*Wine and Food Guide
*Stampable wine tag
*Appetizer tray
Everything comes in a decorative bag.
All you have to do is leave a comment here telling me what your favorite Pillsbury product is.
Giveaway will end Thursday Oct. 23rd.

Oct 15, 2008

Halloween BOWLING (fun stuff!)

When I stumbled upon this UBER CUTE game idea I just couldn't log off without posting it.
HALLOWEEN BOTTLE BOWLING courtesy of Ramblings of a Crazy Woman :

Cute, huh?

Wouldn't you just love to play this at your halloween party?

Check back here tomorrow for more Halloween "Happies"!

Spider "Lacing" activity

Here's something for the pre-schooler's to work on.....
Easy Peasy too!
Head over to Makes and Takes for the complete tutorial.


Up until a year ago we lived only a few minutes away from my mother. My kids could go visit anytime they wanted. Life happens.....and we moved (only about 30 mins away) but with the gas prices UP we do not visit grandma as much as we would like to. Well, Grandma started mailing the kids letters. You should see my oldest daughter's face light up when her letter arrives in the mail. She reads it OVER and OVER agan until she finally decides to hang it on the wall.
I admit that I am a lot like my oldest because I also like to get GOOD MAIL (not the boring bills). It always seems more personal when it comes through the postal system. I know....I know....most of you prefer to send emails in this day and age but these COOL stamps might change your mind a little.
Picture It Postage transforms your favorite photo into a Postage Stamp (Great for mailing letters to Grandmas!)

It is VERY simple.
*I completed my order in a matter of minutes and that includes finding the photo and uploading it to their site.
You can even choose your own FONT and color that you would like on your stamp.
These stamps would make great gifts for family members. Although, I am sure my mother would never actually use them. She would probably save them!
Picture It Postage stamps are great for holidays, special events such as wedding invitations, and even your businesses. Just upload your business logo and name and you are set!
Our stamps arrived in the mail yesterday and we couldn't wait to use them. The kids got busy writing letters and drawing pictures so they could mail something. They loved seeing their faces on the top of the envelope.
Why not order your own PHOTO stamps?
Visit Picture It Postage and upload your photo RIGHT.NOW!
Make someone's day....
Forget that email and send a handwritten letter.

Giddy Up Partner!


Still searching for a costume? GO WESTERN!
Check out this awesome STICK PONY tutorial for a from Little Birdie Secrets. I can definately see your lil' cowboy OR cowgirl riding around on this!

Bring on the fun!

Bathtime couldn't come quick enough for my kiddos tonight. Yeah, CRAZY! They usually run in the opposite direction but not tonight. WHY? Well, we have the Kid Kleen Bath Blizzard from Spin Master!! What is a Bath Blizzard? Well, it's ONLY THE COOLEST "cleaning" device EVER....ummm HELLO?!
Seriously, It's a nifty little machine that hangs right on your faucet or on the side of the tub via suction cups that pumps out millions of BUBBLES. Just twist the knob and out comes the fun!

The bubble solution is completely safe and non-toxic (tear-free too!) so NO WORRIES, Mom.
A great way to get those kiddos clean with a side of FUN!
I may just have to test this one out.....

The Kid Kleen Bath Blizzard comes with the bubble solution. The only thing you will need to produce is the batteries *4 C batteries to be exact
*Ages 3 and up*

Another cool SPIN MASTER toy my kiddos have being having fun with is the Aquadoodle Draw 'N Doodle.
The Aquadoodle Draw 'N Doodle is mess free (Excellent for parents, right?)
Just fill the aqua pen with water and start creating!
Of course I may need to check into getting additional Aqua Pens because my children were fighting over ours. They all wanted to draw something at the same time.
I must say I had to draw a little stick figure myself.....
and some little flowers....
and a groovy lil peace sign
Moms can have fun too, ya know?
If you are looking for a great MESS FREE, Creative, time consuming activity then I highly suggest grabbing a couple of these AquaDoodle Draw 'N Doodle mats.
Oh, I forgot to mention that this would be great for traveling. Just roll it up with the "ROLL 'N GO RIBBON and elastic pen loop and GO!
*Perfect for ages 2 and up*

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