Sep 30, 2010

For the family pet, 9 Lives Advanced Nutrient System *Giveaway*

This giveaway is now closed.

Congrats goes out to . . .

I really enjoyed reading all (yes, I read every one of them) of your cat stories.

Thanks for entering this giveaway!!
Meet Mew (pronounced ME-YOU)
Odd name choice? I know. I didn't name her. The oldest kiddo did. She's actually named after a Pokemon character but that's a story for another day.


Mew is a very picky cat.

She's the oddest cat that I have ever seen in my life.
She won't eat tuna.
She won't drink milk.
She doesn't want wet cat food.
NO table scraps...
Only drinks water from the toilet....(Clean, of course)
She's odd.
She also only eats one brand of dry cat food.

Or should I say she USED to only eat one brand of cat food.

We've tried a few different brands too. Cheap and Expensive Ones

When My Blog Spark offered me the chance to review 9 Lives Advanced Nutrient System foods I was a little hesitant but decided to give it a try anyway.

The package came in the mail complete with goodies for Mew (toys and such).
I opened the bag and took a whiff....NOT my preference but HEY, it's cat food.
What can ya expect smell wise, right? lol

We poured a nice big scoop into her bowl and waited.
We waited a good hour or so.
She sniffed it quite a bit.
She ate some.
Then she ate some more
even more

*You get the picture right? She liked it and we were all shocked.
She just ran out yesterday and I had to put her OLD brand in the bowl. HER OLD BRAND that she LOVED.
Guess what?
She sat there.
She looked at it.
She looked at me and then back at the cabinet.
She wanted the 9 Lives! lol

Daddy is picking up more tonight on his way home from work.

I am still shocked!

A little bit about 9 Lives Advanced Nutrient System: 
A survey of feline pet parents across the country commissioned by 9Lives found that an overwhelming 94 percent of cat owners are confident they feed their felines the most nutritious meals possible. However, nearly half (48 percent) admit they’ve fed their cats table scraps – which do not provide the essential nutrients cats need – an average seven times per month. Additionally, only 30 percent know that giving your cat milk may not be a healthy practice due to the common incidence of lactose intolerance in adult cats.1

Additional findings include:
  • 23% of American pet parents think it’s beneficial to keep their cats on a purely vegetarian diet, while actually it may be harmful2

  • There are a number of foods that feline parents assume are healthy for cats, but are actually not advantageous to their health including root vegetables (73%), green tomatoes (54%), and raw potatoes (50%)3

  • Nine out of ten feline pet parents would be willing to switch foods if they knew it would provide better nutrition. In fact:

    • 92 percent of cat owners would switch foods if it would improve their cat’s health, and

    • 91 percent would switch food if they could add years onto their feline’s life

In an effort to educate pet parents about the common misperceptions of proper feline nutrition, 9Lives is committed to raising awareness to this issue by providing advanced nutrition for all cats. With the 9Lives Advanced Nutrient System, feline parents everywhere can rest assured knowing their cats are getting the essential nutrients they need to help promote healthy skin and coat, strong muscle growth and a healthy immune system among other benefits.

Do you have a picky cat like mine? Wanna give 9 Lives a try?
I have one prize package to give away.

Prize Pack contents: 9Lives Daily Essentials dry food along with a prize pack that includes a magnetic frame, pet food scoop and cat toys

Here's what you need to do . . .

Leave a comment below
I want you to tell me something funny or annoyingly cute that your cat does.

That's it!
For extra entries you can do one or all of the following:

1.) Tweet about this giveaway on Twitter. Be sure to add my twitter id to your tweet @lindatweetsalot and include a link to this post.

2.) Post this giveaway on your facebook page.

3.) Visit my Youtube channel and leave a comment on any one of the videos.

Be sure to leave an additional comment for each task completed.

This giveaway will end on Thursday, October 7th.

Special thanks to My Blog Spark and 9 Lives (sponsor)  for this review opportunity. I did receive one of the prize packs mentioned above to be used with this feature post. The opinions on said product are my own. 

Olivia 2 in 1 Transforming playset from Spinmaster

The perfect playset for my daughter (age 5) is the Olivia 2-in-1 Real World playset/dollhouse from Spin Master.

We received it last week and to this day it is the most played with toy in her room.
(and she has a lot of toys, y'all!)

A little bit about this playset:
The Olivia 2-in-1 Real World Playset Dollhouse offers everything you need to embark on a grand adventure. Join this dynamic 6-3/4 year old for exciting exploits in her home or on the high seas. Olivia sees every day as an opportunity, and encourages children to try new things and develop a vivid imagination. Enjoy hours of imaginative play decorating her house or transforming the set into a cool pirate ship. Sail around the world and brave rough squalls. With Olivia by your side you can explore the farthest oceans or find adventures in your own home. Olivia can do and be anything she wishes, and so can you!

It's actually 2 playsets in one. On one side is the house and on the other is the pirate ship. All you do is flip it around to change the scenery.
It's also portable and easy to tote around.

You can catch a glimpse of my kiddo playing with her playset in the video below:

Comes with 23 pieces of furniture and accessories and one Olivia the Pig figure

Retail price $29.99
Available at Wal-Mart, Target, Toys R Us and

Special thanks to Team Mom for this review opportunity. We received One Olivia 2-in 1 playset and One plush Olivia doll to be used with this feature post. No other compensation was received.

Crafty "Ghouls"


Diary of a Crafty Lady whipped up these witch legs.

Speaking of the witchy witches....

Candy Witch Brooms from Makes and Takes

Mummy Cookie pops from How Does She

Check out these colorful Halloween boxes from Crafts & Sutch

I found them via Oops, I craft my pants (love that blog name!)

In the kitchen with Mom

Aren't these aprons just darling?

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Mom's apron . . .

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I just added both of them to my Open Sky store. Click the "Buy Now" links for more information on how you can purchase!

Sep 23, 2010

Hey Squinkies lovers!

Heads up! 

Be sure to check out the Squinkies blog this week for a chance to win a bubble pack.

Also, become a Squinkies fan on their facebook page because they are always posting even more giveaways.

Ya better enter because these things are selling out everywhere!

Sep 22, 2010

Gigantic, Enormous, HUGE bubbles with MEGA BUBBLE

We have a winner!

(Special thanks to my twitter pal, AnotherMomOf2 for sending in the winning number. For all of you new blog readers, that is how we pick winners around here. I ask for a number on Twitter and the first one to come through is our winner.)


Congrats goes out to :


We're blowing bubbles today, Y'all!
GIGANTIC and ENORMOUS sized bubbles!

Introducing :

MEGA BUBBLE by Science Museum and Wild

Yes, that up there surrounding the lady? That is a real bubble!

The Mega Bubble comes with an inflatable base that holds the bubble solution, allowing someone to stand in the middle while the bubble wand is lifted up over their head.

Contents: Inflatable base, easy to assemble bubble wand and bubble solution
The only thing that you will need is dishwashing liquid (unscented) and water.

We really enjoyed the Mega Bubble! It was a little tricky during the first day but that was only because the wind was blowing pretty hard.

(See video below)


We left the bubble base and wand outside soaking in the solution overnight and the next day the bubbles were even bigger and they held together better.
*The wind was not blowing either.

You can see some of those bubbles in the video below. (Very end)


I would definitely recommend the Mega Bubble.
It is a great way to spend time outdoors!


Would you like to try the Mega Bubble with your kids?
Wild Creations has generously donated a Mega Bubble or any other product from their new Fall Line.

All you have to do is visit Wild Creations
Browse through their products and tell me which one you would choose if you win.

(Solar Airship, Mega Bubble, Jellyfish Lampquarium, RC Rattlesnake, Giant Retro Space Hopper, Unpredictaball, Pocket Monocular, Hydrophobic Sand, Science Putty or Buzz Wire Bomb)

Extra Entries

*Follow My Trendy Tykes via Google Friend Connect

*Tweet about this giveaway on Twitter (copy and paste the following:Win the MEGA BUBBLE from @lindatweetsalot Enter here--> )

*Post about this giveaway on Facebook.

Just come back and leave a separate comment for each task completed.
You can also find Wild Creations on facebook and Youtube.
This giveaway will end on Wednesday, September 29th.

Sep 20, 2010

Momma's making money! ~Update~

I just wanted to update you guys on a few things...
I cashed out and requested my check the 2 days before posting this. Well, I received my check today.

It did not take long at all!  

Also, after publishing this I completed 3 more surveys and made another $12.80.
(I'll probably wait until I have a little bit more in before I cash out this time.)

I just noticed today that you can also add the funds to an account or request a Citi gift card. That is, if you don't want to receive an actual check.

Go sign up!

I've been meaning to tell you guys about Opinion Outpost.
 It's an easy way to earn a little extra $$!
All you do is sign up and take surveys when they are available.

I usually do the surveys when my kids are doing their reading lessons each week.

So far, I've made $15.60 and only completed a hand full of surveys.
You can cash out and request a check after $5.00 (which was after 2 surveys? I believe).

You will not qualify for all of the surveys but if you don't they also give you an opportunity to enter $$ sweeps. One lucky winner wins $50 every day through their random click and win.
You aren't going to get rich through this program but it is an easy way to earn some extra dollars.

I was not paid to post this. I just wanted to pass it along so that you too can start earning MOMMY money! (It's almost time to buy cute boots, ya know?)

Sep 19, 2010

Trendy Momma ~The Rusted Chain giveaway ~

We have a winner! 

(Special thanks to my twitter pal, Celeste_W for sending in the winning number. For all of you new blog readers, that is how we pick winners around here. I ask for a number on Twitter and the first one to come through is our winner.)


Congrats goes out to :


It's time to treat MOMMA.
Oh Yeah!

What do you want, Momma?

You want something LIKE TOTALLY AWESOME from The Rusted Chain?

How about a $25 gift certificate? It can be used on anything in her store. 
What's that?
Did you say "Woo Hoo!" ?

I did too!
What will you choose?

Did you see this?

It's new.
I love love LOVE it.

What about this?

Get it?
SHOOT as in CLICK not SHOOT as in BANG.
I dig it.

If you've never been to Beki's site or blog then let me tell you a little about her.

I'll be good!

I think I've already told you this before but I have known Beki for awhile now. We both met on this little site called ebay. You've probably never heard of it though : )
Beki has been designing jewelry for awhile.....
She's old.
I am kidding (not that long).
She makes awesome handstamped necklaces and nifty earrings along with the swankiest of bracelets.
Don't take my word for it though. Visit her site

Be sure to check out her blog too. She posts pretty pictures and tells stories of bad children.

Now back to the giveaway . . .
Head on over to Beki's website, The Rusted Chain.
Have a looksie.
Then another.
Come back here and let me know which is your favorite piece of jewelry. 

Want additional entries? 

*Follow My Trendy Tykes via Google Friend Connect
*Follow Beki's blog via Google Friend Connect

*Post this giveaway on your blog. (leave your link in comments)

*Post about this giveaway on your facebook page.

*Tweet about this giveaway on Twitter copy and paste the following:
@therustedchain giveaway hosted by @lindatweetsalot (Gift certificate for hand stamped jewelry) 

For each EXTRA entry, be sure to leave an additional comment. 

This giveaway will end on Monday, September  27th.

Sep 17, 2010

Tricks and Treats


1.) Halloween Playdough from Eighteen25

2.) Spooky Spinners from All Sorts

3.) Halloween candybar wrappers from Skip To My Lou

Sep 16, 2010

Candy Apples make the world a better place!

1.) Candy Corn candy apples from I heart naptime

2.) mini candy apples from Nichole Heady

3.) Ghost candy apple from The Lennoxx

candy apples

Caramel Apple Sundae from Food Network


Sep 14, 2010

BOO! Halloween treats for the kids or YOUNG at heart

Ghost cupcakes from cookies and cups

Monsters on a Stick from Little Nummies

Mummy Dogs and Monster Jaws (both above) from Our Best Bites

Psst... How do you fill your treat bags?

Happy Birthday Umi ~Save 15%~


Sep 11, 2010

e-z bat by Monkey Business Sports

~Giveaway is now closed~
We have a winner!

Congrats : 

"Swing it like THIS."


"Like this"


Ay Yi Yi!

Sound familiar?

Ever try to teach a little one how to hold and SWING a bat? It can be frustrating and definitely time consuming. 

You have to find the ball.
Throw the ball.
Run over and show them how to swing.
Where to swing...
Pick up the ball again.

Mom, Dad...
Meet E-Z Bat!

With the E-Z Bat young ball players experience the wow factor of hitting a home run everytime! Just load up the E-Z Ball and E-Z Stopper and give it a swing!

The E-Z bat teaches the kiddos how to swing. You just pop the ball forms on the bat and let them SWING, SWING and SWING some more. They will have the perfect form in no time flat. Once they have the hang of "swinging" then you can focus on the actual "hitting" part.

Comes with 2 E-Z Balls, 1 E-Z Stopper, and 1 E-Z Bat.
Ages 3 and up
Retail price: $15.99
For more information visit


Would you like to win an E-Z bat or something just as equally awesome from Monkey Business Sports?

Here's what you need to do:
Visit  Monkey Business Sports and browse through their products.
Come back here and let me know which one is your favorite. MANDATORY

~Extra entries~
Follow My Trendy Tykes via Google Friend Connect *publicly (1 entry)

Subscribe to My Trendy Tykes via email (1 entry)
Post about this giveaway on twitter. Just be sure to RT @lindatweetsalot

Subscribe to my Youtube channel and leave a comment on any one of the videos (2 entries)

This giveaway will end on Saturday, September 18th.

The winner will be able to choose from the following products: E-Z Bat, FoamStrike Switchblade or FoamStrike Pocket Shot.

You can also find Monkey Business Sports on Facebook and Youtube.

We were supplied with one E-Z bat to be used with this feature review. We were NOT compensated in any other form. The opinions above are entirely my own.

Heavenly Hair Kit ~Make your own shampoo~


Do you have a little hair stylist in the family? Oh, we do! She likes to get a hold of my hair and tangle err I mean brush my hair until it's beautiful. She's also started "washing" her own hair. 
Uhh....let's just say she needs a little help on her "technique". 
(Less soap and more water, if ya know what I mean.)
But at least she's trying.
When we received the Heavenly Hair Kit in the mail I just knew that she would enjoy creating her own spa right here in the house.

A little about the kit: 
In this kit, you'll find everything you need to become an expert stylist. You'll make your own shampoo and conditioner, which will keep your locks shiny, silky, bouncy and healthy–you'll be the envy of all your friends. You'll also learn some really cool science that explains why your hair looks the way it does–how it grows, what makes it curly or straight, why it's a certain color, and more. Plus we have great tips from the pros on how to choose the perfect cut and style for your face and hair type.
Includes shampoo base, conditioner base, thickener, pink dye and fragrance, hair wrap, mixing bowl, mixing spoon, brush, activity guide.

We made the shampoo and conditioner with no problem. It was fairly simple. The kids really enjoyed it too.
Yes, even BROTHER came along for the fun.
My favorite part was the science experiments in the instructional booklet.

The fun doesn't just stop with the shampoo. The kids are also encouraged to complete scientific experiments. We have already tried a couple of them.

*You can see a little of our FUN in the video below . . .

Buy:  The Heavenly Hair Kit (by can be purchased at select Kohl's, Toys R Us, Michaels, Wal-Mart and Target stores.

For more information visit

Retail price: $19.99

For ages 8 and up.

Special thanks to Team Mom for this review opp. We were sent ONE Heavenly Hair Kit to be used with this feature post. We were NOT compensated in any other way. The above opinions are my own.

Sep 9, 2010

Let's make a Squinkies necklace!!


Check out the squinkies jewelry tutorial over at Treasures for Tots.

I told y'all these things were going to be popular!

Do you have another creative use for Squinkies? Add your link below.

Sep 8, 2010

Mama Likes


This one's from MayBee Clothing on etsy.

from shabbylanebaby on etsy

from Hank & JoJo

Give children a competitive edge through early exposure to sign language

One of the keys to surviving in a tilted economic system in which opportunities to achieve a decent standard of living will be limited is versatility – and the ability to communicate articulately in a variety of ways with the widest possible audience. This includes bilingual ability as well as the ability to communicate in non-verbal ways for the benefit of the disabled – primarily the deaf.  
At the same time, a growing shortage of qualified interpreters fluent in American Sign Language has led to more career opportunities – and if current trends continue, it's likely that skilled ASL interpreters will have little problem securing lucrative employment in a society where such a commodity is destined to be in short supply. 

Signing Before They Can Speak 

A great deal of research has clearly demonstrated that the early years – ages 2 to five – are the best time to educate children in different modes of communication and language. This goes beyond the spoken word (though it is an optimal time for children to learn a second language); many young children have an aptitude for signing as well.  
This is not as odd as you may think. As you know, many indigenous peoples around the world, including American Indian nations, have used sign language for centuries to facilitate communication with other tribes with whom they do not share a language. Some paleontologists and anthropologists theorize that Neanderthals – who apparently lacked the vocal mechanism to produce many spoken words – depended a great deal upon hand gestures to communicate.
In fact, recent research suggests that sign language is innate. An article published in the Boulder Daily Camera in 2003 presented strong evidence that babies as young as six months old communicate with their hands:  
            " 6 to 7 months, babies can remember a sign. At eight months, children
            can begin to imitate gestures and sign single words. By 24 months, children
            can sign compound words and full sentences. They say sign language reduces
            frustration in young children by giving them a means to express themselves
            before they know how to talk." (Glarion, 2003) 
The author also cites study funded by the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development demonstrating that young children who are taught sign language at an early age actually develop better verbal skills as they get older. The ability to sign has also helped parents in communicating with autistic children; one parent reports that "using sign language allowed her to communicate with her [autistic] son and minimized his frustration...[he now] has an advanced vocabulary and excels in math, spelling and music" (Glarion, 2003). 

The Best Time To Start 

Not only does early childhood education in signing give pre-verbal youngsters a way to communicate, it can also strengthen the parent-child bond – in addition to giving children a solid foundation for learning a skill that will serve them well in the future. The evidence suggests that the best time to start learning ASL is before a child can even walk – and the implications for facilitating the parent-child relationship are amazing. 

Co-written by Emily Patterson and Kathleen Thomas 

Emily and Kathleen are Communications Coordinators for the Zionsville educational child care facility, a member of the AdvancED® accredited family of Primrose Schools (located in 16 states throughout the U.S.) and part of the network of Indiana educational child care preschools delivering progressive, early childhood, Balanced Learning® curriculum.

Sep 6, 2010


Bento (弁当, bentō) is a single-portion takeout or home-packed meal common in Japanese cuisine.

Bento, anyone?

Creative lunch ideas (above from

A few more sites:

Where to buy creative bento boxes and other fun stuff for the lunchbox?

Look! You can even transform a boring egg into something cute. 

(photo from

Use cute Kawaii egg molds!

I found these on ebay.

Check out these cute lil faces. You can do that too!

I found the face shape cutter on ebay.

Play with your food!

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