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Thursday, April 30, 2009

Tanya

Second Best Going Home Gift

So obviously the BEST going home gift from the hospital in March was our adorable, healthy, baby girl.

The SECOND best going home gift I got was the NEW 2-IN-1 SLEEPSACK SWADDLE from Halo. Now I am sure you are thinking of course she is saying this it was free. Well yes it was free from the hospital. I have seen and heard of Halo Sleepsacks for years now. But Halo has created something that has helped Little Princess sleep better and stay warmer!
The Sleepsack Swaddle allows infants to sleep more soundly by snugly wrapping their arms within, which prevents the startle reflex.
Even better yet the 2-in-1 Sleepsack Swaddle is intended to swaddle infants from the time they leave the hospital and also allows parents to remove the swaddle feature when no longer needed and use its Sleepsack wearable blanket alone, hence the 2-in-1!
The Sleepsack Swaddle replaces loose blankets for safer sleep and reduces the risk of re-breathing, which has been associated as possible cause of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS).
Halo also donates a percentage of all purchases to First Candles/SIDA Alliance to support medical research, education and family services. The American Academy of Pediatrics (APA), along with First Candles/SIDS Alliance, using wearable blankets to reduce the risk of SIDS.
Now for the features:
  • Soft, Adjustable Fastener Strips. Adjusts to growing babies and keeps them comfortable all night long.
  • Micro-Fleece/100% Cotton. Material wicks moisture and breaths so there is less overheating. Fabric is durable through many washings.
  • Sack Design. Babies can't kick off covers so they stay warm and comfortable all night long. Generous fit makes it easy for baby to move and kick legs, which promotes healthy hip development.
  • Positioners on back. Allow positioning of Swaddle for "arms-in" or "arms-out" use. They also prevent Swaddle from being placed too high on the body near the baby's face.
  • Special Design. Prevents excess fabric from gathering near baby's face.
  • Inverted Zipper. Zips from top to bottom so it's harder for baby to unzip, and the zipper won't catch on baby's chin. Easy to change diaper without disrobing baby.
  • Flame-resistant. Tested to meet U.S. children's sleepwear flame-resistant standards.
So needless to say when I got home and figured out how wonderful these were I quickly asked a friend to stop by and buy me a couple more!
I then contacted Halo and told them how much I love this product. Halo was nice enough to send me one Sleepsack Swaddle to giveaway to one of my readers!
To enter visit Halosleep.com and leave a comment on your favorite product! Entries will be accepted through May 10, 2009 and I will pick the winner using Random.org. US readers are only eligible. Make sure you leave an email address in your comment or that you have one accessible on your blog so you can be contacted if you win! I will also list the winner on PRIZEYwinners so if you are a subscriber to PRIZEYwinners you do not need to leave your e-mail address. If you do not send me your mailing address within one week of notice of winning I will give your prize to someone else.
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Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Tanya

Wordless Wednesday

Papa sheilding Little Princess' eyes from the light

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Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Tanya

Baskins Robbins 31 Scoop Night

31 Cent Scoop Night On Wednesday, April 29th, 2009, at Baskin-Robbins stores across the country t from 5-10 pm to honor America's firefighters. Baskin-Robbins will reduce prices of small ice cream scoops to 31 cents* and create an opportunity for customers to donate to local fire charities. Read more about the NVFC and the National Junior Firefighter Program at www.nvfc.org/juniors.
*2.5 oz. scoops (or 3 oz. Soft Serve cones) are 31 cents plus tax where applicable. Limit 3 scoops person.
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10 Things on Your To-do List

10 Things on Your To-do List:
1. Clean and preserve my wedding dress (yes 10 years late!)
2. Organize Office (this is ongoing!)
3. Start Little Princess's Baby Album
4. Continue Little Man's scrapbook (I have at least the first year done)
5. Learn to play the guitar
I am sure there are more but the baby has sucked my brains dry!
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Monday, April 27, 2009

Tanya

Winner of Easy Bake Oven

Tracysweetangl said...
I loved it when my grandmother which is passed away and my mom and me would cook cookies around Christmas time! It was so much fun and that is were I got alot of my cooking from watching my grandmother and mom! Now I show the kids how to cook cookies
Please email me your mailing address within one week.
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Week 8

We have officially made it through two months. It has been GREAT! Little Princess is wake all the time. She has her 8 week appointment this week so we will see how big she is. We will also be doing more pictures this week. Next week mommy goes back to work full time. We changed bottles and she hardly spits up or burps anymore. Once again she pooped on Daddy. She only poops like once a week and it seems to always be with Daddy, or on him! She is a VERY good baby. She only cries when she is hungry. Still hoping for more sleep soon.
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Friday, April 24, 2009

Tanya

Baby Food Friday

This Friday we are talking about Baby food, well particularly Breastfeeding!


I own a breast pump that probably cost in the mid $200 range. I am pretty unsatisfied with it! First I had to replace the face plate and now/still cannot turn it above medium suction. Kind of inconvenient!


So I was EXTREMELY happy to receive a NEW! Comfort Select Performance™ Dual Auto-Cycling Breast Pump from Mom Central!


Let me say I am very impressed with this pump for several reasons.


First off each horn has its own motor. So when you use batteries this means you can walk around and pump! Some of you may be saying why would I ever want to do that? Well it never fails I start pumping and Little Princess starts whaling! Because she knows mommy is making food!


Dual motors also allows you to control the suction on each breast! This means one can be at full suction and the other at half suction, or whatever works best for you.


This pump also only takes 6 batteries when using the portable function. The pump I currently own uses 10! I have found the battery time is very comparable, about 2 1/2 to 3 hours of pump time.


The last and BEST part I found about this pump is the price! This pump retails for around $70. That's right only $70! Which is a HUGE price difference to the over $200 you normally spend on a pump!


Here are some highlights for the new and improved NEW! Comfort Select Performance™ Dual Auto-Cycling Breast Pump:
  • Improved cycle time from 38 to 57cpm (60cpm is the accepted norm for a suckling baby)
  • Vacuum performance is consistently near the maximum of 250mmHG. Productive vacuum at all settings between min and max.
  • Regulated power adapter provides more consistent vacuum levels and cycle rate throughout range
  • Dual performance – 2 individual pumps for better production allowing individual settings and overall increased vacuum capacity
  • More stable bottle stand to prevent possible spillage
  • All components are BPA free and contain less than 0.01% phthalates
  • ISO Compliance and International symbols on pump allow retail in Canada
  • Upgraded corporate packaging that is WHO code compliant and more appealing to Mom
  • Aesthetics improvement – color schemes are more appealing (lavender)


Here are my only suggestions for the next version: A slightly larger bag, or at least side pockets to hold the bottles. The bottles will fit in the cooler portion of the bag, however if you have milk in bags in the cooler section there is no where to put the empty bottles for the next pumping session.

Now onto the even better part of this post! Mom Central and Evenflo have given me an additional NEW! Comfort Select Performance™ Dual Auto-Cycling Breast Pump and one box of Comfort Select® Disposable Nursing Pads with Lanolin and on box of Comfort Select® Disposable Nursing Pads to giveaway to one lucky reader!

To enter leave a comment! Entries will be accepted through May 10, 2009 and I will pick the winner using Random.org. US readers are only eligible. Make sure you leave an email address in your comment or that you have one accessible on your blog so you can be contacted if you win! I will also list the winner on PRIZEYwinners so if you are a subscriber to PRIZEYwinners you do not need to leave your e-mail address. If you do not send me your mailing address within one week of notice of winning I will give your prize to someone else.
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For an additional entry visit this Mom Central page and share breast pumping tips and secrets. Every mom that shares a tip will be entered in a giveaway to win one of three Evenflo Comfort Select Performance Breast Pumps and boxes of nursing pads! (Please note this is a separate contest)
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Thursday, April 23, 2009

Tanya

Sound Sleep by Sound-Science

We have always been big believers in making sure our children can sleep when there is noise around. One of the ways we do that is playing music while our children sleep. We also live on a very busy road where sirens can go by at all times of the night and day.

Studies have also shown that lack of sleep can lead to ADD and hyperactivity in children.


Sound-Science had created a handful of CD and MP3's that aid in sleeping. For children and adults. We received a copy of the Sound Sleep for Babies. We play it every night. It is wonderful. It helps Little Princess fall asleep very quickly after middle of the night feedings and stay asleep until the next feeding. The Sound Sleep for Babies CD is an advanced womb simulation CD that reminds your baby of the peaceful, cozy, and SAFE chamber of the womb!

During the day we also play the Music is Math CD in the background. An ambient and scientific audio experience that delivers stimulating intellectual concepts to the early developing brain. It is a "Passive Learning System" that compliments the essential stimulation from parent or caregiver. Rather than functioning as a “babysitter” (like the popular DVD products do), the Music is Math Series CDs simply play in the background without interrupting the essential stimulus from parent or caregiver. Your baby can choose to absorb the information on his/her own time. Each CD is tailored for the specific age & stage of your baby’s development.


Sound-Science has also created a line for adults. Sound Sleep The Original, Sound Sleep for Parents and Sound Therapy. The SoundTherapy CD is unlike any other music CD or soundtrack in that it is manually constructed using a science called "Bio-Music".

What is "Bio-Music"?
99.9999% of all music we hear is composed and performed by people who play music: in other words, "musicians". That's a beautiful thing - as long as you want to be entertained by musicians. But what if you want to turn your brain OFF, and allow your inner peace to come through? This is when you want to be serenaded - not by musical performance - but by the random beauty of MOTHER NATURE!
Bio-Music is the musical modeling of the randomness of mother nature.
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Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Tanya

Earth Day

To help celebrate Earth Day here are ome great money- and energy-saving dish washing tips from about.com
Get the dishes ready before you wash
Scraping or soaking dishes as soon as your meal is done makes cleaning them later on much easier. And when cleaning is easier, you don't have to change the dish water as often or work as hard.
Have a plan
Start with the least dirty dishes first, giving the more heavily soiled dishes more time to soak and clean. This also makes your dishwater last longer. Hooray!
Turn off the water
This seems like a no-brainer, but it's a great way to conserve water that people don't often follow. Instead of rinsing dishes one at a time under a running faucet, dip them in a dishpan of hot water or wait until you have a group to rinse.

Of course, using Palmolive® Pure + Clear™ liquid dish soap helps, too — it's concentrated so you can use less to clean a whole lot more. It's also a safe formula to use at home since it contains no unnecessary chemicals or heavy fragrances, and is made from biodegradable cleaning ingredients with non-irritating dyes.
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Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Tanya

Ten On Tuesday - 10 Least Liked Foods

10 Least Liked Foods
1. Chicken - yes I know it is hard to believe but I really do not care for chicken!
2. Ham
3. Fish, I can do shellfish just not fish fish.
4. Green Beans
5. Peas, but I will eat if it is in a dish.
6. Beets
7. Cranberries, I will only eat in baked goods.
8. Tomatoes
9. Spaghetti
10. Scrambled eggs
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Monday, April 20, 2009

Tanya

Winner of $25 Birthday In A Box Giveaway

aggiemomof2 said...
My daughter would have to have the Disney Princess theme party! Her birthday isn't until October, but she's already planning!
Thanks for entering! Please email me your mailing address within one week.
Also check out my other giveaways! Easy Bake Oven Giveaway
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Wanted 100,000 Places To Play

I won an Amozon Kindle THIS morning by joining this GREAT site and posting new parks!

KaBOOM!, a non-profit organization dedicated to finding and creating play spaces within walking distance for every child, has embarked on a nationwide mission to help communities build playspaces. This proves critical for those many children living in neighborhoods without playgrounds or playspaces, or unable to use existing ones because of rundown conditions or dangerous neighborhoods.

Innumerable times, the local playground became a haven for me when my little kids were bouncing off the walls at home. Fresh air and a safe, fun area where kids could let loose and release all of their boundless energy often proved a sanity saver! KaBOOM! believes that play has a purpose and unstructured play in particular helps make children happier, fitter, smarter, more socially adept and creative. So how can we help make this a reality for kids in less fortunate neighborhoods?

Mom Central has teamed up with KaBOOM! to help map online 100,000 playspaces in 100 days. Here's what counts as a playspace: a playground, field, a skate park, roller hockey rink, lake, dog park, community center, basketball court or ice rink - any place where kids can engage in unstructured play for free or a nominal fee. A playspace listing on KaBOOM! consists of an address or cross street and a description, one photo and one rating.

KaBOOM! has made creating this playspace listing easy: either a quick fill-in on their website or even easier - a twitpic from your cellphone.

For every play space entered into the KaBOOM! database on behalf of the Mom Central team, $1 will be donated to Jumpstart, a non-profit that brings at-risk preschool children and caring adults together to improve literacy. It's something to feel doubly good about!

Moreover, we all stand to benefit as all the playspaces with their photos and ratings will be available to us as we go on road trips this spring and summer, to visit relatives, or on vacation. You can go online and find cool places to take your kids to play- near Grandma's, the hotel, or off the highway to break up a long drive.

Join the Mom Central team today! Join Here! I have joined and started adding our local parks. Please help out!

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Friday, April 17, 2009

Tanya

Rocco Gets Real

Have you ever heard of Rocco DiSpirito? I had not heard a lot of about him but knew he was a chef. Here is a little background from his website:

"Rocco DiSpirito was born and raised in Jamaica, Queens. His culinary experience began at age eleven in his mother Nicolina's kitchen. By the age of 16, DiSpirito entered the prestigious Culinary Institute of America. He graduated in 1986 with honors and studied abroad at Jardin de Cygne in Paris, France with Dominique Cecillon. In 1990, DiSpirito earned a B.S. in Business from Boston University.

He worked at The Peninsula Hotel in NYC and at The Four Seasons Hotel in Boston. DiSpirito then joined Lespinasse's opening team at The St. Regis in New York City. In 1997, DiSpirito opened the 3 star Union Pacific in New York City's Gramercy Park as Chef and Owner. In 1999, DiSpirito was named Food & Wine's Best New Chef, and in 2000, Gourmet magazine called him "America's Most Exciting Young Chef."
DiSpirito opened Rocco's 22nd Street in the summer of 2003 while cameras for NBC's The Restaurant watched and took notes. Later that summer, more than nine million viewers a week tuned in to see the ups and downs of DiSpirito's family-inspired eatery. The second series aired in the spring of 2004. DiSpirito is the author of 5 cook books including Flavor, Rocco's Italian American, Rocco's Real Life Recipes and DiSpirito's fifth book Rocco Gets Real: Cook At Home Everyday was published October 2008. A unique cookbook that empowers the everyday home cook with easy to make recipes, step by step photos and illustrations, making his unique approach to food accessible to just about anyone. Rocco's new show Rocco Gets Real airs on Saturdays on A&E at 10:30 AM"

I recently purchased Rocco Gets Real: Cook At Home Everyday. What a GREAT cookbook! My husband even loves the recipes.

The recipes are VERY simple. There is a cooking "equipment" or tools needed and even pictures of the items. Each recipe comes with a shopping list and also an approximate time it takes to make the recipe. So far I have not found one that takes over 30 minutes! And better yet the ingredients and the tools needed are normal everyday items. This is great for a mom who returns to work next week!

I can't wait to try more of his meals!
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Thursday, April 16, 2009

Tanya

New Welchs Aqua Juice

Have you tried the New Welch's AquaJuice™? I put some out at Easter and with 5 kids the entire container was gone in less than a hour! So what is Aqua Juice you ask?

Welch's AquaJuice™ is a great-tasting naturally lighter juice beverage for kids.
An 8oz. glass of Welch's AquaJuice™ contains:
  • Less sugar than leading kids' fruit drinks*
  • No high fructose corn syrup
  • No added sugar
  • No artificial sweeteners
  • 80 calories
  • One full serving of fruit (1/2 cup)
  • Excellent source of Vitamin C

Here is what Little Man thinks of it!


You can also get a buy one get one free coupon HERE

Available in 52oz. bottles in these great flavors:

  • Fruit Punch
  • Apple
  • Strawberry Kiwi
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Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Tanya

FREE 2-pack of Mr. Clean Magic Erasers


I LOVE Mr. Clean Magic Erasers. They get anything off of everything! Get your free sample here!


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Wordless Wednesday


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Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Tanya

The wonderful smells of Glade!

Glade has created a new specialty line of home fragrances call the Fragrance Collection by Glade. The Fragrance Collection by Glade offers reed diffusers, soy candles and multi-wick soy based candles available in six premium scents.
The reed diffusers are WONDERFUL they have a light not too strong fragrance. They are also very simple and elegant looking and also small enough to hide behind a standing picture if you do not want them seen. I have Lotus Bamboo.

The soy candles are also very yummy! My favorite is the Orange Vanilla.
It smells like a Creamcicle!

or check your local store to purchase your today!
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Electrolux Eco-Friendly Washer/Dryer Giveaway & Virtual Garden Campaign

If you're anything like me, you spend hours (upon hours!) doing laundry ever week. This not only consumes much of my time, but energy and water from my washer and dryer as well. However, I always try to expand my "green ways" - and doing laundry proves no exception. Which is why I'm so excited to tell you about Electrolux's new eco-friendly washer and dryer.

Electrolux and Kelly Ripa have teamed up to introduce an eco-friendly front-load washer and dryer in a truly vibrant shade - "Kelly Green." The new limited edition shade, an upbeat green designed to pack a visual punch, was inspired by the great outdoors and self-proclaimed eco-Mom Kelly Ripa. Electrolux washers are up to 83% more energy-efficient and use 56% less water - how green is that?

Just in time for Earth day, Electrolux is kicking off its virtual flower garden campaign to drive awareness and raise funds for Global Green USA. Starting today, when you go to electroluxappliances.com and plant a virtual flower for a friend, Electrolux will donate $1 to Global Green USA to support their healthy green schools initiatives across America. Everyone who logs on to the site and plants a virtual flower will be automatically entered for a chance to win a new eco-friendly Kelly Green front-load washer and dryer!

Check out the virtual garden too! VERY neat idea!

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Monday, April 13, 2009

Tanya

Week 6

So we still get up ever 3 hours at night. Mommy was hoping it would have stretched to every 4 hours by now! I make ALL sorts of noises and as still as gassy as every! I can out fart all the people in our family. I am very talented as in I can sneeze and pass gas at the same time! I don't like to sit still when mommy takes my picture so our friend Sarah did my 1-month photos for us! They turned out GREAT! Thanks Sarah!
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Sunday, April 12, 2009

Tanya

Happy Easter!


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Friday, April 10, 2009

Tanya

Easy Bake Oven - Giveaway

One of the most memorable things I remember growing up as a child was baking with my mom. Just two years ago my cousin (who was turning 13) asked for an Easy Bake Oven for her birthday. At first I thought she was kidding. Next month she will turn 17 and I think she still uses it. There is something very rewarding about baking and cooking your own food. It is also a very creative activity for children, I know Little Man LOVES to help in the kitchen.

What better way to start you child's Independence of baking than with an Easy Bake Oven?


Hasboro, the makers of Easy Bake Ovens have been hosting the "BAKER OF THE YEAR" contest.

On April 7, 2009 they announced the seven finalists who will be flown to Disney's Grand Floridian Resort & Spa in WALT DISNEY WORLD® Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Florida, where they will compete for the title of EASY-BAKE 2009 "Baker of the Year" on May 7, 2009. These seven children represent different states all over the country. Each finalist will be assisted in the kitchen throughout the competition by their baking “sous chef" - a parent, grandparent, aunt, or uncle.

One of the finalists this year is from our bakyard! From Olympia, WA MaCall Prengel, 10 years old. Her entry "S'mores Snacks/Chocolaty Peanut Butter" is two exceptional treats rolled into one. The combination of sticky marshmallow, creamy chocolate and gooey peanut butter will have judges asking for "s'more." MaCall will have a helping hand in the kitchen from her mom Danelle.

The other finalists are are follows:
Drew Adams: 9 years old from Elizabeth, West Virginia
Elizabeth Adams: 12 years old from Elizabeth, West Virginia
Catherine Ralston: 12 years old from New Albany, Ohio
Morgan Sartor: 8 years old from Portland, Connecticut
Taylor Spallanzani: 11 years old from Morganville, New Jersey
Hannah Toomey: 11 years old from Allentown, Pennsylvania

During the EASY-BAKE 2009 “Baker of the Year” finals, contestants will once again be judged on creative use of ingredients, presentation, ease of preparation, and taste. The grand prize winning pair in the EASY-BAKE 2009 "Baker of the Year" contest will receive a culinary-inspired trip for four to San Francisco, CA, where the group will visit local food-related sites and attractions. The six runners-up will each receive a $500 VISA gift card and a one-year supply of EASY-BAKE Brand mixes. All finalists will have their recipe and a photo of their creation appear on the EASY-BAKE website.
Good luck to all the contestants!


One lucky reader will win the EASY-BAKE Classic Oven & Snack Center (Available: Spring 09). The beloved EASY-BAKE Oven & Snack Center is back in its original aqua color. The classic side-loading oven that bakes with a light bulb returns to let bakers-in-the-making whip up tasty snacks for friends and family, including cakes, brownies, cookies, and much more. The oven comes with three different mixes, two baking pans, two utensils, a pan pusher, two warming cups and recipes/instructions. One 100-watt standard light bulb is required but not included. Available at most major toy retailers nationwide and on HasbroToyShop.com.

To enter leave a comment about your most memorable baking experience! Entries will be accepted through April 26, 2009 and I will pick the winner using Random.org. US readers are only eligible. Make sure you leave an email address in your comment or that you have one accessible on your blog so you can be contacted if you win! I will also list the winner on PRIZEYwinners so if you are a subscriber to PRIZEYwinners you do not need to leave your e-mail address. If you do not send me your mailing address within one week of notice of winning I will give your prize to someone else.

To get extra credit
Bloggers - Blog about this contest and link back to me and leave me the link in your comment.
Non Bloggers (or bloggers) - Follow me on Twitter! http://twitter.com/tanyapeila
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Proctor Farmers Market

Thank you for buying locally grown food and for supporting our farmers and our community. We look forward to seeing you when the Market opens on April 4th.

The Proctor Farmers' Market is a vibrant community market, located in Tacoma's historic Proctor District.


Every Saturday, throughout the Market season, local farmers and food vendors offer a changing selection of fresh food and produce, including organic fruit and vegetables. You can also find plants and cut flowers, grass-fed meat, fresh caught salmon, locally cultured cheeses, bakery items, hot food and select garden-related crafts and products. The Master Gardeners will even be on hand to answer your gardening queries. In addition, the Market showcases local musicians and performers. Look forour upcoming special events including Kid's Days and performances by Dance Theatre Northwest.

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Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Tanya

Little Man's Birthday



Having a new Little One around I have tried to make Little Man's Birthday as EASY as possible for us this year. We are having it at a local bounce house place that he loves. They pretty much do everything for you which is great. We also had to delay his birthday a couple weeks just in case Little Princess decided to make a late appearance. So his REAL birthday is tomorrow and we will be going out to dinner with family to celebrate it as well as his uncles 40th!

I also found a GREAT website called Birthday In A Box. They sell exactly what you think. Everything you need for a birthday party in a box!

My friends at Birthday In A Box have graciously given me a $25 gift certificate to give a way to one of my readers.

To enter visit Birthday in a Box and leave a comment and your favorite product! Entries will be accepted through April 19, 2009 and I will pick the winner using Random.org. US readers are only eligible. Make sure you leave an email address in your comment or that you have one accessible on your blog so you can be contacted if you win! I will also list the winner on PRIZEYwinners so if you are a subscriber to PRIZEYwinners you do not need to leave your e-mail address. If you do not send me your mailing address within one week of notice of winning I will give your prize to someone else.
To get extra credit
Bloggers - Blog about this contest and link back to me and leave me the link in your comment.
Non Bloggers (or bloggers) - Follow me on Twitter! http://twitter.com/tanyapeila
Subscribe to Birthday In A Box newsletter!
Please post your extra credit in a separate post.
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Friday, April 3, 2009

Tanya

Pillsbury 44th Annual Bake Off

At the 43rd Pillsbury Bake-Off Contest in 2008, Carolyn Gurtz walked away with the million-dollar grand prize for her Double-Delight Peanut Butter Cookies! This wife, mother and grandmother with a passion for baking was introduced to cooking at age seven and she hasn't stopped since then. One contest judge stated that Carolyn's recipe was "a new twist on an old classic." Other judges called out its simplicity and approachability and described it as a delightful taste that combines two classic cookies - a snickerdoodle and a peanut butter cookie.

Anna Ginsberg, a stay-at-home mom who you might know from her blog, Cookie Madness, earned the $1 million prize for her Baked Chicken and Spinach Stuffing in the 42nd Pillsbury Bake-Off Contest. At the 2004 competition, the 41st Contest, former librarian wrote her own page in history by capturing the top prize with her Oats 'n Honey Granola Pie recipe. Inspired by pecan pie, Conrad adapted a family-favorite pie and caught the judges' attention with its wonderful flavor and simple preparation.

All it takes is one easy and delicious recipe idea, so we hope you let your readers, friends and family know that it's time to get creative in the kitchen for their chance at a million! One hundred finalists will win a trip to the finals, April 11 - 13, 2010, at the Waldorf-Astoria Orlando and Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek hotel in Florida. Pillsbury is looking for original recipes that taste and look delicious, are easy to prepare and that families across America will love to eat. There are four recipe categories - Breakfast & Brunches, Entertaining Appetizers, Dinner Made Easy and Sweet Treats.

Entries are being accepted online between now and April 20th, 2009, at http://www.bakeoff.com/. You'll also find contest details, including eligible products, prizes and the official rules, at the web site.

Check out this video featuring former grand prize winner Carolyn Gurtz and hear from the Pillsbury Bake-Off Kitchens Manager too!
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Thursday, April 2, 2009

Tanya

Cloth diapers make the BEST burp rags!

And having a very "urpy" baby I know! And what is even better is a CUTE cloth diaper! Jannuzzi Clothing out of Orange County, California makes some WONDERFUL and SUPER CUTE items. One of which they sent me to review. Their Burp Trio - Cherries (I LOVE Cherries!). These Burp Cloths are 100% cotton which makes them super instantly absorbent when Little Princess spits up. This is nice instead of having it run all the way down the front of my shirt! These burp rags get softer and softer every time I wash them it is amazing!

The cherry appliques are made with super soft minky fabric and does not bleed the colors when washed, another good point! They can also be bleached without fading.

Jannuzzi also has great personalized children's clothing. Charlie Sheen of Two and a Half Men recently showed off his Jannuzzi onsies, blanket, and burp cloths for his twins Max and Bob on Entertainment Tonight! Check out the photos and video at http://jannuzziclothing.com/home/index.php?option=com_mojo&Itemid=1&p=8

What else can I say these are wonderful burp cloths and make our abundance of spitting up MUCH easier on the laundry load! Thanks Jannuzzi for creating such a useful and cute tool for moms and babies!

Check out Jannuzzi Clothing today!
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Winners of Fiber One Spa Baskets

valerie2350 said...
i like the fiber one yogurt mmmmm
gahome2mom said...
The Fiber One Oat & Chocolate Bar sounds good. I haven't really tried their products. I would like too. :)
Mommyhood is Thankless said...
I love their Banana Nut Muffin mix!

Please email me your address within one week.
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Tanya

Winner of Elsie's Original Bum Spray

gahome2mom said...
My lil' granddaughter has need of this product right now. :0
Please email me your mailing address within one week.
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Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Tanya

Mommy Cards!

So there are many times when I am out and about and we meet moms with children the same ages. I always like to exchange emails or phone numbers to meet up again. So trying to find a pen and paper can many times be impossible, let alone asking the kids to sit still so we can exchange info. I found a GREAT company with very inexpensive business cards that are a great quilaty and also a time saver. Vista Print has a special going on buy 250 business cards for just $1.99 (plus s&h) and get another 250 free. This could last you a couple years! I don't know how long this offer will last so check them out today!


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Tanya

Baby Plus Update


Back in November I blogged about the Prenatal Educational System called Baby Plus .

BabyPlus delivers rhythmic sounds that resemble mommy's heartbeat. They recommend you don't start using it until 18 weeks gestation. That is when your baby is almost completely done producing all of its brain cells!

WHAT DOES THIS DO for your unborn baby?
"BabyPlus is based on more than 25 years of scientific research."
Babies are born more alert and relaxed.
Babies self sooth much more easily.
Babies nurse better.
Babies reach milestones earlier in life.
Later in life are more school ready.

Little Princess was definitely born more alert. She was wide awake! She only cries or fusses when she is hungry. She has TONS of gas but it does not claim to cure that! She was a natural nurser too, unlike Little Man. And again I am hoping she sleeps through the night sooner! She is doing three hour blocks now which works for me!
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