Wednesday, April 16, 2014

ModCloth’s ‘Spring-Time to Shine’ Contest- win a $50 gift certificate

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Mid Century Fashion - Sleek It Out Dress in Cobalt

Are you picturing someone from Mad Men wearing this dress? I am. Feels like someone should throw a viewing party on a Sunday night, serve martinis and this dress will be in the house..or I will just stay home and drink martinis anyway.. I dunno.. either way- check out the offering below from Modcloth. They have got a great idea for you to share your fashion!

Share your spring style with ModCloth’s ‘Spring-Time to Shine’ Contest, and you could win a $50 gift certificate! 

Entering is simple -- just snap a photo of yourself in your freshest spring ensemble and upload to the Style Gallery

Outfits do not need to feature ModCloth (although it is encouraged!), and users can submit as many entries as their hearts desire. Two winners will be chosen and featured by ModCloth. 

This contest is open to both domestic and international applications through 1 pm PT on 4/28. 

Please see the blog for more details. Good luck!

Three things people say you might not need for a baby, but I disagree

There are millions of products on the market for babies. It can be maddening trying to decide what to buy, especially if you are on a budget.

Here are a few things that many people say you don't need. We found that we did, and we were glad we got them.

1. Prince Lionheart Warmies Wipes Warmer

To this day, my daughter cringes when we change her diaper with something cold or room temperature. I do the bulk of my diaper changes near a sink with warm water, but back in the day, she was changed a lot in the bedroom and this was very important to keeping her calm during a diaper change. I don't like cold stuff on my lady bits, why would she?

2.BabyHawk Mei Tai Organic Baby Carrier, Black Floral Silhouette

I didn't know anything about babywearing before I took some classes at a birth center ( from my fabulous Doula.) We had no idea how important this was going to be for us. We wore our daughter quite a bit when she was an infant. She was fussy and wouldn't ever really sleep in a crib. She would always fall asleep in her Babyhawk. Even as a 2 year old she loves going "on back" with daddy. If you haven't tried one of these- do it. You will not be sorry! Ours goes to 40 pounds, so we have a long way to go.

3.HALO SleepSack 100% Cotton Wearable Blanket, Baby Blue, Large

When we first had the baby, she wouldn't really sleep anywhere but on us and in her car seat (not a suggested practice.) When we finally got her to sleep in a cosleeper around 6 months or so, it was always cold in the house. Putting on footed jammies and such is nice, but we found that another layer was needed. We found that these sleep sacks were the ticket. It is a wearable blanket. No risk of suffocating or tangling in blankets with these. Easy to get in and out of, and soft. They come in summer weights and winter weights and loads of colors.  We had several and loved them!

What are some things that you were told were unneeded that ended up saving your sanity?

Wordless Wednesday 4/16/14

Today's Wordless Wednesday is brought to you by a fabulous cake.

My man bakes all the cakes around here. He has grand ideas and shops for supplies and we are never without an inspirational cake for our family events.

We have cake pans for a few seasons- a cathedral for Christmas, a heart pan for Valentine's Day, skulls and pumpkins for Halloween, a bunny for Easter... but a toddler's birthday this year required a ship.

We COULD have purchased an expensive pan and made something, like this

Nordic Ware Pro Cast Pirate Ship Cake Pan

but instead, he came up with this idea, and it was fabulous.

Zulily upcoming deals for 4/16

Have you visited Zulily lately? They update their special deals daily, and the deals go fast. I have spent a bunch of money on the site and have gotten some insane deals. 

Today they have a deal on a breastfeeding system from kiinde. Bottles, storage supplies and a bottle warmer etc. If you are pumping, this looks like a great idea.  I was pretty obsessed with pumping for awhile when I thought I was going back to work- had a great stash too...I no longer can pump for my little one, but this would have been a great set up to have when I was. Check it out- this would be a great shower gift!

Wednesday, April 16th

Thursday, April 17th
Friday, April 18th
Saturday, April 19th — Blow-Out
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Monday, April 21st

N is for No more mess, A to Z Challenge

I have decided that the messes in my house are out of control.They really have been for quite some time, but the toddler has added a randomizing effect that I am unable to contain.

I am pretty anal retentive when it comes to cleaning really. At least I used to be. Towels were all organized, folded in the same direction, arranged by season and usage for convenience.

These days, I am lucky if I can even find a clean towel in the house. Sometimes I can't find the dirty ones either. In fact, I am not sure I even have any towels sometimes. How does this even happen?

My clothes get washed with the toddler stuff, and literally NEVER go back in the drawer. Luckily, my current wearable wardrobe is very limited so this is manageable. 

I would like to think there is light at the end of the tunnel. Sometimes she helps me clean up her messes. She seems to enjoy helping. But we are just not to the point where it is consistent. 

I literally walk from room to room throwing things away that she has found and pirated here and there. I take dirty clothes to the baskets. I wash things. But it never seems to end. 

NO MORE MESSES!! I hate them!!!

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

The New Samsung Galaxy S5 is Out! Earn an extra $10 for your old phone from Gazelle!

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I am a huge fan of allowing a phone to get a second life. When you are ready to upgrade or simply get  a new phone, I highly suggest finding a way to let it be reused. This site will buy certain models and you get cash! Check it out!

The New Samsung Galaxy S5 is Out! Earn an extra $10 for your old phone from Gazelle!

Last Friday, Samsung released the Galaxy S5. It is rumored to be a fan favorite with a faster camera, amazing screen, better battery (not to mention the cool heart rate monitor and finger print scanner) and a clear contender for your pocket in 2014. That said, now that you are looking for a new phone, what are you doing with your old one?

Gazelle offers a fast and easy way for consumers to get cash for their used electronics. More than 600,000 consumers have used Gazelle to sell nearly one million gadgets. 

And, from now until 4/30 you can earn $10 extra in cash for trading in devices valued at $50 or more. 

Gazelle offers trade ins for everything from smartphones to laptops to tablets.... the list goes on. So go free up some space in your pocket while filling up space in your wallet at Gazelle

Little Passports Passover Stories and Facebook Giveaway

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I know you all love giveaways- be sure to check this one out. What a great program!

Little Passports Passover Stories and Facebook Giveaway 

Did you know the Jewish holiday of Passover began last night, April 14th, at sunset and continues until the night of April 22nd? This important holiday commemorates the liberation of the Jewish people in Ancient Egypt. If you have a minute, check out the post on the Little Passports Blog where a Little Passports employee details one of her favorite childhood memories of the Seder during the first night of Passover. Do you have any fun family traditions you'd like to share with us?

Little Passports is also hosting their own Facebook giveaway this week! Use this link below to sign up to win a 1 year Little Passports subscription and a 1 year NatureBox subscription. (That is almost $400 worth of goodies!) The deadline to sign up to win this prize is April 18th. If you miss out on this weeks opportunity, don't fret...There are 2 more weeks of giveaways to enter.

Make a Book About Your Favorite Person and You Could Win $2,500 from Blurb

Make a Book About Your Favorite Person and You Could Win $2,500 from Blurb

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Did you know that Blurb might give you $2,500 to read about your favorite person? 

This sounds pretty fabulous to me. I could really use a little bit of extra money! And getting the chance to make a book about a favorite Gramma or Aunt would be such a nice idea for my daughter to share. So often we lose track of special memories and this is a great way to capture them.

All you have to do is make a book about a loved one filled with all sorts of kind words, creativity and insight, and if selected, you could win the grand prize! For every book you make (there are seven different categories, so seven different chances to win) you will receive a 30% discount on the printed product. Go to Blurb to check out the details of the contest to see what the categories are and when the entries are due. The 30% discount on My Favorite books will be applied at checkout when you use the promo code: MYFAVORITE. (And, even if you don't enter, you can still get 30% off on all My Favorite books or save 15% on all printed orders through April 30th!)

Not sure what to write about?

Take a look at what some of the people at Blurb say about their favorite people. 


M is for More, A to Z Challenge

My daughter has some fabulous relatives. She gets quite a few gifts from near and far, for holidays and for birthdays. 

I have such a hard time sometimes managing all the stuff. There always seems to be MORE. I do buy her toys and clothes and such, very rarely full price, and many times used at the consignment store. 

I always feel so weird about getting these plastic toys and such that are to me overpriced, as a gift. I know in time I will see all of these things at the consignment store for pennies on the dollar.. 

I am not advocating used gifts, as I know there is a taboo on such things, but in the end, does my daughter know the difference? Not even a little. I just feel like there is so much waste with kids. The packaging, the resources to constantly produce more things.. all the time.. 

Over the holidays I asked for crafts supplies and such, and I was very pleased that I received so many crayons and paints and papers.. things we consume constantly, but do not feel as being wasteful and overbearing to manage. I also had books on my list since she loves them.

We still ended up with several toys that we just didn't feel like we needed to introduce at the same time. We put them in the closet for later in the year. The closet is getting full...

We have an entire bed full of stuffed animals.. omg. 

We turn things in to the consignment store on a regular basis- mostly clothing, as we had SO much from her fist year. Almost all of that was turned into a bouncey zebra, blocks, a slide, Little People..

I hate to sound ungrateful-the relatives want to give her the best and what she enjoys, but I get overwhelmed...there is just always MORE.. 

How do you manage these things? 

Monday, April 14, 2014

What to do with Easter leftovers- Chicken Egg Macaroni Salad

We went to a family gathering this weekend, and the kids all colored Easter eggs. We were sent home with a handful of hardboiled eggs to eat. 

My toddler does love eggs. She only eats them as she is in the mood. Apparently today was not the mood. Maybe because she had some on Saturday. Who knows what moves a toddler..

So what to do? I peeled them up. I also had some Costco rotisserie chicken to eat. And oddly enough, a container of may that is expiring at the end of the month. 

I boiled up some macaroni. The toddler will always eat pasta. Plain oddly enough.

I see my lunch suddenly forming.

Here is what ended up in the bowl:

3 Hard boiled eggs
a pile of macaroni
half of a rotisserie chicken
a few spoonfuls of mayo
a squirt or two of mustard

Sorry- no measurements. This is one of those things that should be mixed on the fly! I might add some olives later since the toddler loves those too. 

We will be getting more eggs, and I envision next week this recipe having ham instead of chicken. I want to pick up some fancier mustard though- I like stone ground mustard and we are fresh out... 

What else do you add to your salads?