Diono Radian RXT Carseat $339 ARV #Giveaway

Having safe car seats for our children is something that is extremely crucial to both my husband and myself.  We’ve spent hours researching different seats, different brands, etc.  I’ve always heard such great things about the Radian line of carseats, and have recommended them to others based upon dozens of friends’ experiences, but hadn’t tried them until now.  The Radian RXT seat from Diono is really a buy-once-use-forever kind of seat.  Made to work from 5 lbs to 120 lbs (no that is not a typo!!), and a slender physique to accomodate 3 seats across in most vehicles, these seats are workhorses.

I’ve never assembled a seat before.  I mean, there wasn’t a lot to the assembly (at all) and it took under thirty seconds.  But the seat does come folded up (these are also great for travel) so it’s nice to see how it should look (I’m visual) and like I said, set up is super simple.  Pop the seat down and click it into place and you are ready to start the adjustment of straps based on your child’s height and size and then install.

The weight range of this seat for REAR facing is 5-45 lbs.  That’s awesome.  The recommended ages for rear facing are at least 20 lbs and 2 years of age.  There is a separate base component for the rear facing installation that comes with the seat and has very thorough instructions in the manual for use. [click to continue…]

Flippin’ Pfefferneuse, Parents and Progressive Aphasia

You know, its been a long time (finally) since the grief of losing my mom hit hard in public.  It isn’t that I don’t miss her, because I do- but that in-your-face-reality and reminder hasn’t been present for a while.  I haven’t missed it. 

This morning, I ran to get some things at the grocery store with Baby B.  We were happily chatting together and singing Wheels on the Bus for the eleventy millionth time today when we came around a corner and saw a display of Pfeffereneuse cookies.  That too familiar lump rose in my throat, and tears filled my eyes.  My heart kind of smashed into pieces.  Mom.  Pfeffereneuse.  Dad.  Sadness. 

As I stood in front of these cookies, fighting those tears from dropping down my face with all my might, I argued with myself about buying them or not.  Mind you, I don’t particularly LIKE these cookies- nor do I dislike them.  They are just something mom used to make for dad, every single December, and only in December, right before Christmas, and I felt like maybe, just maybe, if I bought those stupid cookies that maybe my heart would feel just a tiny bit better.  Maybe I’d miss my parents less.  [click to continue…]

Jake and the Never Land Pirates Holiday Episode Dec. 2nd: Set your DVRs! #JakePirates

Jake and the Never Land Pirates has become THE favorite show in my house.  I love it, the kids love it, there’s great messages, and fantastic music, which you can’t help but adore!  This show is said to be a huge hit for boys ages 2-5, and my 4 year old son is no exception, but my 2 year old daughter LOVES her “Jake Pirates” show and asks for it over and over…she spends much of her day singing “Aw Coconuts” from that show.   My 6 year old daughter likes it, my son’s best friend has older (and a younger) siblings and they all love it too.   

I enjoy the show.  I really, truly do.  We recently got to have a sneak peek at the  holiday episode, “It’s A Winter Never Land!/Hook On Ice,” scheduled for Friday, Dec. 2 (8:30-9 a.m. EST/PST), and I won’t give it away, but its a holiday show done well and doesn’t disappoint at all.  We love it.  I’m very thankful we have the DVD so we can watch it again – December 2nd seems very far away!!

In the holiday episode of Jake and the Never Land Pirates, titled It’s A Winter Never Land! / Hook On Ice, Jake, Izzy and Cubby awake to find that Peter Pan has left the crew some presents and a tree to celebrate Winter Treasure Day, and Captain Hook invites Jake and the crew on a winter treasure hunt.

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JJ Cole Urban Bundle Me Review and Giveaway

I don’t know about you, but I am always looking for excuses to try out new baby gear. Before now, I never had a small baby in the winter time and therefore never needed to worry about keeping them warm while traveling. Now that the weather is turning cool, I need to keep baby L all bundled up when we travel, but hate the idea of putting him a snowsuit every time we go out. In my search for the perfect solution I ran across the Bundleme by JJ Cole. This is a one-size-fits-all cover that zips up around a car seat or stroller. I am sure all of you moms out there are familiar with the JJ Cole brand of baby items. They offer everything from diaper bags, strollers and car seats to diaper stackers and pacifier pods. Because I have run across this brand many times in the past, I had very high expectations of the Bundleme and I sure wasn’t dissapointed. [click to continue…]

Little Tikes Cupcake Kitchen (Giveaway)

The Little Tikes Cupcake Kitchen is a whole lot of sweetness in a compact package. With the smaller profile of this kitchen, it can easily be slipped into any sized room for hours of pretend play. The muted colors suit our living room far better than our former play kitchen (which now lives in the church nursery) and the kids have had a blast preparing cupcakes and tea parties galore. This toy was seeing a lot of play time before the big storm last week but with zero power and no school for a week, the kids were really getting a lot of serious play time in, and I can’t even tell you how many tea party picnics they had with their baby dolls (yes, even my son) in the living room enjoying some of the treats made in the Cupcake Kitchen. (My batteries were dead, no photos. Sad. Very sad).

This kitchen does not take a long time to assemble. An 18 volt power drill made fast work of the screws that do need to be put in but I think you could do it without a drill – it might take longer. I had the entire thing assembled with stickers in under half an hour. (This is something that I want to know when I think about toy purchasing that requires assembly, so I’m sharing with you). [click to continue…]

#Win $200 Learning Tower from Heirloom Wooden Toys #CouponCabinHop

One of my readers will win a $200 Learning Tower from Heirloom Wooden Toys!! These Learning Towers are not only a beautiful crafted wood addition to your home, but they are very functional, very versatile, and help keep kids safe and secure while helping in the kitchen, playing, cooking, you name it. These are rightfully sold by Heirloom Wooden Toys because once your own children have stopped using this, years down the road, you can pass it along to your grandchildren, or keep it at your own house- most definitely an heirloom in the making!! . Cooking, baking, puppet shows, playhouses, pirate ships, play props- the options are endless. Available in a wide variety of colors to suit any decor, too!! Enter in the Rafflecopter form below and THEN be sure to keep reading below because this is part of a HUGE hop with prizes for just about anything and everything you can imagine!!

The Little Partners Learning Tower is a tool that can serve your child for years, helping with everything from parental bonding to increasing self-esteem and knowledge through participation and practice. Although, the Learning Tower’s main purpose is to bring young toddlers to countertop height in the kitchen, its potential uses extend far beyond the kitchen. In fact, the more ways you can use it, the better.

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Archer Farms Snacks- Delicious and Affordable Options for Snacks, for Lunch and anytime!

I have much love for Target already but with the newly expanded product line at my local store to include GROCERIES and a much expanded snack selection, plus produce (albeit limited) and meats, I’m head over heels.  The fact that I can justify any purchases there doesn’t hurt…but in all seriousness, I have a mad love for the Archer Farms brand products I’ve tried so far- and that would be many different kinds of products.  From kid snacks to grownup stuff, allergy free foods, and lots in between, the Archer Farms selection is very wide in range, and very budget friendly.  I haven’t come across any of the Archer Farms stuff that I didn’t like!! Good quality products at affordable pricing- and given they are sold at Target stores, easy to find!

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Kids Frugal Fun: Egg Carton Pumpkins

Each week Mom on Dealz brings us a craft that is fun, educational, and frugal. This Friday is World Egg Day and since I love using recycled materials in crafts, I thought “Why not do some crafts with egg cartons?” Be sure to read to the bottom where there are egg related educational activities you can do with your child based on the standards of learning. Egg Carton Pumpkins [click to continue…]

Educational Insights Playfoam® and Alpha Catch™ (Giveaway)

My 4 year old attends a Peer Model Preschool Program at our local elementary school.  One of the things I love the most about this program is that all of the children are treated equally, and the special needs of the children are incorporated into the entire classroom.  Some of the children have sensory issues, some are working on fine motor skills, and the sensory table is a key component of the classroom.  I asked Educational Insights if we could try out their Playfoam® Combo 20-Pack to send in  for the children to enjoy because I knew that this product would be wonderful for the children in the classroom- color recognition, fine motor skills, and sensory exploration.

  Preschoolers are free to express their creativity — with no mess to clean up afterward! Just squish up the Playfoam®, shape it however you like, squash it back down, and start all over again. Playfoam® never dries out so the creativity never ends — and the secret no-stick formula means you can take it anywhere for creative fun on the go!

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Free Weekend Activities

I love this list Coupons are Great compiles for us each week- lots of free or close to free activities all weekend long!! 

AC Moore: Sunday Saturday October 8th from 1:00 pm until 3:00 pm
Free Make & Take: Duck Tape Candy Corn Treat Cup

Disney Store: Saturday October 8th
Come dressed as your favorite Lion King character to take part in the store’s mane event – featuring The Lion King story time, sing-along, parade, and more!
Session time are 10:30 am, 12:00 pm, and 1:30 pm

JoAnn Fabric and Craft Store: Saturday October 8th
11:00 am until 1:00 pm Fiskars & Colorbox Papercrafting Demo
1:00 pm until 3:00 pm Wilton Halloween Treats Demo
1:00 pm until 3:00 pm Open House: Meet instructors & see projects!
3:00 pm until 5:00 pm 3M Wrights & Uchida Fabric-crafting Demo [click to continue…]