Monday, August 31, 2009

>Update: Baby Making Stuff

>So in my recent post I explained how I was ready for another baby and my hubby was unsure because he thought it may be best to wait for him to change jobs. After writing that post I decided to present him with all the reasons we should start trying. So we sat down, talked again and we decided to start trying. Will keep you updated!

>Awesome Giveaway at Pink & Posh

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I really really want to win this!
Pink & Posh has an awesome giveaway.
It is for a "Night on Broadway" Package, which includes 2 tickets to Mama Mia and a $100 gift certificate to Toni DiNapoli Pizza.

My hubby and I would really love this date!!!

Click here to check out the giveaway.

>Winner of Blush Accessories Topless Undershirt

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A new masterpiece created by my daughter this weekend.
The painting was done when she was a little cranky.
Its funny because it kind of comes out in the painting.
If you look at the last painting that I posted, she was more calm, you really see a difference.

Also, later that afternoon she glued some stuff to this picture.
There is a blue little ball - which is daddy, a red little ball which is mommy, a pink tiny ball that is her, and then there is a green one that is special agent oso. Oh and the big balls with the googly eyes- that is barney.

I love her art!!!!

Friday, August 28, 2009

>Congrats to See Kai Run!!!

>A big congrats to See Kai Run!

See Kai Run won the iParenting Outstanding Products Award for 2009.
Go to to sign up for their newsletter and check out their adorable shoes.

You can also
Enter to win a pair of See Kai Run shoes here!

>Baby Making Stuff

>My daughter is going to be 2 in October. Pretty much since she was born my husband has been nagging me about having another one.

I had my reasons for not wanting another one.
The first being that the first time we became pregnant I had a miscarriage and it was devestating. Then the second was when I was pregnant with my daughter toward the end I had complications. I had Preclampsia so they had to induce me. Then after over 24 hours of labor- I lost track. I went in the hospital on a Thursday to be induced and didn't have my daughter until Saturday via C-section. So I had the pain of the labor and the pain of the C-section afterward. Whoever says you forget all the pain once you hold your child is a liar. From the Preclampsia they had to give me mercury, then I had the epidural and the spinal block. I went in there not wanting any drugs and held out as long as possible that the nurses and doctors were in shock. They had to break my water. Kept increasing the Pitocin which then increased the contractions. It was a crazy, painful experience. The third being that I get really bad back pain now because of all those things they stuck in my back. So I remember the back pains I had being pregnant. This ontop of that- how will I move?? Then there is - my daughter is a lot of work, how will we manage two? Well I decided perhaps I am ready to face my fears.

Well finally we sat down and talked about it seriously. So with my daughter we didn't find out the sex. it was the best feeling in the world to have that surprise. So I decided that if we were to have another one that it would be the same. My hubby says we should find out so that we can get rid of all the girl if it were a boy. So during our serious conversation, which now I am ready for another, he decides he isn't. I mean after two years of him asking and wanting... finally i say yes and he says no. He said he wants to wait until he gets his CDL (truck driving) license and gets a new job. He has a permit, and still has to do classes for the license which are expensive. Then there is the whole searching for a job. We are both nervous of at that point what the hours will be. Right now we both work 9-5.

Well, now I am left with mixed feelings... I mean confused and kind of disappointed.
It actually kind of sucks...

Before I had reasons that I don't want to. But now I have been thinking and I am going to present hubby with reasons I do wan to have another one now. For one, I want our family to grow. For two, I don't want the age difference to be to much. For three, Hubby's job now- he gets a discount on baby stuff.

>Free Pink Cutters Gloves

In Honor of Breast Cancer Awareness. Cutters Gloves is giving away a free pair of pink gloves to first 1000 on August 28th.

I just clicked the link and its not open yet, so keep trying. When you get to the page just click on Cutters Pink. Click Here
It is open now- just learned there is a $6.95 shipping fee

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

>Check Out these Freebies

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Tuesday, August 25, 2009

>C is For Cookie

>We had a blast baking cookies last night. Look at that big smile!!

She had a blast baking cookies last night!

>Painting a Masterpiece

>Last weekend fixed up the playroom for Samantha. We bought the cute little cubby hole shelves for her toys and the totes to go in them. Then I thought about the decorating. I saw a cute picture of a Teddy Bear Ballerina at Target. It was like $25. So then the wheels in my mind started spinning.

I said why should I spend $25 on someone elses art when I can just sit down with Samantha and she can make her own art for her playroom.

Then, I went to AC Moore. Spend $10 for 4 pieces of canvas, and $4 on paint. We went home and she painted one canvas. Check it out, doesn't it look great?

She told me she painted a picture of Barney, Special Agent Oso, Jay Jay, and Super Why.

Her playroom with her masterpiece!

>Pouchmiss 20% off code

I was recently introduced to a company called Pouchmiss. Pouchmiss makes it possible to convert your stlish large handbag into a diaper bag. Pouchmiss is an easy to clean material that inserts into your large handbag. It provides multiple compartments for organization as well as 2 insulated pockets and a changing mat.

Click Here to go to their website for more information.

They offered my readers a 20% off coupon code.

Just enter USPM0809 at checkout (no expiration)

>OnTray Review

>Recently I won an OnTray in a twitter contest. I just had to post a blog about it because it is one of the best things and most useful things I ever came across. It makes shopping so much easier. OnTray was created by a mom, and is FDA approved. OnTray is a small container that attaches to your shopping wagon. All you have to do is attach it to the cart and add a snack. Then you can slide the cover underneath and cover it back up when you are done.

My husband, daughter and I all went out to the market yesterday, which is located in a litle shopping center. First, we stopped for pizza. The pizza that my daughter didn't eat we put into the OnTray and she ended up eating the rest in the market, along with a peach.

This device was extremely handy. Normally I would push the wagon with one hand and hold her snack in the other. Now she can comfortably snack while I comfortably push!

If you don't have one, I highly recommend getting one.

Check out their website to purchase one or find a store that sells them.

Check out the pictures ~ what a huge help OnTray is! Makes shopping a little more pleasurable, and a lot less difficult.

Monday, August 24, 2009

>See Kai Run Review and Giveaway (closed)


"Every Journey Begins With A First Step"

What do you look for in a shoe?
Do you look for Style?
Do you look for Comfort?

See Kai Run is a line of shoes designed by a mom and created for kids. Named after their first child Kai, Cause haun and Hang Chen were inspired to create a line of shoes that are modern and promote healthy development of the feet.

Therefore, being a mom, of course I would want my daughter to wear cute shoes that are comfortable for her. Also, See Kai Run shoes meet the American Podiatric Medical Associations seal of acceptance.

I was recently given the opportunity to review a pair of shoes from See Kai Run. They sent Samantha a cute pair of Rebekah shoes to try out. Upon receiving the shoes, my first initial reaction was geeez, they are huge! Well, in reality they fit Samantha perfectly, I was just thinking of how little her feet once were. Now a size 6, woah! Where did the time go?

Finally after realizing how much my girls feet have grown, I was able to appreciate the beauty and make of these shoes. The shoes were absolutely adorable and the soles were softer and more flexible than other shoes. I absolutely think these shoes were more comfortable for Samantha. The next day when I was going to put on her sandals, she said no, other ones. Then picked out the See Kai Run shoes.

Check out how adorable and cute these gorgeous these shoes look on my little girls big feet.

Enter to win your own pair of See Kai Run Shoes (Your Choice of Style and Size, from the See Kai Run or Smaller Line!) Open to U.S. and Canada Addresses only.

Giveaway ends September 7, 2009 at 12 Noon EST. I will choose a winner using Leave an email address so that I can contact you if you are the winner! Good Luck!

Leave a comment for each entry

*The Contest is CLosed*

Friday, August 21, 2009

>Solavie Desert Skin/Hair Care System Review and Giveaway (closed)

Solavie is the first skin and hair system designed for men and women, any skin or hair type based on the body's reaction to environmental conditions.

There are six different Enviro-Types:







Solavie creates a balance by focusing on the inbalances in ecosystems around the world. Each of the Enviro-Types cater to the needs of your skin and hair based on the environmental conditions and effects it has on your skin and hair. The main ingredient is Sun Valley's ancient volcanic spring water which boosts the anti-oxident and phyto-nutrient effects.

The bottle is designed in a shape of a yin/yang. Therefore, it does not take up that much space in the shower. It is also light and compact for traveling.

Thanks to The Product Review Place, I made a wonderful contact who gave me the opportunity to review the Solavie Desert Skin/Hair Care System.
The Ingredients are: Rose Oil, Sage Oil, Rosemary Oil, Yucca Extract, Sodium PCA, Sodium Hyaluronate, Green Tea Extract, Aloe, Bisabolol, Oat Extract, Shea Butter, Echinacea, Gotu Kola and anti-oxidant rich Vitamins A,C,E. Desert products contain anti-irritants, free-radical fighters and moisture sealants extracted from desert ecosystems to combat extremely dry conditions. Mineral-rich volcanic spring water from Sun Valley, Idaho boosts the effectiveness and delivers nutrients deep into skin/hair cells.

The Scent is: Spicy, natural aroma of desert plants and flowers reminiscent of hot desert nights.
My Opinion: I enjoyed using Solavie Desert. I thought the system was very convenient. It was a bottle that was compact and took up little space. Also in this one simple bottle it served every purpose. Each side of the bottle serves dual purposed. One as a body wash and shampoo. The other as conditioner and styling gel. Th wash and shampoo was a light cleanser. It was gentle and left my skin and hair feelng healthy. I have used shampoo's and conditioners that tended to dry out my hair. This shampoo and conditioner kind of embraced the natural oils of my skin and hai to leave it looking healthy and clean but not dried out.

Do you want to try it? Here is what you can do:

Try Solavie now by requesting a sample. It only costs $1 to cover the shipping


Enter to win your own Solavie Desert Skin/Hair Care System.
Giveaway ends on Friday September 4, 2009 (09/04) at 12 Noon EST. Leave a comment with a valid email address for each entry. Winner will be chosen by random using Open to U.S.

Thursday, August 20, 2009

>Fun Free Stuff for All

>20 Free 4x6 prints from walgreens, today only! click here and enter coupon code 20FREE4ME

Free Aveno hair care sample click here

Fizzy Wizzies bath sample click here

8 free country songs at itunes from people mag click here

Coldplay 'From Left To Right' Album download click here

Also, let me mention there are a few posts that I have with free stuff, to see all of them just click on the tag Free Stuff.

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

>Blush Accessories ~ Topless Undershirt Review & Giveaway (closed)

>Blush Accessories recently gave me the opportunity to review a pink Topless Undershirt.

Top 5 reasons I Love (insert a heart where the "o" is) the Topless Undershirt

#1 I had a pair of jeans that i loved and adored. They have a hole in the butt. I still just couldn't part with them because they were so comfortable. So now, with the topless undershirt I can pull it down over my butt so that you don't see the hole.

#2 No matter what size pants I wear and whether I wear a belt or not, most the time I bend over I show the wold my butt. I know that I am not the only person that this happens to. I have seen a lot of ladies and mens butts when they have bent over. So when I would bend over I would put my had on the belt ring in attempts of not showing the world my butt. With the Topless Undershirt it covers the midsection butt area, so I don't have to worry about that anymore.

#3 My daughter will be 2 in October but I have been unable to lose the belly weight. Now I can wear some of the shirts that are a little shorter on me with fashinable layering.

#4 You can adjust it to the length that you want to. You can make it shorter or longer to go with any shirt.

#5 The topless undershirt does not bunch up.

oh... and a plus... my husband loves it! (Thinking about getting it in black.)

Tell Me What You Think!
You can buy your own here and use the coupon code welovebloggers at checkout for 20% off 2 undershirts or more.
Enter to win your own Topless Undershirt (winners choice). Giveaway ends on August 31st (8/31) at 12 Noon EST. Leave a comment with a valid email address for each entry. Winner will be chosen by random using Open to U.S.
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Tuesday, August 18, 2009

>Free For All!

>Nabisco Calendar with $55 worth of coupons
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Club Cookie Tote Bag (first 500)
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Free 11 x 14 Poster From Walgreens - enter code FreePoster
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Roll It ~ Pat It ~ Mark it with R ~ Put it in the oven for Samantha and Me!

Monday, August 17, 2009



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>Toddlers + Weddings = Recipe For Disaster


My husband and I had a wedding to go to this past Saturday. Quite an unforgetable event I must say. It is the first wedding that we bought Samantha to and I suppose it could have been worst but at the end of the night I said to my husband the great line that every woman says pretty often to their man "See I told you so..."

It started off many months agao, perhaps even a year ago that the bride asked us if my daughter would be a flower girl. First we said yes, until we thought about it. She is not even two yet, all I could imagine her saying is no mommy no, and having a melt down. I didn't want her to ruin the girls wedding. I didn't think she was ready for that. So we decided no to flower girl.

The bride then said ~ we both want her to be there. Being she lives in CA and there are people coming from all over for the wedding. so we said ok, we will bring her. My husbands reaction was great we are family and we will go as a family. My reaction was great, this is going to be a lot of work!

Church: We went to the ceremony with Samantha. She was not the only kid there. We were told it would be kid friendly but boy was that priest rude! How do they expect parents to want to bring their children to church if its a place unwelcome to them? Anyways, there was a 14 month old and he made a sound which wasn't a cry. It was more of a "Eh" and the priest shot an evil look and said if you can;t keep him down then please leave. Then Samantha had to go potty so my husband walked her out. She did not make a peep, but the priest said "are we gonna go through this again?" So this fun family experience turned out to be a little less fun then expected.

On the Way to the Reception: The reception was in NYC, so we drove there. On the way Samantha said she did poop, which we forgot to bring wipes. So as we drove through the city we were ISO a Duane Reade, which is normally on every corner in the city. However, we could not find any. So we finally find a Rite Aid and my husband pops out to get wipes and I put her in the back to get ready to change her. Turned out to be a false alarm. She didn't poop after all. We finally get to the place and park the car. Luckily we found meter parking and didnt have to put it in the lot. Then after we parked and got out of the car the actor from the first season of true blood, don't know his name, but he was the head vampire while bill was on trial. Well he said that my daughter was beautiful. That was totally cool!

Reception: So it was my husband, Samantha and I. I honestly felt like I didn't have a date, or like Samantha was my date. We stayed in the bathroom a lot of the night because Samantha constantly thought she had to do pees. My feet killed me from carrying her and running after her. my arms were sore the day after from carrying her. Then at one point during the dinner Samantha said she had to go potty and I had to take her. When I came back our plates were gone! I asked my husband who was in fact sitting next to us and he said he didn't notice. Oh, and he didn't drink either. Samantha is a doll, don't get me wrong. I hate leaving her but sometimes I think the best thing in certain situations is to leave her with a sitter. From this experience I really don't think that a wedding is a place for toddlers

So, we have another wedding in October. It is my brother in laws wedding and we have to bring her. Perhaps I will just copy and paste this post in October. Then a couple add ons cause thats going to be a weekend event! AHHHHHH !!! (thats me screaming!)

Here are some cute pictures of my little princess before the wedding, enjoy!

>Piggy Paint Review

What is Piggy Paint?

Piggy paint is a nailpolish developed by a mom for little girls who want to be fancy. My little girl Samantha is one of them. She loves all things pretty and fancy. One time she was fingerpainting and she decided she wanted to paint her toes. That was when she was 18 months and now she is 21 months. What is a mom to do? She loves lipstick (i give her chapstick), lotions and nailpolish. She is just 21 months but loves it all.

I have polished her toe nails before with regular nailpolish. I would never paint her fingernails thugh. I have always been afraid of her putting her hands in her mouth or the polish chipping. Even when I paint her toe nails I do it very quickly so the smells not too strong.

One day I came across Piggy Paint online. It seemed to be the solution for my Samantha's desire to be fancy. Piggy Paint is safe for children.It is a non-toxic, odorless, non-toxic formula and hypoallergenic. There are no toxic chemicals. Their slogan is "'s as natural as mud." Why would I not want to try this nailpolish on Samantha. Even the Piggy Paint nailpolish remover is completely safe. It helps to protect their nails and cuticles.

So I painted Samantha's nails and I was very surprised that this non-toxic nailpolish stayed on her nails so well. I thought it would be more watery and harder to stick onto the nails but it actually worked really well. The nailpolish lasted a day until it started coming off but I can definitely say the same about regular nailpolish. My daughter plays hard, so for it to last that long I was surprised. I was very satisfied with the product. I plan in the near future to let her try polishing her own nails and letting her try to polish mine with it too.

Check out little Samantha's nails!

So, if you have not tried it yet - i think you should definitely try it now!
Piggy Paint was generous to offer my readers a 15% off coupon code. All you have to do is enter the code PAINS15L at checkout, it expires 9/30/09.

Friday, August 14, 2009

>Check out this Art contest

>Henkel is having an art contest for ages 2-18.

Theme: "Making the World Easier, Better and More Beautiful"

1.Upload your art to the gallery!
(Aug. 2nd - Sept. 13th)
2.Henkel judges select 25 finalists from each of the
four age groups:
Ages: 2-5 Ages: 10-13
Ages: 6-9 Ages: 14-18
3.VOTE! (Sept. 17th – 30th) Voters choose their favorites while the judges meet to select theirs.
4.Winners in both categories are announced: Voter’s Choice Winners in each bracket receive $500 for art supplies. Celebrity Judges then award four Grand-Prize Winners with $1,000 and a trip to NYC November 4–7th!


>Samantha's New Adventure

>Samantha will be 2 in October. Right now when she goes to the library and borders story time and when she does she says she is going to school. So, my husband and I looked into things we can put her in.

We did Music Together when she was a baby and she loved it, then we did Little Gym and that was fun while it lasted. Then the summer came and she is completely independent and wants to be a big girl. We tried gymboree once and its true that the teacher makes the program. We never went back.

So now I found a drop off program. The playgroup is 2 times a week for two hours and then there is a dance class on saturdays for 45 minutes. Tap and ballet. When we went to sign her up there was an older class in there and they allowed us to go in and see. It was super cute! Little Samantha tried to join the class and immitate what they were doing.

It is very exciting for my husband and I to put her in a program like this where she can meet friends and be able to enjoy herself. So a two year old with little tap and ballet shoes in leotards. Super cute! They even have a little recital at the end. I cannot wait! I will have to go search on etsy for a super cute tutu. Anyone who knows a great place please let me know.

Pictures to follow next month when the class starts!


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Tuesday, August 11, 2009

>Potty Training-How Do You Begin and When Does It End?

>I would surely love to know those answers. Being a first time mom I am certainly no expert. I am lerning about potty training just as much as my daughter Samantha is. It is hard for the both of us.

My daughter is now 22 months. I started the process of potty training her 2 weeks ago. At first all I would do is put her on the potty first thing when she woke up. It became routine and she got used to it. Every mornin she would pee I would praise her.

Then I began to put pull ups on her, and I let her decorate her potty. At first she would tell me "no undies, pamper!" I told her we had no more pampers and she is a big girl and big girls wear big girl undies. Something about the undies and being wet made her uncomfortable. So I decided no more pampers.

She has had many accidents but she is learning well. The other day we went to the mall and she told us "poopies." We rushed her as fast as possible to the toilet and she made poop. Not every poop makes it to the potty but when they do we celebrate and make a big deal out of it.

Yesterday she decided "No little potty, big potty." so now we put the seat on our potty and I guess it makes her feel big to use the big potty. She enjoys it more.

It is definitely a learning process for all of us but I think we are getting somewhere.I am very very proud of her. Hopefully by the time she turns two in october she is pretty much trained.

Monday, August 10, 2009

>Big List of Freebies for All !

>Today only: Sample of Burts Bee Spot Acne Treatment click here

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>Mayo Clinic Health Manager Review

>Recently I was asked by the Mom Bloggers Club to review the Mayo Clinic's new health manager.

The Mayo Clinic Health Manager is a free tool that people can use online to manage their family health. You can check out the site here. With Mayo Clinic Health Manager you can asily access your health records online, get personal guidance from experts, monitor your health and keep track of appointments.

Personally I saw some good and bad in this system.

Certainly it is a great tool. I think it would be extremely useful for our family. My husband is diabetic, has high cholecteral and high blood pressure. He is on numerous medications. He has to be sure to go back to the doctor every three months to check his liver because of the medication he is on. Then there is also my appointments and my daughters. My daughter is 2 and gets vaccinations. This tool can help keep track of everything easily.

I felt it was user friendly and easy to us. It would be great to go green and eliminate paper by keping track of everything online.

The only negative I found was because I am a little paranoid about entering my personal information places, especially on the web. There are so many hackers out there and I don't want them having access to my personal information.

In all honesty, as of right now I would not use this tool. I think its a good idea but I am just scared that someone will have access to my personal information. Perhaps in the future I would be more likely to use it as I get more and more comfortable with technology.

Click here to check out the website and detemine if the Mayo Clinic Health Manager is right for you and your family.

>Contest. Please Vote!

>Recently @toycoupons had a contest on twitter for most sociable.
You had to write a poem on twitter less than 140 characters.

I wrote two poems- please check them out -and please please please vote for me!



Click Here to vote!

Friday, August 7, 2009

>The Real Celebrities in this World

>What is wrong with our society that people worship actors, singers, and athletes? Sure they are talented, but do they really deserve to make that mych money? Can't you think of someone that deserves to make more money than Paula Abdul?

I heard yesterday Paula Abdul rejected the offer from American Idol because she wanted more money. Didn't they offer her like 4 million?

It truely bugs me. I honestly don't believe that actors, singers or athletes should make as much as they do. There are people who contribute more and deserve more and don't get the acknowledgement that they should.

Who are the real celebrities on our society??
Doctors: They help and heal the sick, and try to keep the healthy healthy.
Teachers: Without the teachers to teach the doctors there wouldn't be any, huh? Besides that, they inspire, teach and help our children.
Moms and Dads: They are also teachers. I must say I honestly believe being a parent is the best but most difficult thing to be. You are there for your children, teach them, and try to raise them right the best you can. Your a teacher to teach them, a bodyguard who keeps them safe, a friend they can turn to, you make them feel better when they are sick. The list goes on!
Military: They are putting their lives on the line for our country!! Don't you think they deserve to make more?

I can keep adding many more people that I believe should make more money then them.
I am sure that you know some... leave a comment to add onto the list.

Thursday, August 6, 2009

>Family Friendly Freebies For All

>Glade® Fall into Fragrance Gift Pack - First 10,000* to respond will receive one free Glade® PlugIns® Scented Gel Warmer plus Refill. If you have received a gift pack from Right@Home™ in the last 180 days, you are not eligible for this month's offer. Click Here

Free Scope Outlast Sample. Click Here

OXY® Deep Cleaning Gel Face Wash Free Sample. Click Here

Pull-ups Potty Print Kit Click Here

Free Comic Books from Federal Reserve Click Here

Free Baby Calendar Click Here


>Potty Time

>So Samantha is 21 months and we decided to potty train her full time now. And by gosh it is surely difficult. Although I must say she has been cooperating much better than I expected her to. We bought the huggies pull ups training pants and at first she said no, pamper. She wanted a pamper on, not training pants. So I guess there must be something that makes them uncomfortable.

The other night she decorated her potty, about an hour later she went poopy for the first time in the potty. I was so proud. I took a picture. I wanted to post it. It's a cute little poop, but I decided as cute as I think it is, you guys probably won't agree, or would rather just take my word on it.

Yesterday her grandma took her to the movies and she even did pee in the the toilet there. She went like 8 times yesterday. Today she went twice before we left the house. I think we are on to something here! After she goes potty we reward her with a sticker.

So wish me luck on this wild journey of potty training. I will keep you updated !

>Help Defeat Hunger

>If you don't go on to read the rest of this blog, before you leave can you please just leave a comment. ShopRite and General Mills will donate 1 box of cereal to a foodbank in ShopRite's trading area for the first 30 people who comment on this post.

Blogging is more that just writing about your own life and experiences.It is more than just reviews and giveaways. Sure I love them things. It makes blogging fun. However, sometimes blogging can be used to help others. I recently joined a campaign called "Bog It Forward to Fight World Hunger." I was offered the opportunity to use my blog for the greater good- helpting people by writing about fighting world hunger. If all of us just do a little, it will be a lot.

All of you surely know what it is like to feel hungry. it's uncomfortable,often painful and I know personally I rush to get something in my stomach to make them feelings go away. Imagine not having anything to put in your stomach. Imagine that feeling of hunger, pain and discomfort lasting hours, days or even weeks. Gosh, I can not even imagine. Luckily at this point in my life I dont have to worry about experiencing that. But you never know what tomorrow will bring. You do not know what the future holds. For that, I am always greatful for what I have today. And for that I feel the need to help others.

General Mills and ShopRite wull donate one box of cereal to a foodbank in ShopRites trade area for the first 30 people who comment on this post. So please, please comment. It won't cost you a penny to help.

Did you know?
* There are more than 36 million americans that are unsure of when their next meal will be.
* There are more than 12 million children growing up hungry. This causes many comlications to their development.

What is the solution?
ShopRite's Partnes in Caring Program is a year round program to fight hunger. The program services food pantries, soup kitchens, homeless shelters, child care centers, battered women's shelters, senior programs, drug rehab centers, programs for the metally and physically disabled, anfter school programs and more.

The ShopRite's Parnters and Care program works with over 50 food manufacturers to help defeat hunger. The program was founded 10 years ago, in 1999 and has already donated $20 million to more than 1400 organizations in New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Delaware, Pennsylvania, and Maryland. For more information Cick Here.

How can you help?
* Leave a comment!
* Shop at your local ShopRite and purchase products from the ShopRite Partners in Caring shelf tag. The manufacturers of them items make a donation to the program.
* make a donation. $1 donation purchases $10 of food from a local food bank.
* Volunter in your community. People often feel charitable during holiday seasons. The truth is their are people hungry all year round.

For more information or to make a donation please visit the ShopRite Partners in Caring Program

And Again, General Mills and ShopRite wull donate one box of cereal to a foodbank in ShopRites trade area for the first 30 people who comment on this post. So please, please comment. It won't cost you a penny to help.

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

>Should People Need A License To Have Kids?

>What do you think?

I am sure you have heard someone say this before, I know I have been involved in discussions like this many times. Should people need a license to have kids?

You need a license to get married, a license to be a teacher, a license to practive medicine and law. However anyone can have a child. Then on the flip side people who can not have children and look to adopt go through such a long unpromising process.

How many times do you go out and see parents with their children having no care at all, as though nothing can happen to their child?

The other day Samantha was in the park and her Grandmother was pushing her on the swing. He grandmother saw a child running to toward the swings aout of the corner of her eye. The child was no more than 2. There was no parent following the child. Luckily Samantha's Grandma had seen the girl coming and was able to stop the swing. The girl ran right behind the swing and could have been seriously hurt. even after the entire thing happened, the childs parents were still completely oblivious to it all.

Now think about this. What if the child ran in the opposite direction? Out of the park and into the street? What if the child was kidnapped because the parent was not watching them?

Is talking it up with friends really that important? Should you allow yourself to drown so deeply into a converation that you are totally unaware of your surroundings and the danger that your child may be in?

Please Keep Your Child Safe!

Just a Couple Ways To Keep Your Child Safe in Your Local Park
1- Always watch your child and stay nearby. That was if your child is in need of help, in harms way or injured you are able to reach them quickly.
2- If someone is smoking in the playgroung kindly ask them to step outside of the park. You do not want your child breathing in the smoke or picking up a cigarrette butt that was tossed and even possibly get burned.
3- Sunblock . You do not want to bring them home with sunburn.
4- There are often holes in the childrens play gyms where there is a ladder of a pole. If you have young children sure to stand in a place that they are safe and you are able to help them so they don't fall. They are often very high and it would be a hard fall.
5- In the sprinkler - always have your children wear shoes! Try and get ones that don't slip.

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

>Stay Cool This Summer - WNBA Discounts

>I received an email from One2One network that I am so excited to share with my readers.

If you are looking for an inexpensive way to stay indoors and have fun this summer, now is your chance. It is also a chance to introduce your young children to sports.

I live in New York, therefore New York Liberty is the team closest playing at Madison Square Garden. When you go to the ticketmaster website and enter the code WNBABLOG you get 33% off tickets to go see WNBA New York Liberty.

You can search for teams in your area by visiting this site: CLICK HERE

Stay cool this summer and enjoy a fun basketball game for cheap!

Monday, August 3, 2009

>Eebee Adventures Review and Giveaway (CLOSED!)

>Let me Introduce to you one of my daughters favorite friends:
This is Eebee

"eebee bee-bee bee-bee bee-bee baby, eebee bee-bee bee-bee baby boo, eebee bee-bee bee bee-bee baby, eebee bee-bee baby, I love you!"

The first couple of days I was home with my daughter from the hospital I had no clue what to do with her. I mean I read all these parenting blogs and magazines on how to care for a baby. So I was completely comfortable with caring for her. I had no doubt in my mind I would be a good mom to her. What I mean is as I sat on the couch I thought should I play with her or watch kiddy shows or put her in the swing? I said to myself "let me see if there are any kiddy shows for her." I had time warner at the time and went to kids on demand. That is when I first discovered Eebee. She was still quite young for him but I decided this is someone I want my daughter to get to know.

From the moment I turned it on I fell in love with the little guy. He is so colorful and friendly looking. I thought he was someone my daughter would be able to relate to when as she got older, and he was. As Samantha got older she was able to relate to Eebee as being one of her peers. Eebee speaks in baby talk as his friend Kristy who is an adult teaches him all sorts of things and encourages him through positive reinforcement. Kristy is to Eebee what I am to Samantha. For her first Christmas/ Hannakah Samantha was about 3 months. We bought Samantha an Eebee Doll. When she opened him she was in awe. He was pretty much as big as she was. Colorful and friendly looking, she was as in love with him as I was. I remember sitting with Samantha on the floor with tissue paper as she immitated Eebee tearing up tissue paper on TV. She would look at the Eebee doll next to her then the Eebee doll on TV with disbelief. She thought it was very funny that he was with her and on TV. Now her Eebee doll sits at the table with her to have a tea party and she sits him to play as she plays toys. (Some may say she needs a sibling)

 Samantha watching eebee Adventures with eebee

When I came across @eebeebaby on twitter, I was excited to ask them if I could review their items on my blog. I am totally excited and I hope all of you are too!

About Eebee Adventures: Eebee Adventures are based on the latest research in child development. The best way for your child to learn is through play. Eebee is a charater that your child can watch on TV and play along with. He experiments with things the same way that your child does and teached them to think outside the box.

It is important for your child to learn their ABC's and 123's but Eebee teaches them other essentials of development by focusing on social, physical and cognitive skills.

I am extremely excited to have gotten in the mail I recieved three Eebee DVD's to review. Each of the DVD's are broken down into three 30 minute segments.
1- All in a Days Play
2- Exploring Real Stuff
3- Figuring Things Out

I sat down with my husband and my daughter Samantha who is 21 months to review the DVD's with me.

*The first DVD we watched was All in a Days Play. This DVD is for ages 6 months and up.
The three segments are Laundry List, Just You and Me, and Little Objects, Big Ideas
*The second DVD we watched was Exploring Real Stuff. This DVD is for ages 6 months and up.

The three segments are Brimming With Ideas, Out of the Box, and On a Roll
*The third DVD we watched was Figuring Things Out. This DVD is for ages 12 months and up.

The three segments are The Lightbulb Goes On, Blocking and Tackling Ideas, and On The Go

Eebee Adventures are created for children 6 months and up. Samantha is 21 months and already talking. Samantha enjoyed watching eebee and watching kids around her age on TV playing, learning and discovering new things. She related to the adult Kristy as Eebee's Mom. Whenever Kristy wasn't on screen she would ask "where is eebee's mama?" Eebee Adventures is like watching a mom play with her child on TV, learning and discovering new things. We also loved the original music on the DVD. Everytime the music would come on, Samantha would get up and dance to it. Eebee Adventures gave us new ideas on playing.

The DVD also has bonus features which give parents a lot of insight on child development and helps parents understand their child better.

Check out this ParentsTV interview with Stephen Gass, the co-founder and president of Eebee's Aventures. In this interview he explains what Eebee is all about.

Now you can win your own set of Eebee DVD's!

*Giveaway Closed*

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Contest ends August 17, 2009 AT 12 Noon EST