Monthly Archive:: July 2011


August Monthly Tailspin Blog & Social Media Hop

I love hops, but often get sidetracked or forget to link up for the week.  I can’t tell you how many times I’ve remembered at the tail end of a hop.  The other thing that happens is I won’t have time to hop through the entire list…but when next week rolls around


#Giveaway Gala Link Up (7/31)

Giveaway Gala Hosted by: 3 Princes and a Princess 2, Closer to Lucy, Have Sippy Will Travel, Tales From the Nursery, and The Thrifty Things. Yes, that means if you link up here – your giveaway will be listed on all five of our blogs!


9 Months In; 9 Months Out

Dear Aerissa, Today you are 9 months old.  I can hardly believe it.  You are babbling, crawling, standing, clapping, and cruising.  You even have two little teeth that you won’t let me look at.  You are growing up so fast (cliche, yes, but true!) and I hardly know what to think. It’s


Another Cell Phone Savings Option with Straight Talk

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Straight Talk for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine. There’s a trend towards going contract-less for cell phone plans.  A lot of people prefer to pay as they go, especially when money is tight.  And if funds run low, there’s no


July 31st ~ Last Day to Get 25% off Charlie Banana Cloth Diapers!

Today is the last day of the 25% Charlie Banana sale at Sandbox Lane! They have Charlie Banana diapers for 15% off AND you can use my reader discount TFN2011 for an additional 10% off. Yes, that’s a total of 25% off! Quick note: After you select shipping option, click “continue checkout”


Boost Your Buzz $1,000 Summer Cash #Giveaway Reminder #BoostBuzz

We had so much fun participating in and entering the Boost Your Buzz giveaway in April that we just had to be involved again this summer! Enter the Boost Your Buzz $1,000 Giveaway! One lucky person is going to win $1000 USD paid via Paypal! 


Ask the Web Guy: Burnin’ Feeds and Taking Names

Darcy asked me to type up a quick tutorial on your RSS feed and how to “burn it.” All blogs, regardless of their topic, should have an RSS link (sometimes also called Subscribe) in a easy-to-see spot. Many people, me included, like to view their blogroll using an RSS reader, such as


Watching Baby Play

The other day I was stressed out and feeling a little low so I did what needed to be done…. I stepped back and enjoyed my daughter. I play with her everyday but let’s be honest, my head isn’t always 100% in it. Heck, sometimes I am multitasking with my phone.


The Muppets: Coming November 23rd

I seriously cannot tell you how much we are looking forward to the new Muppets movie.  And with Jason Segel?  It’s going to be hilarious!


Friday Night Meme: 2 Truths, 1 Lie [Updated]

Sadie at Randomosity started a fun new little icebreaker meme.  I’ll list 2 truths and 1 lie.  You guess which one is the lie.  In 24 hours, I’ll update the post with the answer!


Over $10 in Coupons for Groceries and Toiletries

Awhile back I asked on our Facebook fan page if you wanted some deals brought to you now and again.  I’m doing my best to bring some to you! Print these right away because some of these won’t be available anymore after this weekend!


Playtex The First Lil’ Gripper ~ Straw Trainer Cup Review

So Rissa has pretty much boycotted bottles.  Well, maybe that’s not accurate.  She wasn’t bottle fed very often to begin with, so I guess I shouldn’t be too surprised that now she doesn’t want anything to do with drinking from a bottle. Oh no. She’s a big girl now! I didn’t want


Xander Nash {Young Children’s Chapter Books} Review

Although I don’t have to worry about this yet, I know it can be a unique challenge to find appropriate chapter books for elementary school children.  They grow out of the picture books but aren’t quite ready for the really big, long books yet.  Or, if you have an advanced reader, they


The Smurfs: A Magical Smurf Adventure DVD Review

I grew up through the 80s and 90s which meant I got to enjoy a lot of classic cartoons, including the Smurfs!  I was very excited about the opportunity to review Smurfs: A Magical Smurf Adventure since I had fond memories of watching them as a kid. Synopsis:  Get your Smurf on with this 2-disc


Safety Recall: Fisher Price Little People’s Builder Load ‘n Go Wagon

Voluntary Safety Recall: The wagon handle of the Little People® Builders Load ’n Go Wagon may cause injury if a child falls on it, so Fisher Price has issued a voluntary recall in cooperation with the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission and Health Canada. The affected wagon has a yellow handle and


VeggieTales Princess and the Pop Star DVD Review & #Giveaway (Closed)

I think we’ve officially become a Veggie Tales family.  I know the theme song quite well and hubby is on his way to learning it too.  Rissa just seems to LOVE watching and listening.  And they continue to come up with great new titles.  We received the opportunity to review the newest


RIO DVD #Giveaway and New Coloring App Info (Closed)

RIO is coming to DVD on August 2nd! Captured as a young bird from the wild, Blu (Jesse Eisenberg, The Social Network) is a domesticated Spix Macaw living thousands of miles away from his homeland, Brazil. When his human owner Linda (Leslie Mann, 17 Again) discovers that he is the last male


Odd Things Heard at My House

You smell like a rubber giraffe. Honey, don’t lick the laptop. Is that poop or chocolate? Don’t put the kitty’s tail in your mouth. Please don’t lick mommy’s bra. Please stop clawing at my shirt. These are directed at my daughter, not my husband…in case you needed a reminder!


Free 140 Labels from Vista Print (Deal ends July 29th)

From now until July 29th you can get 140 FREE Return Address Labels! The labels are free – just pay shipping and processing! With over 7,000 of designs to choose from, these labels are extremely versatile. You can sort by style or theme or search for a specific color or image! Don’t


What’d You Win? July Edition (with linky)

I like to share each month what I’ve won since I loooove giveaways!  So, I teamed up with Sometimes You Win and Eco Baby Mama Dramato host a new monthly feature called “What’d you Win?” Here’s the deal, every last Wednesday of the month we will be posting about all of our awesome