Monthly Archive:: July 2012


Preparing to Fly With a Toddler

When I decided I wanted to go to BlogHer ’12, I knew I wanted my daughter to come with me.  She is very much a part of this blog – a very important part!  So, to me it made sense that she should come with.  I know that this will present some


5 Features I Love About the Fisher-Price Fastfinder Deluxe Messenger Diaper Bag

If there’s one thing I kind of feel bad about at times, it’s making my husband carry my flowery diaper bag.  Or sending him off to get something out of the bag, but he has no clue where to find it… especially when my directions suck.  I know right where it is


Local Family Friendly August 2012 Activities: #Wisconsin State Fair, County Fairs and more!

Ozaukee County Fair in Cedarburg, WI Dates: August 1-5 Admission: Free! Highlights: It’s one of the last free to attend fairs in the Midwest which makes it budget-friendly for walking around.  Fireworks on August 1st!  While there you will find carnival games, food, various merchants selling items, petting zoo, live music, diesel


Hevea Prize Pack Giveaway (ARV $90) #babyshower (US/Can) 8/24

Looking for baby shower gift ideas?  How about putting together your own cute gift basket with items like these… Prize: Hevea Prize Pack ARV $90 – includes pacifier, teether, bath duck, two paci clips. Eligibility: US and Canada (please check the terms at the bottom of the Rafflecopter form below) Open: July 30-August 24 a


Just for Baby Giveaway: Win a Fisher-Price Fastfinder Deluxe Messenger Diaper Bag! (US) 7/30-8/10

It seems like there is a ton of baby fever going on around, doesn’t it?  I know I have lots of readers who are currently pregnant, trying to conceive or recently gave birth to a new bundle of joy.  I also know several bloggers who are sharing their pregnancy journeys like I


Yoplait Trix Yogurt Adds Healthy Color to Snack Time

I’ve mentioned before how I’ve struggled with my weight and self-image throughout my life.  It’s a shame, but the two really do tie together for me; however, I’m trying to turn that into a positive now.  It’s important to me to help my children establish healthy eating habits.  Doing this requires me


Blogger Giveaway Event Sign Ups: Family Entertainment Extravaganza {Free Giveaway Hop}

Do you have family game nights or board game marathon weekends?  How about movie marathons?  There are a lot of fun things we can do with our family while still enjoying quality time.  So, we wanted to help you and your readers find some new things to try or to help start


Win a $25 GC for SweetPea Maternity (US) Ends 8/11

You can find cute and fashionable maternity clothes that are affordable if you know where to look!  Here are just a couple tops I like from SweetPea Maternity that are under $25:   Prize! One U.S. reader will win a $25 GC to SweetPea Maternity (Check out my review!) Giveaway! (Ends 8/11/12) Log


Pregnancy Journal: 21 weeks and a New Maternity Dress!

I really wish this Wisconsin weather would make up its mind! One day it’s nice, next day there’s a heat advisory, then rinse and repeat.  I do not like the heat advisories while pregnant since I’m already running hotter than everyone around me!  Add in a toddler who likes to snuggle and


On the Road Again Travel Event: $10 Walmart GC & Luggage Scale (US) 7/28-8/11

Welcome to the On the Road Again giveaway event coordinated by Tales From the Nursery and Views From the ‘Ville.  This event starts at 12:01am est on July 28th and will end at 11:59pm est on August 11th.  Each blog is offering a fun travel or vacation related prize valued at $25 or


Low Sugar No Butter Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe #DominoCHLight

I know what you are thinking… what? Low sugar? No butter? Is this really a cookie?  Yes, yes it is!  It’s a healthier twist on the traditional Tollhouse cookie recipe.  I found a healthier version in the Olive Oil Desserts: Delicious and Healthy Heart Smart Baking cookbook I reviewed last year that removes butter


$20 for $40 Toward Eco-Friendly Baby Care and More from The Honest Company

I try to use as many natural and ecofriendly products as I can, especially when it comes to products that are used on my daughter.  I never paid much attention before her arrival!  Even with cleaning products, I want to minimize chemicals in my home.  Everything we have and use is not


Traveling Tips: 5 Tips for Protecting Yourself From Bedbugs

I’m going to share with you how we ended up with bedbugs after our honeymoon (what a way to start off marriage!) and offer some tips to help you from making the same mistakes we did.  I’m no expert and my tips certainly are not 100% bedbug proof, but they should help


The Odd Life of Timothy Green Magical Moments Photo Collage Sweepstakes #TimothyGreen

When Timothy Green unexpectedly shows up in Stanleyville, he changes the lives of the people he meets forever. Inspired by that, Disney has created an application ( that allows fans of THE ODD LIFE OF TIMOTHY GREEN to upload and share photos of magical moments from their own lives. When a photo is submitted, it becomes


WW: Goofing Off at #BBSummit12 With @ThisIsGMC

Last Saturday I attended an all day conference in Chicago. I was light on sleep and filling up with knowledge… All while meeting new people and spending time with those I already know. One of the conference sponsors was GMC and they brought two vehicles we could look at: the Denali and


How to Save Money & Capture Memories While Donating School Supplies #BagItForward #CBias

I’m so glad to be part of #BagItForward again this year. Last year I donated back to school supplies to Joplin, my nephew, and to my sister-in-law’s classroom as part of the campaign. When I was younger, my family received community assistance, which was appreciated even if it was kind of


5 Yo Gabba Gabba Gift Ideas for Your Little Fan!

My daughter loves Yo Gabba Gabba.  She can identify all of them and asks to watch it all the time.  She also wants to play with the iPhone app nonstop.  I will admit, when I first watched the show I thought it was weird and wondered what the writers were smoking… but it


$500 Gift Card for The Children’s Place Giveaway #babyshower 7/24-8/24

When there’s a new baby on the way, clothes shopping is probably my favorite thing to do. Of course, right now I’m hesitant to buy anything until my next ultrasound. I want a little more certainty than my 20 week ultrasound tech could give me before making purchases! Doesn’t mean I won’t


The Perfect Dress for a Little Princess

While my daughter can be a bit rough and tumble and unladylike, she is still our little princess.  I know some people may not like the idea of calling her that in fear of spoiling her, but hey… she is.  She’s my little fashionista who also likes to climb and explore.  She


Baby Bash Event: $30 My Baby Clothes Boutique GC (US) 7/23-7/29

Ready for another great giveaway hop? Join the Bloggers Giving Back Baby Bash hosted by Makobi Scribe and MomVantage with the grand prize as a Diaper Cake from Diaper Cake Walk. Enter the grand prize giveaway here. The idea of this hop was to give back to the community and donate the