A Tale From A Year Ago Today: We Found Out ~ It’s A Girl!

A year ago today I had an ultrasound that told us we were having a little girl.  It’s incredible how much our lives have changed since that discovery. Do I regret finding out ahead of time? Heck no. I liked knowing, though I was somewhat paranoid that they were wrong.  One benefit


Cars 2 in 3D {Spoiler-Free Review}: Racing, Explosions, and Spies?

Woohoo! Today (June 24th) Cars 2 races into theaters nationwide. And let me tell ya – I saw it. I think you’ll want to see it to, but there are a few things you may want to take into consideration before you buy those tickets. When star racecar Lightning McQueen (voice of


My Review of Carroll University

Originally submitted at DegreeSearch.org Carroll University will provide a superior educational opportunity to our students, one grounded in the liberal arts tradition and focused on career preparation and lifelong learning. We will demonstrate Christian values by our example. We shall succeed in our mission when our graduates are prepare… Carroll University  


Dad’s View of #Breastfeeding is Important!

My decision to breastfeed seemed pretty natural to me.  It just seemed like there were so many benefits to it and such a normal thing to do.  Honestly, as I look back, I’m almost surprised at how natural it seemed to me since I didn’t grow up witnessing it happening very often.


Lullabelly ~ #Pregnancy Music Belt Review

Bonding with baby starts well before baby is born.  I started bonding with Rissa once I could feel her move around.  It felt more real at that point.  As my pregnancy progressed, I talked out loud to her and listened to music.  We love music, so it’s a normal part of my


Hayneedle’s Backyard Escape #Contest ~ Ends July 1st

Have you heard about Hayneedle’s Your Backyard Escape contest yet?  You could win a $10,000 shopping spree just for letting them know about your dream backyard using their app on Facebook to design it! We have a small backyard, but we could still use new chairs, a picnic table, a grill… ooh


Flash Follow Giveaway ~ It’s Coming June 27th!

I’m excited to see how this goes! There are 11 other sites sponsoring this plus us! Each giveaway will be open for only an hour. You’ll be able to enter at either of the host sites. It’s going to be a fun experience!


{Blog Bash 2011 #Giveaway Event} Family Summer Fun Prize Pack RV$290 (US) (June 22-26) #blogbash11 – Closed

** This post will remain at the top until this giveaway event is over.  Please scroll down for other new posts! ** Welcome to Blog Bash 2011 Giveaway event hosted by Family Approve.  From June 22 at 12am (Est) – June 27 at 12:01am (Est), we invite you to visit each participating blog where


Show Me How! Build Your Child’s Self-Esteem Through Reading, Crafting & Cooking {Book Review} #blogbash11

I’ve said it before … learning is awesome when disguised as fun! I think most parents recognize this.  Not only does it keep the little one’s attention, but it makes it more fun for us – as parents – to have learning sessions.  Well, so we shouldn’t think in terms of scheduling


SnoozeShade {Review} #blogbash11

It’s summer.  It’s bright out, but baby still needs to nap while we’re doing errands.  As much as we’d like to schedule around baby, it’s not always practical.  I know I try to schedule around Rissa, but it’s not always easy… especially on those days where she decides she’s not going to


Sprint Ring by Aerobie {Review} #blogbash11

Many of you know that I am trying to get more physically active (as well as healthier eating) so I can be healthy.  Not only that, I want to set a good example for my daughter.  I want her to be active and healthy.  I want her to play outside as well


The Complete Hawaiian Reef Fish Coloring Book ~ Blog Bash Spotlight

We have a unique prize offering that is fun, green, and educational!  The Complete Hawaiian Reef Fish Coloring Book brought to you by www.lucid-hawaii.com, has over 200 illustrations of more than 80 species of reef fish.  Kids (and adults!) can color them while learning the species, anatomical features, coloration, body designs, feeding habits and


Jungle Jamboree Dish Set from Lenox {Review} #blogbash11

As Rissa gets older, she needs her own set of dishes. Adult cups, plates and utensils are just too big! We like giraffes and monkeys in this house, so the Jungle Jamboree set available at Lenox.com is just perfect! Lenox has a vast array of gifts for special occasions, from baby showers


Cubbie Cup {Review} #blogbash11

I haven’t had to deal with this quite yet, since Rissa is just in the beginning stages of eating solid foods; however, I can see how trying to keep track of a sippy cup AND a snack cup can be a pain.  Well, a mama saw this as a juggle that needed


Winners from 6/12-6/19 (Including the I Love My Daddy Hop!)

I’m going to try to only post winners once a week since I do email winner notifications and haven’t had too many issues with responses! (I’m also still in process of drawing winners.  It’s really wearing on my patience trying to do this AND deal with a teething baby, so bear with


Enter to Win an iPad2 When You Review Your College! Ends June 24 #giveaway

One of my Twitter followers is working on a pretty cool contest right now!  They are looking for school reviews so people can make an informed  decision about which school to attend.  Their site covers big AND small schools.  They are looking for informative reviews, not just positive ones. If you write


Blog Bash 2011 ~ Sponsor Sneak Peek (Giveaway Starts Soon!)

I know this month is full of events around here and we have another one starting on June 22nd in the wee hours of the morning.  If you stay up late Wednesday night, you can get started! There will be more than 100 blogs linked up, offering prize packs valued at $100


Magic Cabin Toys Review #blogbash11

When I started looking for family summer fun prize ideas, I kept looking at Magic Cabin. I first heard of them from a blog review and I later remember entering for a chance to win an incredible toy pony! (No, I didn’t win.). I looked through their site and my eyes lit


Ask the Web Guy #savvyblogging

I came to Darcy asking if she’d like me to offer some of my knowledge of all things web development out to the Mommy Blogger community and she said she thought that was a great idea. So, here we are. I’m more than happy to try to answer any questions you all


#Giveaway Gala (with linky) 6/20

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!