The Gift of Sleep

30 01 2009

Anyone with a little baby knows how precious sleep is! What is less well-known is this amazing product, the Miracle Blanket. They sayHundreds of Thousands of Well-Rested Babies Can’t Be Wrong!” and after seeing it in action with a friend’s child, I think it’s pretty neat too. I’m hoping that I’ll get to try one with the new baby.

Right now, the blog Two of Kind, Working on a Full House is giving away a miracle blanket (your choice of color!) Enter to win here.
Or, you can visit http://www.miracleblanket.com/ to purchase your own. Their blankets are currently 10% off and by purchasing 2 or more, you get the Twins discount of 15% off. They even have some overstock clearance at a larger discount!





What is the CPSIA?

30 01 2009

The hot topic in the art & handmade world is the CPSIA. The artist Sarah Jane has summed up the situation very well on her blog here. If you have a small business that sells kids things or buy anything for children from artists or  little mom & pop shops, you need to read this! Yes, now!! Go read!! 

Save Handmade! BuyHandmade.org





“Love” the giveaways

29 01 2009

In the spirit of the upcoming Valentine’s Day, here are a few giveaways I’ve found that relate to love, relationships, and of course some yummy sweets!

*** Enroute to Life is giving away three items- The Love Dare book, Facing the Giants DVD, Point of Grace CD. A football movie- the perfect gift for the special man in your life; music for your soul; and a 40 day journey of love (maybe to work on in Lent?).

*** Mom Fuse is giving away some YUMMY looking cupcakes from Baby Cakes!

*** YUM! Tori from The Sweet Jelly Bean is giving away some of her chocolate covered Oreos. Check out her Etsy site here to buy some more handmade sweet treats (since I’m going to win these- they are my favorite!).

*** Here are some pretty earrings that would be perfect for wearing on Valentine’s Day, or any romantic date for that matter… Bella Casa — Beautiful Home is giving away Red Mother of Pearl Hearts Earrings from Acorn Accessories Acorn Accessories has some other really nice jewelry. I reallly like their inspirational bookmarks.

*** And finally, after all the yummy goodies, you may want to get back into healthy eating with a Weight Watcher’s cookbook from At Home With Books.

Have a great weekend everybody! I hope you’re having as much fun entering these giveaways as I am!





Baby says thank you!

28 01 2009

My friend had this great idea from her friend to make little “care packages” to give to her OB, L&D nurse and other people who helped her during her stay in the hospital while giving birth. I guess it’s along the lines of handing out cigars to everyone around when the kid pops out, but a little more thoughtful. My friend says the staff really appreciated it, especially the “grumpy” nurse who she almost didn’t give one to.

Following her lead, I came up with a simple item to hand out to special people. Still, it was easy enough that my toddler could help and we could make extras. It could also be a good party favor for a baby shower if you match the insert card to the party invitations/theme.

The hardest part is deciding what treat to use and then making sure the bags will fit the treat without looking overstuffed or empty. I used single serving packages of Land o’ Lakes Hot Chocolate for three reasons: 1. I like them, so hopefully others will too, 2. They fit nicely behind a standard-sized thank you card, 3. I had a box in the cupboard already!

For me, the best part was that I had all the craft materials in my stash and I had found packages of thank you cards from a resale shop (less than 3 cents a card!).
Here’s Bean showing off the finished gifts. Directions are below…

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Materials:
Thank you cards
Ribbon to match
Clear Candy Bags (found in the candy making aisle of any craft store)
Something to fill bags with (Hot Chocolate packages, candy, etc)

Instructions:
Using a paper cutter, trim the front off the thank you cards to fit inside the bag. (Optional–add a little handwritten note to the back of the card) Slide the card into the gussets on the candy bags. Fill bags with treats and tie closed with ribbon. You’re done!





Baby on the move…

26 01 2009

There are some neat reviews and giveaways in the bloggy world this week that are baby-specific. With our baby due very, very soon, of course this is all I think about!

MomtrendsMomtrends has a great giveaway going on for a Speedster jogging stroller from Kelty. It is lightweight, but is nevertheless stacked with cool features like a full-coverage fender. Visit here to enter to win!

 

 

At Sandier Pastures you can win either the Ultimate Receiving Blanket® or the Marquisette Swaddling Blanket™.” No more swaddling problems with one of these awesome blankets! Enter the contest here. The blankets are from Swaddle Designs—there have lots of other lovely things for baby too!

 





Beginning the giveaway madness!

26 01 2009

Thankfully Colleen reminded us that this week is the quarterly bloggy giveaway carnival! I am so happy that we have a faster computer now so I can enter the many many giveaways being held HERE! My husband bought me us a laptop for Christmas and it is a hundred times faster than our old one. And a good thing his trip is scheduled for this week too because otherwise I’d feel bad ignoring him every evening LOL!

Here are a few of the great giveaways I’ve found… I’m focusing my efforts on things I can give as gifts since we don’t need much for ourselves. I figure I can share the love!

***  My first entry was for this popular popular giveaway- Mudpies and Mary Janes is giving away cupcake soap from Serah’s. I’ve always wanted to try this and am thinking of someday making my own… of course looking at the cupcake soap is making me think of the real thing so I think my next entry will have to be for some chocolate!!!

*** Next you can visit Chic Shopper Chick (say that 10 times fast!) for the two great giveaways they are having…  First is a cute teaset from Green Toys. This set is made from recycled milk jugs and comes in recycled packaging. I probably wouldn’t even mind letting my boys play with this since it’s not really “girly” colors.  Second is a toy I would LOVE to have to play with the boys as the get older- it’s a portable air hockey table called Face Off Frenzy.  I can see hours of fun with this one!

We’re off to a fun start. Now if only my kids will take a long nap this afternoon!!!





Bloggy Giveaways

26 01 2009

Bloggy Giveaways Quarterly Carnival Button

Time to pour another cup of caffeine and hit the keyboard—the quarterly Bloggy Giveaways are here this week. With hundreds & hundreds of blogs participating, there’s a giveaway out there with your name on it, so go explore some new blogs!





Breakfast Burritos

24 01 2009

I found a tasty-sounding recipe in the Dream Dinners cookbook for breakfast burritos. I decided to make it, even though I didn’t have all the ingredients. I know, it’s a bad habit to tweak try new recipes before trying the original version. Anyhow, with less cheese, a different meat filling, and leaving some stuff out altogether, they came out pretty well. They worked nicely for a “breakfast-for-dinner” entree. Since it makes about 6-8 burritos, I froze half before the 2nd cooking for another meal. We’ll see later how they taste out of the freezer. Here’s my adapted version of the recipe:

Breakfast Burritos

1 1/2 cups non-fat egg substitute (5-6 eggs)
1 lb breakfast sausage, cooked & chopped
2 cups low-fat shredded mexican cheese blend
1 cup nonfat cottage cheese
3-4 dashes Tabasco sauce
package 9-inch flour tortillas
1 1/2 cups sour cream

Scramble the egg substitute over medium-low heat. In a large bowl, combine the scrambled eggs, sausage, about 1 1/2 cups shredded cheese, cottage cheese, and tabasco sauce. Fill each tortilla with a rounded 1/2 cup of the filling. Roll up tortillas and place seam side down in a pan sprayed with nonstick cooking spray. (I split the tortillas between two 8″ square pans to be able to freeze half, but you could use one 9×13″ dish) Spread the sour cream evenly over the burritos and sprinkle with the remaining cheese.
—-here’s where you can wrap the dish in heavy-duty foil and freeze. Thaw in fridge before baking.—–
Cover the baking dish with foil and bake 20 minutes at 350 F. Remove the foil and bake for 15 minutes more until the cheese is melted and bubbly. (remember, low-fat cheese doesn’t bubble as much as full-fat!) Enjoy your tasty burritos!





Spaaaaaaaaaaaah

20 01 2009

Jolly Mom wants to grant your spa wishes with a $100 gift certificate from Spa Wish. A Spa Wish certificate is accepted “at over 4,000 day spas and salons nationwide for massages, facials, pedicures, hair styling and more” or can be used at their Spa Boutique. Yes, you can pick your place of pampering! 
A massage sounds lovely right about now with all my third trimester aches… What would you use the certificate for? 

 Visit Jolly Mom’s giveaway here.





A glass half full is not enough

19 01 2009

Machine sewing is not my forte, but Bean’s blanket has been calling me for some time now. It’s a silky soft square that is leaking stuffing and held together with a shredded binding. I’m not sure how much longer it can physically stay together. So, I promised Bean I would make her a new one.

Saturday we went to Jo-Ann’s; along with a crazy craft-minded mob! The lines at the fabric counter ran halfway across the store and Bean was certainly not in the mood, so we left empty handed. We returned today and, after much searching, found a similar fabric. I bought the binding, batting, thread and more (variegated) thread.

I was rather proud of myself until we got home and I realized that I only purchased enough fabric to make half a blanket! Yes, it’s good to measure twice, but don’t forget to double the measurement if you need two sides to your project! Back to the store…