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Throwing a Great 1st Birthday Party

Posted: September 8th, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: Guest Post, Sponsored Posts | No Comments »

One thing that parents seem to look forward to with a new baby, is the big First Birthday.  For us, it’s not as much about the kid, as it is about surviving that crazy, sleep deprived, year full of other firsts.  With the twins, we went a little above and beyond what we would normally do (we went on a horse-drawn hayride), with Judah we just chilled at our house and had a BBQ with family.  Whether you are planning something simple or lavish, I think we can all relate to this guest post!

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Bizzy Babee Wrap {A Review & Giveaway}

Posted: March 8th, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: Breastfeeding, Reviews and Giveaways | 9 Comments »

I used to host the Breastfeeding Blog Hop and every Thursday was my night to sit down and dish about the ups and downs of nursing.  I handed the reigns over to the lovely ladies at Sisters n’ Cloth and Life of Wife, Mummy, and Nurse this past summer but I still get a hefty amount of traffic regarding breastfeeding on a daily basis.

I was recently asked to review a new line of nursing covers and being a one-time connoisseur of nursing covers, I figured it would be fun to go back in time and revisit all of the things I learned while nursing my boys.
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Toddler Date and a Review {Noodles & Company}

Posted: February 26th, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: Reviews and Giveaways | Tags: Restaurants | 1 Comment »

We have finally settled into a routine after all of the winter holidays and the ever present sickness that was running through our house, making it difficult to get through a week without someone staying home form school. One of the things we have started to do is go on dates with Judah.

Some days it’s just me and Judah. Some days, if Yogi Dad is working from home, we all go.  We are really trying to give him some undivided attention, considering how difficult that is at times with all the chaos in our house.  He is a total Mama’s Boy, so he loves our little dates and is always a great dining companion.  Especially if you get dessert, or in some cases, a sweet appetizer while we wait for our lunch to arrive!

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A Good American {A BlogHer Book Club Review}

Posted: February 21st, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: CoMO, Reviews and Giveaways | Tags: BlogHer Book Review | 1 Comment »
From blogher.com

From blogher.com

Like many moms, I don’t get nearly enough time to read, and when I do it’s always something pretty mundane and I just hurry to get through it. (Does reading about developmental disabilities count as reading for fun? No? I didn’t think so!)

When I read the back cover of A Good American by Alex George, I was all in. I knew I was going to love this book simply because I was in desperate need of an escape and since the author resides in the town I lived in for 8 years and the destination of the main characters was a place I spent many a sweltering day drinking wine and skipping class (Rocheport) while in college, this seemed the perfect book to get lost in.

I read it in two sittings.

Which is really saying a lot considering most nights I am passed out by 10 and during the day I am in a constant state of being swarmed by toddlers.

I started reading it while sitting in a waiting room and I immediately started tweeting to my COMO friends how much I was loving it- of course, they had already read it and loved it! That was more than enough encouragement to press on, even though I knew every page I read got me closer to the end which I never wanted to come.

I hate that about books.

But, back to A Good American. It’s really something and I think anyone who’s had family come over on a boat with nothing will fall head over heels. The love story, the destination, the music, the food- it’s a quintessential story of the kinds of people that made this country. It’s a story of a family like mine, although a little further south.

It was the perfect book which gave me the perfect escape, and I highly recommend checking it out.

You can read more about A Good American over at the BlogHer Book Club where we will be discussing it all week!

Disclosure: This is a paid review for BlogHer Book Club but all opinions are mine and I absolutely adore this book and think everyone should read it! I also really really really want to take a trip to Missouri. Like yesterday. (sigh)


Valentine’s Giveaway! {Pear Tree Greetings Review}

Posted: January 26th, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: Reviews and Giveaways | 8 Comments »

With the seasonal sickness upon us all, I have been using my time at home to get a few extra things done before I’m in a time crunch.  Like packaging up the Valentines for the boys classrooms- that would be 4 different classrooms if you are keeping track! This is usually reserved for February 13th around 11pm, so I am feeling mighty accomplished right now!

This year, instead of just going the old school route of Conversation Hearts, I thought I would kick it up a notch and include a few sensory friendly items with each valentine- bubbles, Cloud Sand, and bouncy balls.  Maybe I went a little overboard?

I have Valentines and little bags to hold all the little treasures, and to make everything that much more special, I just ordered personalized stickers to close the bags from Pear Tree Greetings.

School Friend Stickers peartreegreetings.comPear Tree Greetings is a company located right here in Minnesota (I LOVE working with local companies!) and they have really fun products that are right in line with current style trends.

With Valentine’s Day right around the corner there is still time to get fantastic classroom Valentines and the prices are a little bit cheaper than other premium online stationary companies.  Always a plus- especially when you are going above the traditional boxed Valentines you get at Target.  Which I will admit, I did this year simply because I went all out on the add-ons!

Classroom Valentines peartreegreetings.com

Pear Tree Greetings has been so great to work with, and they would like to work with you!  Enter to win a $25 giftcode to Pear Tree Greetings (expires 2-28-2013) to be used on any of their Valentine’s items.  I am keeping the giveaway short so there is plenty of time for the winner to order items before Valentine’s day!

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Disclosure: I was given a code to use at Pear Tree Greetings to use their service. All opinions are mine and I *do* adore working with local Minnesota companies.


The Art of Polite Correspondence {A Review}

Posted: January 26th, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: Reviews and Giveaways | Tags: Product Reviews | No Comments »

Christmas Thank You www.thankyoucardsshop.com

I have so many things against me when it comes to this:

– I have terrible penmanship (And it’s not like I don’t try, I just have issues with my hands that make it difficult to write.)
– I procrastinate.  A lot.  To the point of forgetting.  I am addressing this with making lists, and that helps.  Some of the time.
– I came of age when the internet exploded and live in a world of 24/7 connectivity.  People don’t write like they used to.
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Immersed.

Posted: December 5th, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: Parenting, Reviews and Giveaways | No Comments »

When the twins were about 18 months old, we started talking about what kind of school we wanted to send then to.  At the top of our wish list was a language immersion school.  There are quite a few here in Minneapolis and it seemed like a really great option since we both feel that having a second language is important, but both got a late start to acquiring a second language.

Two-thirds of my degree revolved around the Russian language and honestly, 10 years later I have retained nothing.  I can’t help but think that if I had started younger and had the opportunity to be fully immersed in a study abroad program (and had opportunities to keep it up post graduation) I would still have that skill.
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Shopping for the Person who has EVERYTHING!

Posted: December 4th, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: Reviews and Giveaways, Sponsored Posts | No Comments »

Having three kids close in age, I cringe at this time of year.  Not that I am ungrateful for the generosity of family and friends, but we are literally tripping over toys at our house.  I really have to think outside the box to figure out what to get them because there is really so little that they *need* and they don’t have any specific wants.  For instance, last Christmas my mother once again was the last person I had left on the shopping list. I remembered her talking about a picture for weeks that had a woman wearing a fur hat so I decided to go online to Fur Hat World and get her one. She never would have bought it herself and can I tell you she talked about that hat for months.  We all have people like this on our shopping lists, here are a few tips from my favorite guest poster, Sam!

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Easy Shopping Solution The holiday season is recognized as being one of the most stressful times of the year. After all, everyone has a lot to do in order to prepare for all the festivities and celebrations. Whether you plan to attend events and host holiday parties or not, you will certainly be involved in some aspect of the traditional holiday rush and stress. For most people the goal of finding great gifts is a cause for stress. However, there is an easy shopping solution, like visiting Reviewtap.com for easy shopping. Read the rest of this entry »


5 Steps to the Perfect Photo Cards

Posted: October 15th, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: Reviews and Giveaways | Tags: Giveaway, Holiday Cards | 15 Comments »

It’s that time of year again- time to sit down and wade through the seemingly endless options for Christmas Cards over at Shutterfly.

How do you choose?

Where do you start?

Do I even have card worthy photos to use this year?

Ugh.

Regardless of the answers to those questions, I know I need to start this process early, because I am notoriously bad at getting my cards in the mail. So, today I am starting the process and thought you might want a glimpse of the madness.

First off, I’m always so impressed with the quality of these cards and I look forward to receiving them in the mail almost as much as I look forward to receiving Christmas cards in general. That said, it can be a lot of work.

Especially in years where we didn’t get professional photos taken. (Like this year.)

#1 I should start by picking the photos (or photo) I want to use, and doing my edits (if needed) but, I almost always start by looking at what my options are on Shutterfly.  If I really love a design that only has a one photo option, it’s not worth my time to choose and edit three or more photos.

#2 If you are indecisive like me- choose more than one design. Last year was the first year I did this and I was so happy with that decision. I can do whimsical!  I can do traditional!  I can do religious!  When you have a lot of cards to send, it’s a revelation to choose some different options and satisfy all of your wants and needs in a card.

#3 Edit photos. I use Pic Monkey for my photo editing needs since it’s free and easy.

#4 Drop photos into your card(s) add your text and place your order.

#5 Cross “Christmas Cards” off your holiday to-do list and sit back and relax!

Have you started to think about Christmas Cards yet? Would you be moved to get going on them if you had $50 to spend at Shutterfly.com?

Check out my giveaway!
 
Giveaway is open to US residents and ends at midnight EST on 10/28!

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Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Shutterfly.com. I was provided product for placing this post. All opinions are my own- I truly LOVE Shutterfly and their products!


Tis the Season

Posted: October 6th, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: Reviews and Giveaways, Sponsored Posts | Tags: Guest Post, Shopping | 1 Comment »

I either love or hate gift giving.  If I have a great idea or theme to go off of I get excited and go all out.  If I have no ideas and no money, I tend tomail it in.  Here are some helpful hints for gift giving going into the holiday shopping season (less than 80 shopping days left!) from my favorite guest poster, Sam Peters.

Spread the Holiday Cheer from Home

Picking out the right gift for a family member or friend is not always an easy task. Even if you know your loved one well, you may have a difficult time finding just the right item to give them. During the holiday season, it’s even harder to spend time searching for the best gift. Choosing gift baskets for the upcoming holiday season may help you take the stress out of the gift-buying process.

Gift Basket Options

In the past, many gift baskets were limited to flowers. However, modern gift baskets can include candy, fruits, toys, stuffed animals, crackers, wine and more. It’s easy to find a gift basket that features your friend’s or loved one’s favorite snacks. Most gift baskets are built around a particular theme. For example, if your friend loves going to the spa, you can give her a gift basket full of lotions, luxury soaps and other skin care products to give her a spa experience at home.

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