When I got engaged I was over the moon. I had a gorgeous three month old little boy and I was living with the man of my dreams. When he took me out to the beach one December afternoon I thought to myself "How fun! Our first family trip to the beach!". Little did I know in just a few short minutes, I would be engaged.
Our Northern California beaches are freezing so we all bundled up and headed down toward the water to watch the waves roll in. I sat down on a large piece of driftwood while holding Baby A and watching the waves. It was a beautiful view and I felt calm and happy. In my contentment I failed to notice that Mr. Hunky was a nervous wreck. Next thing I knew he was down on one knee, smiling and shaking as he asked me to marry him. Amazed and a little shocked, I accepted the ring as he slid it onto my finger and said YES!
Within an hour we had told all of our friends and family and we out at a nice restaurant to celebrate. I couldn't stop staring at the beautiful princess cut diamond on my finger. I was on cloud 9.
Once the excitement of getting engaged had settled a bit, I started looking at dresses. I knew what I wanted and that was BIG and PRINCESS. My dream dress needed to scream "ALEX" and I needed to have that butterfly-giddy feeling in my stomach when I wore the dress. I couldn't wait to try some gowns on!!!
My family and I love to get out and enjoy life together, but there are some evenings where there is nothing better than a "movie night!". Whether it's the whole family, or just the Hubs and I, we love curling up on the couch and watching a movie with a big bowl of popcorn on our laps. To be honest...even when its not movie night, we love a bowl of popcorn. It's a great healthier snack and we always have it on hand. I also love to add a few chocolate chips to mine, for that sweet & salty snack! YUM!!
Several years ago , Hubs and I stopped buying those microwaveable bags of popcorn...mostly because it was a lot cheaper to just buy a big back of kernels. As the years have passed on we've continued to buy just the kernels, because it's also a bit better for you than using your microwave ;-) So, for years we have been using a heavy bottom pan to make our popcorn..... it works, but honestly I NEVER make it. If Hubs wants to make it, that is great, but I have a hard time getting it to work well.
So the other day I asked if any of my lovely readers had any tips or tricks for breaking their little ones of their beloved pacifier, and the advice came pouring in.
I was grateful to hear the various ways that other moms broke the habit; I have even dreading this day since Baby A first took his pacifier. I have told myself from day one that I would not let my child have a pacifier past two years old, and I was sticking to my guns.
Baby A will be two next month, on September 22nd, and I knew we'd have some work ahead if us if we were going to say bye-bye to the beloved paci. Baby A carried it everywhere, even though I asked him not to put it in his mouth unless it was nap time or bed time (and he usually obliged), he still wanted to have it within grasp, or at least know where it was at all times.
Like I said, this was going to be a challenge.
One readily agreed on, piece of advice, was to cut a little of the nipple of the pacifier until it got to the point where they wouldn't want to suck it anymore because it felt different. Well, with some children this may work, but with Baby A...yeah right. I actually tried that several months ago and he looked at me and threw the pacifier on the ground. He knew just by looking at it that something was off. Then he screamed for a new one. Yep, it happened.
It also doesn't help that I'm a giant push over. Oh you want a different paci, okay here's three. Yeah, I'm that mom.
*I received a complimentary Shopping Companion for review in exchange for my honest thoughts and opinions*
Photo Credits: OrganizHer
Mead is a household name for those who love to organize. It is a product line created for anyone who aspires to learn, imagine, and create through trusted daily tools such as planners, notebooks, and shopping tools. The OrganizHer sub-brand was created to keep us ladies organized in our daily lives and while we're out and about!
I was so excited to have the opportunity to work with Mead/OrganizHer on a review and giveaway for their Shopping Companion. Since I can remember, I have always been obsessed with school/office supplies including but not limited to planners, notebooks, folders, pens, and highlighters. When I learned that OrganizHer offered 'Shopping Companions' I was over the moon and couldn't wait to have it in my hot little hands!
My kids are huge fans of stuffed animals they both have a few special ones and I am hoping that this one will be added to my sons favorite list.
Recently I found this wonderful shop that has kits to make your kids a special something. These super cute animal kits come with a heating pad bean bag and can be used as a stuffed animal and a Warm Fuzzy for those cold and sick days!
After looking through all the Warm Fuzzies animal kits about 100 times we finally decided on the super cute cow. My son loves cows he knows every farm we drive past on the way to town and points out the cows. So the cow it was!
This animal kit is super easy to assemble and if you can use a sewing machine and follow directions you can make your little one a super cute handmade Warm Fuzzy! Let me show you what this kit looks like so you can get an idea of what you are taking on!
I am a bookworm, and I hope that one day in the near future, Baby A will be one too! With that being said, living in a digital age can put a real hindrance from children of this generation seeing the importance and beauty of things such as real books. Thankfully there is a new product called the Sparkup Reader that will help put the magic of books back into perspective for children everywhere!
*I received a complimentary Sparkup Reader for review in exchange for my honest thoughts and opinions*
Sparkup Reader was established in 2010 with the goal of encouraging kids to rediscover the non-digital world that is around them. Although established three years ago, the Sparkup reader was just introduced onto the market after being created by a team of talented engineers, programmers, and designers who were excited to "sparkup" playtime and story time, anytime!
When I had the opportunity to review a Sparkup reader, I was very excited because Daedra's daughter, Little Miss, was about to turn 5 and start kindergarten, so I knew this would be the perfect gift for her! I was delighted when the Sparkup reader arrived with two additional books as well! It was the perfect gift!
Bathtime is Baby A's favorite time of day. He loves to splash around and play with the plethora of toys that are in the bathtub, and every time he gets a new bath toy or discovers one, it's like Christmas all over again!
Nuby recently introduced their Octopus Floating Bath Toy and Baby A was very excited to receive one to play with! The Octopus Floating Bath Toy is designed for children 18 months and up, as it comes with small rings that can be used to toss on the octopus's tentacles or to play with separately!
*I received a complimentary diaper bag in exchange for my honest thoughts and opinions*
Oh sweet Petunia. Love does not begin to describe the feelings that I have for these diaper bags. If you've been a fan of Mommys Craft Obsession for a while you know that Petunia Pickle Bottom is my go-to diaper bag brand and that I will happily talk about these bags until I am blue in the face. Just a few weeks ago their Fall line made it's debut and made the hearts of moms everywhere flutter.
One of Petunia Pickle Bottom's newest fabric choices is their Embossed Collection. Debuting in seven gorgeous color choices, from vibrant [almost] neons, to dark colors that are perfect for winter.
Today, Mommys Craft Obsession is so excited to introduce you to my new favorite bag, the
Halloween is rapidly approaching and it's time to start planning!
Kangacoo & a TON of lovely shops have pulled together to create one mega giveaway with seven amazing prize packages for seven lucky winners! That's right, this awesome giveaway will have SEVEN winners!
Since we were young women we have had to endure a monthly visit from "Aunt flow", and lets face it, Aunt Flow can be a real downer. She makes us tired, grumpy, irritable, bloated, and she also makes us want to consume every piece of food that we come across. She is just as unpleasant and unavoidable as her "supplies" are. Buying tampons and pads not only adds an extra cost to your monthly budget, but they're just plain uncomfortable! That's why I'm here today to help encourage you to make the switch to cloth menstrual pads (mama cloth)...with an awesome giveaway!
*Mommys Craft Obsession received complimentary mama cloth in exchange for the promotion of this giveaway*
Pink Lemonade Shop is owned and operated by Sue, a mother of four who has a passion for making gorgeous and quality mama cloth. She believes in providing her customers with only the best fabrics and the most friendly customer service. Sue describes herself as a bit of a "fabric snob" and only uses the best to create her beautiful cloth menstrual pads. From minky to velour, let Pink Lemonade Shop give you the comfort you deserve during your time of the month!
*Mommys Craft Obsession has received complimentary product in exchange for my honest thoughts and opinions*
Ella's Kitchen was created by a father who passionately believes that his daughter Ella and her generation should have the opportunity to eat foods that are healthy while discovering that they can also be be fun, tasty, and cool. Knowing how important it is to approach things from a child's point of view, Ella's Kitchen created fun colorful packaging and delicious flavor combinations that will really connect with little ones! While making healthy and delicious baby foods, Ella's Kitchen strives to be "good in every sense" while giving back to the environment and their local community.
Ella's Kitchen sent me an arrangement of their products for Baby A to try and I was very impressed with the cute packaging and bright colors. Baby A was instantly intrigued and wanted to see what everything was. What I love about Ella's Kitchen is that they offer a variety of foods from fruit pouches to whole meals, and snacks such as Nibbly Fingers and Puffits! The best part is, everything is healthy and delicious!
Disclaimer: I am a Hyland’s Homeopathy Ambassador and receive various products and gift cards from Hyland’s and promotional partners at no cost to me. All views and opinions expressed on this blog post and corresponding social network mentions are my own and are not to be interpreted as medical advice.
Photo Credits: Hylands
You may have noticed a couple of weeks ago that I mentioned that my favorite Hyland's product to date are the Hyland's Teething Tablets. I took a couple goofy pictures of myself with "Mom's BFF" and hoped that all of you lovely readers would try it out for yourselves! If you missed that post, you can check it out here.
I was excited when Hyland's told me that they wanted me to try out their Hyland's 4Kids line, how could I pass up the opportunity to try out my "Mom's BFF"'s kids line! Luckily for me, Baby A hasn't been sick this summer (knock on wood), so to be completely honest I haven't had the opportunity to try out the Hyland's Kids Line, but when he does get sick I will be well prepared!
Hyland's 4Kids is committed to helping your kids get back to feeling like themselves!
Here at MCO, we consider ourselves to be semi-crunchy, that's why we're so excited to be participating in the Livin' The Green Life Giveaway Event!
*I received a complimentary diaper and bag for review in exchange for my honest thoughts and opinions*
Baba + Boo was created in 2009 when the owner, Eve, realized that she was constantly looking for unique clothing for her children and was always drawn to the pricier items. Named after the nicknames of her children, Baba + Boo quickly grew into a store that sells quality nappy's (cloth diapers), nappy bags, clothing, shoes, and other great baby items!
Baba + Boo generously sent me both a nappy and a nappy bag for review! They both arrived in a gender neutral multi-colored stripped pattern, appropriately named "Deckchair Stripes". The nappy included two microfiber inserts to use as well!
If you are one who finds yourself "Livin' The Green Life" , you are probably very familiar with reusable grocery bags. You can find them in most stores and on various websites. Some stores have even started giving "rewards" when you bring your own bags with you. It's so great to see so many companies striving to help keep the planet clean.
Eco-Bags is a company that I was introduced to a few months ago when I received one of their string bags. I immediately fell in love with this item. I carried it with me to the farmers market and the size was great enough to carry most of my goodies, and so light in weight. The handles are also, just the perfect length! So I was thrilled when they agreed to send me the Market Collection.
Matilda Jane is a wonderful children's clothing boutique. They are the 'Unpredictable Clothing Company’! From the style, to the colors and craftsmanship, you won't find clothes like these anywhere else!
*I received a complimentary crate for review in exchange for my honest thoughts and opinions*
Photo Credit: Crafters Crate
Crafter's Crate is a company that puts amazing little crafts in one box for girls ages 5-10 years old. Each month they have a new theme, we got the spa themed crate to review, and my daughter had a blast with it. The Crafter's Crate is $19.99 + $4 shipping/month for a monthly subscription, $59+free shipping for three months and $110+free shipping for six months. You can use promo code craftob10 to get $10.00 off your subscription.
I am always trying to find fun new things to keep Little Miss busy. When Crafters Crate asked me to review their spa themed crate I was super excited to do so, and I knew Little Miss would love it since she loves to be pampered.
This is a special giveaway that we are offering to our fans, it's unlike any other! We have teamed up with 10 other bloggers to give you this comment only giveaway! What does that mean exactly? There are no facebook pages to like, no twitter pages to follow, no code words to find. All you have to do is follow the instructions on each entry to comment on each bloggers blog! How many entries you do or how often is up to you! Remember you can do each one daily, and this giveaway lasts for only ONE week! Try to get as many entries in as you can!
*Mommys Craft Obsession received compensation for the promotion of this article*
Back to School is right around the corner, and some of you and/or your children may have already started! Going back to school can often be a tough transition from the relaxing days of summer, between waking up early and writing papers, it's enough to make anyone day dream! When I was a student I remember that I was constantly printing things out. From essays to photos for projects, or even just my schedule, the printer always seemed to be on, using tons and tons of ink! Lets face it, ink is expensive! That's why I'm thankful that I learned about LD Products so that I could cut my costs down on ink and help the environment too!
Photo Credits: LD Products
*I have been compensated monetarily for the promotion of this company*
LD Products was founded in 1999 and quickly became one of the largest online retailers of printer supplies in the US. Located out of Long Beach, CA, LD Products stocks all of their products in a 110,000 square foot warehouse and rigorously screen their manufacturers to make sure their products maintain the highest levels of quality and durability. LD Products has made customer satisfaction their number one goal and priority and they strive to have their customer service representatives knowledgeable and ready to assist you. They have been awarded Bizrate's Platinum Circle of Excellence for Customer Service for six years and are a Yahoo 5 Star certified merchant.
*I received complimentary Fruit.0 pouches for review in exchange for my honest thoughts and opinions*
Photo Credits: Fruit.0
"Like any busy professionals with demanding jobs, we spend loooong hours camped in our offices with fewer and fewer breaks for proper meals. Of course, vending machines full of candies and jars stuffed with cookies were always around to silence a hungry stomach. The office kitchen would also have some fruit but no one knew when it was brought in and the brown spots on the apple were less reassuring. Our wish was simple. Why can’t we have a healthy alternative snack that tastes good, that is full of nutrition and is prepared in a way that’s easy to carry and enjoy whenever, wherever we needed it? The answer was fruit.0! A delicious, organic fruit snack with none of the artificial stuff. We absolutely enjoy these snacks and we hope you do as well." - Lars & Mike, Fruit.0
Photo Credits: Fruit.0
These days it's all to easy to hit the vending machine, stop at a drive through, or pick up [processed] snacks from the grocery store to put in your lunch bag or purse. When you're in a rush, health isn't always the first thing on your mind whereas convenience is. A healthy salad or piece of fruit isn't always the easiest thing to get your hands on when you're on the go and feel like there's no time to stop, so what do you do? Reach for a Fruit.0 pouch, that's what!
Welcome to the 2nd Annual Accessorize Your Stash in August Giveaway Hop, hosted by So Easy Being Green and According to Jenny! Are you ready to accessorize your cloth diapers stash? A great group of bloggers have come together to help you do just that – with Cloth Diaper Accessory Giveaways!
If you love cloth diapering, then you'll love hopping around to see what each blog has in store for you and your Fluffy Stash!
*I received a complimentary diaper sprayer for review in exchange for my honest thoughts and opinions*
Hey everyone! Mommys Craft Obsession is working on an interactive blog post about YOUR kids! We need you to answer TWO questions for us! Please take a second to do so, we promise once the full blog post goes live, you'll be glad you took a second to comment!
1) What is the funniest thing you have ever heard your child (or a relatives child) say? 2) What is the most heartfelt thing you have ever heard your child (or a relatives child) say?
Did you know that this month is not only the month of our "Livin' The Green Life" event, it is also National Breastfeeding month! Now, I know there are plenty of green, or "crunchy" moms out there who do not breastfeed for various reasons, (and that's okay!) but I also know that a lot of moms trying to live naturally do choose to breastfeed. Well, if you fall into the breastfeeding mom category, I've got a great giveaway for you from Tommee Tippee!
Here at MCO, we consider ourselves to be semi-crunchy, that's why we're so excited to be participating in the Livin' The Green Life Giveaway Event!
*I received a complimentary shoulder bag for review in exchange for my honest thoughts and opinions*
Planet Wise Inc. is a privately owned family corporation founded by Nicki Maynard and her husband Jesse. They work together to ensure the highest quality products while following responsible environmental and business practices. To reduce environmental impact, all products are thoroughly researched, are PVC and lead free, and are reusable! Planet Wise products are designed to be useful for people of all ages, from babies to adults!
About the company: PinkBlush Maternity is dedicated to bringing their customers cute and trendy maternity clothing, some that doubles as nursing clothing at low, low prices. They know most maternity clothes on today's market are boxy, boring, and expensive, so they pride themselves on a wide selection of unique styles at amazing prices. They also exclusively sell online which means they maintain low operating costs and they pass those savings to their customers. Many items are 15-30% off what competitors offer. They also change their line often, so you are always up to date with the hottest fashions and trends even if you are pregnant or nursing.