Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Top Ten Must Have's When Raising a One Year Old

I've been a mommy for over 2 years now and I can't believe my little boy has grown so fast! I use to roll my eyes when people would tell me "before you know it he'll be a teenager" and "they grow so fast!", but seriously, it's true! Now I've caught myself saying it to my friends who have had babies, yes, I have turned into "one of those people".

As my son grew through his first year I found myself testing out different products trying to figure out what works best for both me and him, and I have to tell ya, there are a lot of products out there that are truly horrible. Rather than sitting here bashing the products that we don't like, I'm going to tell you all about my absolute favorite products, my top ten of baby must haves.

Saturday, December 28, 2013

Broccoli and Cheese Bites - Taste Tested & Approved by Little Mister

Little Mister is one of the pickiest eaters ever. He is so hot and cold when it comes to food that everything I make him to eat is a nerve-racking experience. Will he eat it? Will he love it? Is he tired of this? I just never know.

When it comes to sweets, he's like me and has no problem devouring the whole plate of whatever sweet is put in front of him, but when it comes to healthy things and veggies….yeah right. After having a long conversation with a good friend of mine she inspired me to create a bite sized, veggie infused, muffin for Little Mister, since he loves muffins!

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Labor & Delivery: Hello Sweet Baby A

This part 2 of my birth story, to read part 1 click here

September 21, 2011. The day of my scheduled induction, I was giddy, anxious, nervous, and humbled all at the same time. Within the next two days (hopefully), I would be holding my sweet boy in my arms.

After 39 weeks and three days, I finally would get to meet the [little] man of my dreams. I was on cloud 9. Well, I was up until I got a call from the hospital. They were calling to inform me that they wanted to cancel my appointment for induction due to a possible nurses strike.

Are you kidding me?! 

Monday, December 23, 2013

Rich & Decedent Walnut Fudge

Anyone who knows me knows that I have a major sweet tooth. I love cookies, candy, cakes, ice cream… and anything else that falls under the dessert category. Knowing that the older I get the more I need to be watching what I eat, I limit myself on my sweet intake. But it's just so hard. Especially this time of year.

Chocolate is one of my go-to's for something sweet but I rarely allow myself to buy any candy aside from chocolate chips, so over the weekend when I was really craving something rich, delicious, and decedent, I knew I had to rack my brain for what I could do with the chocolate chips...

Sunday, December 22, 2013

Graco FastAction Fold Jogger Click Connect Stroller Review

* I received a Graco FastAction Fold Click Connect Jogger Stroller for review in exchange for my honest thoughts and opinions*

Graco is one of the world's best known and most trusted juvenile products companies.  It started in 1942 when Russell Gray and Robert Cone formed Graco Metal Products, fabricating machine and car parts for local manufacturers for 11 years.  In 1953 Russell left leaving Robert as sole owner, which is when he decided to go into the baby-products business creating the first wind-up swing called the Swyngomatic.  The Swyngomatic was such a big hit they sold millions, becoming one of the leading manufacturers of juvenile products in the process!  From then on whatever category it entered, Graco set the standard.  While a half-century has brought many changes to Graco, the dedication and commitment to designing and manufacturing top-quality products that inspire parents and babies alike remains, and continues on.

Thursday, December 19, 2013

SURPAHS Kitchenware Giveaway! 5 Winners!

Welcome to the SURPAHS Kitchenware and Digital Scales Giveaway Event!
*Mommys Craft Obsession did not receive compensation for the promotion of this giveaway*
Mommys Craft Obsession, Jenn Unplugged and Everything Mommyhood have all teamed up with a handful of other bloggers to offer our readers this wonderful giveaway with 5 winners from SURPAHS!

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

HP Family Time Giveaway

HP Chromebook ENVY 5530 Printer
*Mommys Craft Obsession did not receive compensation for the promotion of this giveaway*

Welcome to the #HPFamilyTime Giveaway hosted by Viva Veltoro and Blogging Mamas and generously sponsored by HP!

Recently, Ruth fromViva Viva Veltoro had the fantastic opportunity to receive an HP Holiday Bundle to help bring creativity and joy to the hectic holiday season. Ruth received an HP ENVY17 Special Edition Notebook, an HP ENVY 5530 e-All-in-One Printer, ink, and a Snapfish Gift Card and soon started creating cheerful holiday greetings and fun crafts with her new HP products.

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

The Best Kind of Holiday Gift: My Pregnancy Story

This time of year always gives me a warm fuzzy feeling, not because it's Christmastime but because it was this time of year that my fiancĂ© and I conceived Little Mister on December 26, 2010.  

This Christmas season I want to share my pregnancy experience with you! 

Exederm Review and Giveaway

*I received complimentary Exederm products for review in exchange for my honest thoughts and opinions*

Exederm makes ultra-sensitive skincare products with the mildest ingredients possible to help the most delicate skin types, especially those with eczema and dermatitis.  Exederm has received the 'Seal of Acceptance' award from The National Eczema Assosiation, and all 5 of their baby eczema care products scored a maximum 5/5 from the review panel.

Monday, December 16, 2013

Mommy's Little Miracle Easy Entry!

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Sunday, December 15, 2013

Mother's Therapy Organics Review & Giveaway!

 *I received complimentary lotions for review in exchange for my honest thoughts and opinions*                                     

Mother's Therapy Organics is a woman-owned company that strives to provide parents with healthy options for our children.  They pledge to use safe, natural, and organic ingredients in all of their children's cleansing products; their dedication to the health and well-being of children is paramount.                                                                                            

Friday, December 13, 2013

Shelby's Snack Shack Game Review & Giveaway

Shelby's Snack Shack Game Review*This giveaway is hosted by Crunchy Livin Mama Style. Mommys Craft Obsession has not received compensation for this review/giveaway*

MCO is very excited to help host this giveaway! I hope you enjoy!

I like to include a lot of fun hands on activities and games into our homeschooling lessons.  For my son, as well as other young children, learning through play is what they are most receptive to.  I was recently given the opportunity to receive the game Shelby Snack Shack from Educational Insights in exchange for my honest review. My son adores the game and I'm excited to share our experience with you!

Svan's Play With Me Toddler Table Set Giveaway

  *I did not receive compensation for the promotion of this giveaway* 

MCO is very excited to be participating in this giveaway! This is a beautiful table set that I would love to get for Little Mister!

Sometimes kids just need kid-sized stuff. Kid-sized food, kid-sized clothes, and even kid-sized furniture. Svan's Play-With-Me Toddler Table & Chairs is the perfect size for your child, and designed to promote child and parent interaction. The set includes a beautiful bentwood table, three chairs for children, and a stool sturdy enough for Mom or Dad to join the fun.

Thursday, December 12, 2013

My List of Christmas Traditions

Christmastime is the time of year to be around family and friends and to share your kindness and love. Every year around this time I get a warm and fuzzy feeling my soul and I practically skip around town whistling Christmas songs. Okay so maybe I don't skip but that was a pretty funny visual right?

This time of year there are a few traditions that I like to uphold and although moving away from my family has made some of these traditions a little bit of a challenge, I still try to fulfill them as best as possible!

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

10 Things I Vow to Teach my Daughter

When I found out I was pregnant I wanted nothing more then to be blessed with a little baby girl, so when I found out that my first child was in-fact the little princess I had been dreaming of, the love and joy were so much more than words could describe.  I want nothing but the best for her in this crazy world!

I am very close to my mom she is my best friend and biggest supporter, I am thankful everyday that I was blessed to have such an amazing woman in my life, that has taught me so many valuable lessons on growing up and being a woman, I want nothing more then to be there in the same way for my precious Little Miss.  

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Mohawk Rug Giveaway!

MohawkEventWelcome to the Mohawk Home Rug Giveaway from Everything Mommyhood!

Mommys Craft Obsession has teamed up with Everything Mommyhood and Mohawk Home, to offer our readers a chance to win a rug or rugs up to $100 value! You can choose from doormats, kitchen rugs, bath mats and more.

I am very excited to bring you this giveaway! It'd make the perfect gift for you or a loved one! 

Ten Things I Vow to Teach My Son

Whether I care to admit it or not, raising a little boy is harder than it seems. I like to think that my son walks on water and I probably always will, he is my little boy after all, but I often find myself thinking about whether or not I will instinctively raise him right.

No mother wants to think about the fact that her little boy could grow up and not be a perfect gentleman but when you think back to when you were a teenager/young adult, were the boys that you were around?

Monday, December 9, 2013

Crane Cool Mist Humidifier Giveaway!

Welcome to the Crane Cool Mist Humidifier Giveaway from Everything Mommyhood!

Hosted by: Everything Mommyhood Sponsored by: Crane
Everything Mommyhood has teamed up with us and a handful of other bloggers to offer our readers a chance to win a Crane Cool Mist Humidifier!

Build a Bear For the Holidays

BuildAbearEvent*This is a review and giveaway written by Darci of Everything Mommyhood. Product was received for this review*

Build-A-Bear Workshop sent me two of their super adorable build a bear's from their holiday line for my two daughters to review. Their two bears arrived in their signature Build-A-Bear boxes. We received Disney Rapunzel and Sleeping Beauty Princess Bears. My girls are both obsessed with Disney princesses so I knew these would be just perfect for them.

Join Hyland's Holiday Challenge!

Photo credits: Hyland's

Lifenest Holiday Giveaway

                             Photo used with permission by Lifenest
Did you know that according to a 2013 Canadian study published in Pediatrics journal, 46.7% of newborn babies have flat spots on their heads. Postional plagiocephaly, more commonly known as Flat Head Syndrome occurs when a baby spends to much time in one position that puts pressure on one part of his or her growing skull. Sever cases can be difficult and painful to treat, requiring infants to wear a helmet for up to 23 hours a day and cost the family several thousands of dollars. 

Thankfully for us parents, there is a sleep system that will help reduce the pressure on infants heads by nearly 50%!

Saturday, December 7, 2013

DIY Yarn Wrapped LED Candles

Once again while browsing Pinterest one night I came across a DIY project that I just had to do. After taking a look at the website in which this DIY originated, Design Improvised quickly made it to my bookmarks bar and is one that I now frequently visit.

When we moved we had purchased a gorgeous new kitchen table that I knew needed a beautiful yet simple centerpiece for. My table seats 8 so I have plenty of space to create a beautiful display that will be perfect year round. I couldn't wait to try this DIY.

Thursday, December 5, 2013

Aden & Anais Bamboo Dream Blankets for the Holidays

*I received a complimentary blanket for review in exchange for my honest thoughts and opinions*

When it comes to swaddling your little one and providing them with the softest and coziest baby blankets, what brand comes to mind? Most moms would agree that it would be Aden & Anais. When I first learned about Aden & Anais I was anxious to get my hands on one of their swaddles for Little Mister, even though by then he was well out of the stage of swaddling! Once I bought my first Aden & Anais (or more commonly known around the mom community as "A&A"), I got addicted.

Vtech Safe & Sound Digital Audio Monitor


*I did not receive compensation for the promotion of this giveaway*

Welcome to the VTech Safe&Sound Digital 
Audio Monitor Review & Giveaway hosted by Fun With Four and sponsored by VTech!

You might think I'm crazy sharing my excitement over monitors but these are not your ordinary baby monitors! The VTech Safe&Sound Digital Audio Monitor has given me freedom and has saved me from countless trips up and down the steps!

Le-Vel Holiday Giveaway

*I did not receive compensation for the promotion of this giveaway. This giveaway includes information about supplements and I highly suggest speaking to your health care provider before trying any new products.*

Are you looking for a product that will not only boost your energy, but help you loose weight in the process? Well let me introduce you to Le-Vel! Le-Vel is a DFT Foam Patch is made up of three main components; Garnincia Cambogia, Forslean, and Cosmoperine. Not sure what those are? Read on my friend!

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

10 Useful Yet Fun Toddler Stocking Stuffers

I'm one of those people who adores to give presents for the holidays. I love the holiday shopping rush that I get by going to store to store, choosing gifts that I know my loved ones will love, but when it comes to choosing stocking stuffers, I clam up. I am the WORST at figuring out what to put into stockings so when it came time to figure out what to fill Little Misters stocking this year, I really had to wrack my brain.

I didn't want to fill his stocking with cheap toys or candy, but I wanted him to enjoy what he found in his stocking! Wandering around Target the other day it really clicked on what I could put in there. Useful yet fun things for Little Mister! I decided to compile a list thinking that I couldn't possibly be the only one struggling to come up with what to put in a toddler stocking! Check out the list below for a little stocking stuffer inspiration!

Vitabath Holiday Giveaway

*I received complimentary bath products in exchange for the promotion of this giveaway*

Vitabath has been offering luxury bath products for over 55 years. They offer unparalleled skin cleansing and conditioning products that offer rich fragrances and high quality ingredients that give you a relaxing and invigorating at home spa experience. In 2011 Vitabath rebranded themselves with the introduction of a new moisturizing, sulfate, and paraben free body wash line that offered fresh and fun fragrances.

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Little Giraffe Giveaway

Little Giraffe Event HGGWelcome to the Little Giraffe Giveaway from Everything Mommyhood!

Everything Mommyhood has teamed up with Little Giraffe and a small handful of bloggers to bring our readers this adorable giveaway for Everything Mommyhood's Holiday Gift Guide.
Little Giraffe has the most adorable luxury baby products. Baby Blankets, Stuffed Animals, Pillows, Swaddles, and many more. Their products are very high quality, luxurious, ultra plush, and are built to last.

#HolidayCloth Twitter Party is TONIGHT!

*I received compensation for the promotion of this Twitter party*

What better way to celebrate the holidays than with some new cloth?

My favorite cloth menstrual pad brand, Pink Lemonade Shop, has teamed up with my favorite cloth detergent company, Rockin Green, to spread joy to all of the crunchy mamas this holiday season!

Sunday, December 1, 2013

MCO's Holiday Gift Guide: Nostalgia Electrics

*I received a complimentary Gummy Candy Maker for review in exchange for my honest thoughts and opinions*

Nostalgia Electrics is an innovative brand of small electric appliances available to consumers and retailers alike.  Their mission is to add a level of excitement to your small appliances while providing fun, family-friendly products. All their products carry the GS and SSA electrical approvals so you know you can rely on them for safety. You can find their products in all major retail chains, home shopping networks and online stores.

Little Tikes $150 Gift Code Giveaway

Just in time for the holidays, we've got a Little Tikes Giveaway!