Pinzon Portable Crib Sheets Review

Friday, October 30, 2009

When Princess A was ready to move up from a bassinet to a crib, we opted for a mini-crib instead of a standard crib since we were working with limited space.

Recently I was provided the opportunity to try the Pinzon Portable Crib Sheet and don't have a single negative thing to say.

These 200 thread count cotton sheets feel like much higher thread counts, but sport only a $9.99 price tag!

And unlike other portable crib sheets I've purchased, these stylish little sheets held their shape even after several washings.

Something that is difficult to find in similar priced items.

Choose from three cute gingham-patterned colors: light blue, light pink, and light green. Pinzon Fitted Portable Crib Sheets are available only at


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Do You Want To Know Your Future?

I'm guessing that many of the questions for today's Aloha Friday, graciously hosted by An Island Life, are going to be Halloween related.

Trying not to steer too far from such an appropriate theme, I'm going to play with a something different from the mysterious and (somewhat) dark side.

Fortune telling. Psychics. Predicting the future.

My Question:

Assuming that you wanted to, what is ONE thing you would like to know about your future?

My Answer:

I had to think long and hard about this answer. I think I would want to know my date of death. Not that I'm particularly morbid, but by knowing that date I could be guaranteed to have my affairs in order and to have said my good-byes.



Necco All Natural Wafers Review

Thursday, October 29, 2009

The New England Confectionery Company (NECCO) is the oldest multi-line Candy Company in the United States and celebrated its 150th Anniversary in 1997. The World Corporate Headquarters is located in Revere, Massachusetts.

I remember going trick or treating every Halloween as a child. One of the popular candies to hand out (way back then) was NECCO assorted wafers.

They were OH. SO. GOOD.

And I hate to admit it, but as I've grown older the candy faded from my mind.

Until Twittermoms, teaming up NECCO, jogged my memory with this review opportunity!

I received samples of the NECCO All Natural Wafers in the 7 original flavors: orange; lemon (yellow); clove (pink); cinnamon (white); wintergreen (purple); licorice (gray); and chocolate.

"Kids aren't going to go 'Yippee! It's all natural!' but they might say to their parents ... 'Look, it's all natural, it's right on the package!"' said Steve Almond, author of "Candyfreak: A Journey Through the Chocolate Underbelly of America," and a self-professed fan of NECCO wafers.

While lighter in color, these little wafers still pack an awesome, flavor-filled punch - immediately transporting me back in time.

I'm hooked....again!

And so are my 13 and 5-year-old sons.

NECCO will be phasing in these delicious treats at major retailers before and after Halloween.

However, in the meantime, NECCO was kind enough to provide a WHOLE package for me to hand as Halloween visitors to my home will get them before they're even in stores here!

Now how's that for AWESOME! :)



Brandi Carlile Give Up The Ghost CD Review and Giveaway

Give Up The Ghost, Brandi Carlile’s third album, unveils her talents in their truest form. After 2 albums and non-stop touring, she has let her guard down and offers her most candid recording to date. If the phrase “give up the ghost” most often refers to death or dying, it can also be used to describe the passing of stages in life, of transformation.

“They say it takes you your whole life to write your first record, and in our case the first two records, and that you have to write your second record in just a matter of months. So we went into the songwriting process conscious of that, and really made an effort to just leave ourselves behind. We wrote about about life, the world, how we felt, how we will feel. In that sense, these songs are like time travelers in that they exist on a much more ethereal plane, and that’s what ‘give up the ghost’ means to us,” Carlile explains.

I'm not sure if this makes me super uncool or what, but I had never heard of Brandi Carlile before until being offered the chance to review her newest album by One 2 One Network.

I feel in love as much with the meanings of the songs as I did the folksy, heartwarming (albeit heartbreaking, at times) sounds.

And as a HUGE fan of Elton John, I especially loved Caroline - cheery and upbeat gets me every time!

Carlile is truly a talented artist. Her music not only seeks to uplift and inspire listeners.

You can purchase Give Up the Ghost at Amazon at other retailers nationwide.

{Giveaway Closed. Winner: Rebecca Graham. Thanks for playing!}

Here's a great chance to win a FREE DIGITAL MUSIC DOWNLOAD of Give Up the Ghost:

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Parties Made Easy with Partease!

There are thousands upon thousands of party supply sites online.

If you're trying to plan a party, it can become a little overwhelming.

Don't despair! There is a party supply site out there can make your party planning easy!

The first thing visitors will notice at Partease is the nice, neat layout. With beautiful, calming colors, you immediately feel unburdened.

Add that to the neatly organized categories - theme, season, color - that makes finding what you're looking for fast and simple, and you'll look no further than Partease.

I'm a little saddened that I won't be getting married again because this site offers some fun, unique wedding favors. (My favorite being the Buttercream Dream Cake Candle!)

But I'm sure I'll have an occasion soon to shop with them soon (especially with so many friends having babies these days) so I made sure to bookmark this site. You should too!


Praying for Stellan

As we gather together we can claim God's powerful promise, "For where two or three come together in my name, there am I with them." Matthew 18:20

Prayers for Stellan

Stellan turns one year old today.

Suffering SVT is not the way a precious miracle baby should spend the day of his first full year on earth.

Please say a prayer for Stellan. Then visit and add your name to the prayer map to let Stellan and his family know that you are walking along this journey with them in spirit.



If I Thought This Would Work

...I would have one up at my door today!

Of course, some days my teens wouldn't be allowed inside.

But is that really a bad thing? ;P



Olay Professional Pro-X Wrinkle Smoothing Cream Review and Coupon

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

I grew up in a time where hours of tanning was the thing to do. Sunblock was years away from being hip.

I've been a smoker.

I spent years drinking anything but a few glasses of water here an there.

And now, at 36 years old, my skin is starting to show evidence of the lack of proper care.

Fortunately, the makers of Oil of Olay have created a complete line to help reverse those unwanted signs of aging - whether those signs have been accelerated or just a natural part of aging.

I was invited to try the Olay Pro-x Wrinkle Smoothing Cream.

After using this cream for only a week, I have noticed visibly smoother facial skin. And those "crow's feet" around my eyes, especially when I smile, aren't quite as prominent now.

I'm very impressed with the quick results; and, although I find it to be a bit on the pricey side, I plan to continue use of the Wrinkle Smoothing Cream and add a couple more products from Olay that I feel will be beneficial to my nightly cleansing routine.

Want to try it for yourself? Visit to request a coupon to save $10!


Human Body Detectives Workbook and Audio CD Review and Giveaway

The idea for the Human Body Detectives (HBD) audiobook and workbook series came about when I realized that if kids understand how the food they eat plays a direct role in how their bodies function, they will be more inclined to make healthy food choices.

As a naturopathic doctor and a mother, I continually search for books and resources that provide healthy eating tips and encourage parents to make healthy food choices for kids, and more importantly, encourage kids to make healthy food and lifestyle choices for themselves. I discovered there were very few books out there promoting kids’ health in a fun way, and none designed to teach kids about health by focusing on the specific body systems.

As a health care provider, I am a firm believer in the power of prevention, and the best key to prevention is education and information. If children learn how their bodies work, they are more apt to make healthy choices that will give them a head start on a long, healthy life!

- Dr. Heather Manley, creator of Human Body Detectives

After having gestational diabetes in my last pregnancy, I got a wake-up call about the foods we eat and how our body processes them.

Since then I've taken major steps in changing the my own diet as well as my family's; especially my children's.

When offered the opportunity to review Human Body Detectives, I went and studied their website and knew this was the perfect chance to use visual aids to my 5-year-old on his level what I had been saying.

As soon as the package arrived in the mail, he was eager to get to it!

Flipping through the workbook, he could choose from crossword puzzles, fill-in-the-blanks, word searches, mazes, drawing, coloring, and jokes; plus so many other activities.

Being only 5, it's not surprising that he jumped right on the coloring since it's something he can do without Mom's help.

So we popped in the audio CD that perfectly compliments this workbook and he got to work.


It was hard for him to concentrate on the coloring because he kept getting tickled at the story being told.

Only those who have had experience with young children can appreciate this, but he was cracked up as the "detectives" explained that a gas from digest food was going to lead to a fart and then later to poop.

He thought it was so hilarious that he had to share it with his 13-year-old brother when he came home from school. And, as can be expected, his older brother cracked up too.

The plus side? Telling the story on his level taught him important things about his body and what it does with the food he ingests. (I'll spare you how I know it was successful, you'll just have to trust me.)

I think it was an awesome way for him to learn something without having to crack open a boring science book.

Learning wasn't his favorite part. Oh no, that would be the stickers in the middle of the workbook.

Especially the "Who cut the cheese?" sticker.

Who would have guessed? ;)

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Billboard Baby

Digital billboards make it difficult to get a clear picture. Nonetheless, we took this shot of Princess A in a local hospital's advertisement featuring Midwife Robin Bell.

Find more Wordless Wednesday (or not so) at 5 Minutes for Mom and MomDot.


Taking Back Control

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

With that title, I bet you thought I was posting about my kids or my husband, right?


I can only wish.

But the one thing I can get control of is those little bushes in the front of my front porch.

They grew a lot this summer and were really getting out of hand. Yet according to the care instructions, you're not supposed to trim them until after the first frost.

I think I spent a lot of time wishing away summer because those crazy looking bushes were whacking me out!

Now they're under control.

And I'm wishing I could bring back summer. :(



Wii Active Not As Big A Hit with The Kids As Wii Fit

Monday, October 26, 2009

I recently celebrated my 36th birthday. Every time I was asked what I wanted for a birthday I would have rather forgotten, I adamantly declared, "Wii Active!"

And that's exactly what I got.

I love it!

Combining it with the Wii Fit, I'm getting a great body-trimming and complete cardio workout.

My two youngest boys, however, aren't as thrilled with it and would rather stick strictly with the Wii Fit.

One of the very first things we noticed is that the Wii Active is not designed for left-handed persons. Bigger Brother, being a southpaw (as we lovingly call him), struggled to play with his right hand.

Wii Sports came with the ability to choose a person's dominate hand. The games play through Wii Fit don't function based on sides. However, Wii Active frequently specifies a hand the remote must be in, and if the remote is not in that specific hand it results in the "trainer" tsk, tsk'ing a playing as the system can't "read" a player's movements.

Once Bigger Brother changed hands, the system picked up on it right away. He, however, decided that just wasn't comfortable and gave up completely.

My next and last complaint has to do with running/jogging.

When using this portion of the Wii Active, players are instructed to insert the Nunchuck into the leg strap while holding the remote in their right hand.

Yeah, tried that. I kept being told I was moving too slow, even when I ran as hard as I could.

I've figured out to go against the instructions and keep the nunchuck in my left hand and the remote in my right.

Big Brother, on the other hand, decided to go completely against it and go back to the running feature on Wii Fit. According to him, it's "better to look at."

I've got to admit, the "scenery" on Wii Fit is better than the track found Wii Active.

Irregardless of those kinks mentioned, Wii Active is definitely an improvement in graphics and music.

I'm anxious to see Nintendo's next fitness release for the Wii. I'm sure I'll be a fan - can't say the same for the kiddies.



Make Your Holiday Shopping Easy with

Saturday, October 24, 2009

I remember when the Tickle Me Elmo doll first came out. It was the hot toy of the season.

And, of course, we fell right into it. Going store to store in search of that giggling, tumbling doll that was sure to bring much laughter from my youngest son.

Unlike a lot of others, we were successful with in finding a Tickle Me Elmo and, even today, all of us still get "tickled" out of Elmo's high pitched little voice as he rolls and laughs insanely.

If only there had been shopping comparison sites then like - which I'll be using this Christmas to search and compare pricing for a variety stores and products.

Specifically, SHOP.COM is the easy-to-use online shopping comparison site. SHOP.COM scours the internet and works with nationally recognized stores to bring the best deals directly to their shoppers.

You’ll find products from virtually every category, including clothing, shoes, housewares, decorative items, electronics, music and more.

Some popular items include oilless turkey fryer, 2009 Holiday Barbie, Wine of the Month Club, Disney Princess pix micro digital camera, robotic vacuum, Nba comforters , and outdoor curtains.

Shoppers can also find coupons, free shipping offers, exclusive sales, sweepstakes and deals!

Be sure to also stay updated through's Facebook page and Twitter!


Homemade Halloween Costume Ideas and Contest

I stumbled across a really cool site this morning that I wanted to share:

This site offers hundreds of cool costume ideas for any occasion. And they are neatly categorized to make your search easier.

The Best Part: Make your own costume and enter it in the 2009 Homemade Costume Contest for a chance to win $500 Grand Prize! Second and Third Place prizes also given!

I wound up browsing this site for way too long, but walked away with some unique ideas - even for a non-sewing mama like me!



Boiron Childrens Cold and Flu Over the Counter Medications and Coupon

Friday, October 23, 2009

Have you ever tried homeopathic medicines? Homeopathy is a theraputic method used to help the body rebalance and heal itself using natural substances in micro-doses.

Boiron Childrens OTC Boiron introduces three new homeopathic medicines for children:

New to help parents are Children’s Oscillococcinum to nip flu-like symptoms in the bud and Children’s Coldcalm Pellets, a multi-symptom cold reliever. Along with Children’s Chestal for all types of coughs, these homeopathic medicines work safely and naturally without causing side effects and they won’t interact with other medications.

They do not contain any of the ingredients questioned by the FDA for use in young children.

All three are sweet-tasting and kid-friendly.

All three are from Boiron, world leader in homeopathy and maker of Oscillococcinum®, which has been relied upon by families around the world for more than 65 years.

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Five For Fighting SLICE Review and Giveaway {CLOSED}

Would you believe that my 17-year-old son was the one who introduced me to Five for Fighting?

And I have been addicted ever since! This group ROCKS!

Next thing you know, I'm invited by One 2 One Network to give Slice, FFF's album released on October 12th, a try; and...

Five for Fighting's newest album, Slice, more than met my expectations!

Album Track Listing:

  1. Slice

  2. Note To The Unknown Soldier

  3. Tuesday

  4. Chances

  5. This Dance

  6. Above The Timberline

  7. Transfer

  8. Hope

  9. Story Of Your Life

  10. Love Can’t Change The Weather

  11. Augie Nieto

Tour Dates:

John will be hitting the road in October with An Acoustic Evening with Five For Fighting. The songs are great on record, even better live! Definitely a show worth seeing! To find out about how to get tickets in a market near you, go to his site.

  • 18-Oct Toronto, ON

  • 20-Oct New York, NY

  • 22-Oct Bay Shore, NY (Long Island)

  • 23-Oct Uncasville, CT

  • 24-Oct Washington, DC

  • 26-Oct Boston, MA

  • 27-Oct Philadelphia, PA

  • 29-Oct Nashville, TN

  • 30-Oct Chicago, IL

  • 3-Nov Salt Lake City, UT

  • 5-Nov Seattle, WA

  • 6-Nov Portland, OR

  • 10-Nov San Francisco, CA

  • 11-Nov Los Angeles, CA
Visit Five for Fighting's website, Facebook and Twitter for even more information!

{Giveaway Now Closed. Winner: Sarah. Thanks for playing!}

Thanks to One2One Network, 1 lucky reader on The Mom Trap will win An AUTOGRAPHED copy of “Slice” on CD by Five for Fighting!!!

Here's How:

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Tip Me! What's The Best Tip You've Ever Received?

Short and sweet this week-

My Question:

What is the best tip you've ever received. About life, love, parenting, etc.?

My Answer:

I have received many wonderful tidbits of advice during my lifetime, but if I had to choose one it would be: Pick your battles.

While the advisor is usually referring to children, I've found it is something that applies to life in general.

And since learning to follow this advice, life is much more simpler and enjoyable.



Little Music Lovers for Young Children Review and [Giveaway CLOSED]

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Little Music Lovers Series Classical music is believed by some researchers to cause "The Mozart Effect," a phenomenon that can potentially aid in the development of math, reasoning, and memory skills, while also giving babies and toddlers a head start on learning language.

And what parent doesn't want to give their child a head start, right? Including me!

So I was more than pleased to be given the wonderful opportunity by Momfluence to sample the Little Music Lovers series.

The four CD series for children from Universal Music Classical provides parents with an opportunity to introduce their babies and toddlers to the world around them by incorporating beautiful, thought-provoking music from the famous Decca catalog.

The musical pieces found in
The Little Music Lovers collection were carefully selected for the their melodic content, as well as their impact in enhancing early childhood development. Children will learn from the series, while parents can enjoy many hours of beautiful music.

Beautiful music envelops readers through a wide assortment of tracks that compliment one another perfectly from beginning to end.

While my 9 month old daughter didn't seem to be affected by the lovely sounds filling our home, my preschooler (5) definitely paid attention and even said, "I like that."

Although I may not be their target market, I found myself working at a slower, steadier pace to match the easy flow of the music; leaving me feeling much calmer and relaxed as it came to an end.

Can I assure you that your child will be a little budding Einstein after listening to these CDs? No, I can't.

But what have you got lose? Nothing...except the music. :)


And why not give it a try for FREE with our Little Music Lovers CD GIVEAWAY! Here's how:
  • Visit then return here to leave a comment telling me which of the 4 in the series you think would be your favorite.

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The Fine Print: Must be 18 or older to enter. Open to U.S. Residents only. Contest begins September 21, 2009, and ends at 11:59:59 p.m. on October 30, 2009. Winner will be notified within 24 hours and must supply a valid USPS shipping address. Failure to provide a valid email and/or shipping address will result in forfeiture of prize.


A Step Back In Time for Wordless Wednesday

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Bello Is Back! Big Apple Circus Ticket and Discount Promo Code

Monday, October 19, 2009

Bello is Back! under the Big Apple Big Top performing breathtaking feats of humor in the theatrical focus of one ring with no seat more than 50 feet away!

It seems like only yesterday that this daredevil clown made his hair-raising New York debut with the Big Apple Circus. He’s been a big star all over the world ever since and was recently named "America's Best Clown" by Time Magazine.

Bello is joined by a world of stellar circus stars:

*From Spain, Picaso Jr. returns with his sizzling style and extraordinary juggling act — puffing into the air up to five ping-pong balls simultaneously, and catching them — with his mouth!

*From Russia, the Aniskin Troupe amaze with their bravura, athletic trampoline act — then soar into the Big Top stratosphere with their spectacular flying trapeze act!

*The Big Apple Circus' own lovely and graceful Regina Dobrovitskaya performs a shimmering spectacle on aerial silk ribbons!

*Equestrians Christine Zerbini and Sultan Kumisbayev present an electrifying riding act — standing atop galloping chargers, Roman–style!

*Luciano Anastasini’s Pound Puppies (all rescued from animal shelters) return for a joyously jumping mélange of human and canine acrobatics!

Of course there’s more and for an extra measure of love and laughter, there’s the Big Apple Circus' very own clown -- Grandma.

So pick your group’s dates and do like Bello—come on back! The Big Apple Circus is your circus, Big Apple is back in town!

For the latest updates - make sure to check out the Big Apple Circus on Facebook and Twitter, too!

To purchase your discounted tickets to the Big Apple Circus:

Online: and submit the code POP10 in the Promotional Codes box

By Phone: CALL 888-541-3750 and mention code POP10

In Person: Big Top Box Office 10AM–6PM daily. No service fee. Bring a copy of this blog post

*Offer good on select seat locations and performances. Must present this blog post to receive discount at the box office. Performance schedule subject to change. Offer is subject to availability; not valid on prior purchases; cannot be combined with other discounts or promotions. This offer can be revoked at any time. Discount amount varies. Limit 8 tickets per order. No refunds or exchanges. Telephone and Internet orders are subject to standard service fees.

Tickets for performances at upcoming venues are currently on sale to Big Apple Circus members only. In addition to knowing your membership helps kids in need, benefits include discounted tickets, VIP seats, invitations to exclusive member-only events, and more! For full details, check out:


New York, New York
Lincoln Center
October 22, 2009 – January 18, 2010

Atlanta, Georgia
Stone Mountain Park
February 12, 2010 – February 28, 2010

Dulles, Virginia
Dulles Town Center
March 6, 2010 – March 27, 2010

Boston, Massachusetts
City Hall Plaza
April 3, 2010 – May 16, 2010

Queens, New York
Cunningham Park
May 22, 2010 – June 6, 2010

Long Island, New York
Eisenhower Park
June 11, 2010 – July 4, 2010

New NYC Metro Venue
To be confirmed
July 9, 2010 – July 25, 2010


For 32 years the Big Apple Circus, New York’s original one–ring circus, has been delighting audiences of all ages under its Big Top, presenting the finest in live family entertainment featuring world–class circus artistry. Experience the instant connection between audience and artist as your family sits less than 50 feet from the ring. The Big Apple Circus is a not–for–profit performing arts and outreach institution committed to invigorating the communities we serve with the joy and wonder of classical circus. Tax–deductible contributions made by corporations, foundations and individuals enable the Big Apple Circus to bring its special magic to diverse audiences through its outreach programs — Clown Care, Vaudeville Caravan, Circus After School, Circus For All! and Circus of the Senses — as well as its critically acclaimed performances.

For more information on these programs or on becoming a member of the Big Apple Circus, please visit:


Somebody Catch Me Up On Desperate Housewives

Desperate Housewives just isn't one of those shows you can miss a single episode of and know what's going on.

And I've missed several lately....and I need someone to catch me up.

Here's the questions I have:

  • What happened with Julie?

  • When and how did Mike and Susan get back together?

  • How did they reintroduce John Rollins?

  • When did Gabby go from the frump look back to the Glamour model?

  • Who is Ana and why is she living with Gabby and Carlos?

Ok, that's just a few questions for starters. If I think of more, I'll post them.



Experience of a Lifetime: Houston Rodeo and Livestock Show

Saturday, October 17, 2009

As just a small child, I remember taking a trip out west to visit several states.

While I can't really recall exactly where I was at the time, I do remember attending a rodeo.

It wasn't like anything you'll experience here in your eastern States. This show was truly a rodeo.

As an adult, I've wanted my children to share in those feelings of seeing those dedicated to the rodeo profession perform. While you have a great number of talented individuals in and around Tennessee (where we live), it's simply not of the magnitude offered in places where the cowboy dream is alive and well.

In researching locations for family vacations, I've come across information about the Houston Rodeo and Livestock Show.

Looking at the photos, I can tell this is a rodeo of high caliber; one that I most definitely someday want to attend.

If you're headed to the Houston area, or are lucky enough to live in or around it, don't miss the 2010 Houston Rodeo and Livestock show to be held March 2 - 21. This 2+ week event is sure to leave you with many of awesome memories for you and your whole family.

Not to mention, you just might awaken the cowboy (girl) dream inside of you!

Reserve your seats today! Houston Rodeo concert tickets are available online at very affordable prices; starting as low as $16 per person!


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If You Love Me, Do Not Weep...

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Please remember Caitlyn's parents and sister in their time of grief.

We will miss you, Caitlyn!



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