Tuesday, April 30, 2013

MVP 1 and 2 DVD Reivew

-I received the products mentioned in the post below for free in return for my honest review. The opinions expressed are my own. See my Disclosure page for more info-

Recently, we were chosen to receive some DVDs for review. We received MVP: Most Valuable Primate and MVP 2: Most Vertical Primate. My son loves movies like this, and so I was excited that he was able to see these. These movies came out in 2000 and 20001 (respectively), when these came out I was barely in the 7th grade! I was like 14 years old! So this brings back some memories, because I kinda remember these movies. The movie is made by the same director and producer of similar movies from that time such as Air Buddies. 

Berenstain Bears DVD review

-I received products in return for this post with my honest review. Please see my Disclosure page for more information-

I got the opportunity to receive some movies for my son. We received the Berenstain Bears DVD box set. It is the 50th anniversary edition, which includes 3 DVDs. The 3 movies in it are Celebrations,  Homework Help and Bear Country. I can't believe anyone still sells these movies. I used to watch them as a kid, and I will be 27 later this year. My son, who is currently 8, never saw or heard of these. Then I told him that I used to watch them as a kid, and so did daddy. That made him interested, as we have introduced him to some old school cartoons. My husband introduced him to Inspector Gadget and Thundercats, and I've shown him cartoons on one of the Nickelodeon channels, when they have their 90's shows on. Shows like Angry Beavers and what not. We also watch some old school Cartoon Network like Animaniacs and Tom and Jerry. So anyways, we let him watch these, and I love that they are learning cartoons. They are cute, and fun, and teach something, unlike a lot of shows today.

Monday, April 29, 2013

Octonauts - Explore, Rescue, Protect!

*Disclaimer - I received products for review. Please see Disclaimer page for more info.*

We love the Octonauts in our house. Not only will my almost 8 month old start to bounce around when she hears the song, but my almost 9 YEAR old loves it too. The show is not only super cute, but teaches how to protect our oceans, which is really important.

I had the pleasure of receiving a few Octonauts toys that my kids got to enjoy and try out. Can I just say, they both loved them! The toys were great for boys and girls, which is perfect in my house seeing as how I have both!

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Get Uncommon: iPhone case review + giveaway!



I recently had the pleasure of creating my own iPhone case with my sons artwork with a company I had never heard of, called Uncommon. So I uploaded the picture of a penguin my son recently drew. He got the idea to draw it on the back of the RoseArt colored pencils box, it gives instructions. I loved it so much, that it is what we decided to upload for the case for my iPhone. It shipped VERY quickly. I was not expecting it as soon as we got it, which was a nice surprise.
Custom accessories for your iPhone, iPad, iPod and more!
Uncommon is the perfect name for these cases. They are absolutely uncommon. The very definition of the word is unusual, "out of the ordinary, or different". I must say, my phone case is definitely uncommon. A fridge can only hold so many magnets, pictures and drawings. So why not put your kids on your phone case?! I can attest to the fact that I don't ever want to delete certain pics out of my phone. Even though they are uploaded to my computer, I want them on my phone so I can show people on a whim. But it takes so much space. With Uncommon, you can put your favorite picture on the case, and show it off to the world.

These are the pics of my case.
The case I got is called Capsule. It slides on
and is easy to get on and off. There are other
options available.

This is the case intact on my phone. I
thought I positioned the words so that
they aren't on the crack, but it is OK.
Another picture of his cute penguin! :)
It was so easy to upload and positon.
And how it looks from the front. I love it.

 It was really easy to upload and position the picture. Although, I thought I positioned my sons name below the crack, it actually came out on it, but that isn't bad at all. Not only can you make your own cases, they do also have pre-made cases with beautiful designs. They have 4 different types of cases to chose from, including ones that are a bit transparent and you can see through it (in case you just have to show off that Apple logo). You can get a case for any Apple iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. So go and take a look.
My next case, will be this one of my daughter. It will be the same case I have now with my son.

 These are a great gift idea for either the Mom in your life, or grandparents, or anyone for any reason! If you make one, upload the pic of your case in a comment (or link to it). I would love to see what you chose to make a case out of!

**Note, I have a charger from an older model iPod touch that I used to have years ago, and that cord does NOT work with this case. So make sure you use the charging cable that came with your device, as older models and aftermarket items may not work well with it.



Now for the giveaway!!!!
I get to giveaway one (1) $50 code to the website GetUncommon, and you get to create your own phone case for free! Awesome! How I would love to have another case for free, I am thrilled to be able to give you one! Please enter below on the Rafflecopter!  Good Luck!


a Rafflecopter giveaway

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

New Disclosure Policy via New FTC Guidelines

If you don't know, the FTC has recently updated their guidelines (again) on how bloggers and advertisers should disclose payments and product reviews. No need to dive into all the details, if you are interested you can check them out on the FTC website. I always tell you when I received something for review, or have been paid to talk about a product. I always give an honest opinion, that isn't changing.

I do have a disclosure for the entire site (see disclosure page here). I now also have to tell you on every post, or keep it on top of the post. So, not only do you see a disclosure above all blog posts, and in the center of every page, you also will see a banner at the beginning of a post when it contains a sponsored review, or a review of a product/service I received for free.  If you click it, it will take you to the disclosure page. Sorry it isn't the prettiest, but it is what we have to do to keep receiving products. The sponsors/advertisers and companies who send products are also emailing us on campaigns to remind us about this new policy.

The banner looks like this:

So, bear with me for the next few posts as they are reviews! And I really do not want to have to post this on each post, but I have to... *sigh*

--Jennifer

Monday, April 22, 2013

Personalized iPhone cases B1G1 Free!

I got a case from Uncommon and let me tell you, my iPhone case is definitely uncommon! I have a post coming that I am going to put up that shows the details of the case and a review. But for now, you can get an iPhone case free when you buy one!

Valid only from April 22 - April 24. Use code MOMSDAY at checkout. iPhone cases only (all models).

This would make a great Mothers Day gift!

Click the pic below to go make your cases!
Customizable cases for your iPhone, iPad, iPod and MacBook

Monday, April 8, 2013

Update on Bella.

So I took her to the ER yesterday. She had a 101 fever, and has a double ear infection. Poor baby. They gave her Motrin as a suppository (in her butt) and gave her Zofran for the vomiting. she got drops in her ears for the ear infections. Poor baby. By time we left, she drank 4oz of Pedialyte, and fell asleep comfortably. 

After we got home, she threw up a little more, but eventually was able to keep it down after taking the 2nd pill of Zofran (dissolves in the mouth). We have ibuprofen and amoxicillin for her to take for the next ten days. Today she had about 8oz of formula, and is not comfortably napping. My sister brought us some Pedialyte, which she drank a little of before falling asleep. She also has diarrhea. Poor thing. She is also teething with that lower front right tooth coming in.

But when she is awake, she isn't too cranky unless she is hungry or needs a change. Other than that, she is all smiles. Nice to see my baby back to her normal self. Well, off to eat some late lunch.

--Jennifer.

Sunday, April 7, 2013

New language of mess

(This post is sponsored. The content and thoughts are my own.)

The new language of mess is coming from Clorox. They have a new Icktionary. It is for those words that you use to describe the messiest of messes. You know, the diaper blow out when the baby ate a new food, or that backed up toilet that had your kids toys, and other things, in it. Or that time when your kid decided to mix a few foods together that didn't belong together, just to see what it would look like. Yea, we have all been there! Those times call for new words. Gross just won't cut it anymore. neither will yucky. It's a new breed of grossness out there, and for that, we have the Clorox Icktionary.

Teething... Ear infection?

Tomorrow we will be going to a doc (probably urgent care since it's Sunday) to have Bella seen. Poor baby. I know she has her first tooth coming in, but she also shows signs of an ear infection. It sucks because my car is still not running at the moment (two damn sensors need replaced) and so I gotta have my mom take me  and Bella in the afternoon.

She hasn't eaten much, but I have been squirting water in her mouth. I've been using one of her bottles with the medium flow nipple on it and squirting the water into her cheek area. When she has her binky on, I'll drop it in on the side through the hole (we have Nuk paci's for 6+ months). She doesn't like it all too well, but she needs some liquids in her! She did drink a very watered down 4oz bottle of apple juice. I actually managed to give her about 6 oz of it. Other than that, she doesn't want any formula. :(  Poor baby. I hope she feels better soon.  I don't remember Eric acting like this when he was teething.
Poor Bella. Sleep on the couch in only her diaper,
wrapped in a small, light blanket. One of the few moments
she slept without being on me. :(

I'll update once I know something.

--Jennifer

Friday, April 5, 2013

Making baby wipes!

So in no way do I call myself a "natural" mom, or someone who is into naturals and being green and what not. While I do try to do my part, conserve energy, gas, etc, I am not exactly green.

Currently, my car isn't working, which is hard on us not being able to get what we need, when we need it. And I realized today that Bella needed wipes! She is really low on our last pack, and it didn't hit me till today. So, I posted on my Facebook about how it sucks not having a car when you need wipes. My friend then says "make your own".. And I'm like, how?! So my aunt then comments with a link to Blessed by Brenna where she talks about how she makes her own baby wipes  out of paper towels, baby wash, baby oil and water. I thought, OMG I have all this! So, I started off trying to make my own! After about ten minutes, I noticed that the liquid mixture wasn't soaking up all the way, only about halfway. So I had to add a little more water/soap/oil mix. And BOOM it all soaked up. I haven't had to use them yet, but I can't wait to try! And the best part, they smell like her bath wash, Vanilla Oatmeal from Johnsons. Mmm. I love that baby wash. I am happy my aunt posted the link, and thankful that it was on Blessed by Brenna. Not only did I get a great recipe, I found a beautiful blog that I can follow :) The story is touching.

If you are looking to make your own wipes, check out the recipe on Blessed by Brenna by clicking here.

--Jennifer

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