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Baseball Growth Chart - Signs by Tiff

Baseball Growth Chart - Signs by Tiff

So I SERIOUSLY have been meaing to share this fun find for MONTHS!  And before I know it, Boston will have already grown out of it!! ha

Tiffany, busy mom crafter sent me this fabulous baseball growth chart.  She HAND MAKES these little beauties!

Sorry the pic just doesn't give it justice!!  (I have the chart up behind his door and it was hard to get a good angle with my camera to get the whole thing!!)

Tiffany actually is super sweet.  And personal!

Not to mention..super talented!

She actually took a MUCH better pic of it.  =) 

Signs by Tiff doesn't just make a baseball growth chart.

She makes everything! 

When you wander through her website, you'll find everything from stools to cork boards.

What I truly love about Tiffany is that she's a  stay at home mom to 2 year old twins and a 5 year old!!!  YES, and she still has time to paint?!?!?!?

Good for her!

I'm a die hard fan for mom made businesses.  Especially small ones where they raise their family and raise grocery money at the same time!  And if you have ruined your kids life a child with a hard to find personalized stuff name, like Boston....then handmade is totally the way to go!

So be sure to check out Signs by Tiff and tell her I sent ya!

 

Thanks Tiffany for the super sweet and personal gift.  YOU ROCK!

 

AnnieWear Discount Code

AnnieWear

One of my friends does a lot with AnnieWear.  A great online store for kids' clothes.

It's not just any ordinary store, though.  It's a store that is animal themes for baby & kids' gifts.  Inspired by a dog named Annie, of course.

What I truly love about this place is that a portion of their sales goes to support animal rescue. 

While being apart of MyPHL 17, hosting for "Better Philly" I have really gotten to know P.A.W.S.  The Philadelphia Animal Welfare Society.  They are an amazing no-kill shelter in Philadelphia.

So if you're looking for something 'different' to give as a birthday gift..or just an anyday gift - Check out AnnieWear!!  Cause when you do... you'll be gifting to more than one. 

Be sure to use this discount when you buy!!! Code is BLOG2011 for 15% off your purchase

Disclosure:  This is a sponsored post-but I don't put my name on anything I don't believe in.  Please support those that are supporting those in need.

The Birthday Express Thomas & Friends

Birthday Express - Thomas & Friends

This is super exciting.

Boston is a DIE HARD Thomas fan...that's so for sure.

And with his birthday party in 2 weeks-what else can a little boy ask for?

Well... he didn't really ask for it.  Cause it's not even out yet.

BUT... he's gonna love it.

This super awesome movie comes out May 17, 2011... You can pre-order it though. 

It comes with a handy dandy wooden whistle.  PERFECT to annoy enjoy!  The packaged box also comes with 'The Birthday Express' game and a special Roary the Racking Car Bonus Episode!

Cost is about $10.

Michael Jackson The Experience XBox 360 Kinect

Everyone has at least ONE Michael Jackson song they love, right?  Well now you can jam the day away with this fab new much anticipated game!

MICHAEL JACKSON THE EXPERIENCE

After enjoying chart-topping success on Wii, Ubisoft's Michael Jackson: The Experience moonwalks over to the motion-sensing Kinect and PlayStation Move peripherals. The Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 versions offer ability to sing as well as dance, allowing users to create the complete concert experience. Other key features are specific to each platform. Kinect owners, for example, can see themselves directly within the game, with body motion tracking that lets players act like the former King of Pop across a number of music video-inspired environments. Both co-op and competitive modes are included for up to four players, and there are multiple difficulty settings as well as a practice mode. In addition to the soundtrack from the Wii version, the Xbox 360 game includes a number of exclusive tracks, from "Blood on the Dance Floor" to "I Just Can't Stop Loving You." ~ Scott Alan Marriott, All Game Guide

Michael Jackson The Experience

Toy Bungee Review

This is a very cool project and it really fits a wide range of ages in kids.  I love how moms come up with so many great products to lighten our 'mom load'!

The Toy Bungee was created by a mom who had a 1 & 2 year old and was TIRED of the throwing game!

She's one smart mom.

The Bungee is great to strollers, highchairs, car seats, on the airplane - really anywhere!

I don't know how many times I took my kid shopping and he dropped his toy out of the stroller and I didn't realize it.  There goes that toy.  Forever. 

Bring on the Bungee!

Retail value around $10.  Get it at Amazon

 

BottlePops & Rattlers

My kid is a SUCKER. Really.  Yes. We STILL have the binky.  And yes. I know he's too old.  And yes. I'm working on that one. ha

But, in the meantime I enjoy taking him to this local candy store in Philly.  It's actually in Conshohocken.  And I know going in-that I'm gonna eat more than him.  But I also know exactly where he's heading when he gets in the door!

This kid LOVES BottlePops.  A TON.  The folkd at Bottle Pop sent me a few of them and well. I have a VERY HAPPY little boy.  They have Rattlerz out now-which I didn't know about before.  They're awesome!

Big fan in our house.

If you haven't heard of them-head to their interactive website to have fun & learn more!

 

Miracle Gro Kids - Mini Greenhouse

We live in a townhome so finding a secure place in the back yard to grow any goodies is virtually impossible!

I've always wanted to plant tomatoes but never got around to it. 

I remember my mom growing a garden as a kid.  And I honestly never thought about doing one with Boston since we don't have a backyard.

But now?  I can do it in the kitchen! Wahoo!

My friends with Miracle-Gro kids sent me this absolutely adorabe mini greenhouse kit to make sweet pepper.  Yum. My favorite!

It's technically not for kids under 5-but I think Boston is a 'mature' 2 1/2 year old.  Besides.... I'm going to have it on the counter so it's not like he's gonna eat it!  (I worry more about the dog that the kid! hahaha

Ok-we'll keep you posted on our growth!

Have you ever done this with your kids?

Disclosure:  These products brought to you by Miracle-Gro® Kids Gardening Sets by Peachtree Playthings®.  They are intended for children 5 years & up.

DotGirl - NEED if you have a daughter!

Love this.  And super fun.  Strange?  Weird?  Yet, I'm not really sure. hahahahaha

Meet DotGirl.

Follow them on Twitter!  DotGirlMoms

'Like' them on Facebook! DotGirlKits

I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commissions 16 CFR, Part 255 Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising. Tomoson Product review & giveaway Disclosure.

Dinsaur Train Pajamas

For Christmas Boston got a Dinosaur Train and he LOVES it!  Ever since then we've watched the show lots!  The new season started mid January on PBS KIDS® so be sure to check it out!  (You can view an episode HERE.)

In the meantime-you can get your Dino Fan the CUTEST PJ's!  (Or Jammies, like we call them in our house.)

Now available at Kohl's the Dinosaur Train™ Striped Footed Pajamas will keep your babes nice and warm!

The hit television series Dinosaur Train ® is roaring into 2011 with an all-new episode premiering Monday, January 17 on PBS KIDS® (check local listings). We wanted to let you know so you can tune in.  We’d also greatly appreciate it if you would consider letting your readers know about the episode debut too!  In addition, we have a giveaway opportunity featuring a new Dinosaur Train sleepwear item for your followers.

In the all-new episode, “The Good Mom;” “Diamond Anniversary,” Mrs. Pteranodon meets fellow mom Millie Maiasaura, who is a little too over-protective of her kids. The two moms share some time comparing mothering methods in a play date at the Big Pond.  And, Mr. and Mrs. Pteranodon decide to surprise each other with gifts on their anniversary.

Regarding the first part of this all-new episode, “The Good Mom,” you might be interested to know that Maiasaura, meaning "good mother lizard", was a large duck-billed dinosaur that lived in North America during the Late Cretaceous. There is evidence that Maisaura lived in large nesting colonies and that the parents diligently cared for their young!

BradsDeals

Who's Brad and how did he find so many AWESOME DEALS?!?!?!  Seriously...he's a woman's dream. hahaha

I'm a SUCKER fan for sales..and when I find good deals and sites that have great info-I'm on top of that one.

www.BradsDeals.com was started by a guy named BRAD (go figure) when he was in college.  I've seen him on the Today Show and definitely hit up his site many times for coupon codes.

Last week I bought a table from Crate & Barrel.  I'm in HEAVEN over the deal I got while window shopping.  (I got the floor model of a table that costs $700 & I got it for $300!!  WOHOO!)

Anyway, I need to buy chairs.  I was on Overstock looking at some fab chairs and lucky for me my buddy Brad has some deals for Overstock!!  Overstock Coupons   

Boston is needing some new pants too.  Um. How do they grow so fast?!?!?  That kid's ankles are freezing! haha. Brad has the deals for Children's Place too!  Upwards of 20% off!!

 

This is a sponsored post - but it's no lie that I love this site.  Just ask my husband-and his credit card!!!  ((At LEAST Brad saved us some cash!  Wahoo!))

Perfect Timing for a Sweet Moment

I got something in the mail that makes me happy.  No.  It's not a pair of Jimmy Choo's or a Marc Jacobs handbag.  It is pretty sweet though!  I desperately need a sweet moment.  My kid is driving me nuts.  I have a two year old.  And my buttons have been pushed to the limit.  And... it's only 8am. hahaha. Naw.  He's a great kid.  I'm just looking for an excuse to have a 'me moment' ok?  =)

So last night, I took my super - sweet bath goodies sent to me by Pillsbury and took a 4 hour nice calming bath.  They were awesome.  Although I wanted to eat my bathtub with the smell....

I got a coupon to try out the Sweet Moments Molten Lava Brownie too to satisfy my sweet tooth.

You know what came next. 

I popped that baby in the microwave and in 15 seconds I had a tasty brownie.  Best part...it satisfied AND was only 60 calories!!!

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DISCLOSURE:  Pillsbury provided me with this sweet product through MyBlogSpark.  It really is tasty and sweet though.  My reviews are my opinions.

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Mommy Messages

I can remember as a kid absolutely loving to get little sweet messages from my mom.  Whether it be on the table with my Valentine's Card or just a random 'Have a good day-I love you-Mom.'

I really think that's what has been stripped of kids today.  We (myself included) are so wrapped up in email, facebook, twitter and all things techy that we've seem to have lost that little 'loving touch'. 

That's what these two mompreneurs thought too.  They are two sisters who have done something about it.

Mommy's Messages are a great way to show your kids you love them!  They are these cute little lunchbox love notes. 

They are smaller than gift card size cards and each package you buy comes with 5 little cars. 

For instance, we have a beagle-sharpei dog...so I of course ahd the linking for the shar-pei cards! 

In the pack of 5 they each have a different saying & meaning.  The inside of the puppy card says 'Don't Worry Be Happy!' Plus many others to choose from.

If you don't have kids-get some for a friend!  Or...just buy a ton up (they are about $3 for a pack of 5) and use them for housewarming gifts-hostess gifts.. you name it.

 

DISCLOSURE:  I was given cute little messages to assist in this review.  All opinions are my own.

 

Tommee Tippee ((Review))

No...that's not my little dude in the pic-but he sure is cute, isn't he?!?!?

So, Boston is 2 years old now.  And feeding time-I have to admit is a LOT harder than when we was one!  Now...he refuses to sit in his high chair.  Yeah. That idea is out the window.  And he is so crazy picky-it makes me NUTS!

Little Grips

Here's another from that 'why didn't I think of that?' category in my brain! ha.

Actually-I'm not very creative-so I could have never come up with this...but kudos to the smart father who did! 

In our house-apple sauce is deadly.  Really deadly.  Boston is a little more advanced now (finally) than he was when I WISH I would have found the Little Grips. They have definitely helped him (and my sanity) with eating.  Not to mention he loves them.  "Melons Mommy!"  That's what he calls them cause I told him they were watermelon spoons.  ha

It's already hard for toddlers to grasp utensils and these make it much easier!  They are very adorable-watermelon looking-spoon and fork.

If you have a baby-getting ready to start the feeding process-you HAVE to pick these up!  Not only are they adorable-but they are a lifesaver!  For around $11 you'll be thankful.  Buy the Little Grips here...

 

Tag A Long

I am a mom of just one.  I often wonder-when we have two-how do I get it all together and look like I'm together?!?!?!

I found this really awesome product-AND it was created locally by a mom in the Philly area!!

 

It's called the Tag A Long.  I am my  father's daughter.... and when I saw that it was 'made in America' it was an instant- 'gotta have that'!

I got it in the mail-and thought... hmmm.. do I 'pretend' that my stroller has another kid in it?!?!?  Nah.. but I asked my girlfriend if she'd be interested in trying it out... She has a kid Boston's age and another cute babe who is 6 months old.  I'll keep you posted on what she thought about it.

You can pick up the product HERE.... And it's CHEAP!

$10 and your sanity is in a better place! hahaha

BonBon's Parties Elmo Birthday Party

I've been wanting to share with you an AWESOME company in Philly where you can outfit your kid's birthday party with entertainment and fun!

For Boston's 2nd birthday party-I knew I didn't want to have it at a bouncetown or somewhere other than our house. 

And although it turned out amazing-I ALMOST won Mother of the Year..(and NOT in a good way.)

I totally dropped the ball on it.  Here I was in mid May-knowing his birthday was RIGHT around the corner.  And the bad thing about a May 25th birthday-you get into weekends of Memorial Day; T-ball; and tons of other moms on the run activities. 

I knew I wanted to either rent an Elmo costume (and have hubby wear it AGAIN hahaha) or I was going to hire someone.

I googled 'elmo birthday parties' or something like that.. all I know for sure is I googled it. 

I checked out a few places-and honestly they seemed a bit sketchy.

So I sent an email to BonBon's.  I got a fast response back from Bonnie the owner -and within a couple days we were set!

I decided to do his birthday on Tuesday the 25th (his actual birthday) because after polling my neighbors on my block whom were the kids I planned on inviting... I decided since we are ALL out in the cul de sac everyday around 4p till our hubby's get home...it was a perfect day to do it.

BonBon's came-made unbelievable balloon animals for the 1st half hour-then the 2nd half hour Elmo came.  He played with a parachute with the kids...sang songs...danced and even sat with each kid for a special picture!

I felt really bad for Elmo at the time cause it was like 100+ degrees that evening!  It was soooo hot!  (S)he was totally fine with it.  Elmo wanted to make sure every kid got their due time with him. 

When really, the owner (who just so happened to be the person in the suit) could have said the conditions were too hot for Elmo to stay out any longer!

Above all-Elmo is what made my 2 year old's special day.  Really it was! 

If you are in the Philly/Delaware/Jersey area and need some kind of entertainment for your kids..from a princess party to the 'Big Red or Blue Monster' you have to give BonBon's a call!  ((And if you mention you heard it from me-she takes $10 off!))

I paid a great price for what they did.  They arrived early so they jumped in right away and gave me an extra 1/2 hour of balloon animals too!  I paid $210 for one hour.  It's $150 if you just want Elmo-but I wanted to add on an extra helper since I knew there were going to be a ton of kids here too! 

I mean, figuring it costs $300+ to rent a bouncetown it was great!

((Disclosure:  I did not receive any free products or services for this review.  I'm just a mom wanting to pass on the good word of an awesome find in Philadelphia!))

Frecklebox Review

I got approached by a cool company-and let me just begin to tell you how AWESOME their customer service is!!!  The OWNER emailed me!!!

I picked out a few fun things on their site that I thought Boston would enjoy..and got them asap!

My fave has to be the personalized Hip Hop Howie Book!

You have to go visit their site and start shopping now!  GREAT for kids birthday presents... and oh-so-personable!  www.Frecklebox.com