Monday, January 31, 2011

Baby Shower Bash Sponsor #28: HooHobbers!


I am really excited to announce the next sponsor of the Baby Shower Bash! Hoohobbers is a Chicago based company that makes some of the most unique and wonderful products for babies and toddlers! They are famous for their Baby Moses baskets, but just about everything they make and sell would make any mom happy as can be! I can not wait to share them with you guys, I am telling you, their site makes my heart happy! I could browse around all day and never get bored! And get ready, because they are even offering a giveaway! Look for more from HooHobbers in the near future!

Baby Shower Bash Sponsor #27: Help For New Moms!



Again, I would like to say, why didn't I know about this when I was pregnant???? Not Fair!! Our next Baby Shower Bash Sponsor is a wonderful resource for new mommies! "It Gets Easier!...And Other Lies We Tell New Mothers" is a book by Claudine Wolk that is described as a fun, practical guide to becoming a mom. Claudine actually has an entire website dedicated to helping new moms, complete with a Q&A with tons of new mom questions! I am so super jealous that I didn't get this book when I was pregnant, but I am thrilled to get to share it with my BFF! Look for a feature post on Claudine's book coming soon!

Baby Shower Bash Sponsor #26: Softlips!


Okay, so you might be wondering why our next sponsor is even included in the Baby Shower Bash, but really, if you have ever had a baby, you know how uncomfortable everything is during and after labor! Softlips is a must have for every hospital bag! I probably went through two whole tubes of lip balm during my hospital stay with The Bean! I can't wait to share Softlips products with you guys and tell you why they are every new mommy's best friend!

Baby Shower Bash Sponsor #25: Little Remedies


Little Remedies is the next sponsor for our Baby Shower Bash! If you have babies, chances are that you have used or at least seen Little Remedies products. They make safe alternatives to help relieve little one's pain due to teething, colds, stuffy noses, tummy aches, and all those other little person pains! I can't wait to share all of their wonderful products with you! Look for a feature post about Little Remedies in the near future!

Baby Shower Bash Sponsor #24: PediaCare!


Our next Baby Shower Bash Sponsor is a company that is a household name among parents of young children. PediaCare has been helping kids feel better since 1984, and now they are helping babies feel better too with their new Infant Care products! I can't wait to tell you guys all the wonderful things they offer to help your little one feel better! Look for a feature post on PediaCare coming soon!

Baby Shower Bash Sponsor #23: Itzbeen Baby Care Timer


Itzbeen Baby Care Timer is the newest sponsor of the Baby Shower Bash! This is a revolutionary product that helps sleep deprived new parents remember the details of baby care! This is one of the coolest new products I have seen that is geared specifically towards new parents! I can't wait to tell you guys all the info on this, and get ready to win one for yourself! 

Baby Shower Bash Sponsor #22: Boogie Wipes!


Maybe not glamorous, but definitely useful. That is how I would describe our next Baby Shower Bash Sponsor. Boogie Wipes is a genius company that I had the pleasure of working with last year, and I am pleased to be working with them again! Boogie Wipes are saline wipes designed to dissolve boogies caused by the common cold, allergies, and just snotty kid moments in general! I can't wait to share all the great Boogie Wipes info with you guys real soon!

Baby Shower Bash Sponsor #21: Susan Brown's Baby!


I am proud to feature one of my favorite companies as the next sponsor of the Baby Shower Bash! Susan Brown's Baby is a company that I had the pleasure of working with in the past and I am so glad they have signed on to be part of our event! Susan Brown's Baby offers infant skincare products for babies with sensitive skin and also offers luxury soaps and lotions to help pamper new moms! Susan Brown knows baby and mommy skin. Plain and simple. I am so happy to feature her wonderful products during our Baby Shower Bash! Look for this feature post coming soon!

Baby Shower Bash Sponsor #20: Baby Be Mine Maternity!


Baby Be Mine Maternity is the next sponsor for the Baby Shower Bash! I am super jealous that I didn't find out about this company until after  I had my babies! They have a huge variety of awesome gifts for the preggy woman, from belly bands to adorable delivery gowns. I can't wait to post about their awesome stuff! Look for the feature post from them in the near future!

Baby Shower Bash Sponsor #19: ABabyShower.com!

ABabyShower.com is the next sponsor of our Baby Shower Bash, and I am so happy that they are participating! If you are throwing a shower, they can literally be your one-stop shop for all things baby! They have made Crystal's shower a piece of cake for me and I am so excited to share them with you! A great feature post about ABabyShower.com will be coming soon!

Baby Shower Bash Sponsor #18: Born Free!


It's almost time for our Baby Shower Bash! We are announcing the final few sponsors, and we are so excited to include Born Free as one of them! Born Free develops and manufactures baby feeding products that combine the safest materials with the smartest innovations. They make some of the best baby feeding products on the market today, and we are very happy to include them! Watch for our feature post on Born Free coming soon! 

Baby Shower Bash Sponsor #17: Uncommonly Cute!


Uncommonly Cute is the next sponsor in our Baby Shower Bash event. They are the source for unique and hip baby clothes. They understand that all babies are different, and have their own personalities. You can outfit your baby based on their attitude! I love this company, and I can't wait to bring you more from them in the coming weeks!

Sunday, January 30, 2011

Baby Shower Bash Sponsor #16: Pink Bowtique

Sponsor #16 for the Baby Shower Bash is extremely near and dear to my heart simply because they make stuff that I have always wanted, but never had a reason to try. Pink Bowtique specializes in "Luxurious Bows For Your Little Princess", and as we all know, there are no princesses in sight around here! I am very excited that they are participating in our Baby Shower Bash and I can't wait to show you some of their adorable products in the next few weeks!

Saturday, January 29, 2011

Baby Shower Bash Sponsor #15: My Bambino



The newest sponsor signed on for our Baby Shower Bash is a great company that specializes in hand-painted, personalized gifts. My Bambino has some of the cutest gifts around, not to mention affordable and thoughtful! I can't wait to tell you guys more about My Bambino! Look for their feature post in our Baby Shower Bash!

Friday, January 28, 2011

Baby Shower Bash Sponsor #14: See Baby Grow!


Our next Baby Shower Bash Sponsor is a brand new company with a great idea! See Baby Grow makes documenting your baby's milestones easy and cute with their adorable products! They have onesies, bibs, beanies, and more, all printed with the corresponding number for your baby's age! They make remembering all those little moments easy and fun! I am very excited to work with Shannon from See Baby Grow, so look for a special piece on their adorable products as part of the Baby Shower Bash!

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Flip Out Mama's Vday Lovefest- Sponsor #2: Smart and Sexy Lingerie!


Flip Out Mama is very pleased to introduce the next sponsor of our Valentine's Lovefest! Smart & Sexy Lingerie makes it possible for women to look great and feel confident with awesome lingerie without breaking the bank. They believe that it is in fact possible, to be Smart and Sexy at the same time! They have some of the most affordable lingerie I have ever seen, and it's really cute too!  I can't wait to share my review with you, and stay tuned, because they are also sponsoring a giveaway! Free lingerie, who's in? 

Review: Make Your Own Gummies kit from Glee Gum!



If you know anything about my Tater, it is that he is a candy freak. I mean really. When we got our tax return and I asked him what he would pick if I told him he could buy anything, whatever he wanted his answer was: "candy worms."

I mean really?
So when we had the opportunity to review a Make Your Own Candy Kit from Glee Gum, I jumped at the chance.

We chose (of course) the Make Your Own Gummy Candy Kit.
He was SO pumped to get to try this!
When I first opened the package, and started reading the instructions, I was a little intimidated..There seemed to be a lot of steps, and I was kind of nervous....

But, as it turns out, there was no need to be! It really was easy!

I took some pictures along the way, but I am not going to lie, parts of this process are not exactly terribly photogenic, so I chose to leave some of them out.

I was really surprised to learn that the gummies were made using seaweed. Real seaweed, yep, that ocean-y stuff.
I had no idea what the hell seaweed had to do with making gummy candy until Glee Gum taught me about it! Turns out, there are natural gelling ingredients found in seaweed (carrageenan and agar), and that is what makes the gummies "gummy". I totally learned something from this review!
 The first step is to actually take the dried seaweed out and place it in a bowl of water to soak.

Then you make the molds. You can use pretty much anything around the house that you can find that is kind of deep, and will make a detailed shape. When I read the instructions to Tater and they said you could use your fingers, there was no turning  back. We couldn't even look around for other "molds".

The next step is mixing together the other ingredients and microwaving them. This is pretty fun because it gets foamy and weird looking. You actually microwave it with that piece of  seaweed inside, and then take the seaweed out at the end.

Then you just have to pour the stuff (gel?) into the molds, and put them in the microwave until they get firm. After that, you just pop them out of the molds and, viola! Your own gummies! They even included some sour sprinkly stuff to put on top. This was much to Tater's delight!

One thing I really liked about this kit is that you can re-use the powder stuff that you make the molds out of. You just flatten it out and start over. That way, as long as you have the gel stuff left, you can keep creating more! The box says it makes the equivilant of 15 gummy candies, but we got more than that. (Tater's fingers are small lol!)

I was really pleased with the result of the Make Your Own Gummies Kit from Glee Gum! It was a nice change of pace and it was really fun to actually have something to "do" together. Glee Gum also has a Make Your Own Chewing Gum Kit and a Make Your Own Chocolate Kit that I am looking forward to trying with Tater soon!

If you've never heard of Glee Gum, they are a great company that makes chewing gum with no preservatives, artificial colors, flavors or sweeteners! Their gum is gluten free, dairy free, soy free and nut free, and is proudly made in the USA! Theirs is the only gum made with chicle', which helps conserve the rainforests! I love the fact that their gum is made with all natural ingredients! This is a company that can really be proud of what they are doing for the enviroment and for their customers!

Thanks Glee Gum for letting us try your awesome products!

Disclosure: I was provided with a sample products in order to conduct this review. Although a sample product was received, all opinions are my own and no monetary compensation was received. Cmon Now, that's not how I roll! ;)

Baby Shower Bash Sponsor 13: ERGOBaby!


As a mom of two, I am exceptionally excited to announce my next Baby Shower Bash Sponsor! ERGObaby makes the hippest, highest- quality baby carriers around. I have been longing for one since Tater was a baby, and I am so very excited that they are donating one for Crystal for the Baby Shower Bash! Look for much more from ERGObaby in the coming weeks! 

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

HURRY! Free Ziploc 15 count gallon size bags to the first 2500!!!



HURRY THIS ONE WILL GO FAST!!
Right at home is offering up a FREE 15 pack of Ziploc Gallon Size Bags to the first 2500!

Go here to get them!

Baby Shower Bash Sponsor 12: Dapple!


Rounding out the first dozen sponsors for the Baby Shower Bash is Dapple! Dapple is a great company that makes natural-based cleaning products specifically for households with young children. I have had the pleasure of working with them in the past, and I am thrilled to work with them again! Look for more from Dapple in the next few weeks!

Kids Of Divorced Parents at Increased Risk Of Suicide? What do you guys think?


Like you needed another reason? 

Yet another study has come out on the risks of divorce. 

This time, the University Of Toronto studied almost 7,000 adults, almost 700 of which were females who were younger than 18 when their parents divorced. 

The study's results are nothing short of alarming, to me at least. 

The study claims that men whose parents divorced when they were children were three times more likely to consider suicide than other men whose parents were not divorced by the time they reached adulthood.

The study's findings were that adult daughters whose parents divorced when they were children were 83% more likely to seriously consider suicide than girls whose parents stayed married.Women whose parents had already divorced by the time they were 18 fared better than women whose parents divorced when they were older.

The link between divorce and suicidal thoughts was particularly strong for men who experienced extremely unpleasant childhood stressors, such as parental addiction and unemployment, as well as physical abuse. 

The study shows that divorce is significantly harder on boys whose parents divorce when they are young. This is surprising to me. I would have always thought that divorce would be harder on girls. 

With two little boys in my life, and a divorce rate greater than 50% in this country, this is particularly alarming to me.

What do you guys think? 

Is there any merit to this, or is it crap? 

You can check out this blog from the NY Times to learn more about this study.

Free Tide Washer Cleaner Packets- first 5000!


So what are you doing at 2pm today? Get on Facebook to get a free packet of Tide Washing Machine Cleaner. It will start at 2pm EST and I doubt it will last long, so be ready! First 5000 only.

Easy Ways To Make Money Doing Nothing.


I usually don't post about stuff like this, but I know that everybody is looking for a quick, legit way to make a few bucks in their spare time. I'm going to highlight two of my favorite ways today: SwagBucks and MyLikes. 

Search & Win

Swagbucks is probably the best way I have found to earn a little extra, well swag, in my spare time. It's super easy. Swagbucks is a search engine, just like Google. When you use Swagbucks instead of Google, you win points for random searches. Those points keep adding up in your account and you can redeem them for prizes. The best prize they have, in my opinion, is a $5 Amazon Gift Card for 450 Swagbucks. I financed almost all of our last Christmas through Swagbucks, so it really can add up fast! There is no catch, you just sign up, search and earn points. Then redeem them. Simple as that! 
If you would like to sign up for Swagbucks, go ahead! It's super easy!


The newest way I have learned about earning money easily online is with MyLikes. MyLikes is a way for bloggers, and regular people with a Twitter or Facebook to share relevant links with your friends/followers. You get paid per click for each of your friends/followers that clicks on the link.The best thing about MyLikes? You get paid via PayPal once your balance reaches $2.00, and payments are made every Friday. How awesome is that?

Now please note, neither of these are a way to make millions of dollars on the internet, but for a busy mom to make a little extra pocket cash, or earn an Amazon Gift Card to use for birthdays or Christmas, I'm down! Check out these sites, and be sure to leave a comment or email me if you have any questions!

XOXO

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

PunkeeLove Headbands... And The Winner Is...



Well, it's time to wrap up our contest for the Two Punkeelove Headbands from We Cover Your Head! 


#45 Raven In A Blue Room! 


Yay!! Congrats! 

 You will be receiving an email from me soon, so check your inbox!!

Thanks to all who entered, I couldn't do it without ya! 

XOOXOO

Baby Shower Bash Sponsor 11: Smiley Cookies!

Our next Baby Shower Bash Sponsor sure is a sweet one! (Couldn't resist!) Smiley Cookie is a wonderful company I have had the pleasure of working with in the past, and when I saw that they have a special selection of baby cookies, I just had to ask if they would like to be part of our Baby Shower Bash! They said yes, and everyone lived happily ever after! Look for a wonderful post about Smiley Cookie in the next few weeks! 


Monday, January 24, 2011

Eden Fantasys Blogger Program Rocks My Socks.

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Hey guys! I'm here again to tell you about Eden Fantasys and their amazing blogger program. 

I figured perfect timing with Vday right around the corner, right!?

What better gift for your guy, and yourself? 


If you are a blogger looking to earn free gift cards, Eden Fantasys makes it so easy, you're crazy not to do it!

I know what you're thinking. An Adult Shop? Really? I can't blog about that! 

But you can, really you can. 

See this post? I'm doing it right now. 

You don't have to talk about any personal stuff. No weirdness at all. 

Although if you WANT to blog about all that, they don't mind that either :) 

It's so easy! And you can do it as often as every two weeks to earn gift cards to their online adult store!

Their gift cards have no expiration date, so you can save them all up and use them at once, or if you're a blogger, you can even use them for a giveaway! 

That's right, spread the love! 

If you are interested in the Eden Fantasys Blogger Program, feel free to leave a comment or email me for more details! 

disclosure: If I looked like her, I would probably wear this to the grocery store.

For The Gaming Obessed Hubby On Valentines Day.


If you have a hubby or boys that are as obsessed with all things video gaming as mine are, you are gonna love this!

Billy over at TechDaddy has a great post today for Gaming Generations. They have pretty much anything for any gamer guy on your Valentine's list! I know if I got my boys any of this stuff, they would love me forever!


Purex Crystals =Softener Reinvented!



I love being a Purex Insider! As a Purex Insider, I get to get the inside scoop on new products!

The newest product that I got the chance to try is the brand new Purex Complete Crystals Softener! 

This is a completely new, out of the box way to think about fabric softener. It isn't a liquid or a sheet like you might be used to. 

Instead, Purex Complete Crystals are just that. Tiny little solid crystals.

It's so different than anything I have ever tried before!

Here's Why: 

It's Purer. Purex Complete Crystals is 92% natural. It works differently than most oil-based fabric softeners, in that it actually infuses clothes with the softener rather than coats them. 

It's Easier. You add it directly to the wash cycle at the beginning of your load of laundry. There's no waiting for the rinse cycle, no gunk in the washing machine, and no stains from spilling liquid softener. 

It's Safer.  Purex Complete Crystals are safe for all laundry and will not harm, wear down, or discolor your fabrics. Crystals will preserve the flame-retardant benefits of children's clothing, retain your towels' ability to absorb water, and keep your whites from yellowing and graying! 

Purex Complete Crystals are available in three great scents: Fresh Spring Waters, Lavender Blossom, and Tropical Splash. Purex Complete Crystals are available at a suggested retail price of $3.99 at mass retailers everywhere!

Progresso Lemon Pepper Panko Giveaway!



If you guys are like me, you are always looking for something "different" to cook. I get so bored with eating the same few dishes over and over. 

But, I never have any inspiration. 

Never fear, the fine folks at Progresso are here to save the day and inspire us all with some great new dishes! 

I was so excited to participate in this campaign through Progresso and MyBlogSpark! 

Here's some details for you:

"The chef´s secret is out - panko is in! A longtime secret of Japanese cuisine, panko is now a pantry staple for creating perfect crispiness in any dish. This October, Lemon Pepper will join the ranks of Progresso´s line of panko bread crumbs, which includes Original and Italian flavors.

Whether frying, baking or broiling, this culinary superstar adds a flavorful crunch to create simple, savory recipes. Made from the soft, tender centers of the bread, Progresso Lemon Pepper Panko combines the perfect crunch with effortless flavor to give any dish that extra punch. The large, flaky crumb has a coarser texture than traditional bread crumbs, delivering a lighter, crunchier coating or topping.

A chef known for his emphasis on creating delicious dishes with fresh, premium ingredients, Chef Michael Chiarello uses panko as his go-to bread crumb for a crunch that won´t quit. An Emmy-award winning TV chef and cookbook author, Chef Chiarello is the tastemaker behind Bottega Napa Valley Restaurant, NapaStyle and Chiarello Family Vineyards, and appears on The Cooking Channel and Top Chef Masters only on Bravo.

Chef Chiarello is helping cooks everywhere use Progresso´s panko to make flavorful, flawless recipes including Crispy Seafood Salad, Mama Chiarello's Stuffed Eggplant and Turkey Scallopini and Squash Ravioli with Cranberry Brown Butter.

Visit the Progresso website for additional recipes, tips for cooking with panko, video and a coupon for $1 off any panko flavor.

"Panko has been a major part of some of my best crunchy dishes for years," says Chef Chiarello. "It´s exciting to bring those dishes home, where some of the best dining memories are made. To me that´s what cooking is all about - sharing meals with your friends and family, and the memories you get to keep for a lifetime." 





I was really excited to try Chef Michael's Cookbook and Progresso Lemon Pepper Panko to breathe new life into our boring dinner routine! 

We tried the Panko on some chicken breasts, and it was so yummy! I can't wait to try some of the great recipes in Chef Michael's new cookbook as well! 

  One lucky Flip Out Mama reader will receive a gift pack that includes one package of Progresso Lemon Pepper Panko and an autographed copy of chef Chiarello´s new cookbook: Michael Chiarello´s Bottega!!
Here's how to win! 
Mandatory Entry: 
Tell me what kind of dish you would like to make with Progresso Lemon Pepper Panko!

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Rules, and all that: 
Open to US residents only. Contest will end on 1/31/2011 at approx 10 pm est. Winner will be chosen via random.org and will have 48 hours to respond to email notification or an alternate winner will be chosen. Prize is shipped directly from sponsor. I am not responsible for prizes that are lost, damaged, or otherwise not received. 


Disclosure: I was provided with a sample product in order to conduct this review. Product and giveaway were provided through MyBlogSpark. All opinions are my own and no monetary compensation was given.

Baby Shower Bash Sponsor #10: Sophie's Favor's!


The newest Baby Shower Bash sponsor is Sophie's Favors! Sophie's Favors specializes in unique favors, gifts and party supplies. They have tons of stuff for any big day! From weddings to showers, they have you covered! I have had the blessing of working with Jennifer from Sophie's favors on the Baby Shower Bash event, and she has made things super easy for me! Sophie's favors has donated some amazing products for the Baby Shower Bash, check back soon to see them all! 



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