First Time Mom and Losing It: 2013

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Mobile Mom Magazine #Review



I was lucky enough to review the November issue of the Mobile Mom Magazine. It is a digital magazine that you can get from the iTunes store and view on your iPad. I reviewed it on my iPad and the first thing I noticed was how bright and crystal clear the images were. I love that you can view the magazine on an electric device because it means that your mailbox or magazine rack doesn't have to be cluttered. I love that it is greener by being paperless.

The magazine is for moms in all stages, from pregnancy to having older kids. Each month you will get the following

• Personal stories and shared experiences from other moms and moms-to-be
• Product reviews to help you make the best choices on baby and family products
• Interesting studies and medical research to keep you informed
• Safety tips during pregnancy and those precious first months
• Ideas for fun kid activities
• And much, much more

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Monday, December 9, 2013

Aurorae Yoga Mat Giveaway

Welcome to the Aurorae Yoga Mat Giveaway ! 
Hosted by : Sparkle Me Pink
Sponsored by: Aurorae

Kick start your 2014 New Years Resolution with a new yoga mat from Aurorae !
Check out Sparkle Me Pink's full review of this mat:
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Aurorae Mats are one of the best brands out there. Their mats are so thick and comfortable. Winning this would definitely make me want to exercise!

Ends : 12/23 @ midnight 
Must be 18 or older to enter 
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ALL entries are optional , however the more you complete the more chances you have at winning.

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Friday, December 6, 2013

$50 Visa Card Giveaway!



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Dates:  Dec 3 to Dec 17

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Thursday, December 5, 2013


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HP 2000-2d62NR 15.6" Laptop Computer - Black Licorice $529 plus one year insurance (total prize value $588)





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Samsung - Galaxy Tab 3 10.1 - 16GB - White Value $399 plus one year insurance (total prize value $458)



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Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Butterfly Bag from Maggie Bags #Giveaway!

I am not much of a bag person but I really love this one. The shape is so unique and cute. The bag has tons of pockets so it's easy for a mom to carry tons of stuff for herself and child. They also have a lot of cute colors to choose from.

Sponsored by: Maggie Bags

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Dates:  Dec 2 to Dec 16

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We appreciate the support of our sponsor, co-hosts and everyone promoting this giveaway, please show your support by following them on their social medias pages.



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Monday, December 2, 2013

$100 Visa Gift Card + Premier Issue of Mobile Mom Digital Magazine

I was lucky enough to be able to preview the premier issue of the Mobile Mom magazine. I love that you can just download it and not have to clutter your mailbox or counter. The pictures and magazine layout are so vibrant and clear. The topics covered were very relevant to me and kept me reading it until the end.

The team at MobileMom.com have been hard at work and are proud to introduce to you the premiere edition of Mobile Mom digital magazine! Mobile Mom magazine is a new digital publication for women at every stage of motherhood. Whether you're pregnant, trying to conceive or raising little ones, you'll find practical information and helpful mom-to-mom advice in every issue.

  • Personal stories and shared experiences from other moms and moms-to-be 
  • Product reviews to help you make the best choices on baby and family products 
  • Interesting studies and medical research to keep you informed 
  • Safety tips during pregnancy and those precious first months 
  • Ideas for fun kid activities 
  • And much, much more 

 Grab your copy of Mobile Mom magazine in the iTunes Newsstand today.

Download the free app, then either buy individual issues or subscribe and save up to 66% off the single copy price!

  • 1-year subscription (12 issues) - $19.99, automatically renewed until cancelled
  • Monthly subscription (1 issue / month) - $1.99, automatically renewed every month until cancelled 
  • Single issue - $2.99-4.99


To celebrate the release of the magazine, Mobile Mom and a fabulous group of bloggers is giving away a $100 Visa gift card and a free download of the premiere edition! This giveaway is open worldwide. Enter to win by filling out the Rafflecopter below.
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Monday, November 25, 2013

6 Months Supply of Diapers and Wipes by BabyShowersByMail #Giveaway!

I was very lucky during my baby shower to be gifted with diapers and a large diaper cake. It was nice as a first time mom to not have to worry about going out to get diapers for a couple of months. If you are expecting or know someone who is, this giveaway is for you. How wonderful would it be to win 6 months of diapers and wipes!
 
 
 
Looking for that perfect gift for an upcoming baby shower or even maybe a grand holiday gift for the new family addition? We have the ideal solution - diaper and wipe delivery from
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BabyShowersByMail is the home of the "Year Supply of Diapers". You had find a selection of the best baby gifts hand picked by the experts at BabyShowersByMail including Diaper and Wipe delivery which can be purchased in packages of 3 months, 6 months, 9 months and even an entire 12 month year.
 
So no matter what you choose, you can find and send the perfect baby shower gift at BabyShowersByMail. The ordering process is simple and ships quickly. BabyShowersByMail offers products babies need and parents appreciate. When it comes to their diaper delivery service, they provide great service to their mom's by delivering the brands and sizes they need directly to their door.
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Sunday, November 24, 2013

Bluum Box November 2013 Toddler - 17 months




I was super excited to get my Bluum box last night. I got the November 2013 box for a 17 month old Toddler. This is what I got:

1. Melissa and Doug Rainbow Stacking Toy: My daughter loves it. She played with it for a while. Still needs to get the hang of putting the top ball on but she will get it.

2. Baby Legs: They are one size fits most. To me they seem a bit small and don't have a lot of stretch. I wish they were more girly. I don't like the color combination too much.

3. Baby Touch and Feel Puppy Love Book: This was another thumbs up for my daughter. She loves books. The extra feel and touch textures were also fun for her.

4. Happy Family Happy Yogis Banana Mango: My daughter loves these. She loves tropical fruit so it was a super plus for her.

5. Happy Family Happy Yogis Strawberry: Same as above but in a nice sweet strawberry flavor.

6. Dream Baby Stroller Clips: I like that they are smaller than the typical mommy hook. It would be easy for me to store in my bag instead of leaving them on the stroller and taking up handle bar space.



My daughter and I were pretty happy with this months box. I look forward to getting my boxes every month. You usually get something from a company that is not too well known, so it's fun to discover new companies. If you are interested in subscribing you can click on my link below to get 50% off your first box. I would also get points to get a free Bluum box.

Breakfast in a Cupcake #Toddler Friendly #Recipe



Ever since I started solids with my toddler about a year ago I had a hard time getting her to eat eggs. I made them every way possible and she still spit them out. I even hid them in her other foods and she would still spit them out. I kind of lost hope until I saw a recipe for a breakfast casserole. I set out to make it toddler friendly and too make it cute in a cupcake form. To my surprise she loved it! Here is how I did it:


Breakfast in a Cupcake

Yield: 6-8 cupcakes
Ingredients
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 4 slices boars head ham
  • 1/4 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1/2 cup frozen shredded hash brown potatoes
Cooking Directions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Crack eggs into a bowl and whip.
  2. Cut ham slices into 1/2 inch squares and add to eggs.
  3. Add remaining ingredients into the bowl and mix until well combined.
  4. Take aluminum foil and cover a baking sheet. (For easy cleanup)
  5. Spray silicone cupcake cups with cooking spray. (You can use a regular cupcake tin but make sure you spray them really good. Eggs tend to really stick when they are baked.)
  6. Spoon egg mixture into the cups until they are full to the top.
  7. Bake for about 30 minutes. Insert a knife in the middle of one to make sure eggs are fully set. If not pop it back into the oven for another 5 minutes and check again.
What are your tips to getting your little one to eat eggs?        

Thursday, November 21, 2013

$300 GIFT Card Sponsored by H&R Block #Giveaway



I've partnered with theNightOwlMama.com and Stuckathomemom.com as well Afropolitianmom.com and several other amazing bloggers to bring you this Fabulous $300 Gift Card Giveaway sponsored by H&R Block.

Details on the H&R Block Emerald Advance line of credit:
H&R Block will begin accepting applications in offices November 25th so set up your appointment today! All you need to apply is an unexpired government-issued photo ID and your most recent pay stub (no W2 form required!) You don’t already need to be an H&R Block client to apply The Emerald Advance is a line of credit you can draw from as you need it. You can use it year-round for unexpected expenses and other short-term credit needs. It’s that easy!

Night owl mama has asked me to join in the promotion for $300 Gift card Giveaway sponsored by H&R Block. No compensation was received. The prize was provided and may be shipped to the winner by H&R Block, but all opinions at the top expressed in the post are my own and not those of H&R Block. Entrants must be 18 or older and located in the US only. Winner to be chosen at random. If you have any questions please ask Night Owl Mama. Thank you .

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Monday, November 18, 2013

DIY Flash Cards for Toddlers and Printable

 
My daughter loves books and loves pointing to things on the books. She has a board book with a whole bunch of circles. Yesterday she pointed to a circle said "what is it?" then said "circle!". She learned that from the Sparkabilities app that she has been looking at since she was a few months old. I was pretty proud that she recognized the circle without me pointing it out. I took out the flash cards I had purchased for her and saw if she could recognize anything else. She just took them all out of the box and put them back in until she got bored of them and threw them on the floor. She wasn't interested in looking at them at all. I think the reason why is that they were too busy. Too many colors and characters on them. I set out to make some simple flash cards with just a shape or color and one word in black and white. She loved them! She automatically recognized the circle and diamond. We are now working on the colors and other shapes and she seems super interested.

If you just want to print the ones I made you can save the .PDF file below onto your computer. Click on the link, Download, then Direct Download. Save onto your computer where you can easily find it. Then Open the file, press File.. Print and pick the Fit option.

Click here to download Flash Card .PDF

How to make them:
I made them using my favorite software Paint Shop Pro 9 (yes I know it is super old but I love it!) I made a new image that was 8 x 11. Then added black lines to separate the image into 12 boxes. In each box I added a shape or a square of color. I then added the word that described each box. Next I converted it into a .PDF file and printed it out on 110lb card stock paper. I love card stock because they are a lot more durable than just regular printer paper. I always have it on hand to do tons of other craft projects. Then I just cut out the squares and let my daughter have fun with it for a little bit. After she gets the fun out of playing with the cards you can now start to point and repeat the words.




If anybody is interested in more flash cards I'll be more than happy to make another post with different cards like different colors and shapes. Or anything else you can suggest.

Sunday, November 17, 2013

Subscription Box Giveaway! 5 Boxes 5 Winners!!!

 
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1 winner will receive a  1 Month Subscription of Square Hue 
 
1 winner will receive  a 1 Month Subscription of Healthy Surprise 
 
2 winners will receive a 1 Month Subscription of JackedPacked.com
 
 
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If you love candles then this box is for you. Every month you get a curated box of artisan candles made right here in the US. All beautifully hand made. 
 
About Square Hue
 
Every month you will get 3 full size bottles of nail polish.  They are “5-Free” Clean which means they do NOT contain Formaldehyde, Toluene, DBP, Camphor or Formaldehyde Resin. They are also made right here in the USA which is awesome.  
 
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They help you discover the best products in sports nutrition and they have three different sized packs. The Lightweight, The Heavyweight, and the Heavyweight XXL. 
They also give $10 vouchers to their members every month to use in their store. So if you find something you like, or already know what you like, you can buy the full-size version. They also  have gift subscriptions (in two sizes) and month-to-month options, as well as 3 and 6 month options at discounted rates. 
 
 
 
 
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Saturday, November 16, 2013

$300 MasterCard Gift Card Free Blog Event

300 Mastercard gift card giveaway  

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Hosted by: StuckAtHomeMom.com and TheNightOwlMama.com

Event date: Nov 20th, 2013 to Dec 15th 2013

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Friday, November 15, 2013

Enter the Purex and Isotoner Sweepstakes iPad Mini +$500 ISOTONER Shopping Spree



Here in NYC we are having super chilly days. I still wanted to say connected to my iPhone and Tablet so there is nothing better than having a pair of ISOTONER smarTouch gloves.

ISOTONER smarTouch gloves keep your hands warm while using your touch screen devices. Keep them bright and clean all winter long with Purex liquid detergent and WIN!

One grand prize winner will receive an iPad mini + a $500 ISOTONER shopping spree.

Ten (10) runners up will get $25 gift card good towards any ISOTONER product!

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Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Kabocha Squash and Chicken #DIY Baby Food #Recipe



I first heard about Kabocha squash from an email from Hungry-Girl. It tastes a lot like butternut squash but has a lot less calories. I was roasting some kabocha for myself for dinner so decided to take some and make some baby food for my then 8 month old. I had a hard time getting some protein in her so I decided to add in some roasted chicken breast.



Kabocha and Chicken Baby Food

Ingredients
  • 1/4 of a medium sized kabocha
  • 1 small chicken breast.
  • olive oil
Cooking Directions
  1. Preheat oven to 375.
  2. With a spoon, scoop out all of the seeds and tough fibers from the inside of the kabocha.
  3. Lightly coat a baking pan with olive oil. Place kabocha flesh side down on baking pan. Bake for 45 minutes to an hour or when a fork pierced in the middle goes though with ease.
  4. Season your chicken to your liking (I just use fresh ground pepper) and place on other baking sheet sprinkled with a tiny bit of olive oil. Cook for 15 to 20 minutes or until no longer pink. Let rest 10 minutes then slice.
  5. Scoop out kabocha and place in blender/food processor with chicken. Pulse until you get the consistency your baby is used to. If it is too thick, you can add a little bit of purified water. For my toddler I just cut up the kabocha and chicken into bite sized pieces.
**I use my Bella Rocket Blender to make my baby food. It is similar to the magic bullet.

Sunday, November 10, 2013

Purex UltraPacks Plus Oxy #Review and #Giveaway



As a proud member of the Purex Insiders I got to try out the new Purex UltraPacks Plus Oxy and Zout Stain Remover. The UltraPacks are little pillows of super concentrated detergent that you just take and pop into your washing machine. One little ultrapack has the power to wash a load of laundry. The fact that they are so compact makes it so easy for me to bring with me to the Laundromat.

When I tried these I really noticed how clean and fresh my clothes were. The Oxy and Zout really helped take out the stains of my toddler's clothes. I highly recommend these especially for moms who have messy little eaters. It also helps greatly if you have to troop down to your Laundromat. The packs are super little and with the Oxy and Zout you don't have to carry an extra stain remover spray.

I am so excited to be hosting my first Giveaway. Purex generously give me a coupon for a free bag of Purex UltraPacks Plus Oxy for one of my readers (US only please). Enter using the Rafflecopter form below. The winner has 48 hours to respond to winning email or a new winner will be chosen.

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**Purex provided me with a free sample to give an honest review. All opinions are 100% my own.

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Healthy Chicken Fried Rice for an Infant or Toddler



Since I started to eat healthier it is a lot easier for me to make one meal for the whole family. Chicken fried rice is a staple in our weekly menu. It's healthy and easy to make. This is my favorite recipe for making chicken fried rice. I use brown rice instead of white.


To make it for my toddler I follow the steps until right before adding the soy sauce. I take out about a 1/4 to 1/2 of a cup for my daughter and set it aside. I continue the rest of the recipe for my husband and I. When my daughter was younger and couldn't chew bigger pieces as well I would pulse it in my mini chopper until I saw the consistency of the picture above. Now that my daughter is 17 months old I leave it as it and she really enjoys it. 



Sunday, November 3, 2013

Happy Tot Toddler Meal Bowl #Review




I received the Happy Tot Toddler meal in my Bluum box a couple of months ago. When I first saw it in my box I was pretty happy because I love the Happy Baby brand. My daughter loved their pouches and still loves their yogurt bites and puffs. The flavor we got was Organic Chicken Quinoa & Vegetables. I loved that it had quinoa in it because I have read so many good things about it. Also the fact that it is all organic and natural was a super plus.

Though I was happy I got it I kept it to the side for a while because my daughter never liked prepared store food. I have tried other brands like Gerber and Sprout and she really disliked the taste. I was determined to try the Happy Tot to change it up and have her try something new. She took a couple of bites at first and even told me "more" after I took too long to give her another spoon. I was pretty pleased and started to think about my next trip to the market to get her the other flavors. I do enjoy cooking for her but having these on hand for emergencies would be great. Then came the square of "chicken".  She chewed it, made a face and spit it out. I tried again with the same result. After spitting out the pieces of "chicken" she refused to eat any more. I mixed the food around and looked closely at the perfectly square pieces of "chicken". It really didn't look too good and didn't look much like chicken. For such a great company that is all about organic and natural food it was really upsetting to see that type of "chicken" in it. Looking more into it, it was pretty mushy. If you have something labeled for a toddler I think it should have been chunkier.

Overall my 17 month old gives it two thumbs down. Oh well, off to make some more http://nurturebaby.com/ recipes to freeze.

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Saturday, November 2, 2013


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If more sponsors are added, no anything charges will be made, I will just ask you if you want to participate on that specific giveaway.

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Thursday, June 27, 2013

Secret Outlast Clear Gel Review

 



I was lucky to receive a free full size Secret Outlast Clear Gel Deodorant in my Spring VoxBox from Influenster. At first I have to admit I wasn't too thrilled with a gel deodorant. I have been using spray deodorants for a whole now. Though I hate the sometimes white resident left on my shirts I still like how easy it is to put on and how it smells. I decided to put away my spray deodorant and try the Secret Outlast Clear Gel for at least a week. I have to say its been well over a week and I'm still using the Secret Outlast Clear Gel. It goes on easy and feels pretty good. I love that I don't have to wait for it to dry. I also love how my dark blue Yankee shirts never have any white residue on them. I definitely recommend using this deodorant if you hate that white residue stuck on your clothes from deodorants.

Friday, June 7, 2013

Ivory Refreshing 2-In-1 Hair & Body Wash Review


I was one of the lucky ones to try the Ivory Refreshing 2-In-1 Hair & Body Wash for free from Influenster. I was surprised when I received the product because I didn't think it would be that big. I got a 24 ounce bottle and a few coupons. 

I have been using the  body wash for a few weeks now. The first thing I noticed was the scent. It smells really good and refreshing. It's not fruity or too girly so my husband likes it too. I do love how it left my skin feeling and smelling. It didn't work to well on my hair though. Since I have long and thick hair it didn't leave my hair as clean and moisturized as my regular shampoo and conditioner does. My husband did like the product for both his body and hair. He no longer uses his shampoo or steals mine because he uses the Ivory 2-In-1.

Overall we love the product. I will continue to buy it and use it on my body and my husband will continue to us it on both body and hair.
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