Monday, January 31, 2011

My Little Ladies

 Katie begged me to help her put these boots on, and was very pleased when I complied. 
She soon discovered walking was impossible, but continued to be pleased, learning early the sacrifices we women must make for fashion...

Victoria is smiling at Katie here. It's so fun to watch her adoring the insane little monkey who cheerfully tries to sit on her lap and helpfully buries her with toys, blankies and everything else under the sun.

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Friday, January 28, 2011

Undercover Mama Review & Giveaway - 2/11

* This giveaway is now CLOSED *

I was recently given the opportunity to review the Undercover Mama shirt!

These unique undershirts allow you to make any shirt into a nursing shirt!

The Undercover Mama has clips that attach to the clips of your nursing bra, (or to the strap of a regular bra.)
When you unclip your bra to nurse your sweet baby, the shirt unclips too!

This will vastly increase your nursing wardrobe, turning any shirt into a more modest, (and warmer!) option during months (or years!) of breastfeeding.

I love having this undershirt in my wardrobe! The occasions when I leave home without it, I now sorely miss it! It makes it less awkward and more comfortable, (especially if I forgot my nursing apron...again,) when I'm out and about nursing. 

Even if you do use a nursing apron or other cover every time, there will always be times when your back tries to peek out or the cover gets pushed around and things have a chance of showing. The Undercover Mama keeps your whole back and tummy covered at all times!

It's nice and long, which makes it good for a layered look, or, if you prefer to tuck it in, it will actually stay tucked in!

The only thing that I do not like about this shirt is more of a personal preference of mine: 
I don't usually layer. 
I almost always end up too warm at some point during the day when I wear this undershirt. (And it is just me, 'cause they're 95% cotton and just 5% Spandex, no polyester or anything.)
If I start out my day too cold, I would usually prefer to wear a sweater or something...something that I can take off easily. 

Wanna buy it?

The Undercover Mama comes in Black, Brown, White, Cream, Grey, Nude, or Pink, and retails for $24.99 a piece, or for a limited time you can buy two for $45 AND get free shipping in the US and Canada 

Wanna WIN it?!

Undercover Mama has graciously offered a FREE shirt in either Black or White to one of my lucky readers!

You must use the form below to enter!

Please feel free to comment to remind yourself that you entered, (if you've forgotten, email me and I'll check for you. I don't mind, and I don't usually bite. I'm nice that way.)
Remember, however, that comments will not be counted as entries, except to count daily tweets. (see details on the form)

Current Entries as of Friday, Feb 11th, 10:00am PST: 198

Giveaway will close February 11th, Friday, 2011 at 10am PST.

This giveaway is open to residents of US and Canada. I will choose the winner via, and the winner will be announced here on the blog and notified by email. Make sure to leave your email address or have your contact info available in your blogger profile. The winner will have 48 hours to respond, after which a new winner will be chosen.

*I received a Undercover Mama shirt in Black from Undercover Mama for the purpose of this review. I received no other compensation, and the opinions expressed in this review have not been influenced in any way.

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Sunday, January 23, 2011

WINNERS! A Blogtastic Extravaganza!

My Silly Monkeys

We have winners!!

The Blogtastic Extravaganza giveaways ended with a whopping 2994 entries!!
Thanks to everyone who made this such a fun event!
Jessica at My Silly Monkeys especially deserves some special recognition! She did an amazing job of organizing everything and keeping all of us unruly bloggers in line. ;-)

Anyhoo. Enough yakking... on to


The Natural Baby Package goes to...
Entry #1020 
Jessica A.

The Princess Package goes to...
Entry #976

And the 3 Blogger's Prizes go to...

Entry #246 

Entry #2981

Entry #2594

Congratulations! I've emailed all the winners and they have 48 hours to respond before I must choose new winners!

Update: All winners have responded and been confirmed! 

If you didn't win, be sure watch for exciting new giveaways coming soon!

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Saturday, January 22, 2011

A Blogtastic Extravaganza! "Natural Baby" , "Princess", & "Blogger's" Packages

***CLOSED! Winners will be announced by Monday at the latest!***

It's HERE!

You only have until January 22nd 2011, at 11:59pm EST to enter into all of the "A Blogtastic Extravaganza" Giveaways. With over 100 different blogs and over $13,000 in prizes to be won, you do NOT want to miss entering everyone's giveaways!

It's super easy to enter! Just follow these steps to enter my giveaway packages, totaling over $540!

*Check out the three packages: "Natural Baby" "Princess" and "Blogger's"

*Fill out the form with your choice of package you would like to win!
(Either "Princess" , "Natural Baby" , "Blogger's" or ALL OF THEM!)

*Optional: Enter the bonus entries in the form at the end of this post!

*Click on the other blogs' links at the bottom of this post for more Blogtastic prizes!

*Have Fun & Good Luck!!!!

Natural Baby Package 
includes the following:

$163.90 Total Value!
Pocket Diaper & Snake Insert from Wee Bonnie Botts
- approx $22 value
Set of 4 Flannel & OBV Wipes from Sweet Bobbins - $5.50 value
$10 Gift Certificate to Fluffy Army Babies 
Newborn Fitted Diaper from Heidi Oh Diapers - $13 value
Custom 12x12 wet bag & crib shoes from The Juniper Cottage - $22 value
Bag of Rockin Green w/scoop & Happy Heinys OS Diaper from Cute N Fluffy Cloth Diapers -
 - $36.40 value
Cloth Diaper  Starter Kit from Smart Bottoms - $55 value

Princess Package
includes the following:

Over $123 Total Value!
Custom Tutu from ABC: Audrey's Baby Creations - approx $18 value
Girl's Peasant Top from Stitch to Stitch - $16 value
$15 Gift Certificate to Swan Lake, Etc 
$50 Gift Certificate to Jewelry and Baby Bling by Dara 
Headband with Flower from Crown My Baby
Custom Tutu & Hair Accessory from La Pixie Dust Boutique - approx $24 value

Custom Tutu from ABC: Audrey's Baby Creations - $18 value (approx)

ENTER CODE: ABCFANS for 15% off!

(Enter it in the coupon code section on the Etsy site or in the Paypal notes on the website, and it will be refunded.)

Headband with Flower from Crown My Baby - 

Custom Tutu & Hair Accessory from La Pixie Dust Boutique - approx $24 value

Blogger's Package
There will be 3 winners for this one!

Blogelina is giving away 3 seats in the February class: Profitable Blogging for Beginners, The Online Class.  Each class registrant receives entrance to the class, the 70 page class manual, and a free year of web hosting for their blog (an $84 value)!!

Links You May Need:

Natural Baby:



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Thursday, January 20, 2011

Twitter Tuesday Hop - 1/20

Real Mom Reviews is starting up a new Twitter Hop!

All you have to do is follow the first blog on Twitter! Then hop to any other blog(s) you wish!


PLEASE grab the "Tuesday Twitter" button and link it to a post about this hop. Beacuse this is a new hop, it will really help get the word out of you do!


Friday, January 14, 2011

WINNER! Bummis Tini Fit Diaper

We have another winner!

The Bummis Tini Fit Diaper giveaway ended with 488 valid entries, and the random number generator picked #348!

Entry #348 is... Meg!
Congratulations! I'll be sending you an email shortly, and you'll have 48 hours to respond before I must choose a new winner!

Update! Winner has responded and been confirmed!

If you didn't win, be sure to enter my other current giveaways, and watch for exciting new giveaways coming soon!

Current Giveaways:


Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Caprices AI2 One-Size Diaper Review

I was sent a AI2 One-Size Diaper from Caprices to review for the AMFC Event, but it didn't arrive in time due to shipping delays, so here we are!

About Caprices, from Natacha:

Caprices is a company based in Montreal, Canada. Operated by me, a work at home mother, who tries to grow her business and educate her child at the same time. I originally decided to create my own brand of diapers to fit the needs of my little boy, almost every brand that I had tried were not reaching my expectation of a great diaper. Legs were too big or too tight, Waist, too high, not good fabric for my son skin. So I decided to create a brand that fit my needs and at the same time the needs of other moms in the same situation. All the models have been tested with my boy and they were put in extreme conditions to be sure they really worked.
Caprices products have been on the market for a year now with ten distributors and we're always looking for more. We're also working on a pilot with the daycares to show that cloth diapers are as easy as disposable diapers. They've also been used in industrial washing and they stayed in great shape, way over the concurrent brand.

We have 3 different models of cloth diapers, 2 multi-size and 1 one-size. They're all made of PUL, suede cloth and bamboo viscose: the 3 great fabrics that have revolutionized the cloth diaper industry. The one-size diaper is an all-in-two pocket diaper, the shell and the insert are sold separately so you can buy more inserts then shells. They also have a front opening pocket, for parents that prefer the pocket style diapers. The insert is adjustable in 4 sizes to match the shell size. They came in 2 ply or 3 ply, which give them 6 or 9 layers. They're made of bamboo viscose and a part has suede cloth on it to keep baby bottom dry. So even if you use it as an AI2 you still have the stay dry fabric. It's an innovation and a very economical system.
We also produce 2 all-in-one diapers in multi-size. The first one is called hybrid, it's a quick-dry design, 2 parts of bamboo inside and 3 parts outside. It's a very trim diaper but still very absorbent. The other one is an all-in-one pocket made of 4 parts of bamboo sewn in and a front pocket opening to boost it when needs it. They came in three sizes: small (8-18 pounds), medium (14-28 pounds) and large (26-45 pounds).
Ours products are a must-have in each diaper stash. That's why I want everybody to know about them!

Back view

Insert & Diaper

I love that this diaper comfortably fits both my girls, (25ish and 11ish pounds.)

AI2 on the smallest setting
The velcro is strong and placed in a comfortable spot so you don't have any nasty poking.

AI2 on the largest setting

Here is a feature which I haven't seen in other diapers...reinforced snaps!
Although I haven't used most of my snapping diapers long enough to know for sure, I think this will make a significant difference in how long this diaper lasts!

This diaper has a different type of insert. It is expandable, which is great and it ends up being three layers when folded properly.
It's made out of bamboo and organic cotton.
Even with the three layers, it manages to stay trim!

I wouldn't say this diaper has super absorbency. I usually have to put an extra insert in this diaper when I'm using it for Katie, (the toddler,) or we're pretty much guaranteed to have leaks. (It's just fine for 11lb Victoria, though.)
Caprices sells extra inserts separately so you can double up!

The insert is soft, and I love that it is made out of bamboo and organic cotton, but there has been a slight cosmetic problem:

The cotton suede cloth (designed to help keep the feeling of dryness,) didn't shrink as much as the bamboo part in the wash.
Not a biggie, obviously, but not as pretty as it started out.

Caprices carries a variety of colors and some prints, including this adorable one!

They also have other useful mama things, like nursing covers:

Go check them out! They have a great, newly renovated website!

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Huge Giveaway at Polka Dot's Blog!

There is a huge and awesome giveaway going on over at {Life is too short not to}Wear Red Shoes!

There are 26 prizes...which means 26 winners!

Head over there and enter for a chance to win one of the many pretty things Polka Dot is giving away!

(Tell her I sent ya, too. She's my awesome baby sister and her blog is Ah-MAZ-ing.)

Ends Monday, January 17th, at midnight, PST.


WINNER! A Greener Way Reusable Bags Set!

We have another winner!

The Greener Way Reusable Bags Set giveaway ended with 219 valid entries, and the random number generator picked #4!

Entry #4 is... Stephanie Klemm!
Congratulations! I'll be sending you an email shortly, and you'll have 48 hours to respond before I must choose a new winner!

If you didn't win, be sure to enter my other current giveaways, and watch for exciting new giveaways coming soon!

Current Giveaways:

Bummis Tini Fit Diaper 1/14 Enter here!


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