Show Mom How Much You Love Her with a Gift from WoodSnap

The following is a sponsored post by WoodSnap.

Mother’s Day is just around the corner and WoodSnap would like to help relieve the pressure of finding that memorable gift for your mom. So, they launched their adorable WoodSnap “Best Mom Ever” Campaign.

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“To all the moms who dealt with broken heirlooms, painted fingers, learning the french braid all over again. You put up with our not so good decisions, and our really not so good decisions. You made us feel good. And even when we thought you couldn’t spoil us any more, you always found a way. You cleaned up after all of our adventures, then you cleaned us up. To late night sewing that gave way to early morning smiles. Whenever we needed you, you were always there. We just wanted to say Happy Mother’s Day, to the best mom ever.”

About WoodSnap
WoodSnap doesn’t print on the wood, but actually infuses the ink INTO the wood, much like a tattoo. This is how they get and keep the colors vibrant while allowing the wood grain to show through. Plus, they do a full 10-step treatment process to each piece of wood making it incredibly durable. They use UV coating in the ink to protect it from sun exposure and they make the prints heat and moisture resistant so you can even hang them in the bathroom!

WoodSnap Guarantee

You may be questioning the use of wood as it relates sustainability. WoodSnap is passionate about protecting the Earth’s ecosystem and forests so they’ve launched a program called “Roots for Trees.” They’ve partnered with American Forests and plant a tree for every print you purchase!

Special Deal!
Order in time for Mother’s Day and get 40% off now through Monday, April 21, 2014 when you enter the coupon code BESTMOMEVER at checkout.

Stonyfield Yogurt Pouches: Perfect for Summers On-the-go

This post was created in partnership with Stonyfield. All opinions are my own.

Stonyfield just launched the first-ever refrigerated organic yogurt pouches (how cool!) and, since I’m a Stonyfield Yo-Getter ambassador, Bear had a chance to give them a try right as they hit the grocery shelves. We found them at our local Giant Eagle Market District in the refrigerated yogurt section. We grabbed a few YoBaby pouches in Blueberry and Mango and and YoToddler pouches in Pear-Spinach-Mango and Strawberry-Beet-Berry.

My first impression was they were the perfect size for little hands. The YoBaby pouches weigh in at 3.4 ounces and the YoToddler pouches are 3.7 ounces, just a tad larger. They store easily in the fridge and the cap actually snaps back on if your little one wants to save part of the pouch for later (which is my absolute favorite part by the way since I can never tell if other pouches are actually sealed once opened).

Stonyfield-Yo-Baby-Yo-Toddler-yogurt-pouchesInitially, my daughter refused to eat directly from the pouch (I think she may just have been used to a thicker consistency when eating from pouches), so we fed her two pouches by squirting the yogurt on a spoon. She love both flavors and devoured them. I decided to give the eat-from-pouch approach another shot a few days later and that time, she had no reserves around drinking the yogurt from the pouch. Of the four flavors she tried (there are nine total), she enjoyed all but the Pear-Spinach-Mango flavor. Surprisingly, the Yo-Baby pouches (with just one flavor) were her favorites.

What I love about these new pouches:

  • Made with pure, organic ingredients, and never any high fructose corn syrup or artificial flavors
  • More convenient than yogurt cups on-the-go
  • Older kids and even mom and dad can eat them
  • Re-sealable cap snaps to let me know that it’s fully sealed
  • Made with the whole milk pediatricians recommend for proper growth and development
  • YoToddler has real fruits and veggies blended in, plus Omega-3 DHA
  • No GMOs

We had a beautiful weekend and Bear wanted to rush outside first thing Sunday morning (even before breakfast) to play in her water table. Challenged with finding a healthy breakfast that she could feed herself, I grabbed a YoBaby in Blueberry for her to enjoy outside. It was a perfect choice for a rambunctious toddler who just wanted to play, but needed to eat.

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As soon as she was done consuming her pouch (it was gone within minutes), she headed over to her water table for some splashing fun. We spent the rest of the morning basking in the sun and playing in the yard with her cousins as we watched daddy and her uncles assemble her new swing set.

Buy It + Connect with Stonyfield

Looking for an easy snack for toddlers on the go this summer? Locate the new Stonyfield yogurt pouches at a retailers near you. The individual pouches retail for $1.50 each. Boxes of 4-packs are also available.

Stonyfield is also on Facebook, twitter, and Pinterest. Stop by and show them some love!

Sophie la girafe Board Books (10 winners!) + $500 Amazon Gift Card Giveaway 4/29

Sophie la girafe giveaway

Welcome to the Sophie la girafe Board Books Giveaway! Hosted by Thrifty Nifty Mommy & Viva Veltoro and sponsored by DK Publishing!

With more than fifty million sold, Sophie la girafe, the wildly popular toy from France, is a fixture in nurseries all over the world. Bear was gifted Sophie when she was just a few months old and it really helped to soothe her gums while she was teething. A favorite among moms, Sophie la girafe is a popular shower gift, and has garnered praise from parents everywhere. Now comes the first ever licensed Sophie la girafe books— the perfect accompaniment to the winsome toy!

Baby Touch and Feel: Sophie la girafe: Sophie’s Busy Day
Babies will love exploring and discovering different textures—from bumpy, scaly, sticky, and shiny—as Sophie la girafe interacts with them on the page, making this a perfect way for encouraging tiny fingers to explore and young minds to develop.
Baby: Sophie la girafe: Colors
Packed with bright, lively pictures, and large, simple text, all the colors of the rainbow come alive in this board book. An ideal gift for new parents, this book will stimulate children’s recognition of objects, as well as encourage talking and naming skills.
Peekaboo! Sophie la girafe: Peekaboo Sophie!
With fun flaps that open to reveal colorful pictures of Sophie la girafe and her friends, Peekaboo! Sophie la girafe: Peekaboo Sophie! invites children to their favorite game of peekaboo with baby-appropriate touch-and-feel elements, and large appealing flaps for little hands to flip.
My First: Sophie la girafe: Let’s Get Counting
In this colorful board book, babies will be introduced to the world of numbers and counting, filled with bright, playful images of Sophie and her pals Gabin, Josephine, Kiwi, Lazare, and Margot.
Baby: Sophie la girafe: First Words
Packed with bright, lively illustrations and large, simple text, babies can discover the world around them. An ideal gift for new parents, this book will stimulate children’s recognition of objects, as well as encourage talking and naming skills.
Sophie La Girafe: Touch and Feel
Meet Sophie, everybody’s favorite French giraffe, and all of her friends — Gabin, Josephine, Kiwi, Lazare, and Margot, in this delightful new board book.
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We’re giving you the chance to win the complete Sophie la girafe series. 10 winners will be selected to receive a copy of each of the six featured books. One grand prize winner will also receive a $500 Amazon gift card!

This giveaway is open to residents of the US who are 18 years of age or older. Giveaway ends at 11:59pm EDT 4/29/13. Enter using the Giveaway Tools entry form below. Good luck!

Spit Up is the New Black, Thrifty Nifty Mommy, Viva Veltoro, and the participating blogs are not responsible for prize fulfilment. I have not been compensated for sharing this giveaway. Sophie la girafe: ©Sophie la girafe. Modèle déposé / Design patent

Quirkie Kids Sibling Giveaway 4/28 #SpringSweeping

Welcome to the Spring Sweeping Giveaway Hop, hosted by the Blogging Mamas Network.

Spring Sweeping Giveaway

Mother nature may have taken a little longer to get the memo this year, but the days are finally getting warmer, brighter, and longer. Sure, we should be spring cleaning, but we’d rather be spring sweeping! Sweep along the fabulous giveaways that a group of bloggers have come together to offer you now through April 28.

Do you have a little boy who loves to wear pink? How about a little girl that can’t get enough of skulls and monsters? Martine, a mother of two spirited boys with big imaginations and owner of Quirkie Kids, a line of pink tees for girls AND boys, began a company where kids, regardless of gender, could express themselves through clothing and embrace their uniqueness.

Quirkie Kids - Boys wear pink too

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“Being a mom has made me realize just how innocent children are,” Martine says. “My boys have no idea that according to our society, certain things should be off limit to them including the color pink.”

Quirkie Kids kindly sent Bear a Slime shirt to enjoy. When I unfolded it and asked her what she thought of her new shirt, her eyes lit up and she squealed “oooohhhh!” She instantly pointed to the slime monster and smiled. It’s a size 2, so it’s big enough to last her through the summer and beyond. It’ll be super cute to pair with her little grey sweatshirt blazer on chilly nights.

Quirkie Kids Slime Tee Shirt

All of the Quirkie Kids tees feature playful designs of things not typically associated with the color pink. Some kids like green. Some kids like blue. And some kids like pink and they say, why not?

Quirky Kids Sibling Giveaway 4/14-4/28

Quirkie Kids has generously offered one lucky reader two Quirkie Kids pink tee shirts in their choice of design – Chompers, Time for Lunch, Skull, Best Friends and/or Slime ($37 total value). Winner may select from size 2, 4, 6, 8, or 10. To enter to win, use the entry form below.

Now that you’ve entered the Quirkie Kids giveaway, be sure to hop around to all the giveaways in the linky below, all of which have a least a $25 retail value. Start with the Shark® Lift Away Vacuum Grand Prize from Brylane Home – maybe it will get someone in the Spring Cleaning mood!

Spit Up is the New Black, So Easy Being Green, Viva Veltoro, the Blogging Mamas Network, and the Spring Sweeping participating bloggers are not responsible for sponsors who do not fulfill prize obligations.

American Beagle Outfitters: Turns Out it’s No Joke

What originally started off as an April Fool’s joke has now become an actual limited edition canine collection hitting shelves Fall 2014. I thought it may have been a prank after watching the dogumentary, but there was so much time and effort put into the production, I was honestly left scratching my head.

The video starts off with a dog mom talking about her disappointment in canine fashion. “So image a world where you walk into the mall and there’s one store and all they have for you are Halloween costumes,” she says. “That’s what she’s dealing with.”

The prank was dreamed up in the spirit of fundraising for the ASPCA®, to whom AEO has already donated $100,000. But after an incredible response from customers online, American Eagle Outfitters decided to go forward with the line.

AMERICAN EAGLE OUTFITTERS CANINE COLLECTION

American Eagle Outfitters’ Canine Collection, American Beagle Outfitters, Goes From April Fools’ Joke To Real-Life Dog Fashion Line. (PRNewsFoto/American Eagle Outfitters)

While we wait for it to hit shelves, they’re asking customers to submit photos of their dogs’ style tied to their own style and tag with #AEOStyle for a chance to be featured on the American Eagle website.

What do you think? Would you dress your dog to match your outfit?

Easter Basket Ideas for Toddlers Under 3 (for Boys & Girls)

I’ve teamed up with Ruth over at Viva Veltoro for this post. She’ll be sharing her ideas for a toddler boy’s Easter Basket.

When I became a mom, I didn’t put two and two together that mom was just one new role I would be taking on. I failed to recognize that I would also be taking on additional roles during the holidays – both Santa’s elf and the Easter Bunny’s helper.

My toddler has a small vocabulary (well, large for her age; small compared to adults), so she can’t quite verbalize what she would like from Santa or the Easter Bunny. That leaves their little helper to guess what should appear under the tree and in her basket.

Easter Basket Ideas for Toddler Girls Under 3

Over the years, I’ve Santa and the Easter Bunny have become quite the bargain shoppers; so it’s no surprise that when the holidays come around, they’ve suggested that I make stops at their favorite go-to deal emporiums like Hobby Lobby, the dollar store, the Target dollar spot and clearance racks, Five Below, and even consignment shops (you’d be surprised how many items with tags still on them end up there).

This year, the Easter Bunny asked me to find a mix of treasures for Bear’s basket (preferably under $30 total – he’s cost conscious). I found some fun, age appropriate items for her, which I’m hoping will inspire other Easter baskets for little girls under age 3 (finding small items that aren’t choking hazards can be tough!).

Easter basket ideas for girls under 3

  1. Stickers
  2. Puffs
  3. Puzzles with large pieces
  4. Sunhat
  5. Yogurt melts
  6. Little People Disney Princess set
  7. Bubble bath
  8. Bubbles
  9. Toy car
  10. Bath toys
  11. Hair bow
  12. Spring outfit
  13. Board book

Rather than an actual basket, I used a BPA-free plastic container and filled it with the Easter goodies. Other non-basket ideas include a sand pail, bucket, or even a little wagon.

I wanted to include some of my daughter’s favorite things like stickers, bath squirters, and the final princess to complete her Little People Disney Princess Songs Palace – Princess Jasmine.

Easter basket ideas for toddlers under age 3

But there are even more items you could include in a toddler girl’s Easter Basket based on her interests. Here are some other ideas:

  • Sippy cups and/or bowls
  • Play food
  • Crayons
  • Coloring books
  • Blocks
  • Small Duplo sets
  • Tights or socks
  • Shoes
  • Small stuffed animal(s)
  • Doll(s)
  • Lotion and/or body wash
  • Balls

Easter Basket Ideas for Toddler Boys Under 3

Viva Veltoro has a little guy and has some great ideas for filling an Easter basket for toddler boys under age 3. Be sure to hop over to her post for more ideas!

Flash Giveaway: The Muck Boot Company Breezy Ballet Cool Shoes 4/9 *Closed*

Welcome to the Breezy Ballet Cool Giveaway, hosted by Thrifty Nifty Mommy & Viva Veltoro and sponsored by The Muck Boot Company.

Muck Breezy Giveaway

Spring has officially sprung! Whether you are working in the garden, playing with the kids in the yard, or taking the dog for a walk, you need shoes that will leave your feet feeling comfortable, dry, AND looking stylish! That’s why we’re so excited to tell you all about the new Breezy Ballet Cool flats from The Muck Boot Company!

Details of the Breezy Ballet Cool flats:

  • Unique XpressCool™ lining will pull moisture away from your feet and spread it across the shoe to keep you cool and dry while you’re inside or out.
  • With a wide variety of colors and patterns to choose from, you are sure to find one that not only fits great but looks great too!
  • 2mm NEOPRENE provides maximum comfort
  • 100% waterproof
  • EVA Midsole
  • Flexible, lightweight, rubber outsole

Flats

Viva Veltoro and Thrifty Nifty Mommy recently had the opportunity to review these new shoes and they had great things to say about them! Click here to read Viva Veltoro’s review and here to read Thrifty Nifty Mommy’s review.

We think every woman needs a pair of these stylish ballet flats for their spring wardrobe, so we want to give you lots of chances to win them, starting with a blog giveaway where 3 lucky readers will win a pair of Breezy Ballet Cool flats in the color/print and size of their choice!

This is a FLASH GIVEAWAY which will end at 1pm EDT on Wednesday, April 9th 2014. This giveaway is open to residents of the US who are 18 years or older. Enter using Giveaway Tools entry form below. Good luck!

But WAIT! That’s not all! We have MORE chances for you to win Breezy Ballet Cool flats! Starting April 9th at 1pm EDT, The Original Muck Boots Company will be giving you the chance to win another 5 pairs of flats. Contest will run until April 11th at 5pm EDT via a tab on their Facebook page. Click HERE to head over to The Original Muck Boots Company’s Facebook page now. Good luck!

The Muck Boots Company is responsible for prize fulfilment. Please contact thriftyniftymommy{at}yahoo.com with questions about this giveaway.

Nom Nom Nom: Nûby Sea Scooper Eats All the Bath Toys

I am a Nûby Mommy Blogger and received a Nûby Sea Scooper to facilitate this review.

Some of my daughter’s toys make me feel like a kid again. You should see my husband and I during my daughter’s bath time (no, actually you probably shouldn’t because we are total goofballs and revert back to the days when we were kids). We talk for the rubber duckies, squirt our daughter with water (well that sounds worse that it is), and play with her Nûby™ Sea Scooper. We have him eat all the bath toys - nom nom nom - then “throw them up.” I told you we act like children!

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This little big guy is meant to collect and store bath toys after the bath is over, but Bear loves to play with it while bathing. She feeds him all her toys, gently removes them from his mouth, then puts them back in. It’s been a big hit. We’ve been using it for a few weeks now and it’s become one of her favorite tub toys.

Nuby Whale Scoop

If you do opt to use this bath toy as intended (we have trouble using toys as intended), it comes with a wall hook to hang on the shower wall. Plus, the pail has special drain holes built in allowing excess water to easily drain away from the toys and quickly air dry (note, because of this, he doesn’t float atop the water, but sinks down to the bottom if you do use during playtime).

Stay tuned for some more fun Nûby bath toys that will featured here in the upcoming weeks (one of the perks of being a Nûby Mommy Blogger). Nûby is certainly becoming our favorite brand for tub toys!

The Nûby Sea Scooper is available at BuyBabyDirect, Amazon, BuyBuyBaby, Bed Bath & Beyond, and Bealls.

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Showered with Love: guzzie+Guss 201 Perch Hanging High Chair Giveaway 4/15 *Closed*

Welcome to the [2nd Annual] Showered With Love Event hosted by the Blogging Mamas Network!

Showered with Love

We all know that April showers bring May flowers, but did you know that some of your favorite bloggers have come together throw a huge shower of our own – a virtual Baby Shower!

Guzzie+Guss Perch Giveaway #ShoweredLove

I first learned about guzzie+Guss last summer when we teamed up for my summer birthday event. We had the chance to review the G+G 201 Perch Hanging High chair, when my daughter was about 10 months old. This portable high-chair was the perfect item to help her transition into sitting up and eating on her own in restaurants, all while keeping her clean (seriously – how gross are those wooden highchairs that are rarely wiped down?!).

guzzie+Guss The Perch

G+G 201 Perch Hanging High Chair features:

  • Innovative and portable
  • For children capable of sitting upright assisted to 3 years of age (or 37 lbs.)
  • Includes a cute travel bag
  • Cushy, high back
  • Fits most tables
  • Machine-washable fabric
  • No tools required assembly
  • 5-point harness
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I can’t believe this was nearly a year ago! My baby is getting so big!

Guzzie+Guss has generously offered one lucky reader a G+G 201 Perch Hanging High Chair of their own! To enter to win this portable highchair, please use the Rafflecopter below. This giveaway is open to residents of the US and Canada, ages 18+ now through April 15 at 11:59PM ET. Good luck!

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Now that you’ve entered the Spit Up is the New Black giveaway, hop around to the other Showered with Love blogger giveaways to enter to win other must-haves for mom and baby, including the Grand Prize – a Combi Catalyst Travel System!

Follow Lindsey G. {Blogging Mamas/SEBG}’s board Showered with Love Giveaways on Pinterest.

Spit Up is the New Black, So Easy Being Green, Viva Veltoro, the Blogging Mamas Network, and the Showered with Love participating bloggers are not responsible for sponsors who do not fulfill prize obligations.

Flowers You Can Eat: Easy Easter Gift for Grandma

As you may know, I am a proud member of the Collective Bias® Social Fabric® Community. As part of a sponsored post for their client, I used Starburst and Skittles to create an easy (and edible) gift for Easter. #VIPFruitFlavors #CollectiveBias

Easy Easter Gift - Flowers You can Eat #shop

Spring is one of my favorite seasons (just behind fall). The serenity of of the rain gently hitting the deck, the smell of the freshly planted flowers, the sounds of laughter as children come out of hibernation and start playing outside - it makes me think of new beginnings and reasons to celebrate.

Each spring, our family celebrates Easter. As my daughter grows older, she’s starting to be able to participate in crafts and activities that help develop her fine motor skills.

I was trying to find a fun craft that she could assist with that we could then gift to her grandmas for Easter. Inspired by the sights (and tastes) of spring, we married fresh flowers with Easter candy to make candy flowers – both pretty and tasty.

Flowers You Can Eat: Easy Easter Gift

What you’ll need (makes 2 gifts):

  • 6 bags of Skittles
  • 6 sleeves of Starburst (use Tropical and Regular to add depth of colors)
  • 2 tin flower pots
  • 2 3×2″ foam disc arrangers
  • Easter basket Funfil (non-toxic/no loose strands)
  • Colored toothpics
  • Skewers
  • 1 piece of printer paper (not pictured)

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I found the all the non-edible ingredients at a local craft store (with the exception of the toothpicks and the skewers, which I picked up at the grocery store). Since I needed a bunch of green Skittles and flower petals made of Starburst candies, I picked up a Skittles & Starburst 30 Pack from Sam’s Club, perfect for crafting.

Skittles & Starburst 30 Pack from Sam's Club #shop

1. Open 6 bags of Skittles (I chose to open 3 bags of Original and 3 bags of Berry). Pick out the green Skittles from 3 bags and set aside. Repeat for second “plant.” Grab a plastic bag with zip-top and dump the remaining Skittles to snack on later (no need to waste them!).

2. Unwrap your sleeves of Starburst (tip: each pack contains 3 of each color). Gather the like colors in sets of 6 along with 1 yellow candy per flower.

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3. Grab 3 toothpicks in similar colors to the Starburst candies. With your thumb and index finger, hold the yellow candy for a few seconds to “warm” it, making it easier to penetrate with a toothpick. Shove the toothpick horizontally in the yellow Starburst directly in the middle. Add 1 Starburst on both sides of the yellow. Then, stick two more toothpicks diagonally through the yellow (see above). Add the remaining 4 Starburst candies on each end of the 2 toothpicks. Put each completed “flower” to the side (you will end up with 6 flowers in total).

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4. If you have a little helper, let her play with the candy by doing a color sorting activity (obviously, with adult supervision since these can be choking hazards). My daughter had a lot of fun opening the packs and sorting, but didn’t understand why she couldn’t eat all the candy. I can’t blame her for thinking that way!

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5. Drop the foam disc in the tin pot. Take the piece of paper and rip it in half. Gently cover the foam disc with the paper (this will prevent the debris of the foam from getting all over the gift). Then, cut 3 skewers to different lengths. With the pointed end, pierce the paper and foam with the 3 skewers all the way down to the bottom of the pot. Repeat for the other pot.

6. Take each flower and pierce the yellow center one more time with a toothpick. Use that hole as a guide and place the flower on the skewer. Repeat with the remaining 5 flowers.

7. Take a handful of green Funfil and gently arrange it atop the paper. Take the green Skittles and place them on the green “grass.” Repeat for second “plant.” Be sure to use non-toxic Funfil if you plan on eating the Skittles.

Easy Spring Gift | Mother's Day | Easter | Grandma | Spit Up is the New Black #shop

Voila! An easy, super fun craft that didn’t break that bank and that will bring a smile to Grandma’s face!

For other craft ideas using Starburst and Skittles, check out fellow bloggers My Sister’s Suitcase, The Cards We Drew, Endlessly Inspired, A Million Moments, and All for the Boys.