Joseph Nogucci Paper Plane Necklace Giveaway 8/15

Welcome to the 2nd Annual Summer Sweeping to Win Giveaway Hop, hosted by the Blogging Mamas Network.

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Summer is coming to a close, but it’s still hot and humid outside. As part of the Blogging Mamas Network, I, along with each blogger in this giveaway event, have a giveaway for you worth at least $25 to help you stay cool and keep #SummerSweeping. After you enter my giveaway, be sure to hop around to all the giveaways listed below for more chances to win!

Paper Plane Necklace Giveaway

“Life’s too short for ugly jewelry”

While at Blogger Bash in NYC, I was introduced to Joseph Nogucci, a design firm based in Toronto specializing in proprietary designed jewelry. I stopped by their booth to discover some beautiful pieces, including their new Miii bracelets, which are crafted from semiprecious stone beads and gleaming rhodium-plated magnets designed to bring all of your bracelets together in a perfect arm stack. Like individual charms on a bracelet, each Miii commemorates a specific milestone or memory.

Miii

While at their booth, they gave me a gorgeous Paper Plane Necklace ($45 value). But rather than keep it for myself, I want to give it to one of you!

Necklace Pouch

To enter to win, just complete the entry form below before midnight ET on August 15th. This giveaway is open to residents of the US, ages 18+.

Necklace


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

Reminder: What to Due? Preparing for Baby #2 Giveaway Ends Tonight ($1,700 Prize Suite)

I received samples from some of the participating companies to facilitate this giveaway.
What to Due? Preparing for Baby #2 Prize Suite #Giveaway

REMINDER!: What to Due? Preparing for Baby #2 ends tonight! ONE lucky winner will win ALL of the items pictured above. To enter to win this suite of prizes, please use the entry form below. Open to residents of the contiguous US states, ages 18+. Giveaway closes at 11:59PM ET tonight. Good luck!

 

This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with Facebook or Twitter. Prizes to be fulfilled by Britax, Sarah Wells, Gymboree, Naturepedic, guzzie+Guss, Philips AVENT, Boppy, Tiny Love, California Baby, aden + anais, Tommee Tippee, Freshly Picked, Little Treetops, Undercover Mama, Pink Lining, NuRoo, Bebe PODPants, and I See Me. Color and/or style of prizes may vary. Winner may not have not have won any other giveaway that included a pair of Freshly Picked moccasins within the last 60 days. Prizes will be shipped separately. Neither Spit Up is the New Black nor any blog in which this giveaway is posted is held liable for lack of prize fulfillment. Open to residents of the 48 contiguous United States, ages 18+.

Minnie Mouse Party Centerpiece #DiY

I received samples at no cost from Oriental Trading Company to facilitate the following post. No other type of compensation was received for this review.

Planning a second birthday party at 8 months pregnant hasn’t been as challenging as I originally predicted. Since I have a bit of a Type A personality along with some good ‘ole OCD, I started preparing for Bear’s 2nd birthday dating all the way back to February (you can never be too prepared). It was at that time that I was pinning every Minnie Mouse party post like mad. I found this really cute centerpiece idea on Coffee Cups and Crayons, but knowing that I need to avoid paint fumes during pregnancy, I decided to put a little spin on the idea and come up with my own version.

Minnie Mouse Party Centerpiece

Minnie Mouse Craft Centerpiece

What you’ll need:

Minnie Craft Supplies

1. Place the foam cube in a popcorn box. Poke the center of the foam cube with a skewer so that it sits in the foam about half way through. Cut 1″ off the paper straw and slide it over the skewer.

Minnie Craft Centerpiece Step 12. Take a piece of black Duck Tape and cut a few slits on each side. Wrap the tape around the 3″ foam ball and continue covering until all the foam is wrapped except for a small opening near the bottom of the ball where the skewer will live.

Minnie Craft Centerpiece Duck Tape

3. Repeat the tape wrapping on both 1 1/2″ foam balls. Take one 1 1/2″ foam ball and poke a T Pin through the middle and attach it to the 3″ foam ball. Follow on the other side to create Minnie Mouse’s ears.

Minnie-Craft Centerpiece Mouse Ear4. Next, we’re going to make Minnie’s bow. Take the red duct tape and fold a 2″ piece over, creating a 2″ 2-sided piece of red tape. Cut this piece off.

Minnie-Craft Centerpiece Red Tape5. Cut a small 1/4″ sliver of tape. Fold the 2″ piece like an accordion and wrap the 1/4″ piece in the middle to create a bow. Slide a T Pin into the middle of the bow (atop the 1/4″ piece of tape) and attach it between the two “ears.”

Minnie-Craft-Centerpiece-Duct-Tape-Bow

6. Poke a hole with the extra skewer through the bottom of Minnie’s head (the part of foam still exposed from step 2). Attach Minnie’s head to the straw covered skewer. Then, grab two more straws and cut off about 2″ from each straw. Slide one straw over one swirl pop’s stick. Use the skewer to make another hole in the foam block where this straw will live. Push the straw in the foam block about a third of the way down. Repeat on the other side with another swirl pop.

7. Finish the Minnie Mouse party centerpiece by taking half a sheet of yellow tissue paper and threading it through the base of the three straws like one might do with toilet paper and toes during an at-home-pedicure. Make sure the foam block is fully concealed.

Minnie Craft CenterpieceThen place on the center of your treat table for your little one’s birthday party!

Baby Bag Obsession: TWELVElittle Carry Love Tote Plum

I received a baby bag c/o TWELVElittle to facilitate this review. All opinions expressed are my own.

Some might call me a bag lady. I have a bit of an obsession when it comes to bags – handbags, clutches, designer bags, wallets, even shopping bags. I know Rebecca Bloom of Confessions of a Shopaholic can relate – she would keep all of her designer shopping bags (yes, the ones that you carry your purchases home in) in her closet and bust them out to just carry them in public when she was feeling down (in the book version, not the movie version). I’m not that extreme, but I can’t seem to discard my favorites.

Enter mommyhood. A great excuse to add another bag category to my list of obsessions – baby bags! The colors, the features, and oh, the multiple compartments! I was sold at first “ziiiiip.”

TWELVElittle baby bag

My latest baby bag obsession is the TWELVElittle Carry Love Tote Plum. This little gem looks more like a fashionable tote than a diaper bag. It’s water resistant (hello spilled sippy cups), has a large front slip pocket for easy access to the included nylon changing pad, and TWO exterior slip pockets on either side for bottles or sippies.

TWELVElittle Changing Pad

This 16.5″ x 13.25″ x 4.5″ bag holds a TON! Over the weekend, we went to my father-in-law’s house for a family get-together. The girls (my daughter and her 4-year-old cousin) love to swim, so I packed her swimsuit, swim diaper, and other must-haves for a day in the wading pool with mini slide.

TWELVElittle bag inside zippers

Even with all her swimming stuff, there was still room for regular diapers, wipes, snacks, some extra toys, a change of clothes and my junk (wallet, cell, coupons, sunglasses, etc.). My favorite part? The hidden compartments inside (zippers and elastic-top pockets) so that I can keep my junk separate from the kids’ stuff.

TWELVElittle bag inside

There was even room for my daughter’s new baby doll, who she named “Meep” and must be carried with us everywhere. He looks rather life-like, so I added a disclaimer to the photo below in case there was any confusion.

TWELVElittle bag inside baby doll

It also has this nifty little secret pocket on the bottom of the bag that can hold dirty clothes or diapers, or anything else you want to hide from your kids if they are little handbag scavengers.

TWELVElittle bag bottom zipper

Included is an attachable 20″ webbing strap for those mamas that prefer the cross strap or want a longer option. I personally like to carry it over my shoulder (it has a 9.5″ drop) and keep the long strap attached for “fashion purposes.” I tend to think hanging straps add an extra dimension of style. I also tend to think that the bigger the bag, the smaller I look.

TWELVElittle bag purple

What makes me love this bag even more is the story behind TWELVElittle. The designer duo, Julia and Jenny, first met at Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) while studying for their BFAs in Industrial Design. Upon graduation, they worked at separate fashion houses, but eventually were destined to team up again. When their friends and family members struggled to find the perfect baby bag, they created TWELVElittle. Together, armed with their knowledge and experience in the fashion industry, they created fashionable and functional baby bags that even celebrities covet.

Julia and Jenny design all of their bags with high-quality water resistant fabrics and genuine leather (the best of both worlds when it comes to motherhood!). In addition to the Carry Love Tote Plum, I’m currently ogling the Allure Convertible Satchel Black and the Unisex Courage Tote Grey.

Get your hands on this bag!

Also available in black and teal, the Carry Love Tote Plum retails for $145. Join TWELVElittle’s mailing list & receive 10% off your next purchase, knocking it down to $130.50. Plus, score free shipping on orders of $100 or more (no code needed).

Red Minnie Mouse Loot Bags + DiY Coloring Book

Don’t get me wrong. I think it’s wonderful that Minnie is embracing another color other than red, but the pink is just all wrong for my daughter’s upcoming Minnie Mouse themed second birthday party (don’t even get me started on the struggle of finding her birthday party apparel!). Everything on the shelves nowadays is pink “Mickey Mouse Clubhouse” and “Bow-Tique” Minnie. I miss the original red dress with white polka dots and yellow accessories.

So, needless to say, searching for red Minnie party favors has been quite the task. It’s nearly impossible to find inexpensive goodies to fill a loot bag with red Minnie stuff. So rather than walking my swollen feet all over the place in search of such items, I decided to capitalize on the color scheme of the party, which I learned from my blogger pal So Easy Being Green, combined with some good ‘ole DIY.

Minnie & Mickey Mouse Loot Bags

I’ve been keeping my eyes open for red and white dotted items since February. A few months ago, I found red bags with white dots for $0.50 at Walmart (12 per pack). Not knowing how many kids would be coming back then, I picked up two packs to serve as the loot bags themselves. I also found these super cute yellow mini swirl pops to continue with the color theme.

Birthday girl thief Loot bag suckers

You know those little board books that come in a 12-pack (in a box with a handle) and are of all different character themes? Those are great for loot bags and end up costing less than a buck a piece (sometimes even as low as $0.25 when you find them on clearance at T.J. Maxx).

Knowing that I was in search of red, I capitalized on the Valentine’s Day clearance at Target as well, scoring heart charms for less than a buck (for a pack of 50). I separated the yellow and red charms and saved the other colors for a future DIY.

Loot bag charms

This is the time of year to find amazing deals on art supplies. Most retailers sell Crayola crayon 24-packs for $0.25 to $0.50 a pop around this time of year. I picked up six packs for just $2 the other day.

Since the loot bag is rather narrow, a typical-sized coloring book that can be found at the dollar store wouldn’t fit. I really wanted to create this awesome felt crayon holder from the blog small + friendly, but at 8 months pregnant, I just don’t have the bandwidth (sorry, Bear. Don’t hate mommy.). I ended up just making a simple little coloring book.

DIY Minnie & Mickey Coloring Books

DIY Minnie & Mickey Mouse Coloring Books

To make 6 coloring books, you’ll need:

  • 3 pieces of red 8.5” x 11” cardstock
  • 15 pieces of white 8.5” x 11” printer paper
  • Minnie Mouse/Mickey Mouse stickers
  • Scissors
  • Ruler
  • Stapler
  • Pen or pencil

Minnie and Mickey Coloring Book Supplies

1. Cut your card stock and 5 sheets of white printer paper in half at the vertical 5.5” mark. You will now have paper sized 5.5” x 8.5.” Stack the 5 sheets of printer paper and fold them in half. Follow suit by folding the card stock in half creating what will look like a greeting card that is 4.25” x 5.5”

2. Place the folded printer paper inside the folded card stock creating a little book. Run the tip of your scissors (closed) across the fold to create a nice crisp fold. Open the “book” and place three staples on the “binding.” Be conscious of how long your stapler “arm” is, as you may have to fold the book a bit for it to fit within the stapler.

Coloring Book Binding - Minnie Mouse

3. Decorate the front of the book with your stickers. Feel free to personalize with each child’s name or other fun decorations.

For Mickey and Minnie Loot Bags

You can also create these little coloring books for other themed birthday parties.

Stay tuned for full coverage of our Minnie Mouse birthday party taking place this August!

BrylaneHome Madison Room Darkening Rod-Pocket Panel Review

I received samples c/o BrylaneHome to facilitate this review. The photos in this post have not been edited in an effort to illustrate the actual amount of sunlight that seeps through the curtains.

One of the best investments I made when it came to my daughter’s nursery was blackout curtains. Seriously, those things were brilliant and saved me many early morning wake-ups, which brought a relaxing smile to this over-exhausted mommy’s face on more than one occurrence.

I’ve been searching for a set of similar panels for the new nursery. Of course, what better place to start my search than BrylaneHome? Ever since my husband and I spruced up our guest room with the Essence Comforter Set in yellow and grey, we’ve become big fans of this online home store.

I was excited to find a pair of blackout curtains in what looked like the right golden hue to match our nursery colors. Excited, we requested them. But upon opening them, they were definitely more gold than yellow (you can never tell exact colors from computer monitors) and wouldn’t work with the color scheme of the nursery. Thankfully, we were still in need of curtains in the recently renovated guest room and the gold looked rather regal when paired with the silver and yellow comforter set (there is no reason that gold and silver can’t be paired together, just like black and navy – I am ALL for both!)

BrylaneHome guest room with curtains

The Madison Room Darkening Rod-Pocket Panel is available in 10 colors and comes one to a pack. At just $14.99 each, you can outfit each window for less than $30 + shipping. They are available in two sizes – 54″W x 63″L or 54″W x 84″L. We opted for the 84” version since I wanted the curtains to fall all the way to the floor. I love that these are machine washable and that wrinkles can be easily removed with a handheld steamer even after they are hung.

The rod-pocket design gives you the option to hang with a “ruffle” at the top (see photo below) or to lengthen a bit and hang without any added embellishments.

Threading the curtain

In a way, I’m glad these didn’t work out for the nursery because while they claim to block out 99.9% of light, they don’t. I would say it’s more like 40-50% of light, which is fine for a guest room, but not ideal for a children’s room.

Light shines through

Daylight with curtains

Even though these aren’t sunlight-proof, I still really like the quality and color of the curtain panels and would still recommend them for a room that’s not made for sleeping, or at least not every night. For more information about BrylaneHome, you can visit them at BrylaneHome.com. And don’t forget to follow @Brylane_Home on Twitter and like BrylaneHome.com on Facebook for special offers and décor inspiration!

Toddler DiY: Pet Turtle

I teamed up with Netflix for this post.

School’s out, but learning is still in. Have you noticed the plethora of Back to School items already lining the shelves at all the major retailers? I’m sure kids aren’t too excited to see all of these goodies back in stock, but I am! This is the best time to stock up on craft supplies at deep discounts ($0.25 24-count crayons, anyone?).

I was looking for a new craft to make with my almost 2-year-old daughter (I can’t believe she turns 2 in 3 weeks!) and her friend who will be 3 in October during a play date. Inspired by the film “Turtle: The Incredible Journey,” currently streaming on Netflix, and a clever craft by Sturdy for Common Things, we decided to create pet turtles for the summer. I think we’ll call ours Wally.

Toddler DIY: Pet Turtle

Toddler DIY: Pet Turtle

You’ll need:

  • Styrofoam or plastic disposable bowl
  • Craft tape (painter’s, Washi, or duct tape) in two shades of green
  • Green construction paper
  • 2-foot piece of yarn
  • Marker
  • Hole puncher
  • Scissors
  • Craft glue (optional)

Turtle craft supplies

1. Rip the green tape into pieces creating “stickers” small enough for little toddler fingers. Turn the bowl upside down. Ask your toddler to place the “stickers” on the bowl to create the turtle’s shell starting with the darker shade of green first, then adding the brighter shade of green.

Turtle shell stickers

2. Punch a hole into the bowl and thread the yarn so your toddler can eventually pull Wally, or whatever you name you turtle, around the house.

Turtle-craft

3. Draw a head, tail, and four appendages on the construction paper and cut along the lines. Flip the pieces of paper over so the marker lines are face-down. Attached all six pieces to the bowl with leftover craft tape or craft glue (if you use craft glue, be sure to let it fully dry before taking your turtle for a walk). Finish by drawing two dots on the turtle’s head to create eyes.

Turtle craft tape

Now your little one can take his or her pet turtle for a walk!

Craft-Pet-Turtle

Looking for more ways to get inspired to learn this summer? Check out these titles on Netflix for some inspiration.

Netflix-Streaming-July

As with any toy or homemade craft, be sure to supervise its use so it doesn’t pose a choking or strangulation hazard to little ones.

King Beany Royal Sack Giveaway #keepingcool (Up to $245 value)

Welcome to the 2nd Annual Keeping Cool in the Sun Giveaway Hop hosted by the Blogging Mamas Network.

Keeping-Cool

The temperatures are hot, but we’re keeping things cool with some great Summer-themed giveaways! Check out all the bloggers and their fabulously cool giveaways in the linky at the end of this post and don’t forget to enter to win a pair of Long Sleeve Performance Crews from Montauk Tackle Company in the Grand Prize!

King Beany Royal Sack Giveaway

Keeping cool in the summer is no easy feat for me right now. But keeping cool indoors, that’s not a problem. I’ve been freezing my poor husband and child out of our home at 67-degrees as of late plus a high-speed fan (they need mittens). But in our cool home, I love snuggling up with my daughter on her new bean bag from King Beany.

King Beany GiveawayMy friends over at King Beany have graciously offered one reader an XLarge Royal Sack ($200 – 245 value). Just complete the entry form below for your chance to win. Open to residents of the continental US only, ages 18 and up.


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

Sweetie Pie Organics: Healthy and Convenient Snack for Toddlers

The following review and giveaway is sponsored by Sweetie Pie Organics.

We’ve always been those parents who try our hardest to feed our daughter organic foods when possible and we pride ourselves on her nutritious habits. She is our little fruit and veggie queen, loving everything from strawberries and watermelon to tomatoes and avocado, which was one of the first foods we introduced her to mixed with breast milk (it’s a really good “introductory” meal to solids).

Lately, everything has been “nummy, nummy, nummy,” as she marches her little Flinstone feet over to the fridge. Looking for some new “nummies” to broaden our typical afternoon snack options, we introduced her to Sweetie Pie Organics, freeze-dried organic fruit & veggie snacks for toddlers.

Sweetie Pie Organics Snacks

These toddler snacks contain tiny pieces of fruit and veggies, perfect for little fingers. I love that they are USDA Organic, non GMO, and Gluten Free. Plus, they contain no artificial flavors, no added sugar, and no preservatives.

Tiny fruits and veggies

Available in three flavors, we first tried the Apple – Green Pea – Pineapple blend, which is definitely Bear’s favorite. I thought she would devour the dried apples and pineapples and leave behind the peas, but I was mistaken. She went for the dried peas first, picking them out and eating them all before tending to the fruit. She surprises me sometimes.

Sweetie Pie Organics Toddler Snacks

Sweetie Pie Organics currently offers these snacks in three varieties - Apple – Green Pea – Pineapple, Banana – Sweet Corn – Blueberry, and Mango – Sweet Corn – Apple.

I’ve been keeping a few bags in my purse for when she gets hungry while we’re out. I actually snuck a few pieces of pineapple from Bear’s bag on Saturday night while we were enjoying live entertainment (she LOVES live music) at a local shopping center. I was shocked by how tasty it was! No wonder she loves these snacks.

Eating Sweetie Pie Organics OutdoorsSweetie Pie Organics Real Fruits & Veggies Snacks are available via Amazon, at Sam’s Club and other local and online retailers. Starting tomorrow through July 18, they’ll also be available via Zulily as part of the Snack Time: Kids’ Eats event. Grab a 30 pack of the Apple – Green Pea – PineappleBanana – Sweet Corn – Blueberry, or Mango – Sweet Corn – Apple for 30% off!

GIVEAWAY! – Now closed.

The kind folks at Sweetie Pie Organics have graciously offered one lucky reader a prize pack, which includes 6 boxes of Real Fruits & Veggies Snacks (2 boxes of Apple – Green Pea – Pineapple, 2 boxes of Banana – Sweet Corn – Blueberry, 2 boxes of Mango – Sweet Corn – Apple). Each box has 5 individual bags inside and each bag has a single serving of fruits and veggies mixed.

This giveaway is open to residents of the US, ages 18+ now through 11:59 PM EST Monday, July 28, 2014. To enter to win this prize pack, please use the entry form below.

Prize to be fulfilled by Sweetie Pie Organics. Spit Up is the New Black is not responsible for sponsors who do not fulfill prize obligations. Open to residents of the US, ages 18+. Please note that the winner will be contacted by email after the giveaway ends. If the winner does not claim his or her prize within the 48 hours following this email, the prize will be awarded to a new winner.