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Blooming Bath Flower!

Friday, December 30th, 2011


Here’s a fun thing! I haven’t actually received this product so this is not an official review but I thought I’d go ahead and write about it because how cool is this thing?!! I don’t even know what to call it. It’s a soft tricot mesh flower that you can put in your sink and bathe your baby in! Then when you’re done you just rinse it and pop it in the dryer. So much better than that awful plastic bathtub I had when Bug was a baby. And so much easier to store!


It comes in pink, yellow and blue and when your baby gets too big for the sink you can use it in the tub too! You can get more deets here.


I tried to get them to send me one that I could use as a cat bed but they didn’t think that was very funny. However! I do get to give one away to one lucky commenter. Do you need something fun and colorful like this for your baby? Just leave me a comment below saying what color you’d like and I’ll pick one winner on Friday January 6th!

JC Penney Giveaway!

Tuesday, September 20th, 2011

JC Penny

Remember those really super cute clothes from American Living and JC Penney? I love those clothes. So classic! So tasteful! But you know what? My kid has a mind of her own. I think she’s worn the jumper once. I try to get her to wear them. I do. I set them out, coordinating with her favorite tacky blinged out t-shirt and every morning she goes and conjures up some other outfit.

Like this:

it's a rainbow day

Or this:

Daily BugWear: "Peace!" (that's what she called it)

Or this:

the blue fairy

Sure, the blue wings are cute but the dress is a hand-me-down that she’s worn for TWO years now! My kid loves hand-me-downs. I have no idea why. She has new clothes coming out her ears (thanks to a loving grandma who loves to take her shopping and a few sponsored jobs I’ve had in the past months) and she chooses to wear the old clothes. What gives?!!

I could post more photos. In fact, I think every photo I have taken of her this month is in a hand-me-down but you get the point. New clothes, while very cute, are wasted on her.

And this brings me to you. How would YOU like a $25 gift certificate for some new clothes for your kid! Maybe they are more appreciative than mine. Or maybe you’re just the boss in your home and your kids wear what you tell them to.

That’s what my mom always tells me. “When you were a kid, you didn’t get a choice about what you wore,” Right. I also was the one who was called Hazel because I wore jumpers and two-toned leather oxfords in six grade. Anyway! This is not about me and my kid. This is about YOU!! Comment below with your two cents and I’ll enter you to win a drawing for a $25 gift certificate from JC Penney and American Living!

Also, check out their facebook page for other fun offers while you’re at it.

P.S. Giveaway ends on the 30th. I’ll pick a winner at midnight via random number generator and announce the winner the next day!

Review: Green Mountain Fair Trade Coffees

Thursday, September 8th, 2011

breakfast time!

You all know I was a HUGE Tassimo fan, right? I loved the Tassimo. I could write sonnets to the Tassimo.  Well guess what?  As of March of this year, Starbucks no longer makes t-discs for the Tassimo.  I hate to admit it but I think those Starbucks t-discs are the real reason I loved the Tassimo so much. Sure, the Tassimo machine had sleek lines and it was small and fit on my counter nicely but without those frothy latte primos it wasn’t that special.  The Gevalia coffee they sent me was awful and sometimes the cream capsules leaked. Not very often but sometimes.  

It’s true, I was beginning to fall out of love with the Tassimo. Sigh.
But that’s not the end of the story of course.  
There’s a new girl in town who is now married to Starbucks: Keurig.  They don’t have Starbucks K-Cup Portion Packs out yet but I’ve googled it and they are due to come out in the fall of this year.  So you know what I was thinking: Goodbye Tassimo, Hello Keurig!  I’m not that loyal. Except I don’t really have the money to be buying expensive coffee machines.  So I bummed it for a while with my trusty French press and thought about getting a Keurig.

Then I got lucky. Maybe being the self-proclaimed coffee expert had something to do with it but probably not.  
Green Mountain Coffee asked me to review their Fair Trade coffees and they offered to send me a free Keurig coffee machine. Score!  Sign me up, I said, knowing next to nothing about Fair Trade coffee.
So I did my research.  And I sampled the Fair Trade Green Mountain Coffee.
adding cream
Lots and lots of sampling. (It’s a dirty job but some-very-caffeinated-body’s gotta do it.)
morning brew
And you know what?  
extra bold
I wasn’t all that fond of the lighter blends (I never am. I like my coffee tall, dark and burnt.) but the Sumatran Reserve Extra Bold is pretty good! It doesn’t come with a capsule of frothy milk (and why not?!!) but it is pretty tasty coffee.  Slosh in some cream and sugar and I’m a happily caffeinated girl.  
So if you are the type who enjoys using a single-serve coffee machine (Admit it, they are so handy and clean. No more coffee grounds all over!) this is good news!  

Green Mountain Coffee is known for its award-winning coffees, innovative brewing technology and social responsibility. They offer a lot of fancy coffees on their website (and free samples too!) and several of them are Fair Trade Certified™ coffees:
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That basically means that by buying these coffees your dollars are going to growers who meet a stringent set of requirements, including “democratic voting among members, fair labor practices, and the exclusion of using certain chemicals. 

“Growers are guaranteed a minimum price for their coffee. If market prices exceed the minimum, they receive current market prices plus a per pound premium for community development and an additional premium for organic coffee. The co-op members vote to determine how to invest the Fair Trade premiums. They might fund community projects such as schools, health clinics, safe drinking water or new roads.”   

Fair Trade means better quality coffee for you and a better a better quality of life for farmers. Fair trade Coffee is better quality for all.  You can learn more about the details of Green Mountain’s Fair Trade certification on their Facebook page and sign up for some free samples or coupons for your own taste test while you’re at it!
good morning Mr. K!
But you might need to win a free Keurig coffee machine first, right? Well you can!  Just leave a comment below in my comment box between now and September 24th and one winner will be selected to win a Keurig coffee machine and Green Mountain Coffee K-Cup Portion Packs, provided by BlogHer. Go ahead. Feel lucky. Just tell me what kind of coffee you like. Are you a dark roast like me or do you prefer the lighter blends. Tell me all about it. Coffee snobs want to know.

And if you’re really serious about winning, you might want to check out BlogHer’s round-up page to see what all the other bloggers are saying about this.
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Good ol’ American Clothes

Monday, August 29th, 2011

ready for school

I’ve always had a soft spot in my heart for JCPenney. Probably because I grew up there. It seemed like I spent half of my childhood hiding in the clothing racks and giving my mom a fright because she couldn’t find me. I know this dates me but I remember so clearly waiting in that catalogue book line at the back of the store and getting drinks from that noisy old drinking fountain that spewed ice water in an arc over my head onto the floor. JCPenney is a piece of my childhood and I’m so amazed and happy that they still exist!

goober swinging 1

When I was given the opportunity to review some clothing for Bug for back to school from their American Living line I was happy to. It was like getting a ticket back to my own childhood but for Bug just in time for school.

modeling with pink kitty

I love the classic styles. I think I had a jumper just like that when I went to kindergarten. It’s like the kindergarten uniform! Of course I’ll let Bug wear her Hello Kitty sequined t-shirts and her crazy Hannah Montana screen-printed socks but it makes me happy deep down when I see her wearing classic pieces like this. This is what little girls should wear. It makes me feel like maybe being an American isn’t so embarrassing after all.

Some things do stand the test of time. This could have been a picture of me if my eyes were as wide-set as Bug’s and my mom didn’t mind me wearing a temporary tattoo of a fairy on my bicep as big as my face. I love that.

studying her leaf book not really supposed to be standing up in a wagon

I love that she loves this jumper as much as I do. Maybe she’ll have adventures in it just like I had in mine. And her’s even has pockets! No fair!!

cheeky swinging 5

Just kidding. I’m not jealous of her pockets (well, maybe a little). I’m just happy in so many ways that Bug is getting to have a childhood just like I did. Here we are out in the sticks, she’s scootering around a cul-de-sac with kids from the neighborhood, she’s wearing clothes from JCPenney that look just like what I wore… I feel like I’m back in time. For a little while anyway.

let's go!

Be sure to check out their facebook page and come back here at the end of the month for another post with a giveaway!