Monday, November 29, 2010

Thursday, November 25, 2010

My 1st Giveaway - Cute Girl Outfit

In honor of Thanksgiving, I'm putting up my 1st giveaway.  I'm SO thankful for my daughter that made me a Mommy 3 years ago!  Now we get to celebrate my son's 1st Thanksgiving.  We are so blessed! :)

I love shopping at Target.  
This is such a cute girls pants/shirt outfit.  
Win this Outfit - Size 12M

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      This giveaway will end on December 5, 2010 at midnight.  EST

      You must live in the United States to enter. The winner will be picked via and will have 48 hours to respond to the email or I will be forced to choose another winner.

      Make sure you leave an email address in the comments if your email is not posted in your profile. 

      Wednesday, November 24, 2010

      Sending our love with Shutterfly

      It is that time of year again.  It's time to pick out our Christmas card.  It usually starts with me looking up different designs.  My husband saying he doesn't care which design I pick.  I pick out a design that I like just to find out that my husband does care.  I think what he means is he has preferences, but it doesn't matter which one I pick as long as it matches the style he likes.  He prefers the more religious cards and definitely no "seasons greetings"or "happy holiday."  It must be "Merry Christmas."  I'm happy with these styles as well, so it's all good. :)

      We used to just pick out a store card and mail them, but since our daughter was born we prefer the picture cards.  We like to show her off. :)  We now have a new one to show off.

      We've designed our own card before, but it is much easier to pick a pre-designed card.  Their designs are better than mine anyway.  The prices aren't much more either!  Shutterfly has tons of designs to choose.

      Here is one of my favorites.  :)

      I love this one

      This is closer to our style though
      This is my new favorite!!  I love it.
      I think I found the one I want to use this year.  I love the last of my three favorites.  It is a picture card, but is also a folded card too!  Now I just get to see if the husband likes it just as much as I do. :)

      Make sure you check out Shutterfly for many other designs and check out how you can get  50 FREE cards.

      Medela Pump In Style - Review

      My Life Saver!
      When I was pregnant with my daughter in 2007, I decided to "try" breastfeeding.  15 months later we were still going.  I went back to work when she was 3 months old, so I had to pump at work.  I used a pump (evenflo brand) that my friend bought and never used, but it died on me before I even went back to work.  I knew I needed a good pump to keep breastfeeding, so I bought the Medela Pump in Style.  It has been awesome.  I know that it has more than paid for itself several times.  I have never bought a can of formula.

      My son is now 6 months old and is still nursing with the help of the breastpump.  I have very limited time at work to pump so having an efficient double pump is very important.  Even using just one side is efficient at expressing milk.  I love how everything I need (plus more) fits nice and neat in the bag.  My bag has one shoulder strap.  If I want to I can leave the motor at school/work and take the bag home making it lighter.  I could leave the whole thing and just take out the ice bag/ cooler. The two phase technology is great.  It helps me with my let down and get me "ready" for the pumping.  I rarely need it to run it's full cycle and start the actual pumping as soon as I have a let down.

      This pump has been used at least 2X (sometimes 3) a day 5 days a week for (cumulative) 10 months.  These are just the months while at work, but it has been used many times at home also.  I've owned it for 3 years now.  It is very durable since I take it back and forth every day.  My son uses the Medela bottles so it is SO easy to pump and not have to transfer unless I'm freezing it then I use a bag to save my bottles for pumping and feeding.  I've used my pump in my office at work (elementary school), in my car (not while driving), in my husband's car while on the move (he was driving), and at home.  I even took it with me to Jury Duty!

      Medela has wonderful customer service.  I had a manual pump that I got from the hospital and one of the main pieces was cracked.  They replaced it with no problems.

      I do recommend a hands free pumping bra.  I can't remember the exact brand that I have though.  I'll have to check on that later.

      Medela Website

      Monday, November 22, 2010

      Aden + Anais Muslin Blankets Review

      A friend who loves to swaddle recommended these blankets and I decided to buy them for my little guy.  They are $45 for a pack of four, but I was able to find them on sale for $40 and got free shipping since I got some other things and met the 'free shipping' price.  It seems expensive (I'm really cheap), but totally worth it.  The are huge and they are the only blanket that I can use here in FL that doesn't cause my little guy to sweat like crazy.  My mother-in-law watches my 2 children while I work and she calls them the "good blankets."

      I have used them for swaddling, as a blanket, floor cover to play on, a breastfeeding cover, and a cover for me. :)  They are so lightweight and breathable.  My son loves to have a blanket on him to go to sleep.

      They are definitely worth the price I paid $10 each blanket.  I don't swaddle him completely anymore because he likes to have his arms out, but I 'swaddle' under his arms and he loves it.

      I did have one rip on me.  It ripped as I was wrapping it around my little guy.  I don't know if it had a snag and just the tug to wrap it around was enough to rip or if it was a defective one.  I emailed Aden + Anais and they said they'd replace it.  They sent me a brand new box of four!  Wonderful customer service.  Now I'm thinking of getting their sleeps sacks.

      Home For The Holidays: Fisher Price iXL Review and Giveaway

      I found this awesome blog with a giveaway for a Fisher Price iXL.

      Check it out HERE
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