The Story Of Three: July 2013

Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Pediped Footwear


Pediped is a trusted & loved company that you will find on my childrens feet, they have shoes for the tiniest feet all the way up to youth sizes. I know you've seen them here on the blog before as well, so today I am sharing some exciting news from pediped! They are giving back to schools as part of pediped's schools inititave this fall. Enrolled schools will recieve 10% back on all attributed purchases, giving you just one more reason to love this award-winning brand!


HENDERSON, Nev. (July 2013)— Schools everywhere will have yet another reason to celebrate the start of a new school year. On July 24, 2013, pediped® launched ‘pediped ♥‘s Schools’, a new, one-of-a-kind, giving campaign where participating schools will receive a check for 10% back on their total attributed purchases of pediped® Footwear. Each school can earn up to $10,000 per year. 

School officials and leaders of the PTO or PTA are encouraged to enroll their school to best spread the word. Parents and teachers may also enroll their school into the program.  Each school will receive a unique code upon enrollment. Members of the school and community should use this code at checkout when making a purchase on pediped.com or in any pediped® owned boutique (located in Las Vegas). pediped® will compile and track the purchases attributed to each school’s code and each school will receive 10% back on their total combined purchases. Purchases will be tracked now until May 15, 2014 and schools will receive their checks in June 2014. Any purchases made after May 15 will roll over to the next school year. Schools will be able to track their earnings on pediped.com.

“I’m excited to celebrate the start of a new school year with kids everywhere, said Angela Edgeworth, founder of pediped® Footwear. “Schools need our help now more than ever and it’s essential for them to have the things they need. We are receiving heavy support from parents and teachers alike who see the value in creating awareness on the importance of providing schools with adequate resources. Giving back always has and will continue to be a core value of pediped®.”

Since its founding in 2005, pediped® has been dedicated to enriching the lives of children. pediped® established the pediped® Foundation in 2010 to work directly with charities that are devoted to the health, education and basic needs of children around the world. Since its inception, the pediped® Foundation has donated nearly two million dollars in product and monetary support. pediped® ♥‘s Schools is yet another commitment to the continuing philanthropic efforts of pediped® Footwear.

Visit pediped.com/pedipedschools to enroll your school today.


Pediped® is an exceptional quality, unsurpassed comfort and distinctive styling have made the award-winning company the fastest growing children's footwear brand in the United States. pediped® footwear has been awarded the American Podiatric Medical Association Seal of Acceptance for the promotion of healthy foot development, and preeminent orthopedic medical professionals, Dr. Mininder S. Kocher and Dr. Thomas W. Vorderer, deem pediped® shoes an excellent choice for parents/caregivers who want their children’s feet to develop naturally and healthily. In 2011 Earnshaw’s, the premier media resource serving the children’s market recognized pediped® with Earnshaw’s Earnie Award for Company of the Year and Best Footwear. In 2012, Earnshaw’s recognized pediped® for their philanthropy efforts of nearly $2 million, and pediped® was awarded the Earnie Award for Company for Good.

pediped® footwear is sold in over 2,500 stores in the United States and 40 countries worldwide with an offering of more than 140 designs for boys and girls between their three lines, Originals®, Grip ‘n’ Go™ and Flex®. Originals®, Grip ‘n’ Go™ and Flex® are available in EU sizes ranging from 17 to 33. For more information, visit www.pediped.com or call 1-702-567-0311.

Stay connected with pediped on Facebook, Twitter, even Pinterest




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Brylane Home Canopy Swing


Summer time for our family means trips to the water park, hanging out with family & friends, even enjoying ice cream outside to stay cool! We spend a lot of time outdoors & I couldn't wait to show my family what we were adding to our backyard from Brylane Home! 

Brylane Home has anything & everything you could imagine to create the perfect backyard for bbq's, family get together's or maybe you are just looking to "spruce" up your space. You will find beautiful wicker collections, unique fountains, planters & more! 

I was sent a patio swing with a canopy & cushions from Brylane Home. Hubby moved the box into the garage & quickly went to work putting together our new canopy swing! I was so excited & thankfully it didn't take long to put together (or it didn't seem like it took long). It did have a handful of parts but didn't require any power tools & overall Hubby was impressed with the look & sturdiness!





It took both of us to carry the swing around to our back yard & we decided for the moment to set it on our porch. The canopy is removable if you want, as well as the cushions! The cushions just tie on to the swing, my kids couldn't wait to hop on, they loved it! Not only do I love the style of the swing & the pattern of the cushions, this is exactly what our back yard needed! 

My children love to swing, so this is perfect for us. It's roomy too, I would say three people can sit & swing comfortably if they wanted, however my children were totally hogging the swing & had no intentions of sharing with mommy or daddy! 



The pattern cushions that I featured above are currently un-available but you can purchase the canopy swing online in a new striped print for only $199! I can't wait to create more family memories on our new canopy swing, what outdoor items would you love to add to your back yard from Byrlane Home?



Brylane Home has so much more than outdoor items, they have a variety of items for your bathroom, kitchen, bedroom, curtains for windows & more! Stay connected with Brylane Home on Facebook & Twitter!



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(I was sent the item above for my review, all opinions are my own & no other compensation was received)

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Poppin Review


Can you believe school is right around the corner? We have about four weeks until school starts, have you done your school supplies shopping yet or are you one of those that is already finished!? Well I hope you haven't finished your shopping yet because Poppin has some pretty colorful & fun back to school supplies that you might just want to add to your list! 

Poppin has supplies for students, college, your home office, furniture & so much more! They have a variety of items in bold colors, all the way down to rulers & erasers! Shop online by product category or shop by color, plus you get free shipping on items over $35!

(Photos courtesy of Poppin website)

Poppin so kindly sent me the write-now Notebook with a medium soft cover in pool blue along with the make-a-good-point Signature Ballpoint pens! The notebook isn't just your ordinary notebook, it features an elastic closure, a handy pocket in the back-perfect for receipts, notes & more! This is the perfect size for backpacks, purses & contains 192 ruled pages, plenty of room for notes, letters, poems, whatever your heart desires! Available in ten different colors & a price tag of $9, I could see one in every color on my bookshelf! 

So when you have a good notebook you need great pins of course, the Signature Ballpoint pens contain twelve per box & have a smooth metal clip. Like the Notebook, they are available in ten different colors & are $12 per box! Stock up, school requires a lot of writing & thanks to Poppin your child will stand out with these colorful supplies! 



What are some of your favorite items from Poppin? Stay connected with Poppin on Facebook & Twitter!



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(I am one of several bloggers in the Thrifty Nifty Mommy Blogger Network by Janessa at Thrifty Nifty Mommy. I was sent the item above for my review, all opinions are my own & no other compensation was received)

Veggie Tales Summer Movie Night


Summer is packed with swimming, grilling out & movies! My children love movies as well as the Veggie Tales so I was super excited to tell them about a Veggie Tales Summer Movie Night we would be hosting at our home! 

Any movie night requires a fun activity pack, but not just any activity pack, a MacLarry & Veggie Tales themed party pack! When my package arrived, I was excited to see that it contained balloons, a MacLarry & the Stinky Cheese Battle DVD, cups, plates, invitations, coloring sheets & more! 


The MacLarry & the Stinky Cheese Battle DVD was released today & stars Larry the  Cucumber as MacLarry. Larry is stuck in the middle of the silliest battler between two tribes of perpetual pranksters! The biggest prank of the century is unleashed, the feuding tribes are in danger of being overcome by the stinkiest cheese in the land! Hopefully MacLarry realizes that his God-given talents are just what he needs to save them all!


This DVD also has MacExtras! Singalong to the new silly song, Kilts & Stilts, We're Barber-barians & even download the MacLarry activity pack after the movie! 

We scheduled our summer movie night, inflated balloons, grabbed some popcorn & had some family over for Veggie Tales & #stinkycheese fun! The kids had a blast with all of the balloons, colored & lounged on the floor with pillow pets, excitedly watching the MacLarry & the Stinky Cheese Battle movie!






A big thanks to my cousins for coming over & partying with us, I love spending time with my family & the kids were all so cute & had a lot of fun as well! You can find Veggie Tales DVDs, toys, apparel & more online! Stay connected with Veggie Tales on Facebook & Twitter



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Monday, July 29, 2013

The First Years Review and Giveaway


The First Years is a popular and trusted name in our house, from high chairs to infant bath tubs, over the years we've owned several First Years baby items. You may remember my review in the spring of The First Years Ignite Stroller, it's still a favorite & used on a regular basis for Little Sister C. 


Anyone with children knows that it's always great to have band-aids on hand but what if you should need more than that? Before I had children I would of never thought to keep a first aid kit with me, but thanks to The First Years, I have a new On-The-Go First Aid Kit in my SUV! This kit is perfect for baby & toddler care, supplied with 54 essential items like band-aids, antibiotic ointment, sterile gauze pads, instant cold pack & more. Any parent should own a first aid kit & this one is a great size to keep in the car, you should always be prepared with little ones, I've learned that anything can happen!


Along with the On-The-Go First Aid Kit, The First Years sent me Gripper Sipper spill-proof cups for Little Sister C. From the moment I opened the package these cups had my attention, they contain no extra parts, just the lid & cup-woohoo! The built-in valve allows the cup to be spill proof, it's easy to clean & I don't have to worry about loosing any parts in the dishwasher! They also contain a no slip grip & are BPA Free, so easy for Little Sister C to hold & safe for her to use!



Buy it: You can find The First Years products at retailers nationwide! 

Win it: One lucky reader will win the On-The-Go First Aid Kit!

Each household is only eligible to win 3 TOMY products, via blog reviews and giveaways, each calendar year. Only one entrant per household per giveaway. If you have won the same prize on another blog, you will not be eligible to win it again. Winner is subject to eligibility verification.

Use the rafflecopter to enter, good luck! 





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(I am one of several bloggers in the Thrifty Nifty Mommy Blogger Network  by Janessa at Thrifty Nifty Mommy. I was sent the items above for my review & all opinions are my own, no other compensation was received)

Sunday, July 28, 2013

Week One Update

So it's been one week since my baby brother left for boot camp for the Marines. It's also been one week since I started my weight loss journey. If you happen to miss the original post, you can read all about here

It's been a long, busy & exhausting week but I am happy to say that I have lost 5.6 pounds & my EatSmart Scale really helps me keep track of the weight I have lost as well as keeps track of my body fat, bone, muscle & more! 

What a difference it makes when I eat the right foods, drink lots of water & exercise daily!


So are you on a weight loss journey? Feel free to tell me about it in the comments below. 

Stay tuned every Sunday for an update, 12 weeks to go!





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Saturday, July 27, 2013

Masha Review and Giveaway

Moms are often in the kitchen preparing meals and baby food. One thing I absolutely hate to do is mash potatoes, it's a pain to do and my potato's always seem to be a little lumpy! Thankfully, there is an awesome new product on the market that is revolutionizing the way that we mash our food! I''m excited to introduce you to the Masha! To read the full review of the Masha use this link!


Photo Credits: Masha


Welcome to the Masha Giveaway!



I would love to have the Masha in my kitchen, this sure would come in handy!

Mommys Craft Obsession, Thrifty Nifty Mommy & NexGenStore have teamed up to give away a Masha to one lucky winner! 




The Giveaway will close late on the evening of August 10th. The winner will be chosen at random through Giveaway Tools. The winner will be announced both on Giveaway Tools form as well as notified by email and announced on Mommys Craft Obsession’s Facebook. The winner will have their prize sent to them by Chicco, Mommys Craft Obsession and other participating bloggers are not responsible for prize shipment. Must be 18 years and older. Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Google are in no way affiliated with this giveaway. No Purchase Necessary. US Only.

*This blog has not been compensated for the promotion of this giveaway.


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Friday, July 26, 2013

VIP Tick Tocketeer




So how many of you have watched the Nick Jr show Tickety Toc with your kids? We love Nick Jr in our house & I am so excited to announce to you all that I am an official VIP Tick Tocketeer! 

What does that mean for you as my readers? It means you will hear the lastest & greatest Tickety Toc news, find out about DVDs, toys & more! 

Tickety Toc is a show on Nick Jr that features the adventures of six year old twins, Tommy & Tallulah, they work together to "chime the time" & keep everything running smoothly in Tickety Town. Your preschooler will explore teamwork, social responsibility even problem solving as they travel through the Tickety Toc clock where Tommy & Tallulah live.



Visit Tickety Toc online to watch videos, play games & find out more about Tickety Toc, you can also stay connected with them on Facebook & Twitter!




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Chicco Caddy Hook On-High Chair Giveaway

When you sit down to make your list of gear you will need for your baby, there is almost always a high chair included on the list. High chairs are essential for your child to have a safe and comfortable place to eat, but what if your house simply does not have the space for a large high chair? Luckily for us, Chicco has an amazing solution; their Caddy Hook On High Chair!



Welcome to the Chicco Caddy Hook-On High Chair Giveaway!


I would of loved to have the Chicco Caddy Hook-On High Chair when my children were little, this would of been to take to Grandmas house or event out to dinner!


Mommys Craft Obsession & Chicco have teamed up to give away a Chicco Caddy Hook-On High Chair! To read the full review of the Caddy Hook-On High Chair use this link!







The Giveaway will close late on the evening of August 9th. The winner will be chosen at random through Giveaway Tools. The winner will be announced both on Giveaway Tools form as well as notified by email and announced on Mommys Craft Obsession’s Facebook. The winner will have their prize sent to them by Chicco, Mommys Craft Obsession and other participating bloggers are not responsible for prize shipment. Must be 18 years and older. Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Google are in no way affiliated with this giveaway. No Purchase Necessary. US Only.

*This blog has not been compensated for the promotion of this giveaway.

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Weber Grill Review and Giveaway

Welcome to the Weber 22-Inch One-Touch Gold Kettle Grill Giveaway



It's Summertime and in our family we love to grill food...almost every day! There's nothing better then the smell of charcoal in the air on a warm Summer night. If you're going to grill, a Weber Grill is the best way to do it (in my opinion). Thrifty Nifty Mommy was happy to review the Weber 22-Inch One-Touch Gold Kettle Grill from BuyDig.com  Take a look below to find out more about this fantastic grill.

Featuring 363 sq. in. of cooking space, the Weber One-Touch Gold 22-1/2 in. Charcoal Kettle Grill consists of a heavy-gauge porcelain-enameled lid and bowl for durability and long grill life. The grill features a factory assembled stainless steel One-Touch cleaning system, a hinged cooking grate and a removable high-capacity ash catcher to make indirect grilling easier. The built-in lid thermometer allows you to monitor your grill's temperature and a new bowl handle design includes an integrated tool hook for easy convenient storage.

This grill would be great to have for your next get together or give it as a gift to that special someone in your life!
The PeaPod Plus accommodates children from 1-5 years of age. It comes fully assembled with a Micro-Lite sleeping pad already attached to the floor. This feature rich model also boasts two large zipper panels, lightweight mesh for great airflow, adjustable window screens, anchor straps, UV protection and a storage/carry bag. - See more at: http://www.kidco.com/products-page/peapod-plus/#sthash.QBqxRUIH.dpuf

To read Thrifty Nifty Mommy's full review of the Weber 22-Inch One-Touch Gold Kettle Grill, click here

This prize is valued at $160 and could be YOURS! 

Open to the US Residents.  Ends 8/9/13 at 11:59 PM EST.
Enter using the Giveaway Tools form below.  Good Luck!



Disclosure: Thrifty Nifty Mommy received the Weber 22-Inch One-Touch Gold Kettle Grill at no cost in exchange for her honest opinion.  I have not received any compensation for hosting this giveaway. The participating bloggers are not responsible for prize fulfillment.

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Thursday, July 25, 2013

Hawaiian Falls WaterParks



Summer is almost over and there are NO excuses for your child to go back to school without experiencing the fun at Hawaiian Falls Waterparks! We make it easy and affordable – FREE tubes and life jackets, FREE parking,  and coolers ARE allowed! And 5 convenient locations – The Colony, North Garland, Mansfield, Roanoake, and Waco - means there is a Hawaiian Falls Waterpark near you!

Right now you can  Slide After Dark every Friday Night for only $5! Friday Night Slides admission is only $5 from 8 pm – 10 pm and FREE for Season Passholders!  You can also upgrade your daily ticket for only $5 and stay until 10 pm on Fridays.  Ride your favorite slides after dark.  Buy your season pass today and bring a buddy for FREE to Friday Night Slides with the coupon in your Season Pass booklet. All 5 parks will have Friday Night Slides from now thru 8/16/13. Each park determines which attractions will be lit, so it is best to contact your park to be sure which attractions will be open for Friday Night Slides.
Visit hfalls.com for regular park hours and more details! Hawaiian Falls Waterparks. Your park. Your family

You can save 50% off Big Kahuna Ticket (Save $13!) at Hawaiian Falls Waterparks this summer http://www.dfwkidsguide.com/coupon.php?bid=11208&dealid=1265



Doesn't it look like fun? My family has never been, I am so excited, I can't wait to go! 



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