The Story Of Three: August 2014

Sunday, August 31, 2014

A letter to Little Sister C


Dear Little Sister C,
                  As a younger sibling to your special needs brother, I want you to know you are just as loved & beautiful as he is. I want you to know that I'm amazed by the love you pour out to your brother, the care that you show him daily & the constant attention you give him. I have no idea what it's like living with a sibling with special needs but I know what it's like to raise a child with Autism.

Watching you daily, you have taught me so much from the moment you arrived in my arms, you have an open, graceful & giving heart, just like me. The way you hold you brother's hand, give him high fives & good night kisses on the cheek, it melts my heart. 

Friday, August 29, 2014

Lalaloopsy Girls #TeamLalaloopsy


#spon: I'm required to disclose a relationship between my blog and MGAE. This could include MGAE providing me w/ content, product, access or other forms of payment.



My daughter is a huge Lalaloopsy fan, she currently owns a few full size Lalaloopsy dolls & plays with them almost daily. I knew she would be ecstatic to see the newest line of Lalaloopsy Girls dolls along with an extra sweet surprise, after all who can resist the magical cuteness in Lalaloopsy dolls!?

I was sent the following Lalaloopsy products for Little Sister C:
  • Crumbs Sugar Cookie 
  • Jewel Sparkles 
  • Spot Splatter Splash doll
  • Baking Oven


Lalaloopsy Girls are the newest line of dolls from the Lalaloopsy brand! These pretty little Girls are perfect for young girls, they are your favorite Lalaloopsy characters, all grown up! The Girls attend Lala Prep (Lalaloopsy Academy for Learning Arts) & will always be stitched together...friends forever! 


My daughter couldn't get the dolls opened fast enough, she loves the curly haired dolls, so she reached for Crumbs Sugar Cookie first, she thought her name was so cute too! I know she will enjoy playing, creating memories & sharing these adorable Girls dolls with her friends & family on our upcoming play dates!


The Lalaloopsy Baking Oven will bake tons of sweets in just minutes, including cookies, mini-cakes & more! In the box we found, Lalaloopsy themed baking pans, baking mixes- 1 cake & 1 cookie mix, sprinkles, a pan pusher, as well as a recipe booklet. 

When your not baking with your little Lalaloopsy fan, it's the perfect size to use with the new Lalaloopsy Girl dolls! Isn't it sew yummy?!


Ready to see the Baking Oven in action? Check out the cute & yummy video below!


You can sign up for Lalaloopsy Insidersa fun social community where you get special access to the world of Lalaloopsy & you can share your love of these magical dolls.

So what do you think? Do you have a Lalaloopsy fan in your house that would love the Baking Oven or the new Lalaloopsy Girls dolls?

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Me & Ewe Review and Giveaway




I do all of the shopping for my children, I love when I can find pieces of clothing that coordinate with our outfits but it's a little extra special when I find matching things for Little Sister C & myself! She absolutely loves dressing like me & when I heard about Me & Ewe, I knew she would fall in love with their adorable animal socks!

Me & Ewe is a brand new line that just launched this year of animal socks for adults & children! They are available in a pack of 2 pairs, one for mom & one for child, aged 1 to 5. Each sock is featured with an animal, the Moms wear the grown-up animal while the kids wear the baby animal. 



Me & Ewe so kindly sent me a pair of each of their socks, this included the:
  • Butterfly & Caterpillar
  • Chicken & Chicks
  • Mommy & Baby Dinosaur
  • Mommy & Puppy Dog


I love how soft & stretchy these socks are, not to mention super cute! My daughter was so excited to wear them around the house, she's never owned socks with animals on them before & the fact that I had matching socks just made her even more giddy! 

With every pair purchased, Me & Ewe will make a donation to an animal-related charity like the ASPCA! These socks would make great gifts & would be so much fun to wear to play-dates, mommy & me classes & more! So have fun with these socks & lose the shoes! 


Aren't they cute? Which pair is your favorite?


Buy it: Purchase each set of socks online at Me & Ewe for $17! 

Win it: One lucky reader will win all 4 pairs of socks featured above from Me & Ewe!

Use the giveaway tools form below to enter, good luck!


Disclosure: This giveaway is sponsored by Me & Ewe. IHeart-Motherhood & Housewife On A Mission are not responsible for prize fulfillment. This giveaway is not affiliated with Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Pinterest or Instagram. This giveaway will end September 12th. Giveaway is open to anyone in the US, 18+ & older. Winners will be posted via Giveaway Tools. No purchase is necessary & void where prohibited by law! Have questions? Email iheartmotherhoodblog@yahoo.com

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Thursday, August 28, 2014

Enjoy Life Foods Crunchy Cookies Review




We have been fans of Enjoy Life Foods for quite some time now, we love the quality of their foods as well as the variety! At Enjoy Life Foods, their goal is to make delicious products that everyone can enjoy, they use an allergen-free facility & all of their foods are gluten-free, non-GMO, as well as free of the eight most common allergens like dairy, soy, egg, wheat, peanuts & more!

Enjoy Life Foods yummy line of foods includes cereals, chewy bars, seed & fruit mixes, baking chocolate & more! They recently gave their Crunchy Cookies a new, updated look, it's still the same great recipe, just with new packaging! Enjoy Life Foods so kindly sent me a variety for my family to try out & we couldn't wait to get our hands on these!


The Crunchy Cookies are packed with crunchy sweetness, I love that they contain nothing artificial & they were really a big hit in my house! Everyone in my house enjoys sweets, so I knew I wouldn't have a problem handing these cookies out for a taste test! I really enjoyed the Vanilla Honey Graham, while my son reached for the Chocolate Chip & my daughter loved the Sugar Crisp! We decided to save the Double Chocolate for back to school days, they will be perfect in my son's lunch box!


Which flavor of the Crunchy Cookies would you like to try?

Feel free to stay connected with Enjoy Life Foods on Facebook & Twitter! You can purchase the Crunchy Cookies online or at a store near you!

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Mommys Little Miracle Event, Baby Trend Grand Prize Giveaway


Are you expecting in 2014? Did you just have your little bundle of joy? Know someone who's pregnant or trying to conceive? Then this event is for you! Alex of Mommy's Obsessions is expecting her second son this October and has created an event that is perfect for expectant mothers! Mommy's Little Miracle is a Pregnancy, Newborn/Early Infancy, and Postpartum event that will be featuring everything from maternity clothing to newborn essentials, to postpartum products you must have! We highly recommend that you bookmark the open giveaway page by clicking on the image below then adding it to your bookmarks bar! Over the next three weeks you will have the chance to enter to win some amazing prizes from items for YOU and things for your little one!



Today is the final day of Mommy's Little Miracle and we've saved the best for last! Every parent deserves the chance to win a prize package that is so spectacular, we had to save it until the very last day! With that, we welcome you to the Baby Trend Grand Prize Giveaway!

Wouldn't you love to win this amazing set?


About our very generous sponsor, Baby Trend
(As from their website) 


"Baby Trend has distinguished itself among the worldwide leading manufacturers of juvenile products. Throughout the 26-year history of our company, we have been on the forefront of new and innovative solutions that meet the ever increasing demands of new parents. We strive to accomplish this feat by adhering to our goal of providing the safest, most reliable products available at an affordable price. We continually tailor our products as the challenges facing families' change and grow. Baby Trend is the inventor and exclusive manufacturer for several unique juvenile products. Baby Trend was the first to produce the Snap-N-Go™ and Sit N' Stand™ strollers, both of which have won numerous awards."
Photo Credits: Baby Trend

When I asked readers several months ago what their top three most important baby gear items were, most answers read the same; car seat, stroller, and play yard. There was of course some other great baby gear items such as swings and baby carriers thrown into the mix, but for the most part the answer were unanimous and to be honest, I couldn't agree more! Having a quality car seat is imperative, and lets face it - having a quality stroller also helps make life with a child a little bit easier!

Baby Trend has been one of the leaders in baby gear for years, and I have had the opportunity to work with them on several occasions and they have always exceeded my expectations and have been a wonderful brand to work with. They were generous enough to send me a Playyard in "Supernova" for the upcoming arrival of Little Boy and I was over the moon! I didn't have a playyard with Little Mister because when he was born we lived in a small one bedroom apartment and I didn't have the space for one. His changing table was in our bedroom along with his basinet so I never had the need for a playyard, but with Little Boy I knew that I would need one, not only for the fact that we will be using it while we are out and about and traveling, but so that I could have it in our bedroom to change diapers in the middle of the night! 



To Purchase: Visit Baby Trend to view all of their baby gear options and to find the closest retailer near you that has the item that you're looking for in stock!

To Win: Mommy's Obsessions and Baby Trend want to give one very lucky winner a Playyard in Supernova, Velocity Ultra Lite Jogging Stroller in Bumblebee, and an Inertia Infant Car Seat in Bumblebee! ARV $450+
Photo Credits: Baby Trend


The Giveaway will close late on the evening of September 11th. 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 Mommy's Obsessions Facebook. Winner must respond within 48 hours of receiving their winner's email otherwise they will forfeit their prize and a new winner will be chosen. The winner will have their prize sent to them by Baby Trend. Mommy's Obsessions 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. Void where prohibited by law. US Only. For any questions contact Mommy's Obsessions. Mommys Obsessions did receive compensation or product in exchange for the promotion of this event. This blog did not receive compensation for the promotion of this event. 

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Winners


Learning Resources winner is Alena S

Ddrops winner is Amanda J

Balance Bar winner is Kamla L

CreateURPlate winner is Dawn S


Congrats to all of the winners & thanks to everyone who entered!

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"Don't Dare Call It Jelly" Challenge




We enjoy using jelly, jam's & preserves for cooking, making delicious sandwhiches, dipping for snacks & more in our home, my children love grape while I enjoy strawberry, raspberry & other flavors! I've seen Polaner at my local grocer but I've never tried it, until now! I was sent coupons so my family could try out a few Polaner products of our choice & I'm excited to give them a taste as well as share their new "Don't Dare Call It Jelly" challenge with you!

Polaner has been in kitchen's for over 100 years, they offer jams, jellies, preserves & marmalade's that are made with fruit & sweetened only with the great tasting fruit & fruit juice! Polaner carries sugar free with fiber options as well as a line of ready to use spices. All of Polaner's products are gluten-free, contain no high fructose corn syrup & they now offer Polaner All Fruit that is free of GMO's!


To celebrate Polaner's new non-GMO project verified product line, they created a "Don't Dare Call It Jelly" challenge where fans could submit their funny commercials featuring Polaner's new non-GMO products! Now it's time for fans like you to vote for your favorite commercial! 

Voting is currently open until October 6th & you can win a prize just for voting! 

So what are you waiting for, head on over & vote for your favorite "Don't Dare Call It Jelly" video! Let me know which one is your favorite! Prizes include a weekly $50 Visa gift card, with a grand prize of a $100 Visa gift card! Vote HERE for the Facebook app or on your table/mobile device, click HERE to vote! 


What flavors of Polaner All Fruit would you like to try?


Buy it: Purchase your own Polaner at your local store, I found mine at my local Krogers!

Win it: One lucky reader will win coupons for three free jars of Polaner & a $25 Visa gift card!

Use the giveaway tools form below to enter, good luck!


Disclosure: This giveaway is sponsored by Polaner. IHeart-Motherhood is not responsible for prize fulfillment. This giveaway is not affiliated with Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Pinterest or Instagram. This giveaway will end September 11th. Giveaway is open to anyone in the US, 18+ & older. Winners will be posted via Giveaway Tools. No purchase is necessary & void where prohibited by law! Have questions? Email iheartmotherhoodblog@yahoo.com

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Mommy's Little Miracle Petunia Pickle Bottom Hideaway Hobo Review and Giveaway


Are you expecting in 2014? Did you just have your little bundle of joy? Know someone who's pregnant or trying to conceive? Then this event is for you! Alex of Mommy's Obsessions is expecting her second son this October and has created an event that is perfect for expectant mothers! Mommy's Little Miracle is a Pregnancy, Newborn/Early Infancy, and Postpartum event that will be featuring everything from maternity clothing to newborn essentials, to postpartum products you must have! We highly recommend that you bookmark the open giveaway page by clicking on the image below then adding it to your bookmarks bar! Over the next three weeks you will have the chance to enter to win some amazing prizes from items for YOU and things for your little one!



Today Mommy's Little Miracle is featuring a company that personally is one of my favorites. It's a company that I follow closely and absolutely adore! In need of a stylish, high quality, functional diaper bag? Look no further than Petunia Pickle Bottom!

I'm in love with this bag, aren't they beautiful?!


About Petunia Pickle Bottom
(As from their website) 


"Founded in 2000, Petunia Pickle Bottom has become known the world over as the creator of the original, collectible, fashionable diaper bag. For more than a decade, PPB has been answering the call for stylish, quality products for modern moms on the go. What began as a tiny green shoot of an idea, carefully tended by three likeminded individuals on the California coast, is now a thriving lifestyle brand with global reach. The first glimpse of the initial collaboration was seen with the debut of the now wildly successful Boxy Backpack—an innovative and fashionable reinvention of the once unimaginative diaper bag. With their first collection, Petunia Pickle Bottom introduced the world to a market that simply hadn’t before existed. DeNai Jones, the founding designer and inspiration behind the company’s name (her father gave her the nickname when she was very young) has been the creative force behind the company since its inception. Inspired by travel, architecture, vintage textiles and a desire to bring style and sophistication to the world of modern parenting, Petunia Pickle Bottom’s bold graphic prints have become the signature of their collections, season after season. With these colorfully patterned products and an unrivaled attention to detail and craftsmanship, Petunia Pickle Bottom has become the go-to lifestyle brand for those who want to experience the adventure and joy of modern motherhood."
Photo Credits: Petunia Pickle Bottom

For years now I have been a die hard fan of Petunia Pickle Bottom bags, and would even consider myself a collector of these pretty little bags. I am in several Facebook groups that are exclusive to the brand, follow their brand closely on social media channels, and have owned and tried out more styles than I care to admit. There is just something about Petunia Pickle Bottom that I can't seem to get enough of!

When I heard they were introducing a new bag style this Fall, I was ecstatic. I couldn't wait to see what they had in mind and after seeing teasers on owner DeNai Jones' Instagram account, I was practically going crazy waiting for the release. Once I got the inside scoop on the new bag, it was instant love. I'm a sucker for a stylish purse and to me the Hideaway Hobo looks like a purse that I would instantly gravitate to a store, with all of the functionality of a diaper bag. When I packed it up, I was impressed with the amount that it held and even more impressed with the organization of the bag!





To Purchase: Visit Petunia Pickle Bottom's website and choose the Hideaway Hobo that best fits your personal style! Be sure to browse their other fabulous bags as well! 

To Win: Mommy's Obsessions and Petunia Pickle Bottom want to give one lucky reader a Hideaway Hobo in their choice of in stock print! 



The Giveaway will close late on the evening of September 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 Mommy's Obsessions Facebook. Winner must respond within 48 hours of receiving their winner's email otherwise they will forfeit their prize and a new winner will be chosen. The winner will have their prize sent to them by Petunia Pickle Bottom. Mommy's Obsessions 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. Void where prohibited by law. US Only. For any questions contact Mommy's Obsessions. Mommys Obsessions did receive compensation or product in exchange for the promotion of this event. This blog did not receive compensation for the promotion of this event. 

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Collage.com One Click Photo Book Review and Giveaway






Photo's are a great way to share, display & cherish memories, I love taking photo's & majority of the time, my Canon Rebel goes where I go. From snapping pictures of the kids at the park, to dinner with family, I like to capture as much as I can! 

Collage.com is one of my favorite sites to order canvases from, I love displaying some of my favorite photos around my home with a beautiful gallery-wrapped canvas! Recently Collage.com launched a new product, the One-Click Photo Book, these soft & hard cover photo books are perfect for wedding photos, birthday pictures & more!

The One-Click Photo Book is easy to create with just a single click! By selecting photos of any size from your social sites like Facebook or Instagram, even your computer, then let Collage.com do the work for you, designing a clean, professional layout! 


If you'd like you can choose to customize your photo book, you can also quickly swap & resize photos from any page with their aerial overview. Their One-Click Photo Books are made of acid free archival paper & they come backed with Collage.com's 100% satisfaction guarantee! 

With Collage.com's One-Click Photo Books you'll receive: 
  • Instant professional layout
  • Hard or soft cover
  • Heavy-weight glossy archival paper
  • Customizable cover

I absolutely love my books, I made one for myself & one for each of my children, I actually imported my photo's from my personal Facebook & it took just seconds to create my picture perfect book! My books arrived in a few days & I am super pleased with these new One-Click Photo Books! These would make great gifts for a birthday or Christmas present, etc!


Buy it: Customize & purchase your own photo book from Collage.com with books starting at just $9.99!

Win it: One lucky reader will win a 20-page 8x6 softcover photo book from Collage.com! (ARV $19.99!)

Use the giveaway tools form below to enter, good luck!

Disclosure: This giveaway is sponsored by Collage.com. IHeart-Motherhood is not responsible for prize fulfillment. This giveaway is not affiliated with Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Pinterest or Instagram. This giveaway will end September 9th. Giveaway is open to anyone in the US, 18+ & older. Winners will be posted via Giveaway Tools. No purchase is necessary & void where prohibited by law! Have questions? Email iheartmotherhoodblog@yahoo.com

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Monday, August 25, 2014

Nutrisystem #NSNation Week 8





What a long, very long week it has been, it's just been hectic to say the least. I've learned to keep track of my calories & this week was one of those weeks that I really felt tested for the first time on my weight loss journey, every day I had to MAKE myself drink my shakes & eat my correct meals. There was just too much temptation, too many distractions, etc. But, guess what? I did it & I'm so proud of myself! I've also started adding bananas & peanut butter to my protein shakes to help keep me fuller just a little bit longer but also I've been getting bad leg cramps at night, so the potassium is helping.


So my youngest will be turning 4 in October & finally, the belly flab that I've been carrying around for years, ya know the one that you try to cover up with baggie shirts, etc well it's finally gone! I'm beyond ecstatic! Along with a great Nutrisystem diet & work out routine, I'm fitting back into pre-baby clothes that I wore almost 4 years ago & I'm ready to get a gym membership & start toning up this body!

This is the last week of month 2, September starts my final & 3rd month on Nutrisystem! I can't wait to see what the next few weeks have in store!

So have you been keeping up with my week to week results?


Here's my weight loss break-down:

Starting weight on June 30th was 164.8

Weight as of July 6th (week 1) was 160.1

Weight as of July 13th (week 2) was 156.4

Weight as of July 20th (week 3) is 159

Weight as of July 27th (week 4) is  158.6

Weight as of August 3rd (week 5) is 158.2

Weight as of August 10th (week 6) is 155.6 

Weight as of August 17th (week 7) is 156

Weight as of August 24th (week 8) is 155.8

I didn't really lose any weight this week or it doesn't feel like it. I'm really going to push myself hard this week, I can't wait to get into the 140's. I've lost about 10 pounds to date, not to shabby for me!

I appreciate all of your comments, love & support while I'm on my three month Nutrisystem weight loss journey! In-case you missed the initial announcement, you can view it here!

(I am officially an #NSNation blogger, I received a 3 month's supply of Nutrisystem for free. All opinions are my own & no other compensation was received)

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