Thursday, February 28, 2013

Meli and Me Sponsor Spotlight & Review #undertherainbow

Under the Rainbow Giveaway Hop starts tomorrow! And anything goes for this giveaway.


As you all know, I love unique jewelry, and there is no better place to turn for gorgeous, unique, handcrafted jewelry options than Etsy.  Meli and Me is an awesome shop to look for beautiful jewelry.  At Meli and Me you'll find handcrafted 14k gold fill, sterling silver, fine plated, and gemstone everyday jewelry designs.  Seriously, I love everything that Lindsey, the artist, makes!   Also, be sure to like Meli and Me on Facebook for special deals and giveaways just for Meli and Me followers!




Lindsey sent me the ice pink stone pendant for review.  This gorgeous necklace features a lovely ice pink teardrop pendant in a gold setting. This is a simple and beautiful necklace and is perfect for literally any outfit or occasion. The pink faceted glass stone is in a 16k gold plated setting.  The necklace chain is 18" and a 14k gold fill.  I love that this necklace is so elegant and delicate looking.  I wore it with some pearl earrings and it looked great when I went to church.  I also think it would look great with bigger gold earrings, so you can really wear it for whatever you are doing or going!  If you're not into gold, this necklace also comes in sterling silver.


My necklace was carefully packaged and arrived to me in perfect condition.  It was so cute and tastefully wrapped in a pretty brown bow.  Jewelry from Meli and Me would be a great gift or treat for yourself!


Here are some of my other favorite pieces from Meli And Me:

            Matte Gold Filigree Boho Earrings - Simple Everyday Dangle Drop Earrings Turquoise Glass Stone Silver Earrings - Simple Modern Everyday Dangle Earrings Tiny Matte Silver Anchor Charm Necklace - Simple Nautical Everyday Jewelry - Minimal Layering Necklace

Connect & Follow:  You can connect with Meli and Me on Facebook or send a message through Etsy.

Buy It: You can buy this necklace and other gorgeous jewelry pieces at Meli and Me Etsy Shop.

Win It:  Come back tomorrow for a chance to win a $25 Gift Certificate to shop at Meli and Me!

Disclosure:  I was provided samples to facilitate this review at no charge in exchange for my honest opinion.   
No monetary compensation was or will be received between My Life According to Pinterest and the sponsoring company.

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Nuby Bath Toys Giveaway!

Rub a dub dub Nuby has launched a NEW Range of bath time toys at buybuy Baby stores!
Bath time is fun again with #Nubybath
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Whale Pail: Nuby's Whale Pail™ bath toy scooper is great for bath or pool toys! It's mouth is open wide enough to easily scoop up your little ones bath toys! The Whale Pail allows all your little ones toys to be stored neatly and conveniently on your bathroom wall. The excess water drains easily away and toys quickly air dry, plus it is BPA free!  

Splish Splash Stacking Cups: The Nuby Splish Splash Stacking Cups are a bath time classic and provide endless fun! Your baby can stack them together, put things inside, and watch the water drain from the bottom of the cup, plus they are BPA free! 

Squid Squirter: Nuby’s Squid Squirter is a great way to make bath time fun! When you hold the squid under water and pull the handle back the chamber is filled with water. Then push down on the handle and watch the water squirt everywhere! Squid Squirter encourages development and play!

Tub Time Turtle: Nuby’s new Tub Time Turtle is another fun and interactive bath time toy from Nûby™. Tub Time Turtle™ floats on the water’s surface so it is always within easy reach. Lift Tub Time Turtle™ out of the water to experience waterfall fun! This toy helps develop hand eye coordination. BPA FREE

Octopus Floating Bath Toy: Nuby's Octopus Floating Bath Toy includes 3 rings to toss and fit onto the Octopus arms! It's fun colors and shapes stimulate your little ones senses.  

Splash n' catch Bathtime Fishing Set: Nuby's Splash n' catch Bathtime Fishing Set is a fun and interactive bath toy! Your baby is sure to love the fun colorful charters. This bath time set helps develop hand- eye coordination. BPA FREE  

Foam Bath Animals: Nuby's Foam Bath Animals bring underwater animals to your baby's bath! The characters float in the water and when wet will stick to the bathtub wall providing countless hours of fun! Plus they are all BPA free! You can purchase all the above Nuby bath toys and more from buybuy baby!

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Win It: Nuby has offered two super lucky readers all seven bath toys! Giveaway rules can be found here
This giveaway is open to US residents only and closes at 11:59 on March 20th. 

Nûby Teether Tugz Review

Nûby Teether Tugz Review 


Nûby Teether Tugz are playful characters that are cuddly and comforting.  The mix of different fabrics make them super soft for your baby to cuddle, while the textured teething parts on the ends of their ears help soothe and comfort teething babies and toddlers.


Nûby sent me this cute bunny Teether Tugz for Baby Boy.  Like a lot of Nuby products this Teether Tugz is nice and brightly colored.  The ears a super soft and velvety on one side and silky on the other side. Plus, it's a nice size for Baby Boy to grasp by the legs or the ears.  Baby Boy didn't really chew on the teething ends, he mostly just stuck the ears in his mouth.  He's mostly into chewing on fabric- like his bibs, his clothes, etc. so I was happy he was actually chewing on a teething toy!


He was really into chewing on this Teether Tugz!



Follow & Connect:  You can connect with Nûby on Facebook or Twitter.

Buy It:  You can buy the Nûby Teether Tugz at BuyBabyDirect.com, and BabiesRUs.com and Walmart stores.

Disclosure:  I was provided samples to facilitate this review at no charge in exchange for my honest opinion.   No monetary compensation was or will be received between My Life According to Pinterest and the sponsoring company.  I am disclosing this in accordance with the FTC regulations.



Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Red Velvet Cupcakes

Made from scratch Red Velvet Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting


 I love to bake, but I had never made Red Velvet Cupcakes before.  Plus, when I make cupcakes I usually use a box cake mix.  Let's face it, they're easy and pretty good.  I ALWAYS make the frosting homemade and that's what makes the biggest difference to me anyway.  I'm a big time frosting lover!  So, these cupcakes were a challenge for me- new AND made from scratch.  And let me tell you- they were De-Licious!  Plus, the color was gorgeous.  I guess I've gotta make cakes from scratch more often!  I pinned this recipe from She Makes and Bakes.

Ingredients
For the cupcakes:
1 cup shortening
1 3/4 cup sugar
2 1/4 cup cake flour
1 1/4 teaspoon salt
2 eggs
1 cup buttermilk
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 1/2 teaspoon white vinegar
1 ounce red food color
1 1/2 teaspoons cocoa powder 

For the cream cheese frosting:
1 1/2 packages cream cheese (12 ounces)
3/4 cup butter
1 1/2 pounds powdered sugar
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons vanilla

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
Okay before we get started let me tell you that I forgot to buy buttermilk, so instead substituted 1 cup milk + 1 Tbsp. lemon juice.  Mix those and let them sit for about 10 minutes before you use it in the recipe.  The lemon juice kind of thickens up the milk.

Also, I could not find cake flour at my grocery store, so I used this instead:
For every one cup cake flour you need place 2 Tbsp. of cornstarch in a one-cup measuring cup.  Then fill the rest with all-purpose flour and use in place of cake flour in any recipe.

Okay now on to the actual recipe! In your mixing bowl, cream together the shortening and sugar.


In a large liquid measuring cup, combine the eggs, buttermilk, vanilla, baking soda, vinegar, and salt.


Add the flour into the mixing bowl in a few additions, alternating with the wet ingredients.
Start and end with the flour.


 Once combined, add the red food color and cocoa powder into the batter and mix.


Divide the batter into muffin tins with liners, filling each with about 1/4 cup of batter. 
I use an ice cream scoop to make it easy. 


Bake for 15-17 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. Cool in the pan for a few minutes and then remove from the pan to cool completely.


While the cupcakes are cooling, make the cream cheese frosting. In your mixing bowl cream together the butter and cream cheese until smooth. Add the vanilla and salt and mix until incorporated. Add the powdered sugar in three additions and mix until smooth.  If you ever add a little too much powdered sugar, add a tiny bit of milk or creamer, mix again, and see if the frosting is the smoothness you like.  (Hint:  I mix a little vanilla flavored coffee creamer in some frosting recipes.)

 
 Pipe onto cooled cupcakes.


Umm, Yummy!


Monday, February 25, 2013

Peter Rabbit Organics Review & Giveaway

 Today I am so happy to tell you about Peter Rabbit Organics.
                                                       
 

Peter Rabbit Organics is a small, privately-owned company.  They produce all of their products in the U.S.A.!  Peter Rabbit Organics was started for the simple reason that they found it hard to find healthy snacks with no added salt, sugar or artificial ingredients and wanted to create a product that was healthy, delicious, convenient and suitable for everyone.  I absolutely love that they use all organic ingredients and they even try to use local produce too.

I was sent some Peter Rabbit Veggie Blends and Fruit Snacks for review.


The first one we tried was the Pea, Spinach, and Apple Veggie Blend.  All of these ingredients are 100% organic.  Plus, there is never any added sugar, salt or artificial ingredients in any of the fruit or veggie pouches.  You can always be sure that your child is getting 100% healthy ingredients in their tummies! Here it is squeezed out into the bowl.  This was only about 1/4 of the pouch, so there's quite a bit in there!


This veggie blend was sooo good.  Baby Boy is just getting started trying new flavors of baby food and he really liked it.   He's only eating baby food about once a day, so this pouch lasted for a couple of days and he enjoyed it every time he tried it.  I personally tried all three flavors and they were all super yummy!  This can even be an adult snack!  In fact, each snack pouch contains 1 of your fruit/veggie servings for the day.




Baby Boy is not quite ready to eat from the pouch yet, but he liked playing with it.  I'm happy to know that the Peter Rabbit squeezy pouches are BPA free and can be resealed so you can finish it later.  So convenient for on the go feeding!  We will definitely be eating these for the months and years to come!


Follow & Connect:  You can connect with Peter Rabbit Organics on Facebook and Twitter.

Buy It: Peter Rabbit Organics are sold at a variety of retailers near you like Whole Foods, Starbucks, Walmart and many more.  You can also buy them online at Target.com, Amazon.com and other online retailers.  
Visit their website for the whole list!

Win It:  Peter Rabbit Organics is generously offering one lucky winner 10 assorted pouches of their different fruit snacks and veggie purees.  Enter using the Rafflecopter below.

Congratulations Ashley Sager!


Disclosure: I was provided samples to facilitate this review at no charge in exchange for my honest opinion. No monetary compensation was or will be received between My Life According to Pinterest and the sponsoring company.

Saturday, February 23, 2013

Nûby Safari Chimes Review

Review of the Nûby Safari Chimes


The Nûby™Safari Chimes™are interactive toys that blend both fun and function.  They feature bright colors, playful sounds, a variety of textures and fun characters that are sure to captivate your baby's imagination.  Additionally, they hang from a clip that easily attaches to stroller, high chair, car seat, etc.


I always like to have some toys on hand when I'm out and about with Baby Boy.  I was excited to see if he would like the Nûby Safari Chimes.  I was sent the alligator chime which is perfect because we LOVE alligators in this house.  It's the theme of Baby Boy's nursery and the boys here are HUGE Gator fans!



I hung this on Baby Boy's car seat and he immediately starting reaching for it.  He continued to play with it while I was driving for quite a bit.  (I obviously don't have any pictures of that- you'll have to take my word for it ;) The Safari Chime hangs at the perfect height for little hands to reach for it, plus it's bright and colorful to grab their attention.  Additionally, it sounds like a little bell- not too loud at all.  This will be a new fixture on his car seat for entertainment.

Follow & Connect:  You can connect with Nûby on Facebook or Twitter.

Buy It:  You can buy the Nûby Safari Chimes at BuyBabyDirect.com, and idealbaby.com

Disclosure:  I was provided samples to facilitate this review at no charge in exchange for my honest opinion.   No monetary compensation was or will be received between My Life According to Pinterest and the sponsoring company.  I am disclosing this in accordance with the FTC regulations.



Friday, February 22, 2013

High Five For Friday 2/22


1.  These cousins LOVE each other!  H really wants to help Baby Boy hold that rattle!


2.  My dad gave me the Baby Brezza for my bday and I tried it out this week.  I made some pea baby food!

3.  Had Bunko last night and I won my money back!  Biggest loser here- 10 losses (out of 12 games)!

4.  Heard some really good news about a teaching job for next school year.  Just hoping it all pans out as planned.

5.  Made some delicious red velvet cupcakes yesterday all from scratch!  I love to bake, but this was my first time ever making red velvet.  Look for how to make these next week!

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How was your week?

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Nûby Brites Ortho Pacifier Review

Nûby Brites Ortho Pacifier Review


I am so excited to tell you guys that I am now a Nuby Mommy Blogger!  
That means that I will get to tell you about some of my favorite Nuby products.
Nuby products are not only great, but totally affordable too!
The first item we were sent was the Nûby™ Brites Ortho Pacifier.


 Nûby sent me the Brites Ortho Pacifier for review and I was super excited because we can never have enough pacifiers in this house.  I know that somewhere in this house there are at least 10 pacifiers.  Seriously, where do they all go?  I picked these pacifiers because of their fun designs and bright colors.  It makes them easy to find in the crib and around the house.  Plus, they're cute.


This pacifier is designed to fit in baby's mouth naturally and comfortably. Nûby's air system allows air to circulate between baby's delicate skin and the pacifier.  One thing I really liked about this pacifier is how lightweight it is.  This is really important to me since it makes it easy for Baby Boy to hold it and keep it in his mouth.  When he was littler we couldn't use some of the other, heavier brands of pacifiers because they would fall out of his mouth in about 3 seconds.  Now that he's bigger it's better of course, but I think these would have been great then too.  


This pacifier has the ortho nipple design.  We use both kinds (oval and ortho) of pacifier nipples in our house, so I think Baby Boy would have loved the regular Brites pacifiers too! 


I think he likes it!  

Follow & Connect:  You can connect with Nûby on Facebook or Twitter.

Buy It:  You can buy the Nûby Brites Ortho Pacifier at BuyBabyDirect.com, Diapers.com, and Amazon.com

Disclosure:  I was provided samples to facilitate this review at no charge in exchange for my honest opinion.   
No monetary compensation was or will be received between My Life According to Pinterest and the sponsoring company.  
I am disclosing this in accordance with the FTC regulations. 

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Woolzies Dryer Balls Review

Woolzies Dryer Balls are made by Soft By Nature, Inc. - a small family owned company in Southern New York State. Soft by Nature Inc. intends to pass down this earth to our children in the same beautiful condition that they received it from their parents.  They develop all natural eco friendly products and share them with us.


 Soft by Nature Inc. generously sent me a 6 pack of Woolzies dryer balls for review.


I've never been a big fan of dryer sheets or fabric softner.  They're sometimes expensive and just an annoying extra step you have to remember to do while doing laundry.  And when I did use dryer sheets I always seemed to find them all over the house.  I guess they would get mixed in with the clean clothes and drop when being carried to put away the laundry.  It was so annoying!  Not to mention both of those things contain chemicals that I didn't want so close to my skin and definitely NOT my baby's skin.  So, I was super excited to try some Woolzies with my next load of laundry.


 WOOLZIES®, The All Natural Dryer Balls are an all natural fabric softener.  They are a set of six handmade pure wool dryer balls that are special in several ways. They deliver the same benefits for laundry as conventional fabric softeners WITHOUT all the harsh, nasty chemicals. They save you a lot of money by eliminating the need to continuously spend on fabric softener liquid and sheets. They cut down on the time it takes to dry a typical load by at least 25% thereby saving you even more money and cutting down on fossil fuel usage.  Unlike the plastic dryer balls, they are PVC free and won't fall apart or melt on you.  Woolzies are also hypo-allergenic and they will not shed onto your laundry.  And best of all, Woolzies last for up to 1,000 loads of laundry!

The Woolzies are a little bigger than a tennis ball.  I was afraid they might be a little noisy in the dryer, but I didn't notice any extra noise when I used them.  I used all six of these with a large load of baby clothes, sheets, towels, etc. and I was extremely satisfied.


I definitely think using Woolzies cut down on drying time by about 10 minutes even with such a large load.  Plus, the clothes were soft and static free when they came out of the dryer.  One thing that I really love about these is that I can just leave them in the dryer and throw the clothes in for each load.  Now my family always has soft, static free clothes with no strong perfumey smells or chemicals to bother our noses and skin.

Dryer balls are really great for anyone who wants to not only eliminate harsh chemicals, but also for those trying to live a little greener and save money too. One package of dryer balls can save you money in so many different ways:  you won't have to buy dryer sheets or fabric softener, your electricity bill will be lower, and you will be helping to keep your clothes looking newer for longer- which I think is one of the best benefits!

Follow & Connect:  Connect with Woolzies on Twitter or Facebook.

Buy It:  You can purchase Woolzies from their website.

Win It:  Soft by Nature Inc. is generously giving one lucky reader a set of 6 Woolzie dryer balls.
Enter using the Rafflecopter below.
Congratulations Donna Cheatle!

Disclosure:  I was provided samples to facilitate this review at no charge in exchange for my honest opinion.   
No monetary compensation was or will be received between My Life According to Pinterest and the sponsoring company.
 

Monday, February 18, 2013

Stokke Blogger Opp

Mommys Craft Obsession is excited to bring you a Stokke MyCarrier Giveaway!
ARV $250
Open to all US bloggers. 



Photo Credits: Stokke


Event Dates: March 18 - April 8th, 2013

One FREE link with announcement (Twitter or Pinterest)
Co-host (host page and up to four links): $15
Host Pages: $8
Additional Links: $3 

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Unapproved Links: Top Mommy Blogs, Picket Fence, & other daily voting links.

*I apologize for not having Facebook as a free link and I understand that for many this may be a hindrance, but due to all of Facebook's random changes I feel it is better to leave Facebook as a paid link for those who want it on the Rafflecopter in order to avoid any problems with the Facebook guidelines. I hope you understand!*


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