Friday, March 29, 2013

Father's Day Giveaway Hop Sign Up


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Super Dad Giveaway Hop 

Father’s Day Event: Blogger Sign Up’s OPEN!

MamaNYC is celebrating Father’s Day this year with a HUGE giveaway hop that you don’t want to miss out on this year! For the second year in a row, MamaNYC’s SUPER DAD Giveaway Hop, is going to celebrate fatherhood and we’re going to find some amazing gift ideas for dad, too. Father’s Day is on June 16th, so you will have more than enough time to enter our giveaways and figure out a gift idea for your father, husband, grandfather, etc.

Join us and let’s work together to make this event BIGGER than the last!  I’ve already signed up for the SUPER DAD Giveaway Hop, but I wanted to tell all of you about this event! This event will run from June 1-9, 2013 with a $25.00 prize value minimum and NO requirements or restrictions for bloggers to join.  

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EVENT NAME:  Super Dad Giveaway Hop 
DATES:   June 1-9, 2013 
*SIGN UP’S DEADLINE: May 29, 2013
FEE:  FREE  {with NO pre-event requirements!) 
HOW: Head on over to the official sign up’s page for the Father’s Day Super Dad Giveaway Hop event sign up’s page and add your blog to the linky today!

Baby BeeHaven Cush 'N Go Review

Baby BeeHaven Cush 'N Go Review
#ShoweredWithLove Sponsor Spotlight
I was provided samples to facilitate this review at no charge in exchange for my honest opinion. 
Give your child the best seat outside the house with the ultimate solution in stroller support and style, the Baby BeeHaven Cush 'n Go.  This is a super plush memory foam stroller cushion that is recommended my medical professionals.  The high quality memory foam will conform to your baby's head which not only keeps them comfortable, but also reduces the risk of flat head syndrome.


 We were sent the Baby BeeHaven Cush 'n Go for Boys for review.  This stroller cushion is reversible- one side is a soft black minky fabric and the other is a cute little bee pattern.  It certainly offers some stylish support for Baby Boy's back, head, and neck while he's cruising in the stroller.

This cushion seems so comfy!  I wish I could put one of these on the seat of my car- seriously!  I noticed that Baby Boy seems extra calm on our walks after I put this in his stroller.  I actually think it helped him be able to fall asleep and stay comfortable longer.


The Cush 'n Go is compatible with most stroller harness systems and was very simple to install.  I just threaded the stroller harnesses through the slots and that was it.  It honestly took less than 2 minutes. 


Another major plus of this cushion is that it is machine washable.  I really think that this is a great feature since we all know that strollers do not stay clean.  I mean kids do a lot of messy stuff- spit up, crush food, spill squeezy pouches, poop and pee.  And unfortunately, all of these things can happen while sitting in their stroller!
Now, you can just pop off the Cush 'n Go and pop it in the washer.  So convenient!
All in all, we really did love this!  I love that I feel like the Cush n' Go really makes Baby Boy happy.

He likes it! He really does!

Connect & Follow:  Like Baby BeeHaven on Facebook.

Buy It:  You can buy the Cush 'n Go for $39.99 on their website.

Win It:  Come back Monday, when Showered with Love Giveaway Hop starts to enter to win your own Cush 'n Go!
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.

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Nûby Bath Time Clock & Thermometer Review

Nuby Bath Time Clock & Thermometer Review


This easy to read Bath Time Clock & Thermometer by Nûby makes finding a safe water temperature for your child so easy. 
 It's a 3 in 1 design- a clock, timer, and thermometer!  It's quick and accurate too.  
Plus, it beeps and flashes when the bath water is too hot.

I was really pleasantly surprised with this little gadget.  I always just go by the "feel the water test" when we give Baby Boy a bath, and once or twice it's been a little too hot for him.  I put this in his little tub and the alarm started going off right away- flashing and beeping.  The water was 104 degrees- a little too hot for Baby Boys bath.  I added a little bit of cold water and the alarm went off after it was below 100 degrees.
A timer also starts when you put this in the water so you can keep track of how long you have the baby in the bath.  This is really nice since you don't want little babies in there for too long.  It's great for older kids too, so they can see how long they've been in the tub if they have a time limit.  My little guy gets a bath every night as part of his bed time routine so I like to give him short baths.  This timer is great for that!  My husband gives him his bath a lot of the time and he's very pleased that he can so easily check the temperature of the water.


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

Buy It:  You can buy the Nûby Bath Time Clock & Thermometer at BuyBabyDirect.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, March 26, 2013

Calzones! Guest Post from Viva Veltoro

Hi My Life According to Pinterest readers!  
My name is Ruth and I blog over at Viva Veltoro
and today I'm sharing a quick and easy recipe for calzones!



This is a super easy meal, especially for weeknights.
My hubby and I love calzones (or calzoni if you want to be all super fancy), 
they're easy to make & you can stuff them with whatever you have on hand... 
say it with me, leftovers.

There is also a little recipe towards the end for our pizza/calzone sauce if you're interested.
It's really yummy.

The players

Ingredients:
Store bought pizza dough (or make your own if you have spare time)
All purpose flour 
Olive oil
Mozzarella cheese
Ricotta Cheese (I like part-skim)
Pepperoni - or whatever filling you desire (leftover chicken, veggies... possibilities are endless)
Corn meal for dusting your pan if you have it available

Not pictured, sauce for dipping.

Sidenote: One ball of store bought dough should make at least 4 or more non-mammoth calzones.
For this recipe I'll be making 3 calzones so just adjust your portions accordingly.  


Directions

Take your dough out of the fridge and let it sit out for a few hours to rise.
{I've also made this without letting the dough rise too much and they still turn out okay}


Preheat your oven to 450 degrees.


Flour your workspace and set your dough out to portion it into individual servings.


Divide it into however many calzones you are going to make. 
I'm making 3 this time.


Roll out each portion.
Then set them aside to prepare your filling. 


Mix together 1.5 cups of Ricotta cheese and 1.5 cups of Mozzarella cheese.
If you are going to be adding other things now is the time to do it.
Chicken, onions, mushrooms, spinach, you name - go ahead and add it in there. 
Mr. V. just likes pepperoni so that is what we'll be adding. 



Lay your dough on a pan (lightly dust with cornmeal if you have some, or just use some extra flour).
Place 1/2 cup of filling on the dough like the photo below.
You'll want to leave space around the filling to close and seal your calzone.
{If you're making more calzones and your dough portion is smaller just use less filling} 


Add in your pepperoni then fold the dough in half to sandwich the filling in.
Press the edges together, either by rolling them up or just pressing really firmly.  
You could moisten them a bit to make them sticky as well.
{I'm not really a "sauce inside the calzone" kinda girl, but if you are, go ahead and add it now}


Here they are all together.  You can see I rolled the edges a bit.


Brush the tops of the calzone with olive oil (or butter).
This will give it a nice golden color.


Next, make small slits in the tops of the calzones so that steam can escape.
Pop them in the oven and bake for 15-20 minutes. 
Check on them in about 8 minutes and you might want to rotate the pan. 


While the calzone are baking I usually prepare some sauce for dipping. 
This is optional - just use a jarred sauce if you're running short on time. 


Ingredients for the sauce (this is also the sauce we use for homemade pizza):
1 can San Marzano tomatoes
1/2 tsp salt
1 packet of splenda (or 1 tsp sugar)
1 tsp Oregano
1 tsp Garlic Powder
1 tsp Basil
Here's a close up of the most important ingredient.
Seriously, these tomatoes will change your life.
Splurge a little and buy them.


Cut open your San Marzano tomatoes and try to remove as many seeds as you can.
Then blend them in a food processor.
{Don't mind my teeny tiny food processor}


Pour them in a bowl and add in all of your wonderful spices.
Adjust the spices according to your taste - you may want less or more than us.
Simmer this on the stove for 5 or 10 minutes or just microwave a serving at a time.


Once 15 minutes have passed check your calzones. 
Our oven cooks pretty quickly and these were done in about 18 minutes.
That huge one in the middle was for Mr. V. 


Serve and enjoy! 



Yum!  I can't wait to make these!  Thanks so much Ruth!  
Make sure you head over to Ruth's blog, Viva Veltoro, and check out everything she has to offer!

Monday, March 25, 2013

Easter Basket Ideas for your Baby

Easter is coming up fast and I bet you need some ideas right?  I know, I know,  your 6 month old isn't going to care if the Easter Bunny pays a visit, but it's fun and the other kids might be suspicious if Baby Boy or Girl doesn't get an Easter basket.  So, here's what Baby Boy's Easter Basket is gonna look like this year- mostly useful and totally affordable.





6.  Opposites Book {in the $1 bin at JoAnn's}
7.  Bunny stuffed animal {from the Dollar Store}
8.  Numbers Easter Bath Book

What does the Easter Bunny put in your kids Easter baskets?

Thursday, March 21, 2013

Munchkin Fresh Food Feeding Review

 Munchkin's Fresh Food Feeding Products Review

For this review Munchkin generously sent me the Fresh Food Set, the Easy Squeezy Spoon, the Fresh Food Freezer Cups, and the Trainer Cup.   Munchkin's new Fresh Baby Food System has everything you need to prepare healthy, homemade baby food.


The first thing that Baby Boy and I tried was the Easy Squeezy Spoon.  This spoon holds up to 4 oz. of baby food and locks when it closes to prevent food from spilling.  We tried this out using some sweet potatoes.  This would definitely be best for on the go feedings or for feeding the purees you made yourself.

We really liked this spoon.  It's soft so Baby Boy liked biting on it.  The food slides easily onto the spoon when you squeeze it and a nice amount comes out- not too much or too little.  This spoon really helped to keep mealtime a lot less messy for me and Baby!  I did have to tilt the spoon up a lot as the food amount dwindled to get the rest to squeeze out and there was still a little bit left in the end that I just couldn't get out.  So, there is a little bit of waste.


 The Easy Squeezy Spoon was easy to clean, but you definitely have to take apart the whole spoon to get all the parts totally clean.  You can also put this in the top rack of the dishwasher to clean, so that is really convenient.


The Munchkin Fresh Food Set  helps natural food take a turn for the better! With the fresh food grinder a little turn is all the power you need to turn any food into healthy, natural baby food in seconds. Veggies, fruit and meat are ground down to safe-to-swallow pieces.  I wouldn't recommend this for just starting solids though.  It definitely doesn't puree the food like you might want in the beginning.  I imagine it would perfect once your baby can eat Stage 3 type foods.   It’s is super easy, compact and the perfect size for traveling. No batteries or electricity needed.  First, you do have to steam your food, then you put it in the grinder, push up and turn the handle, and viola- you have baby food! This really helps you to safely introduce fresh new foods to your baby.



The perfect consistency to put in your reusable pouch! Or to store in the Fresh Food Freezer Cups for later.

 That brings me to the next product we tried, the Fresh Food Freezer Cups.  These are 4 silicone storage cups that work perfectly with all of your freshly prepared baby food. Each container holds 4 ounces of baby food and is made of durable, food-safe silicone to easily pop out food. The 4 cups nest in a tray to neatly organize in the freezer.


I really liked these silicone cups.  They're big so they do hold a lot and super easy to fit into the freezer with the tray or by them self.  You can get more cups with different color coded lids so you know what's in each cup.  Plus, the trays are stackable for easy freezer storage.

Last but not least, we were able to try the Trainer Cup.  Munchkin’s new line of Click Lock™ Cups are just right because they just CLICK. These cups feature a simple click-and-lock lid to securely close for a leak proof seal – guaranteed. You can actually see, hear and feel the cup lock, so you have triple assurance against dribbles, drips, spills and leaks. Munchkin is so confident these new cups are mess-free, that they are backing up the promise with a 100% replacement guarantee!


Baby Boy is just getting started using sippy cups and he's still getting used to them.  (He doesn't really like water at all and makes the funniest faces when he drinks it.)   I do think it was a little bit harder for Baby Boy to get the water out though.  He had to "bite" down in just the right spot for the water to flow.  I could tell he was actually getting some when he made his funny face. But the  good news is this sippy cup definitely doesn't leak!  I turned it completely upside down and NOTHING came out.

Click Lock™ cups are available in an assortment of vibrant colors, fun artwork, licensed characters, and styles including sippy, trainer, straw, flip straw and Big Kid™ spout-less.

Follow & Connect:  Like Munchkin on Facebook and follow them on Twitter.

Buy It:  You can buy some of these item from Munchkin's website and all of them in stores.  Check here for a list of retailers where Munchkin is sold.

 What's your favorite Munchkin product?

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.

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

DIY: Easter Egg Wreath

Easter is coming up, so here is a super easy tutorial for cute wreath to help make your home a bit more festive and dress up your door.  I originally pinned this here.


This wreath cost less than $12 to make.  It did help that all Easter stuff was 30% at Hobby Lobby the day I shopped. :)


You'll need a hot glue gun, 5 bags of plastic Easter eggs ( I originally got 4 and had to go back and get another one), 1 bag of Easter grass, ribbon, and a wreath or you could use a strong cardboard cut into the size wreath you want to use.  I just used a straw wreath from Hobby Lobby for about $4.  I also used 2 types of ribbon- one for making the hanging part for the wreath and a premade ribbon bow.  You could always make your own bow out of the same ribbon too.

The first thing I did was make a loop with the ribbon and glued it to the wreath, so that the wreath can hang from the door.


Then I started gluing the eggs down.  I basically just did 2 rows of eggs on the wreath.  I just randomly glued them down in any color order.  Make sure you place the eggs horizontal on the wreath. Do not have them standing up or tilting upward. Keep gluing until you have covered the whole wreath.

 

 Now you do the top layer of the wreath.  All you do here is randomly place and glue eggs on top all around to make the wreath look more full and fill in some of the gaps.  You can leave to top part of the wreath  open since you'll need some space to put the big bow.


Now here's the messy part- you get to stuff Easter grass in all the crevices around the wreath.  I basically put a big blob of glue wherever I wanted to put grass and then stuffed the grass in between the eggs with a pen so it would stay glued down.  You will do this throughout the whole wreath.


Now the wreath looks pretty crazy with Easter grass hanging EVERYWHERE!  


 Just take some scissors and trim the grass around the outside and the inside of the wreath.  
Last, glue down your big bow.


Now, go get ready for Easter!

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