Thursday, August 29, 2013

Coconut Poke Cake { The Non Traditional Birthday Cake}

It's my handsome husband's birthday today and he requested this Coconut Poke Cake to celebrate.  He's not a huge cake lover, but he loves coconut cake.  A friend at work made him this cake last year for his birthday and he LOVED it, so I got the recipe and I'm pretty sure this will become his yearly request.  I'm glad because it is so easy to make and super moist, coconutty, and delicious!

Ingredients:
1 box yellow cake mix
1 large can of Coco Lopez (you can find this in the margarita section of your grocery store)
1 can sweeten condensed milk
1 large container of Cool Whip
shredded coconut

Directions:

Make the cake mix according to the box in a 9x13 cake pan.

After the cake is done baking, poke holes all over it with a fork.


Mix together the Coco Lopez and the sweetened condensed milk and pour it all over the cake.  I do this when the cake is still warm, but I'm sure you could let it cool completely and it wouldn't make a difference.

Chill in the refrigerator overnight.
Here's what it looks like after it's chilled overnight in the fridge.


A bit before you need to serve the cake, add the Cool Whip and top with shredded coconut.  I toasted the coconut before I put it on, but you don't have to do this.


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Monday, August 26, 2013

KidKraft Noah's Ark Shape Sorter Review


KidKraft is one of the leading creators, manufacturer, and distributor of children's toys and furniture. Having been around since 1968, they take great pride in making superior quality wooden toys. Their goal is to inspire kids to use their imaginations with their creative wooden toys and play furnishings. They have everything from kitchen sets to Harley Davidson motorcycle rockers!  Here's a look at a few of the products from KidKraft:

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We were sent the Noah's Ark Shape Sorter for review.

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Most toddlers will start to develop the hand-eye coordination and problem solving skills they need to be able to sort around 15-18 months. Little Guy doesn't have any kind of shape sorter toy, so I thought this would be a great 1st birthday celebration present that he could enjoy for some time to come!  This solid wood shape sorter is really pretty and colorful!  It includes the Ark, Noah and his wife, and two of each of the following animals: lion, panda, turtle, dove, monkey, giraffe, and elephant.  The moment I pulled this toy out Little Guy was VERY interested.  He crawled right over and immediately took the top off the ark and started pulling out all of the animals. The animals are the absolute perfect size for little hands!


Obviously, this shape sorter doesn't use the traditional shapes for children to practice so it provides even more of a fun challenge for toddlers.  Little Guy is a little young to use this to try and sort the shapes to fit in the correct place, but he has enjoyed using it to practice taking out all of the shapes and putting them back in again.   Because it is solid wood the shapes make a good clinking noise when he puts them back into the ark.  He likes that a lot and it's not too loud for mom and dad compared to some of the other noisy toys out there.  This has actually kept him busy playing independently for 10-15 minutes at a time before, which has been great for me to get a little something done around the house while still keeping an eye on him.


Overall, we really love our KidKraft Noah's Ark Shape Sorter!  After experiencing the high quality of KidKraft toys I want to get so many other KidKraft toys for Little Guy too.  I think the Fire Station Set might be calling his name for a future birthday!

Follow & Connect:  You can like KidKraft on Facebook or follow them on Twitter.

Buy It:  Click here to find out where you can buy the Noah's Ark Shape Sorter.


Win It: Come back in September to enter to win your own KidKraft Noah's Ark Shape Sorter during the "One-derful" Birthday Bash!

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Saturday, August 24, 2013

Safety 1st Elite 80 Air Car Seat Giveaway!

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Hosted by: Everything Mommyhood 
Co-Hosted by: My Four Littles and Easy Green Mama 
Sponsored by: Safety 1st

This Car Seat looks fantastic!  
 Check out Everything Mommyhood's Safety 1st Elite 80 Car Seat Review.

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This information is directly from Safety 1st's website:  
Super-extended weight range, Rear-facing 5-40 pounds, Forward-facing 22-80 pounds, and Belt-positioning booster 40-100 pounds. Air Protect® advanced cushion system protects your child’s head, where it’s needed most GCell HX™ patented foam with hexagonal shapes inside the seat provides superior body protection. TOGETHER they provide full body side impact protection
  • Easy to identify color-coded belt paths and installation labels
  • Durable, steel-reinforced metal frame
  • QuickFit™ Harness system with Center Front Adjustment
  • 10-position headrest grows with your child
  • No re-thread harness
  • 4-position recline for an optimal fit to your vehicle
  • 2 integrated cup holders on other side of car seat
  • Push button LATCH
One Lucky Winner will receive a Safety 1st Elite 80 3-in-1 Car Seat, valued at $229.99. US Residents, 18 and up only. One entrant per household. All winning entries are verified. Winner will be picked randomly through the Giveaway Tools entry form. Winner will be emailed and will have 48 hours to respond before a new winner is chosen.
Disclosure: My Life According to Pinterest and Everything Mommyhood are not responsible for prize shipment, as this is a sponsored prize from Safety 1st. We were not compensated in any way for promotion of this giveaway. Everything Mommyhood received the above mentioned item, in exchange for an honest review. Our opinions are not influenced in any way. Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and any other social media are not affiliated with this giveaway. If you have any questions please contact the host of this giveaway at EverythingMommyhood@gmail.com.
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Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Celebrate with 1stwishes.com!

Little Guy's first birthday celebration planning is in full swing!  Of course, I've found the best theme and been picking out the perfect accessories.  I knew that I wanted a cute birthday hat and special 1st birthday bib for his big day.  I found both of those at 1stwishes.com! 1stwishes.com is a great place for one stop shopping for everything you'll need for your little one's first birthday.

The Sweet Safari Blue 1st Birthday Bib will be perfect for the messy first cake tasting!  I love the cute lion that will go really well with the circus theme I'm planning for his birthday party.  To dress up his look even more he can wear his Sweet Safari Blue 1st Birthday Felt Hat.  Little Guy looks so cute in his little birthday hat!  I love the ribbon details at the top and to tie it under his chin.  The sewn on polka dots really make this hat able to match with a lot of different party themes.


Now that Little Guy looks cuter than ever, I was ready to find some cute and colorful decor!  These foil balloons are really going to jazz up his party!  The Cupcake 1st Birthday Foil Balloon is going to look great tied onto his high chair.  And the One-derful Jumbo Balloon is awesome!  It's going to be as big as he is when it's all blown up for the party.  I can't wait to start decorating next month!

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Monday, August 19, 2013

My First Disney Prince {A Tollytots Review}

I loved Disney when I was little. In fact, I still love it now and I can't wait for Little Guy to love it too! Luckily, Tollytots works with brands like Disney® and now our little ones can make some memories with the characters that we loved as children!

Tollytots sparks imagination, creativity and helps children to create countless playtime memories with their extensive line of dolls, accessories and preschool collections.  They have partnered with some of the most trusted and recognized brands in the world – including Fisher Price®, Graco® and, of course, Disney®.   Children as young as 6 months develop pretend play skills by nurturing and interacting with their toys from Tollytots. 

We were sent My First Disney Price Eric for review.
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 “Before he grew up and swept Princess Ariel off her fins, Prince Eric was an adventurous boy with a love of the sea! A royally fun companion for girls and boys alike, this young Prince Eric doll is so handsome in his finest outfit. He and Ariel will make all your magical playtime dreams come true."

So, Little Mermaid was one of my ALL TIME FAVORITE Disney movies as a little girl.  I absolutely LOVED this movie.  I remember watching it over and over with my sister every day for at least a month!  Actually, just the other day in the car we were listening to Pandora's Toddler Station and "Under the Sea" came on.  Now, that song is a classic!  Little Guy started giggling and laughing in his car seat, so I know he'll love Little Mermaid too when he gets old enough to watch it!  Needless to say, I was very happy that this would be Little Guy's first doll- it was perfect!  


The My First Disney Prince Eric is an all plastic doll with movable limbs.  It is approximately 15 inches high, and he comes wearing his signature prince outfit.  The only small part he came with that may pose a problem for infants is the cardboard Sebastian crab prop, but it is easily removed.  Little Guy liked playing with his Prince.  He's just starting to figure out what dolls and stuffed animals are, giving them hugs and things, so he will grow into liking this toy even more as he gets older.


My First Disney Prince Dolls come in Cinderella's Prince Charming, Little Mermaid's Prince Eric, and Rapunzel's Flynn Ryder.  These My First Disney Prince dolls are the perfect companion to the My First Disney Princess dolls seen below. They make for a great playtime friend! They’re also a wonderful alternative to buying a My First Disney Princess doll if your little one wants to play with a Prince!


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TollyTots also sent Little Guy this super fun Safety First Cubikal Truck which he LOVES! They are the perfect first truck and the cubikals are all interchangeable with others in the line.

 Follow & Connect:  You can Like Tollytots on Facebook and follow them on Twitter.

Buy It:  You can buy the My First Disney Prince on Toysrus.com for $26.99



Win It: Come back in September to enter to win your own My First Disney Prince Eric from Tollytots during the "One-derful" Birthday Bash!

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Saturday, August 17, 2013

2 Red Hens Rooster Diaper Bag Giveaway!

 

2 Red Hens Studio was founded by Lori Holliday, the 'Mama Hen', whom grew up on a 1,000 acre farm in rural Arizona in a huge family. Lori grew up with out a lot of money, but she quickly realized that you didn't need fancy possessions or a lot of money to make something look pretty. She incorporates this same philosophy into her designs today. 2 Red Hens offers beautiful things for Mom and Baby including, but not limited to beautiful diaper bags made of fabric designed by Lori as well as one-of-a-kind Limited Edition bags made from reclaimed leather and innovative products that help solve problems such as the Toy Nanny and the Bibby Mat.

Rooster Diaper Bag

The Rooster Diaper Bag from 2 Red Hens is a great diaper bag for a mom who likes to have a little style. This diaper bag's outer layer is water - resistant, making it quick and easy to wipe it down in a pinch. It has a large zippered inside pocket, a bottle holder and two pockets with elastic. The straps on this diaper bag are removable for your convenience. Don't take up room in the under basket of your stroller, just unhook both of the straps (leaving one end attached) and reattach your straps around the stroller handle. Magnetic snaps, at both ends of the diaper bag, help allow a busy mom to effortlessly close the diaper bag so contents don't fall out, there is a magnetic button as well that helps for added security as so many of us moms use our diaper bag as a purse as well. Tired of having to go digging for gold your keys in the diaper bag, your purse, etc? The Rooster Diaper Bag has an attached key fob! PERFECT!   

You can view more detailed photos and read Mami's 3 Little Monkeys full review here.

GIVEAWAY!
One lucky reader will win a Rooster Diaper Bag ($50ARV) from 2 Red Hens in the print of their choice! This giveaway is open to US & CAN, entrants must be at least 18 years of age. Giveaway will run until August 31st at 11:59p.m. CST. Enter through the Giveaway Tools form below, there are 2 mandatory entries, you may do one or both, if you do both more entries will open. The more entries you have into the form, the better your odds of winning. 
Good luck!     


Disclosure: Mami's 3 Little Monkeys and all other participating blogs  are not responsible for the fulfillment of this prize. I received no compensation for this publication. If you are a brand or company and would like to see your product(s) in an event similar to this one please contact Sarh at mamis3littlemonkeys(at)yahoo(dot)com .
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Thursday, August 15, 2013

Help your toddler sleep comfortably with Bobbleroos! #1stBdayBash



BobbleRoos is a mom-owned and run business by Renee Sirulnik.  She always loved sewing and creating things.   Renee started off sewing baby blankets as gifts for her friends that were new moms and they loved them!   They loved the generous size, the soft fabrics, and the cuddle factor.  After starting a family, she decided to take the plunge to leave her job in the computer field and focus on her family and her Bobbleroos business.

Bobbleroos now has customers in all 50 states and many countries.  Their products are also used in several daycare facilities across the U.S., as well as the in-room cribs at a Hyatt Regency hotel in the Washington D.C. area.  Bobbleroos doesn’t just make baby blankets now.  They have also added toddler pillows, playard sheets, washcloths, bips, burp cloths, nap mat sheets, and larger supersize blankets for older kids!

I thought Bobbleroos would be perfect for a first birthday since Baby Boy will soon be able to  safely sleep with a little pillow and/or blanket now!  (As with many things related to parenting, the question of when to give your child a pillow is one with many different answers, and it is best to use your own best judgment based on the needs of your child.  It is not recommended before the age of 1 1/2.) Renee generously sent me the Toddler Pillow and Blanket Set in Playful Monkeys for review. 

This set features one toddler pillow with a matching standard size (35" x 44") baby blanket that is larger than most blankets and will last your child all the way into toddlerhood.  Our blanket was a great size.  Folded in half it was big enough to cover up Baby Boy and unfolded all the way it was a very generous size.  You child could definitely cuddle up nicely in this blanket!  The fleece fabric was not only cute, but ultra soft.  Bobbleroos even included a special card that told you the best way to wash and care for your new flannel blanket and pillow case to keep it in the best condition.


 I haven't let Baby Boy sleep at night with his pillow or blanket yet, but he loves to cuddle up on it when he's awake!  He loves pillows and thinks is so fun to lay his head down on them when we are playing.  (He's a funny kid!)   I think these will be perfect for him as he grows!  The pillow and blanket set are also great to take with you while you're traveling or even to daycare or grandma's house for nap time.  This toddler pillow/blanket set would also be a great gift item!  It can be personalized with your child's name to make it extra special. 

Follow & Connect: Like Bobbleroos on Facebook or follow them on Twitter.

Buy It: You can purchase your own toddler pillow and blanket set on the Bobbleroos website.


Win It: Come back in September to enter to win your own toddler pillow and blanket set in your choice of fabric (based on availability) during the "One-derful" Birthday Bash!

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Chicco Travel System Giveaway!

Welcome to the Chicco Cortina Travel System Giveaway!
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I own a Chicco travel system and we love it!  This would be a great prize to win!

A great group of bloggers has come together to offer you this great giveaway for baby! The Chicco (pronounced Kee-ko) Cortina Stroller is a full-size stroller with simple features for convenience, comfort, and safety.
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The Chicco KeyFit 30 Infant Car Seat fits infants from 4-30 lbs, rear facing. The Chicco Keyfit 30 is the number one ranked Infant Car Seat. It is also easy to install and moves very easily between the base in your car to the stroller.
Check out this in depth Chicco Cortina Travel System Review for more information.
Chicco is offering our fans the chance to win a Chicco Cortina Travel System, valued at $349!!! US Residents, 18 and up only. All winning entries will be verified. Winner will be randomly chosen and emailed, they will have 48 hours to claim their prize before a new winner is chosen. Giveaway begins 8/15/2013 at 12am EST and ends 9/5/2013 at 11:59pm EST.
Disclosure: This blog, Fun With Four, and Everything Mommyhood are not responsible for prize shipment, as this is a sponsored prize from Chicco. We were not compensated in any way for promotion of this giveaway. Everything Mommyhood/Fun With Four received the above mentioned item, in exchange for an honest review. Our opinions are not influenced in any way. Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and any other social media are not affiliated with this giveaway. If you have any questions please contact the host of this giveaway at EverythingMommyhood@gmail.com.
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