Thursday, October 31, 2013

Little Critter Inspired Kids Books {Review & Giveaway}

As a teacher, I'm very familiar with Mercer Mayer's Little Critter books.  They are wonderful and a great read for early elementary aged students.  Well, now Thomas Nelson is thrilled to bring this beloved brand to the Christian market with the launch of Inspired Kids, a new line of faith-based books featuring Little Critter!


You Go First  is inspired by Matthew 7:12 "So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you." Little Critter wants to go first at everything!  He starts to forget that getting along with his friends is more important than being first all of the time.  Eventually he learns that treating others like you want to be treated is the way to go!


It's True is inspired by the verse John 8:32 "Then you will know the truth.  And the truth will make you free."  Little Critter is going around telling a lot of half truths and not the whole truth.  He ends up disappointing his friends and family with his all of his lies.  After a heart to heart with his Grandpa he decides that telling the whole truth is always the right choice.


These adorable books teach great lessons!  They are appropriate for ages 2-7, but probably best for ages 4-7.  Tommy Nelson is giving away both of these books to one lucky reader!  Enter using the Giveaway Tools below.

Giveaway is open to U.S. and ends at 11:59 p.m. on 11/8.

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Monday, October 28, 2013

Babymoov Baby Food Processor Giveaway!


Welcome to the Babymoov Multi-Function Baby Food Processor Giveaway
and graciously sponsored by Babymoov.  

How would you like to make your little one's baby food?  One machine can help you do that and so much more!  Allow us to introduce you to Babymoov's Bebedelice Multi-Function Baby Food Processor!

The Bebedelice:
  • heats and reheats bottles and small jars
  • sterilizes bottles
  • cooks fresh food without losing its vitamin content, even fish, poultry and meat!
  • blends
  • defrosts and preserves.
  • Easy to use with its 2 control buttons 
  • Stops automatically and alerts you via its 2 alarms (visual and sound)
  • Includes graduated measuring cup and a set of tongs
  • BPA-free
Mamas Baby Cupcakes had the opportunity to review the Bebedelice, 
check out Michelle's full review HERE.

The Bebedelice retails for $119.99, but you can purchase one for as low as $80 on Amazon.  
Just click HERE to view this great sale!




One lucky person will win a Babymoov Bebedelice in their choice of Red or Blue! 

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

Disclosure: This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook. Prize fulfillment is solely the responsibility of Cariboo and not the participating bloggers. Giveaway is open to residents of the United States and Canada, age 18 and up.  If you have any additional questions, feel free to send an email to thriftyniftymommy {at} yahoo.com. If you're interested in having your company or products featured with a giveaway like this, please contact thriftyniftymommy{at}yahoo.com.
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Friday, October 25, 2013

$50 Target Gift Card & Pampers Prize Pack Giveaway

$50 Target Gift Card and Pampers Prize Pack Giveaway

Sponsored By: P&G

I couldn't think of a better giveaway that EVERYONE will love- Target, Aden & Anais, Pampers, and Skip Hop!  Awesome!

Did you know that Pampers diapers have undergone some major upgrades? Visit Mommy Knows What's Best HERE to learn about these new upgrades and find out about two awesome deals on Pampers diapers at Target! 

P&G, the parent company of Pampers, is sponsoring this awesome giveaway in which one winner will win a prize pack (value $95) which includes: 
  • $50 Target Gift Card
  • Pampers Wipes Pack (56 ct)
  • Aden + Anais for Target Zooaroo Swaddle Wraps (4pk)
  • Skip Hop Zoo Malamine Kids and Toddler Tableware Set
Begins: October 25th 1:00 am EST
Ends: November 15th 11:59 pm EST
Who can enter: US residents 18+, one entrant per household

Disclaimer: Giveaway begins 10/25/13 at 1 am EST and ends 11/15/13 at 11:59 pm EST. Mommy Knows What's Best is responsible for prize delivery. One entrant/email per household.  One winner will be chosen randomly from Giveaway Tools. Void where prohibited. The winner has 48 hours to respond to the congratulatory email. If the winner does not respond, a new winner will be randomly chosen by Giveaway Tools.  Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Instagram are in no way affiliated with this giveaway. If you have any questions, please email Marissa at MommyKnowsWhatsBest@gmail.com.

Enter to win using the Giveaway Tools Widget below! Good Luck!

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Thursday, October 24, 2013

Awesome Shutterfly Deal!

Shutterfly
Do you shop at Shutterfly?  I do and I am super excited about this deal!  

40% off EVERYTHING at Shutterfly!  

That's a crazy good deal.  Click here and use the code FIRSTLOOK.  

It's only good through October 28th, so start uploading your pictures now.  I think I'm going to start planning for Christmas gifts today!  Plus, you can use the code SHIP30 for free shipping on orders over $30.

Shutterfly Photo Books

Offer expires October 28, 2013 (11:59 P.M. PT). Offer is good for 40% off qualifying merchandise orders at shutterfly.com. Taxes, shipping and handling will apply. Not valid on prepaid plans, gift certificates, videograms, cards sent using mailing services, prior purchases, orders placed for in-store pick up, purchases made on the Shutterfly iPhone, iPad, Android and Photo Story apps or Shutterfly Pro Galleries. Cannot be redeemed for cash or combined with other offers or credits. Not valid for resale.  This post contains affiliate links.
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What is Craftsy?

What is Craftsy?
Craftsy is a worldwide craft community offering online classes. It also has a patterns marketplace where independent designers can sell their patterns; a supplies shop with great deals on yarn, fabric, and class kits; and a projects section where members share pictures of their latest craft successes. With over two million members and counting, Craftsy has something for just about everyone, in categories ranging from quilting, sewing, knitting, painting, photography, cooking, and more.

Why should I take a class online?
Online education isn’t just for schools and universities anymore. Craftsy courses provide you the convenience of a world-class instructor in your home, whenever you want to learn. Online education, no matter what subject, is a great alternative to in-person classes for a number of reasons.

With many online learning opportunities being on-demand, you are able to learn at your own pace, anytime. Online learning is a fantastic alternative to in-store craft classes for people with busy schedules or who have difficulty leaving the house. It also allows you to watch a troubling section over-and-over again, so you can see exactly how a technique is carried out, or refer back to your class for relevant concepts before beginning any new projects.

Get started with a FREE Craftsy class today!
Craftsy
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Nuby Foam Bath Animals Review


As Little Guy gets older he enjoys his bath time each night more and more.  I knew that he would enjoy Nuby's newer bath toy line and we were eager to review the some of their bath products! 


From Nuby: The Nûby™ Foam Bath Animals bring underwater creatures to your little one’s bath time! The characters float in the water and when wet will stick to the bathtub wall providing countless hours of bath time fun! The fun colorful characters will delight and amuse your little one while stimulating their senses.


Little Guy loved these foam bath animals from the moment I took them out of the package!  I love that these can help make bath time learning time too.  Each night when he plays with them we talk about the colors of each animal and, of course, the name of animals.  We even throw the sounds the animals make (if I know what they sound like!) since Little Guy he really into animals sounds.  He can now make the sounds of a cow, lion, puppy, cat, and monkey when you ask him.  So cute! We're working on the fish sound (blub, blub, blub) now with our foam animals in the bath.  

There are actually 2 of each animal in the package, so I took 1 of each out for him to play with now and am saving the other set for down the road, as I'm sure these will get worn out from being played with EVERY night!  Apparently, these even make great teether options too!  As you can see below, Little Guy is a fan. :)



Follow & Connect:  You can Like Nûby on Facebook or follow them on Twitter.

Buy It:  You can buy the Nûby Foam Bath Animals at BuyBabyDirect.com, diapers.com, amazon.com, bedbathandbeyond.com, cookieskids.com,  BuyBuy Baby, Bealls, and other online retailers.
 
Also, don't forget about Nuby's latest photo contest!  Visit their Facebook page for more info!


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Monday, October 21, 2013

Smarty Pants Vitamins Review & Giveaway #whatevergoes


Welcome to the "Whatever Goes" Giveaway Hop hosted by Mommy's Favorite Things and Mama's Baby Cupcakes

This hop is an open theme so whatever the blogger wants to showcase goes!! After visiting my giveaway, make sure you use the linky below to take a look at the other bloggers and see what they have to offer! Each blog has a minimum prize package of $25 per winner. 

SmartyPants Vitamins

I'm giving away a bottle of Smarty Pants Adult Complete Vitamins.
Smarty Pants are the only gummy vitamin that has the Omega 3's, Vitamin D and Multivitamin that you need on the market today!  SmartyPants Gummies for Grown-Ups uses the highest quality ingredients and the most effective and natural forms of important nutrients.  


The gummies are about the size of a normal gumdrop candy.  There is no high fructose corn syrup in these yummy gummies, only natural organic cane sugar to sweeten them for the best taste.  I love that SmartyPants uses no artificial sweeteners (you never really know how safe those are for you), colors, or preservatives in their gummies.  
The gummies come in three flavors in each bottle: lemon, orange, and cherry.


These are actually very tasty.  The lemon flavor was definitely my favorite and the cherry was my least fave, although it was still good.  Not too sweet, but definitely sweet enough that you feel like you're eating candy.  So, be sure to keep these out of reach of your little ones!  One daily serving of these vitamins is 6 gummies.  That's a little more sweet gummies than I prefer to eat every day, but to be sure you get all your nutrients and vitamins, six is correct dosage for adults.  SmartyPants also makes vitamins for kids too!

Follow & Connect:  Like SmartyPants on Facebook or contact them via their website.

Buy It:  You can buy a bottle of SmartyPants Adult Vitamins on their website for $29.95.

Win It:
Giveaway is open to U.S. only and ends 11/11 at 11:59 p.m.

DISCLOSURE: Mama's Baby Cupcakes, Mommy's Favorite Things and the "Whatever Goes" participating bloggers are not responsible for sponsors who do not fulfill prize obligations.
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Friday, October 18, 2013

DIY: Tutu Diaper Cake

My best friend is about to have her 3rd baby girl.  So soon she'll have 3 girls under 3. Yeah, you read that right! She's super women for sure! We had a little "sprinkle" to help her celebrate and I was in charge of the diaper cake. I've actually made diaper cakes for her first 2 girls and I thought the last one should be the best.  Browsing Pinterest one day I saw a super cute tutu diaper cake and thought I could definitely make that and this was my creation.


It was actually pretty easy. I've made a handful of diaper cakes in my day, so I had that part down.  To make the actual diaper cake you will need: a box of diapers, about 75 small clear rubberbands, about 8 regular to large size rubber bands, and a paper towel roll.

I used about 65-75 size 2 diapers for this 3 tier cake.  The first thing you have to do is roll all of the diapers and secure them with small clear rubber bands.  I used a paper towel roll as the middle support for this cake.  I've used bottles before too, but I feel like the paper towel roll was sturdier and easier to use. Put a big rubber band around paper towel roll and then stick the diapers under the rubber band and around it the roll.  The rubber band will secure them around the roll.  Then, put another rubber band around the first layer of diapers and stick the next layer of rolled diapers under the rubberband until the first layer is completely surrounded.  Follow the same step again to make the third layer.  Then, you do it again with two layers to make the second tier of the cake.  And one more time to make the top tier of the cake.  (I'm so sorry I didn't take any pictures of this process, but there are a ton of videos out there that you can use to help you.)

After I had the diaper cake made, I went shopping at Hobby Lobby for my tutu supplies.  I got 2 stretchy headbands, 2 big flower clips, 2 spools of tulle (one light pink, one dark pink), and a big artificial flower for the top.  What I love about this tutu diaper cake is that my BFF's little girl can actually wear the tutu and headband after the diaper cake is taken apart!

First, I cut the tool in about 16 inch pieces.  I guessing I used about 16-20 pieces of each color.  Then I secured one of the headbands around a basket to make it easier to knot the tulle on the headband. 


You use a simple slip knot to secure the tulle to the headband.  Just fold the piece of tulle in half, slip the folded end through the headband and pull the ends of the tulle through.  Then, tighten the knot on the headband by pulling on the ends of the tulle.


Keep on doing this around the whole headband alternating the colors of the tulle.  Then, just attach the flower clip to the tutu and put it around the 2nd tier of the diaper cake.  Add the second headband to the first tier of the cake and then add the second flower clip.   Cut the artifial flower the right size to sit just at the top of the cake and stick it in the paper towel tube.  To finish it off, sit your cake on a cake stand and trim the bottom of the tutu so it's all even.


Perfect for your next baby shower!  Have you ever made a diaper creation?
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Thursday, October 17, 2013

pediped Shoes Giveaway! #treatyourself


We're just a couple of weeks away from Halloween and there's one thing that's on everyone's mind... treats! Welcome to the Treat Yourself Giveaway Hop, hosted by So Easy Being Green and Viva Veltoro

In this Hop, you'll find lots of special treats to keep your entering giveaways until it's time to go out and gather your own! Be sure to hop around to all the giveaways in the Hop Linky below, and don't forget the ultimate treat... the Treat Yourself Grand Prize

I'm giving away a pair of pediped's shoes for your little guy or girl!

We were lucky enough to review pediped Originals® Adrian in Chocolate Brown.  We loved these shoes!  Pediped's footwear system has the perfect shoe for all ages of children.  The pediped Originals are ideal for infants and kids learning how to walk because of their soft leather soles.  If you have older kids then pediped also has Grip-n-Go's for your on the go toddlers and the Flex for the big kids.  Check out my review here.

Giveaway is open to the U.S. only and ends at 11:59 p.m. on 10/31.

Thanks for entering a chance to treat yourself to my giveaway, now it's time to hop around to all the others, including the delicious Grand Prize. One lucky Winner will be treating themselves to a Year's Supply of YumEarth Organic Candy, a Roku 3 Streaming Media Player, and 4 yummy bags of Lovely Candy Co. Superfruit Chews, Fruit Chews, Chocolate Swirl Caramels, and Chewy Original Caramels!

 Treat Yourself Grand Prize

ENTER THE GRAND PRIZE

Disclosure: Viva Veltoro, So Easy Being Green, the Blogging Mamas Network, and the Treat Yourself participating bloggers are not 
responsible for sponsors who do not fulfill prize obligations.
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Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Pediped Shoes Review- The Next Best Thing To Barefeet!

pediped® next best thing to bare feet

As my little guy is getting older it has been getting more important for me to find some nice shoes that really fit him.  He's about 13 months old now, but he's still not fully walking.  He's taking plenty of steps here and there, and he has been for a couple of months, but he's definitely still in the transition to walking phase.  So, I wanted to find a shoe that wouldn't hinder his ability to learn to walk.  Pediped's (as their slogan says) is the next best thing to bare feet, so I thought they would be a great first "real" shoe for my son.  He also has really wide feet, so it's been quite a challenge finding the shoe with the right fit.  I made sure to let the very helpful people at Pediped know about Little Guy's wide width feet and they guided me in the direction of the pediped Originals® Adrian in Chocolate Brown.


The Adrian's are the perfect shoe for babies and toddlers learning how to walk.  The sole is all leather and really provides the flexibility that toddlers need since the soft sole can closely mimic the feeling of walking in bare feet.   In fact, these are the kind of soles that doctors recommend!   I love that while wearing this shoe Little Guy's feet can still move, grip and feel the floor.  The pediped Originals shape also really closely resembles the natural shape of the foot which makes them even more comfortable.  My Little Guy usually doesn't even try to take off these shoes which is a really good thing!  He's actually lost a shoe or two before after trying (and successfully) taking off other brands of shoes.  



The Chocolate Brown color of these Adrian's make them super versatile.  They match with pretty much any outfit that I want Little Guy to wear which I love.  It sure makes getting him dressed each day even easier.  The Velcro strap makes the shoes very easy to get on too.  I definitely appreciate that aspect.  As I mentioned earlier, Little Guy has really wide feet and, at times, even getting shoes on him seems far too difficult then it should.  With other shoes, I felt like I was having to stuff his little foot in there and I was always so afraid I was hurting his toes.  With the Adrian's it has been really easy to slip his foot into the shoe.  I used the size guide when choosing the size to order for Little Guy and it was spot on, so be sure to reference it before getting your next pair of pedipeds.


Overall, we are very happy with our pepidiped's and I definitely recommend them!  They are a wonderful shoe and I plan on purchasing more in the future.  After all, they are even approved by the American Podiatric Medical Association for promoting healthy foot development! 

Follow & Connect:  You can Like pediped on Facebook and follow them on Twitter or Pinterest.

Buy It:  Visit pediped's website to buy a pair for your child.

Win It:  Come back on Thursday during the "Treat Yourself" Giveaway Hop and enter to win a pair of pedipeds for your little guy or girl!

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Saturday, October 12, 2013

So, I'm a teacher...

If you have been following me lately, you may have figured out that I am back to teaching 2nd grade this year.  Along with going back to teaching this year I've also started a little TPT (Teachers Pay Teachers) store.  I figured since I'm already making it for my class I might as well put it out there for other teachers or homeschooling parents.  I teach 2nd grade so most of my products are geared toward 2nd grade Common Core standards, but there are some things that would great for 1st grade, 3rd grade, and just elementary school students in general.  I'm planning on starting a 2nd blog that will be geared just towards teaching, but I think that is still a little ways off (since starting a new blog is super time consuming).  So, for now, I thought I'd share some of the things you can find at my store.  Be sure to follow me on TPT to notified whenever I add a new product.  I like to put out freebies pretty regularly and you wouldn't want to miss any of those!

My latest product is a Thanksgiving Theme Math Worksheet Pack.  It covers place value, basic addition & subtraction facts, 2-digit addition and subtraction, odd and even, 10 more and 10 less, story problems and counting by 5's and 10's.




My most popular products right now are my Owl Themed Reading Comprehension Strategy Posters and my Place Value Worksheet Pack.


 Here's some great FREEBIES I have in the store right now:

Paw Print Reading Comprehension Strategy Posters

A sample of my Common Core Aligned Reading Literature Graphic Organizers


And, for Halloween, some Addition & Subtraction Worksheets.

Thanks for all of your support and I'll be sure to keep you posted on when my new teaching blog is up and running for those of you that are interested in following. :)
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