Monday, December 26, 2011

Looking Back - Two Years Ago Today

I can't believe I was holding an "Italian Bomb hero"-sized baby this time two years ago. After waiting in Labor & Delivery for over twelve hours while doing a crossword puzzle and looking on longingly (while on a strict no-food restriction) as Big D ate a delicious-smelling breakfast platter, then a couple slices of pizza, garlic knots, an iced coffee and a few snacks, I gave birth to our favorite dude and little commander - Baby D.

I'll tell you about the previous rookie-mom false alarms later.

For now, a picture of my swaddled Christmas present pre-Terrible Twos:

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

DIY Christmas Card - 2011

I hope none of my family members see this before they get one in the mail. Who am I kidding? None of them read this blog : |
For anyone who is interested in a tutorial, shoot me an e-mail! At some point, I may actually put together and post one after the holidays. I wouldn't hold my breath on this one, though.

Sunday, December 18, 2011

Oral-B Stages Party

Recently, we had a FABULOUS Oral-B Stages party for the kiddos. Baby D is at the age where oral hygiene has become very important. The kid has a mouthful of bright white teeth. We want to make sure they stay that way!

A handful of fellow moms (and dads) got together on a cool but bright afternoon to learn about how to make tooth brushing fun for our toddlers. Oral-B and MommyParties sent over a package that are ideal for children 4-months through 4 years old  We received Disney's Winnie the Pooh Toothbrushes, as well as Cars, Toy Story and Princess toothpastes. In addition to the toothbrushes and toothpaste we also received popcorn/popcorn boxes, movie ticket invites, goodie bags,activity ideas, recipes, and money saving coupons.

Friday, December 16, 2011

The Twelve (Good Sleep) Nights of Christmas

Forget Five Golden Rings; Sleep is the “Stocking Stuffer” of the Season

New York, December 14, 2011One of the big health news stories of 2011 has been the declaration of “Sleep” as the cure for all that ails us – stress, obesity, poor concentration and a lacking love life.

While there is no true “gift of sleep,” there are gifts aplenty in all price ranges to help improve sleep quality.  Resolve to sleep better in the New Year and kick it off with twelve (good sleep) nights now.
Sleepy’s offers these sleep stocking stuffers worth checking into:

1.                   Creature Comforts Massaging Slippers
2.                   Bliss Plush Rectangular Travel Pillow
3.                   Fuzzy Friends Cow Slippers
4.                   Hot Hug Duck
5.                   Sound Asleep Pillow with Speaker
6.                   Sound Oasis
7.                   DreamTime’s Sweet Dreams Sleep Mask
8.                   Simmons Beautyrest Sleep Massager
10.                 Wildbleu Wicking Pajamas
11.                 300 Thread Count Adjustable Bed Sheets
12.                 Aromatherapy Dream Bath Sleep


Thursday, December 15, 2011

Sleepy's Serenity Gel Pillow Review

Based on what studies have found about the importance of sleep on our health and well-being, I've put it at the top of my list for the coming year. I've actually been trying to focus on it since I was pregnant with Baby D. With the recent addition of my Dr. Breus bed, I've been achieving my sleep goals one snooze at a time. 

Recently, Sleepy's sent over a set of pillows that I chose from their line. Big D and I added these babies to our already nearly perfect bed setup.

The Serenity Gel Pillow comes in a two pack and is a gel infusion poly fill with a quilted cotton cover. It feels as comfortable and cool as down minus the allergic reaction that I get from down. Its also hypoallergenic. The Sateen exterior is smooth and silky and nice enough that you wouldn't need to add a pillow case. The light blue satin piping gives it the appearance of serious sleep-inducing equipment. And it truly is. 

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

SmarteCard Review & Giveaway!

Of course the holidays just rushed upon us after I just finished putting our Thanksgiving dinnerware away! Always the procrastinator, I was happy to get the opportunity to review SmarteCard just in time for Christmas!

SmarteCard allows you to send your friends and family members greeting cards electronically while giving back to one of several charities from which you can choose. It costs less than the price to order your cards, stamp and send them in the mail - and it works perfectly for everyone - even procrastinators. Procrastinators with giving hearts. It's simple - you go to, choose your card, upload your photos and send!

They also make it easy to enter your friends' email addresses by importing them from your e-mail/social network account. The best part, it's tax deductible!

Pick your favorite design

Upload your photos

Pick your music

Customize your greetings
 Everyone who received one of these LOVED them. The music I chose - a jazzy version of Jingle Bells - was a hit because it got everyone in a festive mood. Just what a greeting card should achieve!

Deets: $1 per e-mail address you send your SmarteCard to. 80% of every donation (minus credit card processing fee) is allocated to 501 (c) 3 organizations. Your payment is tax deductible.

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Monday, December 5, 2011

Going Vegetarian?


They used to call me "Karnivore" in college because I was obsessed with the Atkins diet and would frequently pull a Slim Jim out of my bright purple LL Bean back pack during class as a little snack. This is why it comes as a complete surprise to me that I recently thought of becoming a vegetarian - on humanitarian humanness grounds. Mostly, I've been wondering if Baby D makes the connection between the chickens we see on the farm and in the books and the nuggets I served him for dinner. How do you explain that to a child without leaving them thinking of adults as animalcidal maniacs?

I was on the farm with Big D and Little D when I started to feel sad that I eat animals. They are so furry and cute and I regularly eat them with a side of vegetables. I can't even argue that they'd eat me if I didn't eat them because most of the animals we saw - cows, lambs, goats, etc are herbivores themselves.

I may need to rethink this who meat thing. I wonder if they have Slim Jims for vegetarians?

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Thanksgiving Recap

*Disclaimer - If you are in any way adverse to over-the-top gluttony, do not read this post.

We held our first every Thanksgiving as a family in our home. Before she passed, Big D's Mom was the Thanksgiving Heroine and the family looked to her for an awesome holiday. We tried to continue in that same spirit and I hope we did her justice.

Friday, November 25, 2011

Fun NYC-Area Event Tomorrow!

NYC Is One Of The Final Stops On Fox's Million Moments Tour Goal To Donate One Million Moments To Community Investment Partners Across the Country

WHO:                    Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment brings its MILLION MOMENTS: GREAT MOMENTS, GREAT CAUSES mobile van tour to the New York City Metro area on Saturday, November 26th at the Sam's Club in Secaucus, NJ.

WHAT:                 New York City is the last stop on the Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment's Million Moments: Great Moments, Great Causes tour. The tour will donate one million moments from Fox's robust catalog of DVDs to community investment partners across the country. Working in conjunction with Fox Gives, the company's philanthropic arm, the tour will travel to 18-cities over 14-weeks with the ultimate goal of donating 1 million discs.

This Saturday, Sam's Club shoppers will get the opportunity to recreate their favorite scene from beloved FOX films.  Participants will be filmed against a green screen, and the Million Moments tour van will double as a dressing room complete with hair, makeup, and wardrobe.  Come star in your favorite film!  Check out the website at:

Films that participants can recreate a scene from include: A-Team, Die Hard, Home Alone, Little Miss Sunshine, My Cousin Vinny, Napoleon Dynamite, There's Something About Mary, Walk the Line, Wall Street, and Wolverine.

WHEN:                  Saturday, November 26
                                12:00 p.m.- 4:00 p.m.

WHERE:                Sam's Club
                              300 Park Place
                              Secaucus, NJ 07094

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Tips for Cough & Cold Season - Wet Ones Giveaway

The cough and cold season is upon us! Our little guy is a cough and cold magnet, so we're employing more preventative measures this year. Here are some tips health tips created by Microbiologist Dr. Tanner and Parenting guru Stacy DeBroff:

 We've begun using Wet Ones to clean EVERYTHING - toys, small hands, noses and toddler food catastrophes. They're awesome when we're on the road. Which is always. We have a canister in the car and the travel packs in every tote we take out for on-the-spot clean-uppage. Want some for your messy little monster?

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Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Movies on Demand Giveaway!

Well, kids, it looks like the late Spring temperatures that we've been enjoying in the city are about to come to an end. The same Mother Nature who knocked us around in that late October snow storm is returning for another round. Bring on the inside activities! Bring on the movies!

The latest hit movie titles are available Movies On Demand on cable the same day as DVD and 28 days before most other rental options! That make it super easy for this mama to rent movies. You know, without having to prevent the Squirmer from grabbing every brightly colored box or can in the store while my the contents of my purse ends up on the floor.

Tonight, we'll be treating ourselves to today's brand new releases:
  • Larry Crowne
  • Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides

Monday, November 14, 2011

Playtex Twist ‘n Click™ Review and Giveaway!

I've got a mini Hansel who wanders around the house, leaving a trail of cereal or blueberries behind him. All day. Every day. Playtex has the perfect gift this holiday season for all busy parents who need a break from constantly cleaning up messes!

Baby D really likes to propel the tops of his other snack containers out of the stroller but the lids on the Flip Top Snacker attach directly to the handle, making it a little more difficult for him to send me on an 30 minute-long game of "find my snack cup lid" after our walks.

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Old Navy Active Wear - A Little Help from My Friends

OMG. Mom needs to lose about ten pounds before Thanksgiving. So I can gain it all back in pumpkin pie. Their active wear choices were sleek, flattering, breathable and pretty sporty.

Monday, November 7, 2011

Motor-diapers and Other Modes of Transport

While taking our daily commuting trek in the mornings or traveling to New England on the weekends, I look forward to hearing an enthusiastic "MOTORDIAPER!" come from the cushy green club chair-like toddler carseat anchored to the backseat of the car. Baby D yells it every time a Harley, or a Yamaha or any other motorized bike rides by.

We've got many wonderful Baby D-isms that are just too cute for me to correct. I haven't read what Dr. Spock has to say about all of this, but its like Baby D has attended adorable training and also now adds "y" to most of the animal names he previously spoke in the boring adult way. Horsey, ducky, doggy, sheepy. I squeeze him so much he burps.

Next time you're at the zoo, visit its most long-necked denizen - the Butterfaffe. Or view the world's largest land mammal - the Elem standing by the cool pool of Whoady. But make sure not to get pulled over by a Peace-Car, hit a Trukt or drive onto a farm and hit a Faktor (Big D is relieved Baby D's Trukts aren't given the same letter treatment).

And please, whatever you do, don't forget the Botty. He needs it to relax in his overstuffed chair.

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Like Mysteries? Here's a New Series!

TNT presents TNT Mystery Movie Night: 4 weeks of original movies based on best-selling novels by your favorite authors. 

I'm a HUGE mystery fan, so this series of movies is my cup of tea! Well, really, I like to enjoy a bottle glass of wine with my mystery movie view-age.
  • TNT Mystery Movie Night begins with Scott Turow’s Innocent, a legal thriller starring Bill Pullman and Marcia Gay Harden on Tuesday, November 29 at 9/8c. 
  • The movie showcase continues with the southern mystery Ricochet starring John Corbett and Julie Benz on Wednesday, November 30 at 9/8c.
  • For more information about TNT Mystery Movie Night, go to
Bonus for NYC Readers: If you live in the New York City area, you're invited to a Mystery Movie Night cocktail/screening/author q&a event! Please see the details in the invitation below. I'll see you there!

Sunday, October 30, 2011

Halloween's Around the Corner!

Did you get your candy yet? We haven't. I hope we don't pay a slacker surcharge. Or get stuck handing out boxes of raisins.

Friday, October 28, 2011

Sleepy's Mattress/Bedding Contest!

It's almost obli-cation time! 

1.       Obli-cation*
A required or expected visit to family/in-laws during your vacation time. Not exactly what would qualify as a holiday, but would be a combined obligation/vacation.
*Definition from

Obli-cations can be stressful and sleeping conditions ranging from the barely tolerable to the unbearably terrible can compound the situation.

Just in time for the busy holiday travel season, Sleepy’s has a plan to help “insure” you against the angst of an awful night’s sleep away. Sleepy’s is looking for terrible tales of family sleepovers gone awry. Slumber sufferers can visit
Sleepy’s Facebook or blog and post their stories for a chance to win a new mattress and bedding.

Disclosure: This contest is sponsored by Sleepy's. I have not been compensated for this post. Good luck - I hope you win one of their sweet mattresses!

Puss in Boots Comes to NYC this Weekend!

"Puss in Boots"
Your favorite felines from PUSS IN BOOTS are coming to see the sights of New York this weekend! Want to see them?

Their first stop will be the Farmingdale Library @ 116 Merritts Road in Farmingdale, NY from 3pm to 4pm on Friday.

After reading their favorite tales at the library, Kitty Soft Paws and Puss in Boots will head over to the Brooklyn Children's Museum (145 Brooklyn Avenue in Brooklyn, NY) for their annual Monster Mash! Join us for a night filled with scavenger hunts, storytelling and puppet workshops! Puss in Boots and Kitty Soft Paws can't wait to do the kitty shuffle with you during the Groovy Ghouls Dance Party! The cats will arrive around 5, but head over early and enjoy all of the fright-filled activities!

On Saturday, KIP and PIB will be at the Central Park Pumpkin Festival! Check out their special PUSS IN BOOTS booth filled with special treats and goodies!

And finally, PIB and KSP will be at Books of Wonder on Saturday afternoon from 4pm-5pm. Don't miss your last chance for these felines to autograph your favorite book!

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Halloween: Cute & Cuddly or Pop - Culty?

So, I had the perfect little costume for Baby D and was quite proud of myself because it involved clothing that he could wear any other day of the year. I hate spending money on things you can only wear once. Which is why I wore a pant suit to my wedding.

I kid.

But seriously, I had a little outfit that mirrors the clothing of a certain MTV reality star. I know. I'm a 16 year old girl. When I revealed my plans to Big D, he asked when I'm going to pick up a "real" costume.

Does Baby D really have to be a fuzzy duckling, lion, wallaby, suckling pig or any similarly cute and mundane animal?

Can't he just be Flava Flav or Pauly D?

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Sleepy's Dr. Breus Bed MattressReview

With everything that's been going on, I forgot to tell you how well we've been sleeping since we got our new Dr. Breus bed. I was first introduced to the bed when I attended Dr. Breus Back to School sleeping tips presentation. Since then, Sleepy's has delivered a bed from the Dr. Breus Platinum Signature Series and let me tell you, baby, we are sleeping pretty damn well. I've owned expensive pillowtops in the past and nothing compares to this. It's the Cadillac of beds. Hands down.

When the Sleepy's guys set it up, I knew I was in for a treat when I saw that the actual sides of the bed and box spring are covered in velour. You know, that super-comfy sweatsuit material that you want to wear to get cozy on stormy days. There was also something very regal about the large blue label embrodered in silver thread that said, Princess, you won't feel any peas under this mattress. Yes, I totally made a fairytale reference

The pillow-top on the mattress was soft enough for me and firm enough for Big D. It also held our body tempurature just right - not bathing us in sweat like some others do. It is extremely conducive to a comfortable sleep and I've found myself dozing off after reading just one page of an otherwise interesting suspense novel.

While the price point is up there, you can easily find these beds on sale at Sleepy's for half off - bringing them well into standard pillow-top territory. The night's sleep you get fully justifies the price - especially when you think about the amount of time you spend (or are supposed to) spend in bed.

Disclosure: I was not compensated for this post. All opinions are always 100% honest and my own.

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Dad! Mom's a Black Lady!

A couple of weeks ago, Baby D picked out a photo of two children in Time Out New York (its how he plans his weekends). Pointing to the young black girl sitting next to her young white male counterpart in the picture, Baby D exclaimed, "Mommy!". He has gone on to do this with other photos in books and magazines, always picking out the brown-skinned young woman or girl in the background (never women appearing my age - the kid knows how to flatter a gal!).

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Wordless Wednesday - Cheerios in the Sun

Chowing down w/ a Twist n' Click Flip Top Snacker

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Real Steel Giveaway!

 REAL STEEL is an action drama about a former boxer (Hugh Jackman) who, against all odds,  gets one last shot at a comeback when he teams up with his estranged son (Dakota Goyo) to build and train the perfect contender for the new high-tech sport of robot boxing.

REAL  STEEL comes out tomorrow, Friday, October 7th in local theaters. It looks like it has the perfect blend of action and warm and fuzzy family elements. I look forward to seeing it! Are you?

To get you pumped about the upcoming movie, we've got a sweet giveaway! One lucky HitSendLetGo reader will win a cool prize pack that will include:

-  1 REAL STEEL t-shirt in adult  (sizes of S, M, L, XL)
- 1  REAL STEEL bottle opener
- REAL STEEL stickers
- REAL STEEL temporary tattoos
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Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Saturday, September 24, 2011

Paper Coterie Review & Giveaway!

I love turning my photos into gifts to share our moments with our friends and family (isn't that the point of taking all those pictures anyway?) I recently had the pleasure of ordering some custom-designed photo gifts from Paper Coterie. I usually don't like the graphic design of baby/family albums found at photo gift sites but these were beautifully designed and just my style. They have traditional styles as well as very design-forward templates. The quality far exceeded the cost.

And I finally got to publish those newborn photos I had taken of Baby D almost two years ago!

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Pillsbury Breakfast Foods Review and Giveaway!

Available in your grocer’s freezer, Pillsbury Grands! Biscuit Sandwiches and Pillsbury Egg Scrambles heat up in minutes in the microwave. Made with quality ingredients like fluffy real egg, tasty meat, cheese, Grands! Biscuits and Green Giant® vegetables, the new line of quick and delicious frozen breakfast dishes comes in six flavorful choices:

Sausage & Cheese Biscuit Sandwich
Bacon & Cheese Biscuit Sandwich
Ham & Veggies Biscuit Sandwich
Bacon & Veggies Egg Scrambles
Sausage Egg Scrambles
Sausage & Veggies Egg Scrambles
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