Thursday, April 28, 2011

Twirl Into Spring With Old Navy Dress Sampling

A few weeks ago, Old Navy generously provided me and three of my friends with certificates for any dress from their spring line. WELL, let me tell you: I was very pleased! I'm not a regular Old Navy shopper but when I stopped in to pick up the dress, I bought three bags of clothes. My mother picked up two more.

The sale and clearance racks were chock full of goodies and I was able to pick up some very trendy pieces for $5-$15 each. I mean, shirts and skirts that could be mixed and matched with my suits AND jeans. You've won a new customer Old Navy.

There goes a little bit more of Mama's paycheck. 

Fake background, yes. NYC was meh last week.

Needless to say, I also enjoyed the design, fit and feel of my Old Navy spring dress. I added my own belt not because it needed it. But because I'm sassy in the spring.

Multi-Grain Cheerios Prize Pack Giveaway Winner!

Comment #5 wins the giveaway. Congratulations Abby! I've contacted you for your details.

Everyone else - stand by...more giveaways are coming up!

Sunday, April 24, 2011

Happy Easter!

C'mon! Just one Easter photo. Please?

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

EARTH DAY is Friday - Ways Families Can Conserve Energy & Cut Utility Bills

Invest in the Planet, Your Home and Your Long-Term Savings this Earth Day!

In spirit of Earth Day this Friday, Siemens – a leading provider of energy efficiency solutions for homes – has shared the following energy conservation tips and facts families can adopt to reduce their carbon footprint and have a greener, earth-friendly home. They are small changes that make a LARGE impact on utility bills. For example, we all know about turning off your light and shutting off the tap, but did you know….

·        Setting the thermostat to the highest setting will not make the house warm up faster; rather, it will just keep the furnace running longer.
·        During the summer, a 5°F higher setting on the air conditioning thermostat will save about 10% on cooling costs; in the winter, lowering the temperature 3 to 5°F can save up to 20% on heating costs (about $180/year!)

Appliances and Electronics
·        Appliances account for about 20% of household energy consumption (taken together, these small items can use as much power as your refrigerator).
·        Power strips let you easily turn off multiple products with just one button to push.

·        After buying a new refrigerator or freezer, don’t put the old one in the garage or on the porch and keep using it. You only think you’re saving money.
·        A 10° increase in temperature around your fridge can trigger 20% higher energy consumption; the refrigerator should be kept at 37 and 40° and the freezer between 0 and 5° degrees.

·        Plant trees that lose leaves in the fall as they will protect your home from the summer sun and then allow winter sunlight and warmth to get inside.
·        For shade from the hot summer sun, plant trees on the south, east and west sides of the home and to stop cold winter winds, create a windbreak with evergreen trees and shrubs.

·        If your food needs to cook for more than an hour, there’s no need to preheat your oven.
·        Use an electric burner that is the right size a 6” pot on 8” burner wastes 40% of the energy.

Wordless Wednesday: Little Drummer Boy

Friday, April 15, 2011

House Update

Lots of reviews and giveaways coming up. Between tax time, the government near shutdown and life in general, I've been slacking. I promise I'll be better!

For now, I wanted to give everyone an update on the house.... We're under contract!


Tuesday, April 12, 2011

African Cats - Out In Theatres on April 22

Leaping into theaters on Earth Day, 2011, “African Cats” features the real-life love, humor and determination of the kings of the African savanna: Mara, an endearing lion cub who strives to grow up with her mother’s strength, spirit and wisdom; Sita, a fearless cheetah and single mother of five mischievous newborns; and Fang, a proud leader of the pride who must defend his family from a rival lion.

During the film’s opening week (April 22-28), a portion of the proceeds from that week’s ticket sales will be donated to the African Wildlife Foundation through the Disney Worldwide Conservation Fund to protect the Amboseli Wildlife Corridor, a passage between the Amboseli, Tsavo West and Chyulu Hills National Parks that is frequently used by lions, cheetahs, elephants, zebras, giraffes and a host of other animals in the African savanna.

We will definitely be seeing this film. Right now, Baby D is OBSESSED with any animal that looks like a dog. He yells DOG! at every four-legged creature he sees on the street and in books. Its adorable.

Sunday, April 10, 2011

Multi-Grain Cheerios Review and Giveaway!

Its Sunday and I'm putting together my lunch menu. This mom is sick of the sweet treats and afternoon empty-calorie snacks that the co-workers bring in but I often don't have the strength to resist. Add the 3 pm slump and ensuing hunger pangs and you've got recipe for diet disaster. I needed a tasty, fulfilling alternative. 

Enter Multi-Grain Cheerios. You are undoubtedly already familiar with our obsession with original Cheerios...but Multi-Grain Cheerios taste even better! The lightly-sweetened mix of grains make it easy for me to grab my whole grains and satisfy my snacking urge. Perfect. 

I also started to exercise and add walking into my otherwise sedentary office lifestyle. Yes, mama's got back. And it needs to be reigned it. I've been jumping rope like a lunatic. No, really, I look like a lunatic jumping rope.

Did you know that 95 percent of Americans don't get enough whole grain in their diet?

According to the 2010 Report of the Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee, only five percent of Americans get the three full recommended daily servings - a shocking statistic.

Only whole grain gives you the vital nutrients from the complete grain. The health benefits of whole grains can't be pinpointed to one particular component of the grain. It's the "whole grain package" that makes the difference. In addition to fiber, whole grain contains antioxidants, vitamins, minerals and other vital nutrients that help ensure a healthy diet. A diet high in whole grain has been found to help with diabetes and weight management, and it may help reduce the risk of heart disease and certain cancers. 

Visit for more tips, additional information about the benefits of Whole Grain and how Big G cereals can be a convenient and tasty way to incorporate more whole grain into your day. 

Buy It!

Get into the whole grain habit by just looking for the big white check on Big G cereals! Cereal is already one of the healthiest breakfast choices you can make, and the entire Big G cereal line is made with whole grain, making it a great choice. Big G cereals have the brands and flavor your family will love, including Cheerios®, Lucky Charms®, Cinnamon Toast Crunch®, Honey Nut Cheerios®, Fiber One® and Total®. 

Win It!

Comment below and tell me how you plan on adding more whole grains to your diet.

The prize pack includes: a VIP coupon for one Big G cereal, a cereal on-the-go bowl, lunch bag, walking enthusiast kit and a digital jump rope.


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Disclosure: This giveaway was made possible by General Mills through MyBlogSpark. I received the Multi-Grain Cheerios prize package for this review and honest opinions were used. The opinions are solely my own. Thank you to MyBlogSpark who supplied the products for the giveaway.

Saturday, April 2, 2011

Nursery Design Tips

As you know, we are currently deeply involved in the home-buying process. When the process (inspections! appraisals! a million forms, oh my!) starts to get me down, I let my mind wander to the fun part - decorating!

Creating a nursery can be a daunting task, however, as moms strive to ensure that this special room provides style along with the necessary functionality. Mary Bauer, celebrity nursery designer and owner of Bratt D├ęcor, offers simple tips on how to create the stylish, healthy, beautiful nursery of your dreams.
  • Ease up on Themes and Colors: Bright colors and busy patterns are loads of fun, but use these elements sparingly. Too much can overload the senses and make the room feel crowded. And don’t go overboard on the themes – look for less obvious elements that speak to your theme, and keep them to a minimum.
  • Make the Most of Your Room Size: If you have a small space, avoid using small scale furniture; instead, use a few normal-sized pieces, and choose furniture that can do double duty – like a changer that's a dresser, or an ottoman with a storage compartment. Also, use soft cool tones to make your room feel larger. Make a large room feel intimate by using low light when appropriate and taking advantage of fabulous floor coverings to minimize sound. And dark walls feel cozier – think navy, ochre and browns. (This is especially appropriate for my little guy.)
  • Create a Convenient Changing Space: Ensure that your changing table is well-stocked with baby wipes, diapers and an extra set of clothes right at your finger tips, so you never have a reason to leave your baby unattended. Position your diaper pail right next to the changing table and choose a pail that makes the whole process as easy as possible. The Diaper Genie II Elite® Pail offers a convenient foot pedal, allowing you to hold your child and dispose of a diaper at the same time. (And the bag REALLY does trap all the odors inside.)
  • Secure your Sleep Haven: Whatever your budget is, don’t scrimp on the crib – it’s the place where your baby spends the most time without you and should be a safe and comfortable space. Check out new crib regulations released by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission before making your purchase.
  • Keep the Whole Room in Mind: Moms often focus on one element, be it the furnishings, wall treatments or bedding. Consider your floors, ceilings and trim too, finding unexpected ways to make the room pop, like layering a zebra skin rug over your wall-to-wall carpet, or painting a high ceiling navy blue.
  • Make It Personal: Adding personality to your decor doesn’t have to be super expensive – create your own personal touches in your nursery to make it meaningful to you. Include vintage photographs, your baby’s silver cup, framed family heirloom christening gowns, or anything else that means a lot to you. This gives heritage to a brand new space, and makes it all your own.
  • Create a Timeless Feel: No one wants to redo their rooms every year with the changing trends. Keep furnishings, which are the big ticket items, timeless in design, and add trend with more affordable accent items like bedding and paint.
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