Products I Love

Stokke® Scoot™ {A Giveaway}


Stokke is one of my favorite companies for children’s furniture and baby gear. I love their Scandinavian style they offer and the quality is unbeatable.

The Stokke® Scoot™ is an urban compact stroller ready for the bustling city, traveling, narrow doorways and store aisles as well as city transit! It is easy to fold and easy to carry and also oh so beautiful! The scoot also comes in a an array of beautiful colors.  Stokke sent us the Scoot in the Black Melange and I couldn’t be happier with it’s performance and the beautiful greyish black color.

The Low down on the Stokke® Scoot™:

MULTI-USE & COMFORT:
2 way rear and front facing seat
4 recline to upright positions
Suitable for café or high chair substitute.
Easy one hand folding.
Height adjustable handle.
Compact & easy to carry.
Stable footrest , easy step access for toddlers.
Superior seat ergonomics for compact category.
Extra roomy cargo basket.

I’m excited to use this Stroller with the new babe, but I also loved using it with Josephine. We ventured to the mall to do a little shopping and she actually stayed in it for the majority of the time, which is rare for her since she loves run and if generally pretty active no matter where we go. She must have been pretty comfy in it. I also was able to fit all my bags and then some in the roomy cargo basket. We were also sent the Soft bag, which we have yet to use, but since little guy should be here soon and we have snow already it will definitely be put to good use and probably sooner than later!

Stokke is giving away one of these beauties to one of my beautiful readers, All you need to do is head over to Stokke, check out the Scoot. Come back here and tell me your favorite feature and the color you would choose.

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Giveaway starts November 18th and runs until the 25th.

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The Learning Tower and Juicing


 

The Little Partners Learning Tower is an awesome invention made for the child’s “CAN DO” attitude and drive. I know once my kids hit the 14mo-18mo age range they start mimicking mommy and daddy, wanting to help and do things all by themselves.

Josie being 13 months right now she is totally into doing everything she sees me do. Recently she has been trying to unload the dishwasher and pick up the clothes off the bathroom floor and put them into the dirty clothes hamper. I remember Finley and Ezra both showing interest in these things. But them now both being  older they want to help with everything from baking to spreading their own butter on toast to washing their hands and dishes. The Learning Tower helps them do this efficiently and safely.  The Learning Tower has an adjustable height platform, giving quality, safety and flexibility.

Recently we started a new healthy trend in our home. Juicing! I love being able to give my kids fresh squeezed juice that offers them tons of vitamins and flavor, and I can even add fresh veggies in there as well without the fuss I get at dinner time. Finley and Ezra have been very enthusiastic about trying new recipes and even adding veggies. This is something that they love to help me with, I chop up the fruit and set it front of them and they go to town. All thanks to the Learning Tower they can help me do this safely. Before they were trying to climb up on the counter where my sharp knife was and also knocking over the cup that the juice runs into. It was a mess and very unsafe.

Here are two of our favorite juicing recipes. One includes a small beet, which Finley was not a huge fan of, but Ezra loved it. So I thought I would share it anyway incase you have some adventurous eaters out there.

Just woke up and Ready to juice it up!

Each Recipe yields 2 cups (16oz) of juice, which is enough for myself and 3 kids.

Recipe combo 1:

1 large Apple

1 Large Orange

1 Carrot

1 Pear

4-5 strawberries

Recipe 2:

1 small Beet

1 piece of Celery

1 Carrot

1 Blood Orange

1 Apple

1 small pear

Any combination will work and it’s fun to try new things. I added a lemon to our juice this morning and I wasn’t a huge fan. But Josie loved it. It really depends on your tastes. I wouldn’t recommend adding anything that you normally dislike that is strong in flavor. Greens like spinach, kale (can we a little bitter) and celery are mild in flavor and seem to work well without the kids freaking out about tons of veggies being added. I also like to tell them what vegetable or fruit is good for what. For example, Carrots are really good for eye sight and your skin. They seem to love these tidbits of info and while drinking their juice will say “My eye sight is sooo good right now!” Haha, too funny.

We love our new learning tower and how safe it has made our daily activities. Little Partners also offers lots of accessories to go with the Learning Tower, so we sure to check those out as well.

*We were given a Learning Tower for review, all comments and opinions are my own.

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Citrus Lane Review (discount code)


 

We love Citrus Lane, they are such an awesome company giving moms a wonderful box filled with goodies to specifically fit the age of their child. I love trying new products but sometimes I kick myself for spending a bunch of money on something that doesn’t work for us or something we end up only using once. This is where Citrus lane comes in. They introduce products and companies in a monthly box with either full-sized or deluxe size samples of all different types of products for your baby or child.

We received an awesome bib, yogurt melts (Josie loves these) A piggy sponge for the bath, an adorable book, and a nice bottle of moisturizing lotion.

Josie loved her box so much she got in it 🙂

Get a box of goodies for as low as $21 a month with free shipping. Citrus lane offers a range of subscriptions as well. Over on the left hand side of the blog there is a little Citrus Lane button, click there to get $10 off your first box! Enjoy.

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Tom and Drew




I always have a hard time finding cute boy’s clothing. Everything seems so boring and always seems to come in the same colors, no matter the brand. Girl clothes are so much easier top find and buy, resulting in Finley having a wardrobe bigger than all of us combined. Leaving poor Ezra out. Example, Finley gets a package in the mail on Friday, it’s full of beautiful new dresses Grandma send. And WHO is ripping their clothes off trying to get these dresses on as fast as HE can? Yep, you guessed it, Ezra! Poor poor little boy, wants new clothes too.

I came across Tom and Drew and immediately fell in love with their selection of boy clothing. They offer a super cute selection of boy clothing that let’s boys be boys. They even include extra pockets for rock collections and snaps for easy to wear woven shirts.

Ezra was sent a selection of adorable tees and we adore them. They have bull dogs, fish and sharks on them. Bright colors and easy to wear. I love how soft they are, how well they hold up and how darling Ezzie looks in them. Yes they look like basic tee shirts, but they really are awesome quality and hold up to stains and outdoor wild play very well. This is an excellent line of clothing for boys, offering everything from tee shirts and jeans to suits and fancy jackets. I really appreciate a line out there that can offer such a great and adorable selection for boys. Thanks Tom and Drew!

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I Love My Daddy Blog Hop Event


Welcome to I Love Daddy Giveaway event hosted by Makobi Scribe and co hosted by Jamie’s Precious Peas and Little YaYa’s . From June 15 at 9pm (Est) – June 19 at 11:59 PM (Est), we invite you to visit each participating blog where you will find many giveaways to honor Dad and celebrate Father’s Day.

I have a great little prize package for all those Daddys out there! One winner will receive A Caramel Of The Month Club by Have It Sweet Three Month Subscription and a Roots Soap Company Man Collection Soap package.

Here is what Anna has to say about herself and her awesome Soap shop:

My name is Anna and I make 100% natural cold process soap. My mother taught me her recipe when I was about eight years old and I made it for her company for years until it was time to fly the nest, live some life and get started on my own business. I got back to my “roots” in 2010 and started my little company! I still use the same recipe (tried and true!) incorporating my own essential oil blends and rainwater from the backyard (since we have so much here in Oregon!). I am dedicated to using only pure essential oils, natural colorings and ingredients.
I make it all in my home with my two sweet babies around me (who are making me old while still keeping me so young!) We love to explore the Northwest and most especially our beautiful city of Portland, OR. We love to hike, read books, cook yummy food, hang our laundry outside and ride bikes. Chances are that your soap order will be delivered to the local post office on one of our bike rides! Babies in tow.

And a little about Have It Sweet Confections:

Have it Sweet is a 100% Eco conscious business. They use all fair trade and organic products where they are available and all the delicious sweets are all natural, no preservatives. The husband and wife team make sure that every sweet is 100% hand made. These two busy sweethearts get it all done by hand from cooking, prep, to wrapping, shipping etc. They also have a passion for charity work and a large portion of their business proceeds go to charities such as project night night, the ocean conservancy, the Nature conservancy, various food banks, make a wish, St. Jude’s and Habitat for Humanity. It is something they absolutely love to do and their business makes it possible. These two are truly an amazingly talented couple who put lots of love into their amazing sweets. I can’t wait to try my sweets I ordered and their new lollipops.

To Enter you must be a H is For Hillman Follower via GFC (Mandatory)
Extra Entries:
Choose one of the following or do both- Leave a comment for each.
1. Follow the Have it sweet blog
2. “Like” Roots Soap co on FB

Giveaway will end on June 19, 2011 at 11:59 pm EST. Open to US only. The winner will be chosen by random.org. Winners will be announced on H is for Hillman and emailed. Winners will have 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen. I received no monetary compensation for sponsoring this giveaway. Please note that H is For Hillman, “I Love My Daddy” or the “I Love My Daddy” bloggers are not responsible for sponsors that do not fulfill their prizes. We have represented each sponsor with the expectation they will fulfill their prize and in a timely manner. I will contact the sponsor regarding your prize. The sponsors, in most cases, are shipping their items to you directly. We will make every effort to assist you obtaining your prize. If there is an issue with a sponsor, please notify the blog you won a prize from within 30 days for assistance, after that we may be unable to assist you.


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Chelsea Baby Shoes {review}



I was contacted by Chelsea of Chelsea Baby and asked to review a couple of her wonderful handmade products. Chelsea sent me a pair of her adorable baby shoes in the Bucky style. And also a headband for Finley.

Chelsea Baby shoes are washable, made in the USA, made using a fabric which is 100% GREEN in its milling process and made from recycled fibers. The coolest and different thing about the shoes is the snap on and off option. You are able to change the bow ties and bouquets and purchase others as well. Chelsea Baby also offers adorable headbands for girls with the snap on and off option.


I’m really enjoying the idea of the snap on and off feature. I think it’s great that you can transform the shoe to any outfit by just changing the bow tie. What an awesome idea! Ezra and Finley both had and still do have tons of shoes. I think this would have been great to have when they were littler because I would have only needed one shoe and a few bows, then once they got older I would have only had to change the shoe size, but keep all the bows. I now have a huge box of shoes that they never wore as little ones because of course as a new mom I thought I needed a pair of shoes for each outfit! I can’t wait to purchase more bows when we decide to work on baby #3. Please go check out Chelsea Baby and these shoes. They are beautiful and so unique. These would make a great baby shower gift or even be perfect in your new little ones Easter basket. Sometimes it’s so hard to find things for an infants Easter Basket and these really would make an adorable addition.

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LIL HONU Review and {Giveaway}



Lil Honu is a company founded by two busy working moms, that carry organic linens, bath accessories and toys for newborns and toddlers.
Lil Honu was inspired by the close friendship between Erin Park and Emiliza Tan, who felt the need to provide their little ones with chemical free, pesticide free, and dye free bedding and bath linens.
Lil Honu says their mission is “to provide luxurious organic and eco-friendly baby essentials that celebrates the simple and joyful innocence of these little souls in our world, and also preserves the integrity of our environment and personal well-being.”


Erin and Emiliza sent us their Lil Honu Organic Washcloths and Organic Hooded Bath Wrap Set. I have to say, these are the best wash cloths and towels I have used. I love that they are organic and I can feel good about using them on Finley and Ezra’s sensitive skin and I also love how soft they are. The adorable little turtle embroidered on each item also adds the cutest touch.
I wish I would have known about Lil Honu when my babies were newborns because these are perfect for sensitive newborn skin as well, while still keeping baby warm and cozy after bath time. Better late then never though.
Finley and Ezra both love bath time and one of Finley’s odd obsessions are hooded towels, she loves them! I don’t know why, probably because they keep her extra warm and cozy. And Lil Honu’s towels definitely do the trick of coziness, softness and warmth.

Lil Honu also carries some beautiful blankets, crib bedding and changing table pad covers, as well as bath toys!


Lil Honu is offering one my readers their organic cotton terry changing pad cover and organic cotton sateen fitted crib sheet. To enter head on over to Lil Honu and tell me what other items you would like to try.
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Don’t want to wait to see if you win,enter the coupon code JH25 to receive 25% off the total purchase order, expiration May 1, 2011 12:00 am PST Also free shipping on any orders above $75, no code.
Giveaway Ends Feb 16th winner will be announced the 17th. If you could leave you e-mail address in your comments that will help me notify you quicker, thus getting your prize to you sooner! Good luck.

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Kitchen Finds


I love cooking and baking. When I’m not too busy being a mommy and wife, you can most likely find me in the kitchen baking treats.
We lived next door to my grandparents growing up. My grandma would walk down to my school and pick me up everyday and take me to her house, where she would have a snack and cookbook waiting on the table for me. She would scoot the cookbook toward me while I would eat my snack and drink fresh squeezed limeaide. She would say “Open it and choose what you want to bake today.” Which would be anything that caught my eye, one thing I vividly remember was the kitty cake we made together. She really was the best grandma and she gave me a love for cooking and baking at a very young age.
So it’s no wonder I’m drawn to anything and everything for the kitchen. From pots and pans and dish towels to cookie jars and measuring cups. I love everything kitchen!
I found a few great items all from Anthropology that I would love in my kitchen and thought I would share them with you.


I love these dish towels, I’m in need of some new ones and think these may make their way into my kitchen sometime in the near future.


I also adore these glasses, the colors are great and I really love the vintage look.


Owl cookie jars? Yes please! Owls are in right now, and I think these would make the perfect “retro” addition to any kitchen. The colors are great and so fun. I would love the white one in my kitchen and may splurge for this neat piece. I don’t have a cookie jar, so this would be perfect!

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{Feature} Baby Cakes



SouthernBabyCakes is a new shop on Etsy, that creates handmade Cakeballs. Shop Owners Luanne and Rachel are a mother-daughter team from Texas. The duo specializes in gourmet cakeballs using only the best quality ingredients such as Callebaut Belgian chocolate, Madagascar vanilla and Vietnamese cinnamon.
Luanne and Rachel have been making cakeballs for years as gifts and treats for family. Throughout the years they became very popular and highly requested at all family events.

In 2009 Rachel graduated from college and went to work for her parents company after not being able to find anything more permanent. This is when Rachel convinced her mother that they should start their own business. Selling their amazing cakeballs, which they experimented with. Trying other cakeballs from specialty bakeries and using their friends and family as taste testers, they threw away a lot of cakes until they came up with their current method now. Which I must say is fantastic and I really can’t say enough about how tasty, delicious and beautiful their treats are.

Rachel and her mother Luanne are also very different than other bakers, in that they are only bakers at night and work full time in the day. They also make their cakeballs to order and in small batches to assure freshness and quality in taste.

Baby Cakes sent me a dozen of their cakeballs in each flavor they offer. As soon as I opened the package I was pleased, the packaging is adorable and very classy.

Then I opened the box and there they were. 12 beautiful little cake balls. I couldn’t wait to pop one in my mouth and either could Finley. Babycakes says on their etsy site that the cakeballs are good for 2 weeks…Um ours didn’t even last 2 hours barely. Haha.


Finley Loving her Birthday Cake Cakeball.

My favorite cakeball is the Coconut cake. To die for! Seriously a little peice of paradise heaven, no joke.

All of the flavors were wonderful and tasted just like they should. You know when a cake or candy is supposed to have a certain flavor and it either is way too strong, not strong enough or doesn’t even taste close to the flavor it should? Well Babycakes has no problem getting the perfect flavors in there. Everything tasted wonderful and full of just the right flavors. Rachel and Luanne have also been able to accomadate to nut and gluten allergies as well.
Go visit SouthernBabyCakes on their Etsy site and their website, and order a box of their scrumptious cakeballs for your honey this Valentines Day. These would be the perfect Valentine treat, a little different then a box of chocolates, handmade and absolutely delish!

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For The Home {Anthropologie Edition}


I love home Decor. And now that we have moved into a new house I’m starting to think about how I want to decorate. Our room needs a new look. So I’m going to share with you a few things I found while purusing Anthropologie.

We really need new bedding. I absolutlely fell in love with this Love Letters Bedding.
I love how soft and neautral it is, but I also love that you could pull some darker and brighter colors out of it to bring into the room decor. A mustard yellow shelf and some dark grey picture frames would look fabulous on the walls.

I also adore these sheets. The ruffle gives a girly feminine feel, without making your husband feel like a guest in his own room. (Mine hates floral and feels uncomfortable in any room that is too girly…he is weird)

This Collected Memories Mirror would be the perfect accent in any room. I love the rustic feel of this peice, and it would go perfect with the bedding. (Ignore the price tag)

These Jars are really neat.

I could spend all day and show you a million more wonderful things from Anthropologie. These are just a few ideas of the feel I would like to go for in our room. (Hint Hint Aaron-Valentines day!) Next to come Kitchen finds!

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