Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Progressive International Amazing Spring Picnic Tools Review and Giveaway

Spring is here! My favorite time of year for being outside. Going to the park or even using my backyard to have a picnic.

Progressive International makes several invaluable tools to help with your Spring Picnics this year and I am going to share with you some that I reviewed that are my favorite.

 With watermelons and other melons, even peppers, potatoes and tomatoes the Progressive International 3 Piece Fruit Scoops Set is awesome to help you get all the fruit right down to the rind and make it easy to cut up. You can even get the kids involved.

 Here is what you get  

Set of 3 sizes; scoops fruit away from the skin 

Large (orange) size: use for scooping cantaloupe, honeydew or watermelon 
Medium (red) size: use with bell peppers, tomatoes, avocado, baked potatoes or smaller melons 
Small (green) size: kiwi, zucchini or small fruit 
Made from reinforced nylon and stainless steel; dishwasher safe

In the spring and summer many of my lunches and dinners include salad. What about the dressing.  Progressive International has you covered with their Dressing Shaker

The Progressive International Dressing Shaker allows you to mix, pour and store dressings in one convenient reusable container.  You can make delicious dressings, sauces and marinades in no time - just add ingredients, shake and pour. It has easy to read measuring lines so you can make only the amount you need and a really neat gliding wheel which mixes your dressings perfectly. It also features a large pour spout for thicker dressings & chunky sauces.  Perfect for a party or picnic on your patio or deck. 

And a product that every person must have The Collapsible 4-in-1 Party Carrier. The pictures speak for themselves on this one.  Its always difficult to transport casserole dishes, veggie trays and cakes until now and the best part is the fact that the 4-in-1 party carrier is collapsible so it takes up almost no space when not in useI don't know how I every lived without it. I will even be using it this weekend to transport Shane's birthday cake.

Progressive offers an abundant line of products and gadgets for your kitchen - including many fine items not shown on their web site.
You can find and buy Progressive International tools at these Locations :)

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Sunday, April 21, 2013

cutest girls clothing...etsy's Sunloveshirts

Looking for adorable dresses this summer for your little girl? Check out Sunloveshirts on etsy.

 About Nikki

 She is in Hawaii, and likes to think that the sunshine and easy-going happiness there influence her work. She has 2 daughters, Alyssa, 6, and Chiara, 4, and they are her best clients :-) she is originally from Europe (Austria), but has lived in Hawaii for almost 11 years now. she haa a master's in business, and her day job is working with insurance companies to get moms free breast pumps covered under the Affordable Care Act ("Obama care"). she says It's fun, but she definitely needs the creative outlet of sewing for her emotional balance!

 Jacey received a beautiful Twirl Dress from her.

 In just a few short months she will be wearing it and I can't wait. It is so adorable in person. Very well made with quality fabric and lots of love. Plus I can bet no one around here has it so it will be unique just like my beautiful red headed daughter:)

Nikki offers many beautiful dress styles and fabric options. Check out all of her adorable dresses HERE.

Next on my to buy list is this Fairy Dance dress:)

Thursday, April 18, 2013

Sesame Street Elmo Fruits and Fun Booster Seat Review and Giveaway

" I was sent a Sesame Street Elmo Fruits and Fun Booster Seat. All opinions are my own."

 My daughter is growing up so fast and at 7 months she is already eating 2-3 servings of baby food a day. With the summer fast approaching, I know we will be visiting family and friends a lot more and I need to have a place to put Jacey when it's her time to eat her solid foods.

 I learned that Kolcraft had released a Sesame Street Elmo Fruits and Fun Booster Seat
  and I was excited to be selected to review it.

The Sesame Street Elmo Fruits and Fun Booster Seat has a lot of great features

It's Height adjustable ( 3 different positions) to get baby to the right height for meal time
Engaging tray features lenticular/3D Elmo image to keep baby entertained ( do not submerge in water)
3-position adjustable tray for babies of every size and shape
3-point restraint to keep baby safe and secure
Folds easily for travel and storage ( even has a carry handle)
Safety straps to secure booster seat to most chairs
Reclining seat for comfort

 Jacey really loves the lenticular/3D Elmo image on the tray. I really like the fact that it is height adjustable and folds up so I can easily transport it. Jacey fits well in it and still has plenty of room via the adjustments so she will get quite a bit of use out of it.
The only complaint I have is the safety straps. They are very difficult to adjust. Once they are adjusted however, the seat sits very secure to the chair.

Overall this is a great seat for the price!

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Sunday, April 14, 2013

MOHU Leaf Ultimate HDTV antenna

I don't have time to watch to much TV. With 2 kids and a 2,200sq foot house to clean I am constantly doing something. I do like to catch the news at dinner time and get in a show or two on the weekends.

 We are currently paying too much for cable and have decided it's not worth it. With the switch to HDTV's I was worried how I would turn into my local news and other local stations once I rid myself of cable.

 I have found my solution and am super excited to share it with you.

The MOHU Leaf Ultimate HDTV antenna. The Leaf is a Paper thin 9 in X 11.5 in X .04 in antenna that allows you to pick up your local stations for free. It is optimized specifically for TV stations, filtering any additional RF signals that can hinder picture quality. The result? A top-performing indoor antenna that will allow you to receive the top 20 shows for FREE in full high 1080p definition.

I was sent one to review and I have to say it works AWESOME. I get a crisp clear picture on all my local channels. It's as thin as paper so it doesn't take up a lot of space and I like that it has a black and white side so I can choose which color fits best with my decor and its paintable if I want to match it to my wall color. You don't ever have to adjust it because it gets reception at all angles and its estimated to be able to reach a 60 miles radius and pick up all channels in that range. To install it was super easy, anyone could do it in a matter of minutes.  I do recommend you install up high and near a window.

Here is a video review on it via General Expert

 It retails for $89.99 with free shipping and can be purchased at their website HERE.

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

New Octonauts Toys based off the hit Tv show the Octonauts

 Octonauts the show airs on Disney Junior. It follows a daily adventures team of eight underwater heroes that explore the worlds oceans, rescue the Creatures who live there and protect their habitats- above and below the waves.

It is one of Shane's favorite shows. He was excited to learn they now have some new toys out including the Octonauts Octopod Playset, Octonauts Gup-C Mission Vehicle and Kwazii and the slime Eel, and the Octonauts Octo-Compass.

My son Shane is a huge fan of this show and his eyes lit up when he saw the toys. He is also a huge fan of baths and was excited to learn the sea critters and treasure chest changed colors in water and the mission vehicle squirted water. These are his favorite bath toys now. Outside of the bath he really likes the Playset and Octo-Compass. They say phrases from the show which he thinks is really neat. I swear the octo-compass goes with him everywhere now.

 I like that these toys are interactive for him and that they also promote him to use his imagination. It's fun to watch and listen to him create his own underwater adventures.

All these toys are available at Toys R Us.
The Octonauts Octopod Playset $34.99
The Octonauts Gup-B Mission Vehicle and Shellington retails for $14.99
The Kwazii and Slime Eel retails for $9.99
The Octonauts Octo-Compass retails for $12.99

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Sunday, April 7, 2013

Chicco NextFit Convertible Car Seat

It's almost time for Jacey to move into a convertible car seat and after looking at my current options, I have decided on the Chicco NextFit Convertible Car Seat.

 I remember with Shane how difficult it was for me to pick a convertible car seat because I had no idea which seat to pick for him. There were so many choices and options and I was really confused. Finally, I talked with my friend who has 3 kids. She helped guide me to the right seat by explaining what I should be looking for when car seat shopping. 

I feel its important to educate others about car seats because I want to see every mom/dad make the best informed decision and help keep their child(ren) safe in the car. 

  Some important tips I learned

-Look at weight limits. You want a higher weight limit so your child can stay in the convertible seat for as long as possible.  In fact we just moved Shane into a booster this past summer when Jacey was born.

-Look at fit. You want the seat to fit and be adjustable as your child grows. 

-Look at crash test ratings. You want a seat that will keep your child as safe as possible if ever you are in a crash. 

-Look at installation.  You don't want to struggle with installing and uninstalling a seat. Look for one that is simple and easy to install and yet installs securely into your backseat. 

 Some tips for car seat use

Always buckle your baby into the safety seat first, and then cover the baby with

Avoid bulky clothing and add-on products such as car seat buntings. This can
interfere with proper harness fit and crash performance of the seat. 

A good trick for older children is to buckle them in without their jacket and then put it back on them backwards over the harness. 

Not only do these techniques ensure proper harness fit, but also avoids
overheating by allowing the baby to be easily uncovered or the child to take his jacket off once the car gets warmer. 

My choice for Jacey is the Chicco NextFit Convertible Car Seat.  

 It's a smart choice for Moms looking to purchase a car seat because grows with your baby, easily adjusting to fit baby as he or she grows from infant to preschooler (from 5 to 65 lbs). 

The harness straps do not require rethreading and adjust in height AND width in
connection with the position of the headrest. 

 The innovative chest clip features two positions to fit the torso of smaller and
larger children. 

It's designed to easily install correctly - every time. 

○ Simply: No need for rolled towels or tubes to position your convertible car seat correctly in your car! The NextFit’s ReclineSure™ 9-position Leveling System adjusts with one hand for an accurate fit in a wider range of vehicles and vehicle seats

○ Accurately:  Just like the KeyFit, the Chicco NextFit takes the guesswork out of installing the seat thanks to the two RideRight™ bubble levels which clearly indicate the correct seat angle in both rear and forward-facing modes.

○ Securely: Parents of any size or strength can easily install the NextFit correctly with the SuperCinch™ LATCH tightener, which uses force-multiplying technology to help achieve a tight and secure fit – no strong muscles required.

Recommended Use
○ 5-40 lbs
○ 22-65 lbs

• Suggested Retail Price: $299
• Fashions and Retailers:
○ Infiniti – Exclusively at Babies R Us
○ Gemini – Exclusively at Babies R Us
○ Gravity – Exclusively at Target
○ Intrigue – Exclusively at BuyBuyBaby and Specialty stores
○ Mystique – Other retailers

"I wrote this review while participating in a campaign for Mom Central Consulting on behalf of Chicco and I received a promotional item to thank me for my participation."