Saturday, November 30, 2013

Baby's First with Pampers #SwaddlersFirsts and GIVEAWAY

This review was made possible by Double Duty Divas and Pampers. I was provided the featured product free of charge to facilitate my review, but all opinions are 100% mine.

My baby is starting to get so big and is starting to do more and more.  I love to celebrate all of his different firsts.  Just recently he started to sit up for the first time.  And now he's quickly starting to learn how to get on his knees and soon he will be crawling for the first time (not quick ready for him to be mobile).  Have an active and busy boy, you have to have a diaper that moves with him and helps to keep that pee and poop in.  Well Pampers just made their beloved swaddlers diapers in bigger sizes, so growing babies can continue to have the super soft diapers.  They now are made up to size 5!
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I actually love Swaddlers!  I love the smell of them.  I second I smell them I immediately think about my newborns and their first diaper change in the hospital.  I think about how little the newborn diapers look and how they usually swamp my newborns.  I'm excited to be able to use these diapers for my growing boy.
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Look at this cute little boy.  He is so ready to start crawling! This was the first time he got up on his knees.  He was so proud of himself.  
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The Swaddlers are so soft and comfy too.  Doesn't he look so comfy in his diaper and robe?  Nice and clean from a bath :).
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To celebrate their new sizes of Swaddlers, Pampers is having 30 days of giveaways on their Facebook page.  Grand prize winner will get a year supply of diapers and wipes.  There are also daily prizes too.  

There is also going to be a #SwaddlersFirsts twitter party on December 5, 2013 at 9 pm EST.  RSVP here and join in on the fun for chance to win prizes, including a grand prize of a Canon Rebel T3 camera and 3 packages that include: 
-Bear Plush Doll
-First Tooth and Curl Treasure Box
-First Words book
-First steps plush toy
-$50 Shutterfly Card
-Bath Robe
-Pampers Swaddlers

To participate, follow your hosts: @DoubleDutyDivas, @BridgetteLA, @CeceliaMecca, @AngieKcom, @WhatMommiesNeed, @RamblingChick and @Pampers.

And now I have a GIVEAWAY for my readers!!!  Woohoo!  One lucky winner is going to get:
-Bear Plush Doll
-First Tooh and Curl Treasure Box
-First Words Book
-First Steps Plush Toy
-Pampers Swaddlers

If you would like to win this amazing prize package, just enter the giveaway below.

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Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Print and cut tag

The Silhouette has the most amazing features and can do so many things than just cut out vinyl, fabric, card stock and chip board.  It has a print and cut feature that is so cool.  I use it all the time. 
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This is how I made it:
In Silhouette Studio, I found a fun design.  I opened it up and then I filled it with a color.
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Then I clicked on the tab to mark the registration marks.  This is how you do the print and cut feature.  I then resized the words and put circles and frames around them.
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I printed them onto the printable foil.
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I loaded the foil into the Silhouette.
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Then I made sure the words did cut (you can do that by clicking on the scissors tab or by deleting them).  Then I detected the registration marks.
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I set the settings to the printable foil (blade 5, thickness 33) and then it out.  It's so cool to watch it cut where it's suppose to!
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Here are the tags all cut out.
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I peeled off the foil and stick it onto a mason jar.  Put some hot chocolate in it, baker's twine and a cute lid and straw.  Super easy gift that anyone would enjoy!
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Mini Calzones

I am a member of the Mom It Forward community.  I have been compensated for this post.  All opinions, content and ideas are 100% my own. 

I enjoy cooking but I don't like to spend two hours in the kitchen before the meal.  I mean, seriously, who has the time for that? I sure don't.   So when I cook I enjoy taking short cuts.  I use a ton of frozen and refrigerated foods in my cooking. It's so nice because they use real food and fresh produce. One of my favorite things to use is frozen dough.  Not for just rolls (these are amazing by the way) but for dough.  

I used the dough to make some super yummy mini calzones.  These were a huge hit!
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These is what you'll need:
Frozen rolls dough
Pizza sauce
Mozzarella shredded cheese
Any other toppings you would like

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1) Thaw out the rolls according to the package (I had them out for 3-4 hours) and roll them out.
2) Add the sauce and toppings to the dough.

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3) Fold the dough over the toppings and pressed the dough together.  Use a little water to help it stay together.
4) Bake at 350 degrees for 15 minutes or until golden brown. 
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I served it with some frozen mixed veggies (another frozen food I love to use!).  
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National Frozen & Refrigerated Food Association  (NFRA) has several websites to help with mealtime inspiration.  Frozen meals are becoming more and more popular now, including Asian and Hispanic cuisine.  I know that I have been enjoying frozen meals more and more lately.  Especially ones that you can cook the meal in the container so you don't even have to dirty a dish, so nice and convenient.  

Now that the holidays are coming, frozen food is a great way to help with your meal planning.  Like using frozen green beans for green bean casserole or using the freezer rolls for rolls.  Or using whip topping in a dessert or hash browns and make funeral potatoes. There are so many pies or casseroles that are frozen that would be perfect for Thanksgiving dinner.  Not everything has to be made from scratch.  There are so many frozen foods that will make things so much easier and quicker!  That's why I love them they are #HolidayHelper.  

What are you some of your favorite frozen foods to use in your cooking and holiday planning?

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Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Craft Stick Turkeys {Kids Craft}

I really like to make different turkeys with my kids.  But for some reason, I don't like to use the traditional feathers, I like to use other things.  I thought that the colored craft sticks would work great for the feathers.  
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We used lots of different kid crafts supplies for them.  
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My kids got to paint the clothes pins.  They love to paint and they both did a great job doing it.
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We then glued the face onto the clothes pin using a hot glue gun.
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I had my kids pick out the colors of sticks and then I glued them on.  Aren't they fun?  The kids had fun making them!  
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