Win a Philips Avent Toddler Cup Prize Pack {Giveaway!}

toocoolhopbutton4Welcome to the Too Cool for Drool Giveaway Hop, hosted by The Mommy Island and The Kids Did It. This giveaway hop is full of bloggers celebrating moms, babies, and kids with some fabulous prizes. Be sure to hop around to all the participating bloggers and win some great prizes!  But hurry – this giveaway hop ends on September 14th!

For this giveaway, my friends at Philips Avent are offering one lucky reader the opportunity to try the cups from their brand new toddler range of cups.  Yes, you’ll get to try all 4 cups from the range!Philips Avent Cup CollageAnd with 4 stages of cups in the range – Trainer Cup, Spout Cup, Straw Cup, Grown up Cup – there’s sure to be something for every toddler.  My favorite is the Straw Cup because not only are all the parts dishwasher safe, but the top turns to cover the straw when it’s not in use.  My son actually started using this cup fairly young and is still using it today (he turns 2 in a month…sniff, sniff).  It also helps that we’ve never had a leak with it – ever.  You can find my full review of these amazing cups here.Avent Toddler Cup Range CollageAnd be sure to download your own copy of Sip, Sip, Hooray! a story of several toddler friends and a mischievous Mama “Sippopotomus” who’s hunting for the perfect sippy cup for Baby “Sippo.”  A collaboration between Philips Avent and Scholastic, this book playfully shows how kids reach milestones and with those milestones come fun cup options.  The illustrations in this book really are just too cute for words!Sipsiphooray

Download your copy of Sip, Sip, Hooray! here and enter using the rafflecopter below to win some great cups!  Good luck everyone!
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Entenmann’s Little Bites & Sara Lee Snacks Make Going Back to School Delicious {Review & Giveaway!}

Disclosure:  I was provided Entenmann’s Little Bites & Sara Lee Snacks to facilitate this post, however, I only recommend products that my family uses and loves!Little Bites Breakfast Bloom in Process

In my house, going back to school means breakfast on the go, and while we’ve tried lots of on the go options, one of my kids’ absolute favorites is Entenmann’s Little Bites Muffins.  Available in a ton of flavors – blueberry, banana, pumpkin, chocolate chip, and apple cinnamon, just to name a few – they’re the perfect grab and go snack as we’re heading out the door to sit in the car line.

So naturally, I was pretty excited when I got the opportunity to try Entenmann’s Little Bites Party Cakes while I was in New York City last month.  Golden cake with rainbow sprinkles, these bite sized muffins are the perfect way to celebrate snack time, anytime.  I may have “borrowed” a package of these in the car line last week.  I’m not sorry either.  Because…Yum. Little Bites PackageAnd for easy lunchbox preparation, Sara Lee has you covered with a variety delicious snack cakes – Golden Fudge Cakes, Cheese Topped Crumb Cakes, Cinnamon Rolls, Chocolate Creme Cupcakes, and more.  The Brownie Chocolate Chip Cakes are a big favorite in our house…because no one should have to choose between a cookie and a brownie.  The obvious answer is – Both!  But be careful, these cakes are highly addicting!Little Bites Sara Lee Brownie Chocolate Chip Cakes

While Entenmann’s Little Bites and Sara Lee make going back to school convenient and delicious, I definitely enjoy getting a little creative on those weekend mornings when we don’t have to rush out of the house.  Check out the Entenmann’s Little Bites Breakfast Bloom that I made this weekend:
Little Bites Breakfast Bloom

A combination of fresh fruit, eggs, cheese, topped with a sweet Little Bite Party Cake and served with milk, it’s a full breakfast that’s fun to eat!  My girls loved it!Little Bites Breakfast Bloom with Milk

Since Entenmann’s and Sara Lee helped make our first week of school so much easier, I think it’s only fair to share the love (and sweets!) with you.  One lucky reader is going to win an Entenmann’s & Sara Lee ABC’s of Back To School Prize Package filled with TONS of goodies!Entenmann's & Sara Lee Prize Pack

The ABC’s of Back To School prize package will include: two boxes of Sara Lee Brownie Chocolate Chip Cakes, two boxes of Little Bites Party Cakes, three Sara Lee Snacks coupons valued at $4 each, three Entenmann’s Little Bites coupons valued at $5 each, one Sara Lee Snacks water bottle valued at $5 and one upcycled Little Bites pencil case valued at $10.  Enter using the rafflecopter form below and it could be yours!  Good luck everyone!
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Strolling in Style in the GB Evoq Travel System

Disclosure: I’d like to thank GB for providing my family with a GB Evoq Travel System to test drive.  As always, all thoughts and opinions are my own.
GB Evoq Travel System Stroller ReviewWhen I was expecting my first child, I struggled while shopping for a travel system.  I knew what features I wanted, I just had a hard time finding them all in one travel system.  And the travel systems that had most of the features I wanted were outrageously priced.  Now, years later, GB has solved this problem with their new GB Evoq Travel System.GB Evoq Stroller Review - Car Seat Attachment

The GB Evoq has everything that I ever wanted in a travel system.  Absolutely everything.  It’s sleek and modern, grows with your child, and comes complete with a very reasonable price tag.GB Evoq Stroller Review - Parent Facing Seating Option

I’ve actually been using the GB Evoq as my primary stroller since the early spring.  Sure, I’ve tried other’s here or there, but this is the stroller that you’ll see me bringing to t-ball games, driving around the mall, and stashed in my car for its next use.  This is my day to day stroller.  It’s the stroller that I recommend to my pregnant friends.  It’s the stroller that I stop to talk about with expecting moms as I’m running through Babies “R” Us while picking up a baby shower gift.  Simply put, it’s my favorite.  And let me tell you, it stops people in their tracks.  Everyone wants to know what it is and where I got it, so I figured it’s about time I shared it here in my blog.GB Evoq Stroller

Backed by years of design, testing, and development, GB has incorporated the very best of the best into their GB Evoq Travel System.  Right out of the box I noticed how easy it was to assemble and fell in love with the versatility.  The removable seat allows you to either attach the Asana infant seat (included) for babies or the stroller seat for toddlers and older kids.  Even better, the GB Evoq allows you to position the stroller seat forward facing or parent facing (rear facing).  This provides comfort for both parent and child when it comes to smaller toddlers, while still allowing older kids to look out at the world around them.  And changing the Evoq from forward facing to parent facing couldn’t be easier.  Simply press the 2 buttons on either side of the stroller and lift upwards, then turn it around and placing it back on the wheel base.  The process takes 1 minute, if that.GB Evoq Travel System Review - Rear FacingParent Facing Mode

But being able to turn the seat is just the tip of the iceberg.  The GB Evoq has a 3 stage recline, GB Evoq Stroller Review - Recline Collageadjustable foot rest, easy fold levers, removable cup holder, and a handle bar grip that can accommodate a person of any height.GB Evoq Stroller - Options

It folds for easy storage…just make sure you have the brake on or you’ll wonder what’s moving around in your trunk.GB Evoq Stroller Review - Folded

For sunny days, there’s an extendable, breathable sunshade, which is an absolute necessity for the hot summer days we have here in South Florida.  I don’t think we’ve zipped it back to the standard length all summer.GB Evoq Stroller Review - Sunshade zippered extension

And there’s nothing that the GB Evoq’s oversize storage basket can’t handle (although it is a bit difficult to access when the stroller seat is in the forward facing position).GB Evoq Stroller Review Basket

For babies, the GB Asana car seat can accommodate up to 35 pounds and 32″ tall, and comes equipped with a FirmFit installation system so you know if it’s in your car properly.GB Evoq Travel System Stroller Review - Car Seat

But my very favorite part of the GB Evoq Travel System is the glide-on board.  GB Evoq Stroller Review - Standing PlatformThis is the feature that people seem to notice the most about this stroller, because every parent who has two kids has eventually had an older child who feels that they can walk…only to discover halfway through the outing that they can’t.  The glide on board is the perfect option for older kids who need a break or smaller kids who want to get out of the stroller, but can walk a ton.  GB Evoq Stroller Review - Stand & RideMy girls love this feature and actually fight over who gets to ride on the glide-on board…I only wish it were a bit bigger to fit them both!

This stroller has really proven itself in our house.  It’s handled months of use and abuse with ease and goes absolutely everywhere with us.  I just love that it will adjust to fit Everett as he grows…no matter where the season may take us!GB Evoq Review - Our GB Evoq Goes Everywhere with Us!

No matter what activities you and your family plan to indulge in this fall, the Evoq Travel System has you covered.  So go ahead – take it on those long walks with your family, take it to sporting events, and take it shopping…just be ready to answer questions about it while you’re out and about.  Everyone will notice this stroller!GB Evoq Stroller Review - Upright Seating Option
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303 Products Make Cleaning Up After Kids Easy {Review & Giveaway!}

So this happened at my house last weekend:303 Products Spot Remover Can Remove Crayon and Marker from Furniture!And to answer your question, yes – I just about died.

Sure, it’s an older couch that’s definitely seen better days, but didn’t I just write a post about how much I dislike art supplies?  Well, this is why.  Even worse, the kids have now learned how to (successfully) cover for one another, so I didn’t know who did it or what it was done with.  Crayon?  Marker?  Oil Pastel?  Highlighter?  I really didn’t know.  Greenleigh, my aspiring accident reconstructionist and the least likely to have done it, had her theories which she acted out in the middle of my kitchen, but they provided little comfort me when I realized that none of the blue writing utensils – now laying innocently on the kitchen table – were labeled as washable.  With all three kids in timeout, I was struggling to make peace with the idea that my couch would forever have blue scribbles on it.

My husband being the quick thinker that he is, remembered that I received a shipment from 303 Products in the mail just days earlier and asked me to go get them.  It was then that I saw this miracle unfold.  Just one minute after applying 303, the stain was gone.  303 Products Spot RemoverCompletely gone.303 Products Spot Remover removes stains from furniture and upholstery It took a few hours to dry, but there’s no denying the results…because that couch that I was ready to get reupholstered was not just saved, it was cleaner than before.  No marker.  No residue.  No harsh smell.  The most problematic part was that the parts that I cleaned with 303 Spot Remover were now cleaner than the rest of the couch, which only prompted more cleaning.

So convinced by it’s performance, I applied 303 Fabric Guard to my couch cushions the next day.  I do want to note that I took the cushions outside to apply the Fabric Guard, as you’ll want to do this in a well ventilated area.   Now my couch isn’t just clean, it’s built to resist stains and is able to better repel those unexpected spills that my kids are known for.  Rumor has it, it can even fight off red wine, but I’m not going to test out that theory.303 Products Spot Cleaner and Fabric Guard Never heard of 303 Products before?  It’s okay, I hadn’t either, but if you have kids, you should definitely have them in your house.  Since 1980, 303 Products has offered a diverse line of 5-star protectants, cleaners, and fabric guards.  No matter how high your standards, 303 Products will meet and exceed them.  They’re the perfect choice for parents, homeowners, boaters, car enthusiasts, and anyone that has anything that needs to be cleaned and protected.

I’ve actually become quite fond of the 303 Multi-Surface Cleaner lately.  You know all the scrubbing that you normally have to do to get dirt and grime off your countertop?  Not with 303 Multi-Surface Cleaner!  And I just love that it works on everything from furniture to countertops to, well, you name it!303 Products Multi Surface Cleaner 303 Products are the new “Clean Team” in my house, and with many years of little hands and sticky fingers still ahead of us, I’m thrilled to have them!303 Products make cleaning up after kids easy!Are you obsessive about protecting your things?  Take the 303 Product Quiz and enter to win 303 Spot Remover, 303 Multi-Surface Cleaner, 303 Fabric Guard, AND a $50 Amazon Gift Card!  Good luck everyone! a Rafflecopter giveaway

And now that you’ve entered my giveaway, be sure to hop around to the other participating blogs to win some great stuff!Forward To FallWelcome to the Looking Forward to Fall Giveaway Hop, hosted by Viva Veltoro and Lindsey Blogs. Summer is coming to a close, school is starting soon and it’s time to start looking forward to Fall. Each blogger in this Event has a giveaway worth at least $25 – so be sure to hop around to them all below!
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Get Ready for School with Smithsonian Interactive Books {Review & Giveaway!}

Disclosure: A huge thank you to Silver Dolphin Books and their publishing partner, The Smithsonian Institute, for providing my kids with the Smithsonian interactive books pictured below.

Wow…August really snuck up on us, didn’t it?  I mean, where did the summer go?  Because, while August is technically a summer month, for me, it signals the beginning of school, with fall not far behind.  In fact, just the other day, I found myself picking up school supplies for the girls as I was grocery shopping.  Back to school time is officially here.  And, although we struggled a bit when it came to finding time for reading earlier in the summer, we’ve been doing our very best to finish up Greenleigh’s recommended summer reading goal of 15 books before school starts with a little help from Smithsonian interactive books from Silver Dolphin Books.Smithsonian books

These books bring the “WOW” factor of the world renowned Smithsonian museum right into your own home with crisp, clear pictures and tons of educational content.  As a part of our Smithsonian interactive book bundle we received Smithsonian Sticker Creations: DinosaursSmithsonian Sticker Creations: Under the Sea, the Smithsonian Everything You Need to Know Fact Cards: Grades K-1, the Smithsonian Everything You Need to Know Fact Cards: Grades 2-3Smithsonian Young Explorers: 50 States and Smithsonian Discover: Earth.

The Smithsonian Sticker Creations books feature fun facts, 175 reusable stickers, 5 oversized 3-D stickers, and a pull-out framed play scene, which allows your child to create their own scene, whether it be a prehistoric dinosaur adventure or an underwater voyage.  Smithsonian Sticker CreationsBut don’t take this as any old sticker book, because it’s anything but that.  This book guides your child through facts and has them fill in blank spaces with stickers, so they’re learning every step of the way.Smithsonian Sticker Book

The Smithsonian Everything You Need to Know Fact Cards are broken up into age groups – Kindergarten – 1st Grade and Second Grade – Third Grade.  Each box is filled with 275 fact cards featuring categories that range from space to history to health, chosen to compliment the curricula for each grade level.  And because the topics are clearly marked by category at the very top of the card, your child can pick and choose the topic they want to learn about by selecting only those cards, or go through all the cards at once.Smithsonian Fact Cards

Recommended for ages 6 years and up, the Smithsonian Young Explorers: 50 States packs a lot of fun in a sturdy little travel case.  Inside kids will find an illustrated poster and a giant 130-piece floor puzzle of the United States. The alphabetically arranged fact book details state birds, animals, flowers, famous residents, and other fun trivia.  

And although slightly out of her age range (recommended 8+) the eye catching pictures in Smithsonian Discover: Earth certainly caught my daughter’s attention.  Because who doesn’t want to find their child curled up with a good book?Discover Earth

As a parent, I feel confident that the Smithsonian interactive books are helping my child prepare for going back to school, but, more importantly, these are books that she’s actually enjoying reading.  And I’ve found her going through the Fact Cards on her own several times this week.  I think we’re going to meet that suggested summer reading goal a little earlier than expected thanks to Smithsonian interactive books!Smithsonian Interactive Book Giveaway

Want to win a set of Smithsonian interactive books (valued at $102!) for your children?  Enter using the rafflecopter form below and they could be yours!
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Little Tummies Need Little Remedies

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Over the weekend, good friends of ours had a baby.  We couldn’t be more excited for them.  As they happily texted pictures of their new little bundle of joy and kept us updated on their name decision, I got a little nostalgic.  Because it wasn’t that long ago that we had our first baby:Greenleigh 1 Day OldShe looks angelic, doesn’t she?  Well, not exactly…  As adorable as she was, those first few months and weeks were hard, and for the most part, that was because of tummy trouble.

Greenleigh loved to eat – she very quickly shattered the suggestions on the feeding chart that the nurses gave me in the hospital and jumped right off the height and weight charts the pediatrician’s office – but the formula she ate often didn’t agree with her.  Sure, we tried different formulas, but none of those changes ever seemed to make a difference.  Instead, our house was full of tears…both hers and mine.  While I was aware that there were medications for colic, the pediatrician assured us that we weren’t dealing with colic, so I didn’t think there was anything out there to help us.

I was wrong.  I just didn’t know it until years later.

When Greenleigh was a little over 2 years old, she complained pain in her stomach.  At that point, I opened some Little Remedies Gas Relief Drops that I received as part of a gift basket.  The results were almost immediate and the pain was gone.  I remember excitedly telling my friends that I’d found a miracle worker in Little Remedies…only to learn they’d been using it for years.  They then told me it was safe for all ages, and had even taken it themselves from time to time.  And because it’s Little Remedies, there are no artificial colors or flavors, no alcohol or preservatives, and it’s completely safe to mix with water, formula, or other liquids, so it’s safe for even the tiniest of tummies.Little Tummies Need Little RemediesIt was also around that same time that I learned about Little Remedies Gripe Water – something I’d heard mentioned when we had Greenleigh, but dismissed because she didn’t have colic – and all it’s benefits.  Like the Little Remedies Gas Relief Drops, Little Remedies Gripe Water is an herbal supplement relieves discomfort due to hiccups and other tummy troubles, while still being completely free of alcohol, paraben, and gluten.  Like the Gas Relief Drops, Little Remedies is safe for all ages.

Now as a seasoned mom of 3, I always have Little remedies in our house, but I make sure to incorporate it in the gifts that I give to new moms, because there’s no reason for them to learn the hard way like I did.  So it’s with great joy that I help our friends welcome their new little addition – Baby Henry – and quickly pop some Gas Drops and Gripe Water in the mail.  I’m also going to pass on these Tips & Tricks for the Gassy Baby:



The Anatomy of the Toddler Diaper Bag

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We’ve all be there – we get brave enough to take our infant out of the house, only to find that we’re stuck lugging a 1,000 pound bag full of stuff (only a slight exaggeration) with us called a diaper bag…because you couldn’t possibly leave the house without the essentials, even if it’s just a quick trip out to the grocery store.  But by the time you child hits the toddlerhood years you’re experienced.  Motherhood has weathered you.  You’re a pro.  And you’ve realized that you don’t really need all that stuff that you brought along when you went on outings with your infant.  In fact, you’ve realized that you don’t need most of it.  But with toddler messes bound to happen, you can’t skip the diaper bag altogether just yet.  And so I present to you – The Anatomy of the Toddler Diaper Bag:Anatomy of the Toddler Diaper BagSo what goes in the Toddler Diaper Bag?

Diapers – Unlike that diaper bag for the infant, the toddler diaper bag contains 2-3 diapers (or training pants), tops.  You’ve finally realized that a quick trip to the store is going to require one or two diapers, so why carry a whole pack?

Spare Clothes – Let’s face it, toddlers are messy and their clothes often get the brunt of the abuse.  If you decide to skip these in the diaper bag, you’ll no doubt need them.  I try to pack the lightest weight outfits possible for space and keep the bag light.

Sippy Cup – When my kids were infants, I carried up to 4 bottles for a day out.  FOUR.  All filled with formula or breastmilk.  That’s a lot of weight.  With toddlers you can easy get away with one sippy cup for the entire day!

Toy –  Notice I didn’t say “toys”.  Nope.  Not here.  One toy…maybe two if you really need a second.  Carry just enough to keep them entertained in the car between stops, at the table before food is served, or for that quick trip to the grocery store.  Besides, when toddlers runs out of toys, they often make their own toys, which brings me to…

Snacks – Here’s the place not to skimp.  Carry snacks, lots of them.  Because the last thing you need on your hands is a hungry toddler.  The last thing anyone needs is a hungry toddler.  And make sure to bring a few different types of snacks, because hell hath no fury like a toddler who wants veggie straws when you only came armed with pretzels.

Sunscreen – Obviously this one is seasonal, but very important, especially if you live in a place that’s hotter than the face of the sun during the summer time, like I do.  Just try to buy smaller tubes or trial sizes so they don’t weigh down your bag.

Wipes – Ah, wipes…the linchpin of any well put together diaper bag.  Because wipes aren’t just for diaper changes.  No, they wash sticky fingers, wipe milk covered mouths, and clean little noses.  And because of the sensitive skin they touch, I recently started using WaterWipes.  Anatomy of the Toddler Diaper Bag - Water Wipes Review - Diaper BagIf you’ve never heard of them before, WaterWipes is a premier, European brand of wipes containing only 2 ingredients – 99.9% pure Irish water and 0.1% grapefruit seed extract.  The result is a durable and effective and chemical free wipe.  It’s a safer, natural alternative to traditional wipes, that leaves skin looking clean and feeling fresh.  They even last longer than traditional wipes because they don’t contain preservatives!  A pack of WaterWipes will remain good for up to 15 months and the pack is sterile because the wipes aren’t interfolded.  Not that they ever last quite that long in my diaper bag, of course!The Anatomy of the Toddler Daiper Bag Water Wipes The World's Purest Baby Wipes

And right now, you can really stock up, because WaterWipes are 2 for $6 at Babies “R” Us.  Just make sure to look for them in the earth friendly section of the store – not with the traditional wipes – or else you’ll miss them.Water Wipes - In the earth friendly section at Babies R Us

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So, tell me, what’s in your toddler’s diaper bag? What are your “must have” toddler items?

Celebrate Dad this Summer with Samsung & hhgregg {Giveaway!}

Disclosure: This post is brought to you by my friends at Samsung and hhgregg.  As always, all thoughts and opinions are my own.HHG_StartYourSummerWithSamsung_Facebook picture The way to my husband’s heart is through electronics, so it’s no wonder that I often end up wandering the aisles of hhgregg right around this time each year.  And I imagine that I’m not the only one on the hunt for the perfect Father’s Day gift, because when it comes to Father’s Day, nothing short of the perfect gift will do.  The world’s best dad deserves so much more than a tie, a mug, or yet another t-shirt.  So this year, I decided to turn to Samsung for a few ideas on my quest for the perfect gift…and lucky for me, they have more than a few!  Here are just some of my absolute favorite Father’s Day gifts from hhgregg and Samsung.  And don’t worry, you still have plenty of time to shop!

For music loving dads the Samsung Black Shape™ Wireless Audio Speaker is a must.  Equipped with wifi and Bluetooth connectivity, these speakers allow you to send music from your music library or favorite App straight to your speakers.  But the beauty of this speaker system is that it allows you to select where you want to send your music.  Want lullabies in the baby’s room?  No problem.  But you can still listen to your music in your office, out on your patio, or even in your garage.  This speaker system lets you have your music where you want it and when you want it.  And because it’s an expandable system, you can always add more rooms by purchasing extra audio speakers and a Wireless Audio Hub.  It’s just a matter of how many rooms you want connected – Samsung handles the rest!HHG_Samsung_GearFitWatch picture And I don’t know about the dad in your life, but my husband has been dying for one of those new Samsung Gear™ Fit Watches.  Then again, I don’t think anyone would blame him him when you see all the cool things that it can do.  This watch is the perfect gift for busy dads who want to stay fit.  Besides monitoring your steps and heart rate, the Samsung Gear™ Fit Watch allows you to view text and emails, dismiss calls, and even receive notifications from third-party Apps, all on a crystal clear 1.84-inch Super AMOLED® display.  Nothing is off limits with this watch.  Best of all, dad can customize the home screen by applying themes, changing the background picture, clock face and font to make it his own.  Dad can even change the wrist band depending on his look!  At just $119.99, this Father’s Day gift is smart, affordable, and at the very top of my list!

For dads who love movies or watching their favorite sports team, the Samsung 55″ Curved 4K Ultra HD 3D Smart TV is the ultimate gift.  Not only does it provide 55″ of crystal clear viewing, but it has an easy to navigate touch pad remote control, wifi built in, and 3D capabilities!  And the curves!  Oh, the curves…  My husband raves about the curves on this tv  (it’s okay, I’m not jealous), because they not only make this tv look cool, but they provide a depth not found in ordinary televisions and enhance the picture exponentially.  The sound is pretty amazing too, but if you want to enhance it even more you could always connect it to the Samsung 9.1 Channel Curved Sound Bar with Wireless Speakers.

And because Father’s Day isn’t complete without a selfie with dad, make sure to pick up the Samsung 16.3 Megapixel Smart Camera with easy sharing capabilities.  As long as you have a wifi connection you can instantly share your pictures with anyone!  Just make sure you get the hang of the 21x optical zoom and 23mm wide-angle lens before taking the selfie, or you might get an extreme close up.  And if your dad prefers taking video, this camera is more than capable, with camera, video, and camera and video settings.  Yes!  It can actually take pictures and video at the same time!

So there it is, my Father’s Day gift list from Samsung and hhgregg…  I looks like I have some tough decisions to make!

Now for the best part – a chance to win a $50 hhgregg gift card!  Enter using the rafflecopter form below and it could be yours!  Good luck everyone! a Rafflecopter giveaway

Enter to Win a Philips Avent Digital Video Monitor in the Oh Baby Giveaway Hop!

Oh Baby (1)Welcome to the oh BABY Giveaway Hop, hosted by Viva Veltoro and Lindsey Blogs. We’re joining a number of other bloggers to celebrate the sweetest of deliveries… precious babies! Be sure to hop around to all the great giveaways AND don’t miss the AMAZING Grand Prize of a Thule Urban Glide or Urban Glide 2 worth up to $649! Enter to win one of these amazing strollers at Viva Veltoro or Lindsey Blogs!Thule Urban Glide Giveaway

For this giveaway, one lucky reader is going to receive a Philips Avent Digital Video Monitor valued at $219!Digital Video Monitor

Be on the lookout for a complete review of this fabulous monitor in the very near future!  In the meantime, enter to win one using the Rafflecopter form below!  Good luck!

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That Time I Thought I Was Pregnant

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As the mom of 3, you’d probably expect that I’ve had 3 positive pregnancy tests in my life…but you’d be wrong.  You see, about 6 months before I found out I was pregnant with Greenleigh, I took a pregnancy test and it came up positive.  At the time, my husband and I weren’t trying to get pregnant.  I actually took the test to calm his concerns that I might be pregnant because I couldn’t remember when my last period was.

You could have knocked me over with a feather when it came up positive.

Over the next few hours my husband and I freaked out over the idea that we were about to be parents.  Although we always wanted kids, we agreed to table the discussion until we at least our second wedding anniversary, and maybe even longer than that.  Up until that positive test, kids were in our distant future, not our immediate future.  And yet there we were talking about names, daycares, and what room we were going to convert into a nursery with a very positive pregnancy test in hand.  It was surreal.  Our whole plan had been altered in an instant.

Later that night, my husband suggested that I take another test.  I reluctantly agreed.  I mean, the test that I was holding looked pretty positive to me, but why not.  He ran out to the store for another test and I promptly took it when he returned…only for that test to come up negative.  A few more negative tests, a doctor’s appointment the next day, and some blood work all confirmed that I’d never been pregnant.

I got a false positive.

And as much as you’d think we’d be relieved, we weren’t.  Actually, we were heartbroken.  Yes, I know it sounds like some cliche sitcom plot, but somehow in the chaos and uncertainty of it all, we got excited about the idea of a baby.  Maybe we were more ready than we thought.  Sure enough, we started trying to get pregnant a month later and 5 months after that, welcomed our second positive test.  A real positive test.

Based on our experience just a few months before, you better believe I was very careful about the pregnancy test we used when we did start trying to have a baby.  Bottom line is, I didn’t pay any attention to brands before we started trying to get pregnant.  This time, I wanted a pregnancy test that was easy to use and easy to read, but most of all, I wanted a pregnancy test that would be accurate.  I never wanted another false positive or unclear result.  So it should be no surprise that when I happily stared down at that second positive test, it was on a First Response Pregnancy Test.First Response Pregnancy TestBack then I selected First Response because it was the test that could detect pregnancy the earliest, but I was thrilled to hear that First Response recently updated their tests to be even more user friendly.  The new Comfort Sure Design features a curved shape designed, 50% wider tip, and longer handle.  Unlike those tests that I took when we got the false positive, the new First Response Pregnancy Test can be taken at any point during the day and it can detect pregnancy as early as 6 days before the day of your missed period.  Results that are over 99% accurate (from the day of the expected period) are provided in about 3 minutes.

First Response Pregnancy Test Comfort Handle CurveGetting my second positive pregnancy test was still a very surreal event.  I was happy and excited and just a little bit scared.  I wondered if it would be a girl or a boy.  I wondered if I’d be a good mom.  I wondered how I’d juggle working and parenting.  I wondered how we’d handle daycare and what name we’d select.  But I didn’t wonder about the First Response Pregnancy Test I took, because I knew it was accurate.  Sure enough, this bundle of joy arrived 9 1/2 months later:Baby Bean

If you’re trying to conceive, you can find First Response Pregnancy Tests at all major drugstores and grocery stores nationwide (retail $8.99-$15.99).  To find out more what makes First Response Pregnancy Tests the best choice for you, be sure to check out the First Response website.