Friday, July 31, 2009

My Little Fish

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Wednesday I brought Riley and the three beautiful kids I babysit in the summertime, Logan, Madie and Megan swimming.

As soon as we got there, I dressed Riley in her swimsuit and put on her Stearn's Puddle Jumper's life jacket. I had purchased her life jacket last month when I noticed that her arm floaties were not really any help to her. The arm floaties were hard to get on and did not help keep her head and chest afloat. The Puddle Jumpers has a flotation piece that supports her chest. It also has arm floaties that are attached. She does not find it uncomfortable at all.

Let me tell you that the Puddle Jumpers life jacket is amazing. Riley swims everywhere with no help from me. She actually will not let me touch her when she is swimming around with it on. Before the life jacket, she would cling to me and not let go. I think this is a wonderful start and I am so glad she is no longer afraid of the water. I just wish I would have purchased one last year.

I was so proud watching how far she she has came in such a little time. She is more confident and can actually enjoy pool time!!





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Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Stay Tuned

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This week I will be listing lots of reviews and giveaways. Some of the products are Exergen Temperal Scanner, Carolina Pad, All Modern Baby and Pedoodles.

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Mosquito 86 Giveaway

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Home Construction and Improvement is giving away a Mosquito 86.The Mosquito 86 –Mosquito Control System is a mosquito eradication system, NOT an attraction and collection system as most other systems are. The Mosquito 86 system uses a special chemical to kill mosquitos, biting flies, gnats, fleas, ticks, and a host of others. What’s really nice is you can attach it to over 50 different types of leaf blowers. If you don’t have leaf blower they sell complete kits with gas or electric leaf blowers.

This is one item that I would love to own. My daughter and I are highly sensitive to mosquitoes. If we had one of these we would be able to enjoy going outside more. I would not have the constant fear that a mosquito is going to bite my daughter. Last year and this year she was bitten by her eye, swelling it shut.

This is a picture of her eye last year. You can see additional bites on her face.




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Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Laurie Berkner~Rocketship Run~Review and Giveaway

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My daughter has loved music since she was itty bitty. We would listen to a few different children's cd's. She would dance and try to sing along. Once the cd was over she would move on to something else and not give the music cd a second thought, until I would play it again.

My daughter loves Noggin and loves the music that they play. I really noticed her becoming very attached to the music of the Laurie Berkner Band. She would get so excited when she would hear them on the TV. It was almost if she had radar ears or something, because she could be on the other side of the house and would come running if Laurie was singing. The Laurie Berkner Band's music videos have appeared on Noggin since 2004.



We were very fortunate to find the DVD with bonus CD of "We are the Laurie Berkner Band".
As soon as we got in the car, we had to put in the CD. She was extremely excited. Everytime we get in the car she asks for "her music". She sings along with every song. If I try and sing she fusses at me and tells me to "Stop singing momma. It is my music not yours". When we get in the house she wants the DVD playing. It plays on her TV in her room almost all day. The feature I wish they would add to it is auto start, because I have to restart it everytime it is over.
She will run around everywhere we go and sing all of the songs by heart now. She marches along the fireplace mantle singing "we are the dinosaurs marching, marching". I just giggle everytime I see her reaction to Laurie and her music because it is amazing how emgrossed my two year old with the Laurie's music.


I was just sent Laurie's new release "Rocketship Run". When it came in the mail, I showed my daughter the CD. I asked who her was on the cover. She lit up and said, "Laurie". I told her Laurie sent her this CD just to her and she had a smile from ear to ear.

It comes packed with 24 awesome songs! You can even find the lyrics to all the songs on the website.
Track Listing:
1. Rocketship Run
2. Going on a Hunt (ska)
3. Mouse in My Toolbox
4. Candy Cane Jane
5. All Around My Room
6. One More Stop on the Train
7. Going On a Hunt (blues)
8. Jump and Fly
9. Pigbasket
10. Five Days Old
11. Mr. Bassman (and Piano Girl)
12. Winter Lullaby
13. Let's Samba
14. Going on a Hunt (conga)
15. My Blue Sailboat
16. Balance Beam
17. Thunderstorm
18. Fast and Slow (The Rabbit and the Turtle)
19. Going on a Hunt (jig)
20. Farm Song (That's What I Did on the Farm)
21. Nona
22. Walk Along the River
23. Going on a Hunt (hand jive)
24. Fly Me To The Moon

Wow! Is all I can say about Laurie Berkner's new cd Rocketship Run. You can purchase the CD for only $15.00 on Laurie Berkner's website.


I was given a second CD to give away to one of my lucky readers. Thank you, Sarah!

If you have children, this is one giveaway you must enter!

This contest is open to U.S. residents. The contest will end on 8/13/09 at 11:59 pm CST. The winner will be chosen randomly by randon.org. The winner will be emailed and has 48 hours to respond, or another winner will be chosen.

Mandatory entry
  • Go to Laurie's website and let me know something I did not mention here.
Extra Entries
(you must leave a separate comment for each entry or they will not count)
  • Follow me
  • Add my button to your blog
  • Blog about this giveaway and link back to me. Come back and give me the link to your post
  • Enter any of my other giveaways. One entry for each giveaway you enter.
  • Follow me on Twitter and tweet about this giveaway.
Good Luck!!!


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Monday, July 27, 2009

Winner of Timree Giveaway

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The winner of the Timree giveaway is #73

t "The his and her beach chairs are nice."


Congratulations!! I just sent you an email.

You have 48 hours to respond or another winner will be chosen.

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Sunday, July 26, 2009

BlogHer '10 - In Search of Sponsorship

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I know it is early, but I wanted to start my search now for sponsors to help me get to BlogHer '10. I was unable to go to BlogHer '09. So, I am on a mission to get to BlogHer '10. I will do whatever it takes! I am so envious of everyone that was able to attend '09. I see from their blogs all that they learned, the wonderful people they were able to meet, all the fun they had and all the swag they came home with.


I am need for sponsors to make financial donations to help me pay for my admission ticket to BlogHer, my hotel room, my transportation. I would also love sponsors to donate items for me to include in the Swag Bags I would love to pass out.

In return, I will promote the CRAP out of your products!!!!
  • I will wear your t-shirts or anything else you want me to wear.
  • I will pass out your business cards.
  • I will do a review on your products quarterly, with or without a giveaway.
  • I will include your banner on my site thanking you for sponsoring me.
  • I will tweet about your company and thank you for sponsoring me before, during and after BlogHer.

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Princess Set

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I wanted to share with you an order that I recently finished for a long time customer. She wanted a princess theme for a newborn baby and wanted the colors brown, pink and light green incorporated into the design.

I think that this set came out really cute. I purchased the princess applique design set from Designs by Juju. I purchased the Curlz initial applique set from Embroidery Boutique. I have found that the designs from both of these companies stitch out perfectly the first time, everytime! If you have an embroidery machine and are in the need of some really cute designs, check these companies out, they are fantastic.

The initial bib. I used pink polka dot fabric. It has a beautiful stitch out along the edges. It reminds me of a dainty lace.


Magic Wand
I used pink polka dot fabric and light green polka dot fabric and added accents of brown.


Matching Towel and Pillowcase Set

Fairy Princess and Carriage Onesie Set
Sizes 3-6 months and 6-9 months

Everything




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Friday, July 24, 2009

A Wonderful Visit

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My younger sister came to visit these past couple of weeks. She brought her 4 beautiful children with her. It was such a joy to see them and spend time with them. We only get to see them once or twice a year. I was amazed at how much they have grown and what amazing little people they have become. I wish they lived closer. I really miss seeing the kiddos grow up. Riley really misses them too!! She has only seen them several times in her few years of life. But, she knows who they are. She looks at their pictures everyday and knows all of their names.

I also have 3 more nephews and 2 more nieces that live far way and she knows who they are when she sees their pictures too. It is amazing how much love she has for them when she has only met them two or three times.

While my sister was here we took the kids to the small local zoo. The kids had a blast. Riley was so excited to go. She said she wanted to see a giraffe, an elephant and a "scaaary" tiger. We do not have an elephant at our zoo, but she got to see several tigers and a giraffe.

Here are a few pics from the zoo."Mr Giraffe"

The Kiddos

Riley feeding the cow.

What a wonderful visit. We can not wait to see them again!!

Neat Solutions Table Topper Review & Giveaway

Posted by Secret Burkheiser at 12:33 PM 57 comments Links to this post
I recently had the opportunity to do a review for a company called Neat Solutions, Inc. Neat Solutions is a company that makes unique products for families on the go. Their products also makes your life with a baby or toddler much easier.

I was sent the Table Topper in the Dora the Explorer pattern to review. I love them. It is a place mat that securely sticks in place on the table. It has sticky strips on the underside. We can go out to restaurants now and I do not have to worry if the table was sanitized before we sat down. Sometimes I place Riley's food directly on the Table Topper, but most of the time I sit her plate on it. As we all know, with toddlers the food does not stay on their plate too long. So, if she spills or moves her food off of her plate I do not have to worry about her eating it. What is also great about this product is I can just remove the Table Topper and most of her mess is taken up with it. They come in different fun designs that will help keep your child entertained in the restaurant.

I just recently bought the potty topper and the multi-use pads. We are attempting to potty train our daughter for the 100th time and these really come in handy. The multi-use pads are great for the car seat to protect it from any "accidents". The potty topper is great for public restrooms.

Neat Solutions makes many other items that make life easier. A collection of these would be a great baby shower gift.

Neat Solutions is giving one lucky reader a pack of 18 Winnie the Pooh Table Toppers.

This contest is open to U.S. residents. Contest will end on August 8th, 2009 at 11:59 pm CST. Winner will be chosen randomly by random.org. Winner will be notified by email and will have 48 hours to respond or another winner will be chosen. Please add your email address at the bottom of your comments if your are not a blogger or if your blogger profile is set to private.


Mandatory entry (This must be done or no additional entries will count)
Visit Neat Solutions and come back here and tell me what other product would you like to have the most (other than the 3 I have listed).

Additional Entries
*Follow me (2 entries)
*Enter any of my other giveaways and let me know which one (1 entry maximum)
*Add my button to your blog (1 entry)
* Blog about this giveaway and link to Secret Life of a WAHM and Neat Solutions. Come back and give me the link to your post. (2 entries)
*Follow me on Twitter and tweet about this giveaway. Include my giveaway link. (1 entry)
*Let me know where you can purchase these products near you. (1 entry)

Good Luck:)

Perry Winkles Kids Smocked Dress Review & Giveaway - CLOSED

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I love anything smocked!!! I can truly say I am an addict for smocked dresses, bubbles and pant sets. When I found out I was pregnant with my daughter I started buying them and buying them! Smocked dresses are so timeless and clothing work of art. My favorite is the bishop and angel sleeve styles. With these styles you can get 2-3 years of wear out of one dress. I like to buy mine long and then as my daughter grows I pair them with bloomers or pantaloons.

I was recently given the opportunity to review a smocked dress from Perry Winkles Kids. They make beautiful hand-smocked dresses. We received the Ursala smocked sundress. It is breathtaking. The quality is second to none! It is made of a gorgeous, super soft cotton in green with a fun plaid pattern and is completely lined. It has pearlized buttons in the back from the top to the bottom. We just love it!! The smocking detail is amazing!! I love the fact that I can dress this dress up or down. I can pair it with keds or sandals for a more casual look or with a pair of mary janes for a dressier look.

Here is a picture of Riley in her new dress. I took several pictures of Riley in her new dress but had my camera on the wrong setting. This is the only one I could salvage.

Perry Winkles Kids is a Canadian-based mother and daughter team. They are both moms that appreciate good quality and easy to care for clothing. They only work with natural fibres (like 100% pima cotton) and they place a huge importance in bringing you a high-quality and unique product.

They offer sizes ranging from 3 months to 6T.

Here a just a few of my favorites.

Perry Winkles Kids is offering one of my readers a dress of their choice.
This contest is open to U.S. and Canadian residents. Contest will end on August 12th, 2009 at 11:59 pm CST. Winner will be chosen randomly by random.org. Winner will be notified by email and will have 48 hours to respond or another winner will be chosen. Please add your email address at the bottom of your comments if your are not a blogger or if your blogger profile is set to private.

Mandatory entry (This must be done or no additional entries will count)
Visit Perry Winkles Kids and sign up for their newsletter.
Additional Entries
*Visit Perry Winkles Kids and tell me the the dress you would choose if you won. (1 entry)
*Follow me (2 entries)
*Enter any of my other giveaways and let me know which one (1 entry maximum)
*Add my button to your blog (1 entry)
* Blog about this giveaway and link Secret Life of a WAHM and Perry Winkles Kids. Come back and give me the link to your post. (2 entries)
*Follow me on Twitter and tweet about this giveaway. Include my link. (1 entry)

Good Luck:)




Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Sleep Number by Select Comfort Giveaway

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I found a giveaway that is almost too good to be true, so I just had to share. Thrifty Jinxy is giving away a Sleep Number bed by Select Comfort, a $1400 value. Visit Thrifty Jinxy for all the juicy details.


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See Kai Run Review & Giveaway - ENDED

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I was recently given the opportunity to review a pair of shoes from See Kai Run. I chose the Celeste shoes for my daughter. When we received them in the mail she was so eager to try them on. I took them out of the box and my first impression was "WOW, these feel like butter!". She tried the Celeste shoes on and they fit great!! She loved them so much, she did not want to take them off. They are incredibly soft. I know that Riley will not getting any blisters from these. The craftsmanship is amazing!! I am a huge fan of boutique shoes for my daughter. Many of the pairs that I have bought are so hard that they are uncomfortable for her to wear or they cause blisters.

We were going to take pictures of her in the shoes, but it has been raining so much in South Louisiana I did not want her to wear them outside for the pictures.

They have a beautiful selection of shoes! Just look at the great color combination's they offer. I wish they were offered in my size:) The boy selection is just as great as the girl selection. I know looking at the boy shoes in most stores the selection is super small and they are plain and not too cute. It is just the opposite with See Kai Run.


They have a new fall/winter line that will be available in August.
Here is a sneak peek of some of the shoes they will be adding to their line.

A little something from See Kai Run about their amazing shoes.

Our Shoes

See Kai Run and Smaller promote healthy development of babies' and children's feet with their ultra-flexible soles, soft leather and wide toe box. Our footwear meets the American Podiatric Medical Association's rigorous standards for foot health and functionality and has been awarded the APMA's prestigious Seal of Acceptance.

Why See Kai Run?

Healthy Fit

  • Very flexible soles are healthy for developing feet.
  • Wide opening and toe box accommodate even the chubbiest little feet.
  • Velcro closure allows for adjustable fit and easy on and off.
  • Leather lining is breathable and durable.
  • Padded collar adds comfort and helps our shoes stay on little feet.

Quality Construction

  • Leather used for our footwear meets the most stringent available U.S. and international guidelines.
  • Sheepskin leather uppers are butter-soft and more durable by weight than cow leather used by many other brands.
  • Durable construction and rubber sole stand up to heavy play indoors and out.

Urban Style

  • Hip, urban styles in modern col or palettes.
  • Bold designs and detailing.
  • Modern takes on classic styles.
One lucky reader will have the chance to win one pair of shoes of their choice from the Smaller or See Kai Run lines.

Mandatory entry:
Visit See Kai Run and look around. Come back here and tell me the pair of shoes that you would want if you won from the Smaller line or the See Kai Run line.

Bonus Entries: (You must leave a comment for each additional entry, or they will not count)
1 entry - Sign up for the See Kai Run newsletter and tell me you did.
1 entry - Tell me your favorite feature of the See Kai Run shoes.
2 entries - Follow Me
1 entry - Add my button to your blog and let me know where I can find it.
3 entries - Blog about this giveaway linking back to this post. Leave me a comment with the direct URL.
10 entries - Make a purchase from See Kai Run.


Contest is open to US residents and will end on August 7th, 2009 at 11:59 pm CST.
The winner will be chosen August 8th, 2009 via random.org and will be notified by email. The winner will have 48 hours to respond or another winner will be chosen.

Good Luck!






 

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