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Monday, March 31, 2008

Noodle & Boo

I honestly wake up some days and smell myself. Okay, I know now I sound a bit off my rocker. I do though. I test so many products that I get to use in the shower and or bath that I have to see how the scent lingers so I am only a bit off my rocker. I am now mildly addicted to the scent of the Sugar Mama Honey Scrub and the Soothing Body Wash by Noodle and Boo I don’t know if I will ever be the same.

Sugar Mama Honey Scrub I already told you that I love the smell but what I didn't mention is how gentle it was. I indulged my daughter who is six even after her begging and pleading. It was so gentle yet got rid of all that icky dry skin that she was experiencing in this arid climate. She smelled so fresh and clean and her skin was baby soft it was a great cuddle night for us. Well, it always it but that was an added bonus

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Essential care kit includes super soft lotion, extra gentle shampoo, and soothing body wash. They all took me back to the days of newborns and lullabies. Again, as I have mentioned more then once dry skin is a major issue here in Colorado and especially with my youngest that has eczema. I do enjoy doing this; I find products that are available to so many children and families. This is one of them. Sensitive skin and for the green families it’s perfect or if you just want to smell superb. Green? Sensitive skin, yes, there seems to be a theme for me. Natural ingredients, non-toxic, phthalate free, and it is biodegradable in recyclable packaging. Okay, enough about the packaging and all that wholesome goodness.

What about the products?

The lotion was smooth and soaked right into all skin types. My husband, both girls and myself all tried it out and approved it. My husband’s skin that is usually rough and “manly” as he calls it was smooth, smelled fresh, and clean. The girls were smooth as they day they were born and me? Well, I loved the feeling my hands had again. Typing, cooking, and daily chores take their toll. There was no greasy residue after that was a bonus.

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Shower time for my kids brought in the shampoo and body wash. Clean, clean and clean! That is the best way to put it, the shampoo is great for babies, fine short hair, and men but my daughter with long hair that needs conditioner and gets tangles did fine but just wasn’t lucky enough to have the scent linger as we had to condition after. The shampoo is phenomenal. My child just has really long hair that takes a lot to maintain. One sign of a good shampoo is it doesn’t work up a huge lather from additives but washes out easily. Check and check.

Noodle and Boo Body wash is made of natural ingredients, non-toxic, phthalate free like all of their other products. Sensitive skin loves Noodle and Boo I do declare!


Ultimate cleansing cloths are a handy tool to keep in the car, a purse, diaper bag or bathroom. I had mine travel with me, Noodle and Boo made it easier by the packaging. The lid created a better seal than I’ve ever seen before and the cloths didn’t dry out as I’ve had in the past. One of the many things I used them for was hands on the playground, what a great and easy solution. I usually used the antibacterial gels that you can carry in your purse but these smell better and the kids like them a lot more. If you don’t believe me … Denise Richards "just ordered cases of the cleansing cloths." I intend to order plenty myself. I like them a lot more than the normal store brands and recommend them highly. 4 “moms” up

Many celebrities love Noodle and Boo just read the press page.

Want to know more about Noodle and Boo? Just go to the website and browse or as always ask me! I’ll tell you what I think.

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Friday, March 28, 2008

snug as a bug in a rug

SugarBugg Creations (etsy)

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I’m renaming these as snug as a bug in a rug that smell really good.

One blanket for each daughter each quite unique, so soft and cuddly, I want an adult size one (can you arrange that?)

As soon as I opened the beautifully wrapped package, I could smell the freshly laundered blankets. To me this is a major thing. I don’t want the items that I’m reviewing to smell like chemicals, screen print or anything that may interfere with the process. I do wash everything but still it was nice to know that she took pride in the work she does.


It was mere moments before the blankets were ripped out of my hands and the oldest, P, took one for her liking. She is now sleeping with it nightly. She rubs her cheek to it and sighs as she settles in, and she’s 8. I love that. It reminds me of her toddler years and though those days are past, she’s still my baby. I get all that from a magical blanket, now what more do I have to say to get you to get one.

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My little one A, uses her blankets for her build-a-whatever I overcharged you for, her dolls, and the dogs. She won’t sleep with a blanket on, which is a never-ending battle here. But not SugarBugg, this one stays on. I can even sneak it on her without her noticing. That’s what’s important to me!


The softness and length of the blankets help a lot in my opinion. They are larger then most receiving blankets and definitely more comforting. The colors are quite vibrant for the littler eye and patterns are age appropriate for a toddler or baby. She’s quite reasonable and will embroider as well.

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Look her up and tell her Mom in the Know sent you, I hope you like her as much as I do!

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Monday, March 24, 2008

The Hat Lady

The Hat Lady

I love knit hats for my kiddos, as you know from past reviews. Unique one of a kind items are my favorites, so when I found TheHatLady on Etsy it was a pretty exciting for me. They are magnificent in all weather; it does get chilly even on the summer and or to throw on a wet head not to catch a chill. What makes these special? Well, have you ever wanted a crocheted tiara for your little princess? TheHatLady makes them. All quality handmade hats, the yarn used is remarkable it’s beyond anything I’ve seen in a store and the handmade pledge means more to Caroline Brockner the creative genius then a lot of people I’ve met.


It was washed and held up wonderfully. I wash it all to make sure; when you have kids, you have to.


It held up to a fight between sisters and getting pulled off one's head. Yes, I just admitted my children are, well real kids and they fight and argue they aren’t perfect!


It fit my head, which was pretty cool because I love the hat. How can you not it has an old-fashioned flair with a modern twist. I love the modern and chic brown hat with flowers one hat that can fit so many personalities you honestly don’t get that in many places.

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Caroline, TheHatLady will make it if you don’t see it or at least try, as she says, “chances are I can make it for you if you ask!”


It may be the end of winter for some of you, but don’t write of knit hats for all seasons. You can stock up for next year, too. Look at her site and see that she also makes a blanket here and there. Remember, just ask!

She also makes adult hats!


TheHatLady on Etsy!


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Thursday, March 20, 2008

Pamper your Chef at your fingertips

It’s as easy as one, two, three, you can order online, from a catalog and surprise someone, or get a last minute gift. My friend was so accommodating with her help and waiting until the new catalog came out. In March it sure did so I want to share those new products with you as well as the stones that I love and happen to own at least one of each one if not more. I swear by them. I should take pictures of my kitchen one day and you can see the use it gets. It’s pretty fancy and I love it more then anything. I use top of the line products and PC is everywhere.


The Stoneware is made from natural stone clay and distributes heat efficiently for even baking and browning, you can’t get that just anywhere. You can buy the pans in glazed or unglazed and they come in a variety of sizes with recipes to boot!


Sizes include:
  • 12-Cup Muffin Pan
  • Deep Covered Baker - Cranberry
  • Deep Dish Baker - Cranberry
  • Deep Dish Pie Plate - Cranberry
  • Deep Dish Pie Plate - Vanilla
  • Insulated Tote
  • Large Bar Pan
  • Large Rack
  • Large Round Stone
  • Medium & Rectangle Rack
  • Medium Bar Pan
  • Medium Round Stone
  • Mini Loaf Pan
  • Mini-Baker - Cranberry
  • Nylon Pan Scrapers- These clean the pans and are phenomenal!
  • Oval Baker - Cranberry
  • Rectangle Stone
  • Rectangular Baker
  • Rectangular Baker - Cranberry
  • Rectangular Baker - Vanilla
  • Round Stone with Handles - Large
  • Small Bar Pan
  • Square Baker - Cranberry
  • Square Baker - Vanilla
  • Stoneware Fluted Pan
  • Stoneware Loaf Pan

Now a tip, you don’t want to wash your pans in the dish washer bust buy hand with water, no soap. Trust me. The germs and all the other particles bake out in several rounds of the pans. They come with explicit directions to help you along in the process.

Another one of my favorites is the pantry! The great line of spices and flavors to add you goodies.


Here’s a list that lines my pantry if you were to look right now:
  • All-Purpose Dill Mix
  • Asian Seasoning Mix
  • Basil Blend Canola Oil
  • Beer Bread Mix
  • Chipotle Rub
  • Cinnamon Plus® Spice Blend
  • Citrus & Basil Rub
  • Crushed Peppercorn & Garlic Rub
  • Double-Strength Madagascar Bourbon Pure Vanilla Extract
  • Garlic-Infused Canola Oil
  • Greek Rub
  • Italian Seasoning Mix
  • Jamaican Jerk Rub
  • Korintje Cinnamon
  • Moroccan Rub
  • Pizza Crust & Roll Mix
  • Rosemary Herb Seasoning Mix
  • Smoky Barbecue Rub
  • Southwestern Seasoning Mix
  • Sweet Caramel Sprinkle
  • Sweet Cinnamon Sprinkle

Now Nicole’s customer service is above the moon. She will break her back and go to the ends of the earth to make sure you are happy. As a mother of two, I don’t know how she does it. You can contact her at to place an order or if you are local - in Colorado - to host a party.

Click on over to and view what you NEED to buy and place an order from her, tell her I sent ya.


Oh, by the way we had this at my last home party … for a girl (me) who hates sweets it was to die for!

Quick Apple Crisp
5 Granny Smith apples
1 package (9 ounces) yellow cake mix
2 tablespoons sugar
1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
1/4 cup butter or margarine, melted
1/2 cup chopped nuts
Vanilla ice cream or thawed, frozen whipped topping (optional)

1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Peel, core and slice apples using Apple Peeler/Corer/Slicer. Cut apples in half using Utility Knife. Place apples in Deep Dish Baker.
2. Combine cake mix, sugar, cinnamon, butter and nuts in Classic Batter Bowl. Mix until crumbly using Classic Scraper. Sprinkle mixture evenly over apples.
3. Bake 35-40 minutes or until apples are tender. Serve warm with ice cream or whipped topping, if desired.

Yield: 10 servings

Nutrients per serving: Calories 240, Total Fat 12 g, Saturated Fat 3.5 g, Cholesterol 15 mg, Carbohydrate 33 g, Protein 2 g, Sodium 210 mg, Fiber 2 g

©The Pampered Chef, Ltd. 2008

Now you have nothing stopping you!


Email and place your pampered chef order now! Mother’s day is just around the corner!

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Monday, March 17, 2008

all shapes and sizes

People come in all shapes and sizes. Big and small, thin and large, thick and thin, people are different and everyone has special needs as a result of their shape and size.


Few realize or give it much thought, but the same can be said for our babies. Some of us give birth to preemie infants that could fit in the palm of your hand. Others find life in a larger package. Like the adults that bring them to this earth, their needs are as different as the individuals themselves… but for children, the ability to meet those needs can prove much more difficult.

For instance, the grown men of the world now have full-blown franchised chains dedicated to putting them in fashionable suits designed to provide a professional look and a comfortable wear. If you are a large man, there is ease in finding clothes to meet your needs (at least at work).


For children, there appears to be no such effort. Stores offering clothes for infants and toddlers are not hard to find, but the sizes rarely stray from the norm and those seeking options for larger children are often forced to adjust by evolving through the sizes more quickly than the normal child. That limits style choices and options and can be frustrating for the mother (or father!) seeking wardrobe options for their child.

That’s where Happy Panda comes in.

The Happy Panda brand was started by Pamela Kramer, a mother of two who found the experiences described above were all too real. Her boys were wearing 2T clothes before their first birthday! Like many of us in the same boat, the frustration of finding options that worked and filled the drawers and closets with clothes that would last was growing. The clothes she had to buy didn’t come with the little things we take for granted. Diaper changes were cumbersome as her sons were still too young to potty train but the clothes that fit were not available with those quick-change features. The styles were aimed at toddlers, but the desire to hold on to youth through fashions that reflected their age was no longer an option. The kids kept growing, the depression grew with it.

So Pamela took action. She joined forces with friend Emily Sanderson and hatched an idea so simple yet so ignored in today’s market: Let’s design and make clothes for children with advanced physical size that still offer the amenities their age truly demands. Thus Happy Panda was born, a line of children’s fashion that allows the parent to shop by age, a much more friendly method of choice, rather than size. Happy Panda produces high quality baby wear aimed at keeping the large child happy and the parents of those children sane.


The catalogue includes T-shirts, Snappies (commonly known as “onesies” on the baby market), pants, sleepwear, and hats. There are also seasonal offerings tailored to meet your needs for all seasons. To top it off, Happy Panda offers a great menu of adorable dresses for the lil’ girls. All are made in the good ol’ US of A, all are made of environmentally-friendly fabrics and inks, and all are designed to provide the comfort and functionality you would hope to find from top-shelf baby fashions.

The folks at Happy Panda sent my family a full array of offerings. To be honest, my children are actually smaller, but it was not difficult to find a good friend whose boy was well within the Happy Panda target audience. I dropped the T-shirt and snappy on her lap and let them have at it for a couple of weeks… and she fell in love. Her boy loved the clothes for their comfort; she loved them for their ease and functionality. In my own home, we kept a couple of T-shirts as well as a couple of nice shirts sent along for my husband and me. As a testament to the quality of these fabrics, my husband has taken to wearing the tee under just about every outfit he dons each day. They are soft, they are oh so comfortable, and they fit as well as any shirt he’s ever worn.


If these wears can keep him happy (trust me, he’s as picky as they come), I can only imagine what they will do for the youngster in your family. It is a wonderful idea that the fine folks at Happy Panda are doing well, and they are just starting to scratch the surface. I am confident their idea will grow and the number of families they will help will grow with them.

If you are need of help for a child whose body is just trying to keep up with the size of the love in their hearts, Happy Panda is the place for you!

Wanna win? Okay, so I have an older snappie my fault it's from the holidays. (I was out with my surgery and the posts were out of order)

To win a Happy Panda snappie answer the following question and do two things.

email your answer to

then leave a comment that says I emailed my answer to you look for it!

Do not comment with the answer here we don't want people looking for it here, we want them going to their site!

What does Happy Panda charge for gift wrapping?

Don't forget to stop there!

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Thursday, March 13, 2008

We’re not really in California, Baby!

This time of year we have sensitive, dry, chapped skin. At my house we always have allergies. When I was asked to review a name I had heard before California Baby I didn’t hesitate but I was pretty thrilled to test this line. Why? I know you are reading on to find out!

Calming BubbleBath

California Baby® Super Sensitive™ Bubble Bath, which is a savior to any little one who loves bubble baths but can’t have one due to skin or allergy issues. Both of my girls have one of the other, so we have to be wise. We can’t just go into the store and buy the pretty smelling overly scented bubble bath. They get a little bummed but then I found the Super Sensitive bath and they were pretty happy. Did I happen to mention it came with a wand? You can blow bubbles while you are in the tub. If I have to sit them in there to lower a fever or to get rid of the cruddies from an illness that helps the time pass. Trust me on that one. I have one that’s eight now and the bath with mom is right up there with a root canal for me.

On to the California Baby® Super Sensitive™ Shampoo & Bodywash, same thing as above with the no masking agents and no fragrance. The entire Super Sensitive™ offers that have to say that I really love it. The shampoo and body wash are phenomenal and make the skin oh so soft. Contains organic and sustainably grown ingredients nothing harsh to the scalp or skin to harm or irritate you, the baby or whoever uses it. It’s non-stripping of the natural oils to the hair and skin. I love the way my skin feels after it and the way the kids did, too. Now, if you are expecting the baby soft scents to overwhelm you it’s not coming from this product. It’s the Super Sensitive™ line and won’t contain fragrance. It’s not a bad thing at all it’s just natural! That’s a good thing.


Last but certainly not least, California Baby® Super Sensitive™ Hair Conditioner. Of course no masking agents or fragrance again, kudos California baby! My youngest daughter has long, fine hair and we struggle with the right conditioner, on the yang to that yin my oldest has short (the shorter the better, MOM!) fine and short. Both of them have the softest hair now. I say now because it was always soft but it was weighed down and didn’t have the wave and body hair should have. When you are a kiddo and you don’t chemically treat your hair (like me) it should be like theirs is now, soft and you can just run your fingers through it.


California Baby offers an array of products from the aforementioned to essential oils, pregnancy helpers, and spritzers to help your mood and more! Just visit the site today and discover what I have, there are more then your average products out there and California Baby isn’t just for babies!

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Monday, March 10, 2008

Nothing is more important than your stuff

There is nothing more important than your stuff. No matter your age, your destination, your goal for the day, your place in time, or your hopes and dreams for the day, you have to bring the right stuff with you. Get caught without the right stuff and suddenly life becomes much more cumbersome and frustrating.


For parents, the drive to insure the right stuff is on hand at all times is as important as any the world’s most demanding job will offer. If you are the proud parents of newborn infants, you carry extra clothes, diapers, formula and/or milk, and various tools of the trade that must be on hand at a moments notice. If you children are a bit older, you carry books, clothes, coats, snacks, medications, or any one of a million other assets your child considers crucial for daily living. At the same time, you hope to achieve organization, you hope to find room for our own belongings, and if at all possible, it would be nice to be fashionable along the way.

This is where Loom hits the scene

Loom, a wonderful company centered in Mill Valley, California, has developed a line of highly-functional bags aimed at meeting all of those needs and more. Founded in 2003 by Johanna Leestma LaFleur, Loom comes from a storied past with a multitude of influences used to create the design. Johanna spent the early part of her life in the Lincoln Park neighborhood of the City with Big Shoulders, also known as Chicago, Illinois. Her childhood years brought international experiences as she lived in Senegal, Sweden, Thailand, and Hong Kong during those formative years. Growing up, Johanna always found interest in fabric and style, and her experiences living amongst a wide variety of cultures and people allowed her to understand the value of those textiles and the vast land of potential those fabrics could offer.


As she matured, Johanna continued to take interest in fashion and found a calling in her own creation known as the Loom. Loom bags are the product of a many cultural influences that center around one central theme: A functional life on the go careful measured with the importance of style and comfort. The result is a wonderful line of bags that will please the eye and insure your life moves with you.


The folks at Loom offer a wide variety of styles, all in colors that are sure to meet you on the road for the fashionably conscience. The Marsupial is a great diaper bag designed for ease in use while staying durable in construction, made of ballistic nylon and loaded with well-organized compartments that will allow you to keep all of those baby instruments in check and easy to find. The Bandicoot is a convertible backpack that includes a separate but attachable purse-style bag, combining the functionality of the Marsupial with the fashion of the Joey. The Joey is a modern version of the sleek clutch purse, made of water and stain resistant nylon with nickel buckles.


All of these bags are great, but the gift I was lucky enough to garner tops them all. The Loom GO Tote is labeled as the “essential urban hauler,” and nothing could be more true. Significantly larger than the other Loom bags, the GO Tote is loaded with room and all of the space and organization you’ll find necessary to make a trip away from home as enjoyable and casual as possible. The bag is extremely sturdy, double stitched with padded handles. External pockets give me all of the space I need to keep my own belongings on hand yet separate, making it easy to get to those items in times of need, including lined areas for delicate items (think digital camera or iPod) and an attached key clip. The bag is water resistant, made out of 840 denier nylon, and is, for lack of a better word, humongous (16” wide, 7” deep, 12.5” tall).

As a mother of two kids growing into larger sizes, this bag has proven to be a gift that keeps giving. I can pack plenty of clothes and the necessary personal items for overnight trips and still have room to spare. I can load up my work files, keep them organized, and find room for my daughter’s karate outfit and a book to help me kill the waiting moments at the dojo. It is a wonderful asset and I have been more than pleased with the experience.


The GO Tote also comes in a multitude of colors. I carry the red and brown version, providing an easy match for many of my outfits. Other choices include eggshell blue and avocado, pink and khaki, orange and moss, and pacific blue and brown. The bag can also be purchased in different fabrics, namely in canvas (a more rugged option for consideration), and in a slightly larger size known as the Weekend edition.


They are products that will leave you wondering how you got along without them, and as such, Loom earns a hearty vote of gratitude and thanks from Mom In The Know.


Visit today and see how to make your life a little easier.

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Thursday, March 6, 2008

Save the roses wear the clothes - an outfit in a bouquet


There are plenty of shower gifts out there and you just don’t know where to begin. Diapers, wipes, lotions, soaps, clothes, so much out there. I found a unique gift to give while gifting the parents something they do need. The Baby Bunch is a bouquet of synthetic flowers and organic baby clothes all in one. This makes the gift worry free for hospitals, homes and something you can treasure forever. Also, not a worry for allergies which is something prevalent in today’s society. When you have a newborn you want the environment as safe as possible we all know.


The clothing as soft as a well a babies butt I must say. I loved the touch and feel of it against my skin. Imagine how your tiny little baby would feel swaddled in that. The organic fabrics are unbleached, undyed organic cotton

Not all fabrics are organic. They are also in pink, yellow, and blue.

They come in bunches, buckets, kitchen, garden, and spa.


I was quite impressed with all of the quality and the customer service. It’s a distinctive gift that you will be remembered by. I know that I have showers coming up and my orders ready.

To contact The Baby Bbunch:

Let me know what you think!

Remember comments are randomly drawn for prizes at anytime on the mom in the know blog.

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Monday, March 3, 2008

Let Whomi take a piece out of your days


I’ve been offered several organizers while I’ve been doing this. I have already reviewed two that I was quite satisfied with one I keep in my office, one in the car. My wall and purse were lacking. I know, can you say OCD? I like to be able to access a calendar from all places. No, I don’t want a virtual one. I want paper and pen/pencil. I want the old-fashioned way. I know I could sync calendars, load into my phone, but then I have to access either the computer or phone. Not just turn a page. I babble I know, but excuse that for now please as I get my bearings.


whoMi caught my eye because it had a few products I found accessible to an individual on the go. One of the products that I can’t go with out is the color-coded What To Do Pad. The What To Do Pad is a portable, spiral bound notebook with three separate color-coded pads available in two versions: either shop/call/do (marigold, cherry, and sky blue) or buy/contact/do (ecru, pale green, and sky blue). Just make your list, tear and go. You can even hand it off to the significant other, a child, or a friend and delegate the tasks. Don’t know when you want it done? There’s always What To Do When perfect for a full schedule that you aren’t quite ready to tackle.


The Whomi on the Wall Family Calendar was another hit for me. It’s color-coded (I always love the color-coded so I know who is where just by looking at the - you guessed it - the color! It’s an extra large one, which lends for more space and events. If you are like me, then you have, PTA, School events, parties for the kids, after school activities, last minute things, dinners, you name it, and in a regular calendar, space is a commodity, not in a whoMi.

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Clarity Agenda does all this and you can hide it in your purse!
  • Weekly Planner tracks multiple family members all in the same view
  • Color-coded lines for each family member
  • 30% of customers use color-coded lines to track:
  • volunteer work
  • extra-curricular projects
  • elderly parent care
  • special projects
  • fitness schedules
  • notes
  • View your entire week in one easy snapshot
  • Portability enables scheduling on the spot
  • Beautiful and unique shape, layout and graphic design
  • Vinyl cover for durability
I use it for almost the entire list above. Okay, I don’t workout. As for the rest, it all comes in quite handy. I have a metallic hidden agenda with which I can dress up my Clarity Agenda or go it alone. A friend also tested an agenda and was blown away at the ease, comfort, and simplicity of the agenda. It was easy to carry and keep in a purse or briefcase. Not bulky or unattractive. All of the patterns were attractive to us, and the covers were funky.


I would say it’s yet another niche that an agenda fills but a unique one at that. One, I really like. I like things a little funkier!

Contact to order online or find a retailer near you.

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wake up with ellen

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Mom in the Know
Location: Golden, CO, USA
Who am I?

Well, aside from a mom and a wife, I'm a person who wants the best for all of us. I have two daughters, two dogs, and a husband – all of whom I wanted to be at home for – so I put my talents to use, looking out for my family. Shopping (well, kinda you send me the products!). Surfing the Internet. Meeting new people. Recommending products to friends, after I fall in love with them. And figuring out how to make products better.


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