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Monday, September 29, 2008

Woah Whomi

Whomi has done it again. If you are an organizational freak like me, or makes notes everywhere Whomi has made it even easier. I have an iPhone and I still have notes just in case. I can’t send a note for my kids of to dos on a phone or in an email so luckily Whomi has helped me by not only creating a solution but a color coded one.

The Everyday Pad
is exactly like is sounds, organize your families to dos, reminders for your kids school things and homework, notes for family members by day, 60 lined and perforated sheets of heavy-stock paper, Six separate color-coded pads Saturday and Sunday are shared. The one glitch I have with all three I reviewed, the lines were close together and I write large. If you don’t mind having the writing all over the place you are just fine! You can also just write smaller, it’s not hard.

Home Work Play Pad has 75 sheets of lined and perforated paper for your delegations needs. It’s a great idea for assigning multiple tasks to be done in multiple locations. Have to stop somewhere on the way home from work? Want to stop off for a snack after the movies? Kids have chores to do at home? All here in your Home Work Play Pad and it is just that easy.

Me You You Too Pad
has 75 sheets of high quality perforated paper. This one I used for my kids to give to one another. They can also delegate to me what they think I need to do around the house or even get at the store. We have a white board to write a grocery list on but this made it a lot of fun for them. It was a great size for them only the three to hand out and not go overboard. Usually. I also had to make them understand there were restrictions on the handing out of tasks and no, you can’t make your sister clean your room for you. We are learning. It’s a great tool to help us along though.

Thursday, September 25, 2008

A bib for all occasions

Bumkins revolutionized the bib for parents and babies alike. Now there is a waterproof bib, with a Velcro closure, that has a catch all pocket. It resists most stains and odors, the durable and comfortable fabric is PVC & phthalates free. The colors last up to 200+ washes without fading. I did wash it several times and hung it dry with no complaints. Did any of that catch your attention? I sure hope so. Read on my faithful readers, read on.

The MITK test was seeing if a child could pull it off. After much trying, two hands, fussing at the neck by the closure eventually. Just pulling at it the closure was quite durable and I was pleasantly surprised that it held up through the kid test.
Waterproof & Stain resistant- spilled water, baby food, apple sauce, cottage cheese, chicken, beef, cereal, milk. All were resistant and when I also did juices (cranberry and grape) the bib withstood the juices and foods. Yes, I did rinse the bib within minutes and washed it within a day but it held up well. It’s a lighter color one I tested but it’s a functional fabric that seems to wipe clean of everything I tried.

Washing- per the instructions I hung to dry pocket inside out. Held up to several washings in my washing machine and I used an assortment of detergents as I do whenever I test any fabric. None of them faded it or ate at it. Good all around. Hanging dry as suggested and due to the fabric I don’t suggest putting it in the dryer.

If you can't find one local, order one today.

Do you want to win a bib from Bumkins? Go to their site and tell me where they were made. Then comment not only with where they were made but your favorite design, too.
I'll contact the winner Monday September 29th, 2008. The bib will be sent directly from Bumkins! Please the site, duplicate answers will be deleted (copying the person above you!) NO CHEATING!
Monday, September 22, 2008

For the shoe lover in all of us Shubi …

Now I didn’t hear about Shubi from Shubi, but from a loyal reader who has the best shoe blog and sells them. You have to get them from her and bookmark her blog at the same time.
I don’t even know where to begin with these bags. They are durable, sturdy and when I tested them I used five inch heels, size nine. The grosgrain ribbon is an added bonus to make sure the shoes stay put, as I’ve had issues in the past with them coming out of a bag I put them in and tumbling all around my luggage. Not with Shubi the tie worked like a charm and held the shoe tight.
It also held my plain old black converse, my kids shoes, miscellaneous high heels and went through the dryer with all of the above.
Have I mentioned how adorable the bags are? Well, they are so cute you want to get them just for that.
Do you travel a lot? Perfect. Workout? You need somewhere to keep your shoes from getting scuffed.
Holidays are coming up, perfect for gifts, teacher gifts, holiday travel, perfect for just closet storage.
Staying at your significant others? Putting them away for the season? Shubi works for that and you can just grab and go when you need ‘em again!
What more can I say? I liked the product and I would invest in more for the mere convince. The added features of durability and attractiveness add to it.

Look up Anna on Shoe Smitten and ask her any question you may have. I’m all for the Shubi.
Monday, September 15, 2008



My outlook crashed on me and all of you were in there. All of the entries are recovered.
Contact me by 9/19 or I will pick another winner.

Whoever contacts me first has first pick.

Rockin' Mama
Rebecca Allred
Katie Karr
Heather Racer

Thursday, September 11, 2008

A word from Whole Foods.

Healthy Kids, Naturally
(Family Features) Keeping kids and teens healthy can be a challenge during the busy school year. In fact, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) say that nearly 22 million school days are lost annually due to the common cold alone.
Fortunately, there are some simple, and natural, things parents can do to help kids stay healthy and energized for all their activities.
Hygiene. The CDC says that the single most important thing you can do to keep from getting sick is to wash your hands. When there’s not sink and soap around, use natural hand sanitizers—wipes or gel—with 100 percent pure essential oils.
Nutrition. Growing bodies and brains need fiber and nutrients to stay healthy. A child’s health can suffer from too few of these good things and too many sugary, highly processed foods.
The USDA Food Guide Pyramid recommends nine servings of fruits and vegetables a day. One serving size of fruits and veggies for children equals one of the following:
• 1/2 cup juice
• 1 cup raw leafy salad greens
• 1/2 cup chopped raw, canned or cooked fruit or other vegetable
Essential fatty acids, particularly omega-3s, are crucial for development and health of the brain, heart, nervous system, tissues, skin and immune system, especially for school-age children. DHA can be found in fatty cold-water fish like salmon, mackerel and tuna, and in DHA-enriched products like eggs and milk.
What about nutritional supplements? If kids and teens are actually eating nine servings of colorful fruits and veggies—plus foods containing all the other recommended daily nutrients—every day, then they probably don’t need them. But with picky eaters, tight schedules, food allergies and more, they don’t often get what they need. In these cases, supplements might be a good idea. But be careful. While it’s easy to find a fun and fruity multivitamin that kids don’t mind taking each day, it’s the nutrients they need, not loads of sugar or artificial colors and flavors.
Rest. Rest, relaxation and sleep are key for handling stress. While moderate stress is normal, the demands of school life can cause stress overload for youngsters and adolescents—and their parents and teachers! Be sure to schedule in downtime and allow for adequate sleep when you’re planning the week.
Kids need more sleep than you might think.
• 3–6 years old: 10 3/4–12 hours per day
Source: Whole Foods
• 7–12 years old: 10–11 hours per day
• 12–18 years old: 8¼–9½ hours per day
Stomachaches, nervousness, trouble sleeping, anger flares or infections may be signs of stress. Fortunately, there are plenty of safe, effective ways to handle it. Breathing deep, exercising, stretching, physical play and homeopathic remedies may help.
If you would like to know more about natural ways to help your kids stay healthy, the Whole Body Team Members at Whole Foods Market are well educated about all of the products they offer and are happy to answer questions.
You can also visit for educational podcasts and more information.
Courtesy of Family Features
Source: Whole Foods
Monday, September 8, 2008



My outlook crashed on me and all of you were in there. All of the entries are recovered.
Contact me by 9/19 or I will pick another winner.

Whoever contacts me first has first pick.

Rockin' Mama
Rebecca Allred
Katie Karr
Heather Racer

Thursday, September 4, 2008

Flatten Me

For parents of elementary school children, the efforts to get your kids interested in reading can be rather difficult. Whether it’s finding a topic of interest, battling to keep focus, struggling to accept frustrations in reading and comprehending the material… all serve as obstacles between your child and joy of reading.

Fortunately, there are others who understand our plight and they are working to innovate the way we entice our little ones to excel. is a wonderful publication company specializing in custom-made pictorial novels for our children. The idea is simple in design, yet the depth of influence that results is astounding.

The emotion is one we have all enjoyed, a moment of time captured in a picture. If you are a parent, you have learned to enjoy the memories and thoughts those moments bring to mind when you view those pictures, and wants to help you take that a step further. Using a picture of your child and a list of options you select to tailor the novel to your desires, will construct a imaginative, intriguing story of fantasy and legend built around images of your child and enhanced with your child’s name serving as the primary character of the tale.

The desire was to enhance the use of a picture by creating new venues of inspiration from those pictures, creating a book you and your family can enjoy for years to come. However, upon review and use of such a book, created for my oldest, I must report the effects of this tool have provided so much more.

My daughter can’t stop reading the book. She is fascinated, and I am as pleased as can be with the improved interest in reading as well as the mind-strengthening articulation I can hear my daughter developing. The repetition of the tale helps her practice more difficult words, bolstering her vocabulary while allowing her to perfect pronunciation… and to be honest, I was starting to feel like we were becoming slaves to the world of technology (i.e. television and video games), but the renewed desire to read has calmed those mind-numbing habits and has us all enjoying interactive times with each other.

The book itself is of the highest quality, printed on glossy stock with pages that will stand the test of time. The artwork is colorful and the use of my daughter’s picture reflects the playful style of the story. My child’s name is prominently displayed on the cover, included in the title with a picture that shows the story is yours. It is a beautiful product, and it will be there for continued enjoyment for years to come. offers a wide variety of tales and designs to help you find the perfect gift for your child. The site allows customers to view the product before it is confirmed for order, and they can be printed in any one of seven languages (including English, French, German, Spanish, Italian, Finnish, and Dutch).

Check out today. Everything you will need to know is there, including all of the products and information you need to make the right choice for you. Enjoy.
Tuesday, September 2, 2008

Sorry for the delay!!

I should have posted this yesterday but I forgot about the holiday!

Winners will be drawn today and posted tomorrow.

Please allow 14-21 days for shipping of prizes as I don't pay for it. I comes from me but I have to wait for the payment to be sent to me, confusing I know.

Okay minor update and MITK will return to normal on Thursday we are aiming for ...

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Location: Golden, CO, USA
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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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