Month: May 2010

Arlington National Cemetery

Arlington National Cemetery

What’s the big deal? I’m sure by now you’ve heard about the controversy caused by our President’s decision not to attend the Memorial Day Service today. One refrain I’ve been hearing from non-military people is the question above. I’d like to try to explain why […]

Bare Escentuals Mascara *Review* (and my fab new haircut as well!)

Bare Escentuals Mascara *Review* (and my fab new haircut as well!)

I am super duper picky when it comes to mascara! It seems like no matter which brand I try or what kind I get I’m always disappointed! I can’t stand clumpy goopy lashes or stuff that flakes! I have always heard great things about Bare […]

EcoMom Revolution Food Sampler *Review & Giveaway*

EcoMom Revolution Food Sampler *Review & Giveaway*

***This Giveaway is now CLOSED Congrats to Lara who won***
Thanks to her 6’7″ tall Daddy Amber has always been in or above the 95th-100th percentile for both height and weight. While her “Michelin Man” arms were the cutest things ever when she was a baby, because of the fact she’s always been at the top I have to be very careful about what I feed her in order to keep the delicate balance between healthy and overweight. Hence, I am a food nazi when it comes to her, haha!
I don’t want to deprive her of tasty treats and yummy snacks, however, so I’m always on the lookout for healthy positive alternatives that I can feed her and not have to worry about. I was thrilled to receive the Revolution Foods Sampler to review! It contained the products you see in the picture above, all of which Amber absolutely loved!!! She acted like she was getting a special dessert or treat and called the Organic Mashups “tasty sauce”. She definitely loved the Grammy Sammys as well though! She thought they were cookies and was so excited and surprised that Mom was giving her a cookie for a snack! So cute! 🙂 All of the products in the Revolution Food line are so healthy, tasty, and surprisingly extremely affordable as well! The Revolution and Plum lines don’t just carry great food, however, they also contain everything from high chairs to lunchboxes!
EcoMom has a great program going on right now called EcoPass which allows you to purchase a $99 annual membership which provides for a 15% discount on every order, as well as free shipping with no $75 minimum requirement! They are also offering my readers a special promotional code that will allow you to save 15% off your first order with them! Just use the code SBBL213 when you checkout, it will be good till the end of June! They have another great offer for you as well!

One Lucky Reader will win $20 worth of Plum and/or Revolution Foods!
(and like I said, it’s super affordable so that’ll be a lot of snacks!)
This giveaway is open to US residents 18 years and older only
As always be sure I have a way to get your email address so I can tell you that you won! If I don’t have an easy way to get it I will automatically choose a new winner. A new winner will also automatically be chosen if any of the entries are not followed specifically (such as doing the mandatory entry). Also leave a separate comment for each additional entry that you do! One comment = one entry!
**Mandatory Entry**
This must be done in order for any other entry to count
1 Entry each ~ Follow me through Google Friend Connect, Subscribe to my RSS feed (Ramblings For You), or subscribe to me via email (Ramblings to Your Inbox)
You only have to do one but each you do counts as an extra entry! I have lots of nice stuff, I promise! Plus the more followers I have, the better things I can offer you! 🙂
**Additional Entries**
Because every kid deserves delicious nutritious tasty snacks!!!
1 Entry **Daily** Follow Me and EcoMom on Twitter and Tweet. Be sure to leave me the link! You may copy/paste the following:
Win $20 worth of food from @ecomomceo ! @coastiewife321 http://tinyurl.com/25pjsds ends 6/13 #giveaway Pls RT!
1 Entry ~ Become a Fan of EcoMom
1 Entry ~ Join EcoMom’s Newsletter
1 Entry for every 3 people you email about this! (As in if you email 9 people you get 3 extra entries) CC me da_angel_321@yahoo.com
1 Entry ~ Snag my blog button, isn’t it cute?! Leave me the url so I can come visit your blog!
3 Entries ~ Blog about this, leave me the URL to the post, you know you wanna share the love!
1 Entry ~ Tell me the most embarrassing thing that’s ever happened to you! (I’ll share my story at the conclusion of this contest 😉 ).
This Giveaway will end 6/13/10 at 10:00 p.m. EST
I will choose the winner via random.org contact them via email and post them on this blog. They have 48 hours to claim their win before a new winner is chosen.
Good Luck!!!
North Carolina to Boston!

North Carolina to Boston!

We have arrived! :oD After a few crazy days of packing (or rather watching the packers and movers work!) we were off on our adventure! Hubby was sweet and took Amber in the new car with him so I got to enjoy the road in […]

Limbo

Limbo

Life is a little insane right now! It’s so hard to believe that in just a few short days we’ll be gone from North Carolina and headed to Boston. I’ve been experiencing a strange sense of deja–vu. For those of you who don’t know this […]

Giveaway Winner’s

Giveaway Winner’s

Congrats to all our winners! Since I’m in the midst of moving the giveaways will be slowing down for a little bit, but please stay tuned and stay with me till I get all settled back in and can get them all up and running again! Thanks 😀
aden + anais ~ Stacy
Horizon Chocolate Milk ~ clallen & flychild7
Moody Mamas ~ Heidi P.
Sandra Magsamen ~ Lara
Breyers Yogurt ~ Karen, itsme, kari, lilhuga2001, lilyk, sarabear3490, flychild7, rbailey1958, and Cheryl
2010 Summer Blog Tour!

2010 Summer Blog Tour!

Hello and Welcome to Ramblings By Nicole! First off I’d like to say a great big thank you to Living My Moment and The Work at Home Woman for putting together this amazing blog tour! I’m super excited about being the very first blog on […]

Get some Zarbee’s for Free!!!!

Get some Zarbee’s for Free!!!!

You might remember my review of Zarbee’s Cough Syrup several months ago. At the time I hadn’t been able to use it so couldn’t vouch for whether or not it worked, although I did love the concept. Amber has been sick several times since that […]

Sensory Learning Ideas and Crafts

Sensory Learning Ideas and Crafts

Amber has always been a big “hands on” kinda girl! She couldn’t be happier than when she’s outside soaking in fresh air and exploring dirt, sand, grass, and anything else she can get her hands on!
Inside it’s the same, even though she knows how to use silverware now I continually have to tell her that she needs to not eat with her hands when she’s eating cereal, yogurt, etc. She just loves feeling the different textures too much!
While I always thought that this was just typical kid behavior I’ve since learned it’s actual an important and vital part to learning called Sensory Learning. Here are some great articles from my friend Shara that talk about why it’s so important, and also some great ideas for projects you can do that are cheap and fun and encourage sensory learning!
What Does Sensory Learning Mean? <-- her pictures look so much like all the ones I have of Amber!
Orange Peel Artwork Craft <--both this in the following use things you'd normally throw away
Dish Sponge Crafts and Activities <--good for sensory learning as well!
Sensory Activity using Pine Needles <--the picture of Amber above reminded me of this!
Sensory Activity for Early Learners <--this one uses free stuff you find outside!
50 Ideas to beat the Boredom Blues! <--several sensory and virtually all budget friendly!
20 Craft Tips <--also several sensory
Big Green Alligator by La-La Lisa *Review*

Big Green Alligator by La-La Lisa *Review*

I’ve got to be honest, I’m not a huge fan of children’s music, lol! I can do kid shows and even cds that have a storyline with music mixed in no problem, but stick in a cd that’s nothing but non-stop perky kid music and […]