Month: May 2011

Covergirl Nature Luxe Foundation & Lip Balm *Review*

Covergirl Nature Luxe Foundation & Lip Balm *Review*

As all my faithful readers know, I’m a total makeup junkie. To me one of the most important parts of makeup is having good foundation. I wear it every single day and feel naked without it. I wore it when I was a teenager to […]

FRESCHETTA® Simply Inspired *Review & Giveaway*

FRESCHETTA® Simply Inspired *Review & Giveaway*

***This giveaway is now CLOSED congrats to Forget Shyness Reviews who won*** This post brought to you by FRESCHETTA®. All opinions are 100% mine.  Imagine a white board restaurant off the main road in a laid back Carolina beach town. When you walk in the […]

Kaleidoscopes To You *Giveaway*

Kaleidoscopes To You *Giveaway*

***This giveaway is now CLOSED congrats to hity88 who won***

 

Did you ever play with kaleidoscopes as a little kid? I remember having some at my great grandma’s house and we would always play with them whenever we went over and visited. There is just something fun and soothing about watching the colors switch and change as you twist them! A few years ago our county fair had a huge kaleidoscope display-Amber loved them! The website Kaleidoscopes To You is full of nostalgia inducing kaleidoscopes whether you want one for old time sake or to introduce your children to the wonder of swirling colors.

One Lucky Reader will win the Solid Woods with Paduk and other Hardwoods Teleidoscope by N & J!! (pictured above)

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Amazon Deals

Amazon Deals

You can get some really awesome deals from Amazon if you know how to do it. First off you’ll want to go sign up for the Amazon Mom program if you haven’t yet (you can sign up even if you’re not a mom!) It’s free […]

Cranes 4 a Cure

Cranes 4 a Cure

This is Lizzie–isn’t she *adorable*??!!! Not only is she adorable she’s doing something to help change the world, which is a whole lot more than I can say for most adults I know. Here’s some information from her blog Cranes 4 A Cure: My name […]

Versatile Blogger Award

Versatile Blogger Award

I’m normally so very bad at getting these up so I figured I’d put this one up *right* away so I don’t forget to! 🙂 A great, big thank you to Confessions From Boystown for putting me at the *top* of the list 😀 (be sure to go visit her versatile blog as well!)

As with many blog awards go I’m supposed to tell you 7 things about myself and then give the blog to other versatile bloggers, so here goes!

1. I’m *not* a morning person. Not even close, not even a teeny tiny bit. And since we have come down here Amber has been getting me up at 7 a.m. every morning. Blaaaaaahhhhh.

2. The other night my sister in law and I were sitting up talking and we nearly died when a giant cockroach almost attacked us. It went running up the wall (that sucker was like 5 inches long) and then once he started crawling across the ceiling I saved the day but squirting him with bug killer, he fell to the ground and then I drowned him in about half the bottle before he died. (the next morning we found out that it had actually been a water bug, but at the time we were both quite terrified)

3. I have a very hard time answering the question, “Where are you from?” Well, I’m *from* Wyoming, all my stuff in the world is in Boston right now, but I’ve been living in Texas and am about to go and live in Wyoming. Yeah….complicated.

4. At the end of this year if all goes as planned I’ll only have 4 states in the US that I won’t have been in–Washington, Florida, Alaska, and Hawaii.

5. I’m not used to being called Mrs. Elliott even though I’ve been married for almost 6 years. Everyone just calls me by my first name, or in businesses they call me Miss Elliott (guess because I’ve been so young up to this point?) Amber’s to the age now where her friends will need to start calling me something, and I’m at a dilemma…I don’t want a 4 year old calling me Nicole….but Mrs. Elliott is my mother-in-law, haha. So far I’ve just been “Amber’s mom” and so far that works just fine.

6. Tyler just figured out how to crawl AND pulled himself up to stand for the first times all the in the same day–yesterday. Watch out world–here he comes!

7. My in-laws live in Tyler, TX and that is my sons name…and the two are total and complete coincidences!

Bloggers who I want to give this award to:

To Twirl A Mustache
My Litter
Mommy Perks VIP blog
CMBR Blog
Confessions of a Coastie Wife
Living Your Moment
A Spot of My Own
Party Planner 
Crazy Love

Comfy Cozy Recliners

Comfy Cozy Recliners

One thing that we have all loved about our trip down here to Texas is that my in-laws have a great leather recliner. Everyone fights over Papa’s chair when he’s not around! You can see Amber in it snuggled up with the “comfy cozy” as […]

Robert Pierre EP *Review & Giveaway*

Robert Pierre EP *Review & Giveaway*

Robert Pierre is a highschool senior, getting ready to graduate next week. If you watch this video you’ll see that he’s like many other high school guys, he loves hanging out with his buddies and making videos of them doing crazy stuff. Unlike many high […]

STOP BUGGING ME Buggy Fun for Summer By Sharen Pearson *Guest Blog*

STOP BUGGING ME Buggy Fun for Summer By Sharen Pearson *Guest Blog*

 STOP BUGGING ME
Buggy Fun for Summer
By Sharen Pearson
Much to the dismay of their mothers, toddlers hold a relentless fascination for bugs. They follow, squish, catch and even eat them! Perhaps the novelty lies in the never-ending variety of creepy crawlers or that bugs are smaller than these little ones. Here are some simple buggy activities that will enchant your children this summer.
Bug Catcher
Save the net from your fresh produce. Lace a chenille wire around the top to support the sides. The net makes a tiny bug catcher for your child. Always help identify any bugs that might be dangerous. Catch, observe and release.
Butterfly or Dragonfly
Attach colored tissue paper wings to a toilet tissue or paper towel tube for wings. Slip a hair band over the tube and place on toddler’s wrist to flap and fly. For more advanced work, drop food color onto a wet coffee filter. Allow to dry and use for wings. Two filters for dragonfly and one for butterfly.
Big Bug
Fashion antennae with chenille wire and attach to your child’s head with clips. Gather a sheet of tissue paper at the center. Duct tape to the back of the shirt for butterfly wings. Fly away little butterfly!
Tot Cocoon
Give your toddler the end piece of a roll of toilet tissue. Have him gently spin to wrap the paper around and around forming a cocoon. If the paper breaks, just tuck the loose end in and begin again. Continue as your child is comfortable (most won’t let you cover the face). Count 1, 2, 3 and have your butterfly “hatch out” and fly away.
Lady Bug
Make a tiny ladybug from the cup of an egg carton. Cut the section. Paint red and add black dots. Tape twisted bits of paper on for antennae. For a counting activity: make five bugs and draw 1 spot, 2 spots etc. on the five bugs. Count the spots and the bugs.
Caterpillar
Cut a six-section length from an egg carton. Your toddler can glue cotton balls on each section for “fuzz.” Draw a face on one end of the section and add chenille or paper antennae. Punch a hole in the front and tie a string on to “walk your bug.” For more advanced work, paint each section of the caterpillar yellow or even a rainbow.
Bug Collage
Draw (or print from a website) several bugs on paper. Make a simple paste of flour and water. Your tot can glue on dry rice, macaroni, bits of colored paper and/or cake sprinkles to decorate the bugs.
Bugs in a tub
Pour 6 cups of dry rice into a large flat container. Add toy plastic bugs (or your ladybugs), measuring cups, recycled plastic containers, paper tubes and play as in a sand box. To protect the floor and give your activity a boundary, place the tub in the center of a sheet or shower curtain. Your child will play
for hours.
Sharen Pearson’s Goof & Giggle classes and materials continue to provide a quality Mom/Tot interaction. Widely popular, Goof & Giggle’s child-focused play plans are offered in various Arizona communities. She’s also created a variety of Goof Juice DVDs and filmed episodes of Baby D.I.Y. and written workbooks for BabyFirstTV. Arizona Midday (NBC) tapes monthly segments with Sharen to provide their audience with a variety of original and creative “easy to do” activities for babies and preschoolers. Sharen’s creativity reaches a combined audience over 200 million viewers worldwide. Goof & Giggle classes and products encourage green living, repurposing materials from around the house into affordable objects for play and learning. Learn more at: http://sharenpearson.com/
Real Military Wives TV

Real Military Wives TV

  I’m *so* excited to announce that I am a part of Real Military Wives tv!  It’s a great website filled with vlogs-all from real military spouses! I’m hoping that it will take off and be filled with valuable information about the ins and outs […]