Sweet Tiny Blessings

Month: April 2012

Green Your Mom Sponsor Spotlight Post {Crocheting for Baby}

Handmade items and gifts are the best.  They add so much love and make that special gift so much more personal.  Lauren, from Crocheting for Baby Etsy Shop, sent me a Monster Boo Boo Ouchie Pouch (with reusable ice cubes) to scare away Baby C’s boo boos.

Lauren is a wife and mommy to her daughter.  About 10 years ago, she taught herself how to crochet and received help along the way.  She started her shop as a way to earn extra income by doing something she loves.  At Crocheting for Baby, you will find crochet hats, photo props, mug cozies and so much more.  Custom orders are always welcome, as well.

I chose the Monster Boo Boo Ouchie Pouch to review for the Green Your Mom Mother’s Day Event because Baby C is so fearless and always on the go. I wanted something that would help ease the boo boos and comfort her at the same time.  The Ouchie Pouch does just that!  It comes with 2 reusable ice cubes to keep in the freezer.  When Baby C gets hurt, I simply drop in the ice cubes, button the pouch and place on her boo boos.  Before the Ouchie Pouch, wrapping ice cubes in wash clothes was my only alternative.  The ice melted and water got everywhere.  Not to mention, sometimes it was just too cold to hold.  This Ouchie Pouch is perfect for Baby C!  It fits in her hand and scares those boo boos away.  The pouch is made of 100% cotton yarn and is able to get wet.  This cute, little monster comes in green, orange, blue and pink.

This evening, Baby C was winding down from the day.  She accidentally slammed her fingers in the kitchen cabinet.  I quickly picked her up, grabbed the cubes from the fridge and placed them in the Ouchie Pouch for Baby C to hold.  Instantly, the tears were gone.

Crocheting for Baby is giving away a cup sleeve (color of choice) to one lucky winner for the Green Your Mom Mother’s Day Event.  What a great alternative to save cardboard and keep your hands from burning.  This cup sleeve will fit easily inside your purse, so you can carry it with you when on the go.  It is made to fit most size to-go cups and is machine washable.  Just lay flat to dry.  This would make the perfect gift to go along with a gift card to a favorite coffee shop.   

 Learn more about Crocheting for Baby by visiting their Etsy Shop and Facebook Page.  Lauren also blogs at Tutus & Tea Parties.  Connect with Tutus & Tea Parties on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest!

Green Your Mom

Disclaimer: I was not compensated for writing this review post.  The sponsor provided product for review.  The opinions are my own and were not influenced by outside sources.

Green Your Mom Sponsor Spotlight Post {Barnwood4u}

As a mom, I love making memories and capturing those special moments with my family.  And framing those pictures to put on display makes it even better.  I was sent a beautiful, reclaimed wood frame from Barnwood4u to display my beautiful memories.

Barnwood4u was created by Jim and Brenda.  Jim is a stay at home dad who does all the working.  And Brenda does all of Jim’s finishing.  They create quality, rustic, barnyard furniture, bookcases, frames and shelves.  Because each piece of reclaimed wood has unique knots, nail holes and wear, no two pieces are exactly alike.  Their high quality framing comes complete with glass, mat and backing.  The frames come with routed key hole hangers to allow the frame to hang flesh against the wall.  With over 35 mat colors in stock, you’re sure to find something you love.

I chose the Eco Chic 8 x 10 reclaimed wood picture frame to review for the Green Your Mom Mother’s Day Event.  And I’m so glad I did.  As soon as I opened the box, I fell in love with it.  It’s a great way to display my favorite family picture for all to see. I chose this frame because of it’s rustic feel and it’s beautiful, eye-catching border.  I think it’s perfect for our family because it has a manly feel, with a girly flair.  I can’t wait to hang it in our new home!

Barnwood4u is giving away an 11 x 14 frame valued at $39.50, to one lucky winner for the Green Your Mom Mother’s Day Event.  So be sure to connect with Barnwood4u on Etsy, Facebook, and Google+.


Green Your Mom

Disclaimer: I was not compensated for writing this review post.  The sponsor provided product for review.  The opinions are my own and were not influenced by outside sources.  

Toddler Art {Toddler Talk}

Last week, Baby C and I tried out edible finger paint.  We had so much fun that I was ready for more arts and crafts this week.  I thought I should stay in the theme of “edible” since Baby C puts everything in her mouth.  I found this fun and simple peanut butter play dough recipe.  These ingredients are probably already in your pantry.

  • 1/3 cup honey
  • 1/2 cup peanut butter
  • 1/2 cup powdered milk (I added more)

It was as simple as one, two three.  Even Baby C got in on the action.

Yum!
Look what a great mom I am! I plopped her down right next to the knives.  Thank goodness she loves to eat and didn’t notice those toys.  
Baby C just wasn’t getting into playing with play dough.  I tried to add the puffs to make it more fun, but she just wanted to eat.  
Share your toddler arts, crafts and fun below.  We would love to try them out!  You can even link up your posts all week!


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Meningitis Awareness Day {And Giveaway}

 3 Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, 4 who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God. 5 For just as we share abundantly in the sufferings of Christ, so also our comfort abounds through Christ. 2 Corinthians 1:3-5

Today is World Meningitis Day.  I want to help to spread awareness so that we can pray for those families and children who have been affected.  I am blessed to have my daughter, who battled Meningitis at 3 weeks old, here with me today.  However, it was an extremely painful and rough road for our family.  And there are so many children and families who aren’t so lucky.

Each year, hundreds of thousands of people around the world die from Meningitis, or suffer with disabilities that will last a life time.  Bacterial Meningitis causes around 170,000 deaths each year.  Those who survive can have their lives changed forever with long-term effects, such as deafness, brain damage, and the loss of limbs.

This video is dedicated to my Sweet Tiny Blessing.  The song I added was a huge part of my emotional recovery and is still special to me today.  To get a glimpse of our story in words, you can read my first blog post.  Check out how far Baby C has come!



While Baby C may have survived without any life-long effects, many people and children will have so much taken from them.  “Mighty Megan” is one of those children.  Read Megan’s story and help her win a wheelchair equipped van to help make life a little easier.  She certainly deserves it!


LDk2 Etsy Shop and Snoedel have teamed up with me to bring awareness to Meningitis.  Each has donated a gift for a giveaway to spread the word and bring peace and comfort to families and children who have battled this devastating disease.

On November 1, 2010, Deidre ‘s husband, owners of LDk2 Etsy Shop, was life flighted to the Spokane, WA hospital with Bacterial Meningitis.  Thankfully, he had a full recovery and is still with his family today. But this was a very emotional experience for Deidre and there were moments she wasn’t sure her husband would make it.  They are donating a $25 gift certificate to honor this special day.  Be sure to connect with LDk2 on Facebook!


Snoedel (pronounced snoodle), has offered to give away a doll.  Snoedel brings comfort to babies by slowly releasing mommy or daddy’s scent.  This helps newborns and infants bond with their parents, even when they can’t be together.  Snoedel also helps with sleep and eases a crying baby in distress.

Parents simply sleep with the Snoedel a couple nights before giving it to their baby. It is designed to specifically retain mom or dad’s scent.  The doll is made of 100% natural fibers and is safe for all babies, including newborns, premature babies and babies in the NICU.  Please visit Snoedel at their website, Facebook Fan Page and Twitter.

I wish I would have known about the Snoedel when Baby C and I were in the hospital with our illnesses.  We lost so much bonding time being separated for so long and it took several months before I felt like Baby C knew I was her mommy.  My prayer is that someone special will be comforted by this safe and organic doll for their baby.

Ready to spread awareness about Meningitis?  Fill out the Rafflecopter form below to win a $25 gift certificate to LDk2 and a Snoedel doll.  There are no mandatory entries, however, the more you complete, the better your chances at winning, spreading awareness, prayer AND helping Mighty Megan win the van!

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Bright Starts Ultimate Baby Shower Event {Free Blog Event}

Bright StartsMom to Bed by 8 and Iowa-Mom is excited to present the Baby Shower Event from May 7thto May 28th. This is a free blogger event and accepting signups now.
Join the Bright Starts Ultimate Baby Shower Giveaway event today, grow your readership and offer one amazing baby shower gifts giveaway!
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  • You will receive an email from me with 72 hours, confirming your participation. If you do not, please email me at teri@momtobedby8.com and I will check into it for you.
  • Then on or around May 4th you will receive another email from me with the html code for publishing the giveaway.  Note it is required that you publish the giveaway html in full to be included in this event. I will verify links on May 7th around 10am central and if you have not done so, your link on the rafflecopter will be removed. This keeps this event fair for all who joins.

Social Punk Trilogy Blog Tour and Giveaway

Monica Leonelle is a well-known digital media strategist and the author of three novels. She blogs at Prose on Fire (http://proseonfire.com) and shares her writing and social media knowledge with other bloggers and authors through her Free Writer Toolkit (http://proseonfire.com/free-writer-toolkit).
Social Punk Description: Ima would give anything to escape The Dome and learn what’s beyond its barriers, but the Chicago government has kept all its citizens on lockdown ever since the Scorched Years left most of the world a desert wasteland. When a mysterious group of hooded figures enters the city unexpectedly, Ima uncovers a plot to destroy The Dome and is given the choice between escaping to a new, dangerous city or staying behind and fighting a battle she can never win.

Excerpt: Twelve cups of water sat on the table, four for each of them. Next to each cup sat a pill—yellow for fat, red for carbs, blue for protein, and green for vitamins.

Vaughn took the red pill, ripped it in half like a pack of sugar, and poured it into his cup. He set his cup into a contraption on the table and it whirled and hissed. When the machine finished, the cup had a pink, swirly liquid inside.
Nahum looked at the four cups in distaste.
“Not up to your standards?” Vaughn asked, shooting his drink. He swallowed the mixture in one large gulp. “I would get you something else, but we’re rebuilding our hash. We can’t afford real food, plus it’s bad for you anyway. Extremely difficult to maintain a balanced diet.”
“Synthetic food can’t cost that much,” Nahum countered. He grinned. “We had it in our little fake world, at least.”
Vaughn chuckled. “Synthetic food is even worse for you than real food. Shortens your life. We stopped eating that stuff at the turn of the century. It gave people long-term hyperactivity, which can kill you. LTH took out a lot of the population, kind of like cancer in your day, except a bigger deal because the population had dwindled so low already. Plus, people live indefinitely now.”
Nahum’s nose twitched as he laughed. “People don’t live indefinitely.”
But Vaughn looked genuinely surprised. “Of course we do. Have you seen anyone who looks over the age of twenty-five to you?”
“What does that mean, though?” Ima asked out of curiosity. “How could you live indefinitely? You may not look older, but you still age.”
Vaughn grinned. “Like I said before—there’s a lot you don’t understand about this world.”

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Little Sports Fan {Toddler Talk}

Our family enjoys sports, especially baseball.  When Baby C was in my belly, we took her to her first baseball game . . . The Tampa Bay Rays!

Pregnant with Baby C, Go Rays!

Baby C’s first word was ball and she loves to wear things on her head.  So I’m predicting she’s going to be a little softball player, just like her mommy.

Baby C sportin’ Daddy’s Colorado Rockies hat.

What team does your little sports fan love?

Edible Art

Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect. Romans 12:2

Baby C and I decided to get a little crafty.  I searched “edible finger paint” on the web and came up with this simple recipe:

  • Yogurt
  • Food coloring 
Just scoop, squirt and mix!  I placed Baby C in the high chair for this one.  I predicted it would get a little messy.  I tried to be a good example and show her how finger painting is done.  She decided to take this lesson in her own hands mouth.  She dipped her fingers in, licked them and said, “yum!”

The Process

By the end of our art lesson, she managed to get a little on the paper.  I think she did a pretty good job for her first time.

The Product

Do you have art lessons that you can share with Baby C and I?  We would love to try them out.

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