Sweet Tiny Blessings

Month: October 2013

Nuby Sea Scooper {Review and Giveaway}

I wrote this post on behalf of Nuby and received a promotional item to thank me for my time.  All views and opinions regarding Nuby and the Sea Scooper are my own and were not influenced by other sources.

Nuby has an awesome variety of bath toys.  From bath time letters and numbers to the Squid Squirter. They have certainly thought of it all.  So where do you put all your fun, bath time toys?  Well, Nuby has thought of that, too!  Introducing the Sea Scooper Bath Toy . . .

Make bath time easier and more enjoyable with the Nuby Sea Scooper.  After bath time fun is over, Nuby’s Whale Pail makes cleaning fast and easy.  Watch your child laugh with delight as you scoop your favorite bath time toys into the whale’s belly.

The pail has special drain holes built in, allowing excess water to easily drain away from the toys and quickly air dry.  Equipped with easy installation wall hooks, Nuby’s Whale Pail keeps bath time toys neatly on the bathroom wall.

Baby C enjoyed every minute playing in the tub with the Sea Scooper.  She pretended to feed the whale and even swim next to him.  And I am so impressed at how easy clean up time is!

You can purchase the same Sea Scooper Baby C has for $14.99 or choose from a variety of other awesome bath toys at BuyBabyDirect.com, BuyBuyBaby.com, BedBathandBeyond.com, Amazon.com or Bealls.  Stay connected with Nuby on FacebookTwitterPinterest and Instagram!

Nuby is giving away a Sea Scooper to one lucky Sweet Tiny Blessings’ reader.  Simply fill out the Rafflecopter form below to enter.  Must reside in the US.

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Guess Baby’s Gender

At almost 19 weeks pregnant, I’m feeling much better then I did in my first trimester.  On Thursday, we get to find out if Baby C will be having a baby brother or a baby sister.  I’m so excited that my husband will get to find out the news right along side with me.  This will be his first experience, because last time, he was in Iraq.

So, I was wondering if you wanted to play the guessing game with me.  Let me know if you think we’ll be having a baby boy or a baby girl this time around.

This is me at about 19 weeks when I was pregnant with Baby C.
And this is me now, at almost 19 months pregnant with our second baby.
What’s your guess?  Boy or Girl?

The Sunshine Award

My friend, Britni, from Play. Party Pin. nominated me for The Sunshine Award the other day.  Though there are some rules (you can find them on her blog post), I won’t be following them, aside from answering her fun questions.

So, here we go . . .

1. What’s the best party you have ever been to and why?

My birthday parties growing up.  I always had so much fun and made everlasting memories.  From sleepovers to limo rides on my sweet 16.  My childhood parties were definitely the best!

2.  What’s the kindest act you’ve ever seen done?

I don’t think one act sticks out to me.  But I have two great role models in my life who have done some very kind acts.  My mom, who is one of the most selfless people I know, is always doing kind acts.  And my step dad, who took in my brother and I, and loved us and cared for us as if we were his own.  My life is forever impacted because of them.

3. If you were to pick one song for the soundtrack of your life, what would it be?

My song would be Blessings by Laura Story.

4.  What’s the weirdest food you’ve ever eaten?

I don’t branch out much, so all the foods I’ve eaten are pretty normal.

5.  If you could have a super power for one day, what would it be and why?

I would want to see the future.  I would want to know things about my daughter so I don’t have to worry about these things now.  For example, I would want to know that she isn’t still wearing diapers in kindergarten.  And that she is making good choices even when I’m not around.

6.  What was your first job ever?

My first job was pretty typical of any teen girl . . . a babysitter.

7.  If you could be one for 24 hours, what cereal box cartoon character would you be?  Why?

I don’t buy cereal, so I’m not sure what characters there are or what their coolness is.  Except for the typical Tony the Tiger.  And, I’m not sure I want to be him.

8.  If you had one extra hour in each day, how would you use it.

Ha ha ha!  I think the days are long enough with a toddler and being pregnant.  So, maybe I would use it for sleeping.

9.  What is your favorite children’s book?

Without a doubt, Uncle Wiggly.  My mom use to read this to my brothers and I growing up.  This same book is in my daughter’s closest.  I think it’s almost time to get it down and start reading it to her.

10.  What is your favorite weird food combination?

I don’t think this is weird, but my husband thinks it is.  I like to put salad dressing on my tacos.

11.  What is your favorite quote or one of your favorites?

I like a lot of Bible verses.  One quote I heard a priest say in church that has really stuck with me through the years is that our purpose in life is “To know Him, to love Him and to serve Him.”

I’d love to get to know you better.  Pick one or two of the questions above and answer it in the comments section!

Nuby Flip-It Easy Grip Cup {Review}

I wrote this post on behalf of Nuby and received a promotional item to thank me for my time.  All views and opinions regarding Nuby and the Flip-It Easy Grip Cup are my own and were not influenced by other sources.

Nuby offers such a great variety of kid’s cups.  I always love the ones that are easy for little hands to grip.  Baby C was excited when she received the Flip-It Easy Grip cup, because it’s in her favorite color . . . green!  

The Nuby Flip-It Easy Grip cup features a flip top cap that is uniquely designed to protect the straw from contamination when not in use.  This makes it great for travel and short trips.  This cup dispenses a variety of liquids, ranging in consistency from fruit juices, to milk and water.  And it is perfect for children 12+ months.  
You can purchase the same Flip-It Easy Grip cup Baby C has for $6.99 or choose from a variety of other colors at BuyBabyDirect.com, Diapers.com, Amazon.com, Wal-Mart, TJ Maxx, DD’s Discounts and Baby Depot at Burlington.  Stay connected with Nuby on FacebookTwitterPinterest and Instagram!

Fall Fun With A Toddler

I’m linking up this week with Our Piece of Earth for Tuesday Toddler Tales!  If you have a toddler, come join in each week!  Weeks and topics are listed here.

Unfortunately, we missed out on the really nice Fall weather this year because we were able to spend almost a month in Florida with our family and friends.  When we returned, we had a couple of beautiful days, but soon after we had our first snow.

We literally went from this . . .

to this . . .
in just a matter of days.  Luckily for us, we live in the beautiful state of Colorado.  Where it can snow in the morning and be 65 degrees by the afternoon without a trace of Winter.  And just a few days after this crazy snow, we found ourselves having some fun at an awesome Fall Festival!
We are looking forward to carving our big ole’ pumpkin, visiting another pumpkin patch with our local MOPS group and trying out some of these fun activities I found on Pinterest:
And maybe a couple of these Fall Traditions
Share with me your most unique Fall Traditions!

Nuby Children’s Hangers {Review}

I wrote this post on behalf of Nuby and received a promotional item to thank me for my time.  All views and opinions regarding Nuby and the Children’s Hangers are my own and were not influenced by other sources.
For the most part, I’m not a super organized person.  In fact, it’s 35 degrees out today, and all my daughter’s summer clothes (that will be outgrown by next summer) are still sitting in her drawer.  And all of her winter clothes are piled up on top.  
So, it was perfect timing when Nuby sent me some children’s hangers to review.  At least now Baby C’s cute, little sweaters are hung up nicely in her closet.  They are the perfect size for her clothes.  In addition, the hangers also come with a bottom bar, so I can hang matching pants with the tops.
Each pack comes with 10 hangers and are BPA Free.  Our hangers arrived in white, but they also come in pink or blue.  You can purchase the same children’s hangers Baby C has for $4.95 at Meijer and BabyEarth.com or choose from a variety of other Nuby products.  Stay connected with Nuby on FacebookTwitterPinterest and Instagram!

My Natural Pregnancy Medicine Cabinet

***This post is written to share natural ways that have helped me with my pregnancy symptoms.  This post was not written to prevent, cure or heal.  Please talk to your health care provider before trying these suggestions.***

My first pregnancy was not a very healthy one.  Not because I didn’t care about my body or baby, I just didn’t know the difference between natural health and what society tells us is healthy.  Like many pregnant moms, I have experienced many uncomfortable symptoms with both pregnancies.  I decided to share with you what’s in my natural “medicine” cabinet during pregnancy and beyond.

Nausea – many women experience nausea during pregnancy.  If you don’t, you are surely blessed. Though my nausea didn’t disappear with any of these suggestions, they did help relieve the severity of the symptoms.

  • Peppermint
  • Ginger
  • Magnesium Oil
Itchy Skin or Rash – itchy skin and rashes can be caused by many things, not just pregnancy.  Try to
  • avoid skin care products with fragrances and chemicals
  • use coconut oil or Aloe Vera for relief
  • Apple Cider Vinegar 
Headaches – I’ve had many headaches with this pregnancy.  One of my headaches was so bad, I had to lay down the whole day with my eyes closed.  That’s not something I can always do with a toddler. Here’s my tips for relief:
  • massage your neck and shoulders every day or get a full body massage
  • Yoga and stretching are great stress relievers
  • Peppermint Balm
  • Drink plenty of water 
Stuffy Nose and Sinus Issues – I have this issue with both pregnancies and sometimes it makes it incredibly hard to sleep.  These tips have been very helpful:

Anxiety and Panic Attacks – I haven’t had as much anxiety this pregnancy because I think these suggestions have really helped:

  • Avoid caffeine, sugar and processed foods 
  • exercise and stress relief/relaxation techniques 
  • increase B-Complex and/or Cal/Mag

Lack of Energy – I said to avoid caffeine and sugar to keep anxiety at bay.  So how are we suppose to get energy?

  • Energizing Tea  has been a life saver for me
  • Exercise
Food Aversions – food aversions can cause a lack of important nutrients that our bodies and growing baby needs.  My biggest food aversion right now is meat.  Yikes!  Something I usually love.  My greatest advice I can give is:
  • Supplementing with vitamins, minerals and proteins.  Our family only trusts Shaklee’s products because of their stringent testing for purity and safety.  Over 100,000 quality assurance tests are performed and they provide peer-reviewed research supporting their products.  Something other companies couldn’t provide me.
What are/were your biggest pregnancy symptoms and how did you use natural remedies to help?  

Little Critters Books {Review and Giveaway}

I wrote this post on behalf of Tommy Nelson and received promotional items to thank me for my time.  All views and opinions regarding Tommy Nelson and It’s True, You Go First books are my own and were not influenced by other sources.  

Little Critters used to be one of my favorite books to “read” when I was little.  And now, this bestselling brand is available with a faith-inspired message.  I love that I get to share the same books I grew up with, with Baby C.

The two books Baby C received to review are It’s True and You Go First.  In It’s True, kids learn that telling a partial truth is much different than telling the whole truth.  Little Critter learns quickly that lying has consequences and that telling the truth, no matter how hard, is always the right thing to do.

In, You Go First, kids learn to treat others the way they want to be treated.  Little Critter learns the secret to getting along, which in Little Critter’s case, means letting someone else be first.

The illustrations in both books captured Baby C’s attention.  She likes to tell the stories in her own words just by looking at the pictures.  Both books are perfect for children ages 2 – 7.

You can purchase the same books Baby C has for $9.99 each at TommyNelson.com or choose from a variety of other faith products.  Tommy Nelson is offering one blessed reader a copy of It’s True and You Go First books for your little one.  Simply fill out the Rafflecopter form below and stay connected with Tommy Nelson on FacebookTwitter and Pinterest.

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Adventures at Mile High Farms

I wrote this post on behalf of Mile High Farms and received free admission to thank me for my time. All views and opinions regarding Mile High Farms are my own and were not influenced by other sources.

If you are looking for a fun Fall festival perfect for little ones, Mile High Farms is definitely the place to be.  From the moment we pulled in, I knew this was a great festival.

It really bothers me when I go somewhere and have to pay for admission AND all the activities inside. But after you pay for your admission at Mile High Farms, the rest of the activities are free.  You just have to pay for food and pumpkins.

So what are the fun activities?  Mile High Farms thought of everything, including a petting zoo, jumpy house (Baby C’s favorite), train ride, bubbles, face painting, corn maze, hay rides and more! With all the exciting things to do, the lines were short, which made it so much more enjoyable for both kids and parents.

The hay ride took us through beautiful scenery where we got to see horses fairly close up.  And picking out our pumpkin was just as entertaining.  We picked out the biggest one we could find.  It weighed in at 25 pounds!

If you are thinking about visiting Mile High Farms, and I hope you do.  Be sure to wear festive Fall clothing (unlike us), because there are so many awesome photo scenes.

Thank you, Mile High Farms, for such a wonderful day filled with everlasting memories.  Now . . . off to carve this pumpkin!

What is yours or your child’s favorite part about Fall Festivals?

Pregnant At 15 Weeks

Whew!  I made it through the first trimester.  When in the midst of it, I wasn’t sure I would ever get through it.  But so thankful I did.  The first 12 (okay 15 weeks), brought morning sickness that lasted ALL. DAY. LONG, exhaustion, headaches, and lots of food aversions (which have still not gone away).

The first trimester also brought along a lack of motivation for everything I enjoyed doing, like blogging.  I didn’t even miss it and there were times I thought I might not come back.  But now that I’m feeling better, with much more energy, I couldn’t wait for my fingers to hit the keys.

At 15 weeks:

I’m feeling: more energized and still a tiny bit nauseas

Food Aversions: meat and avocados (two things I normally love)

Cravings: Pumpkin Spice Latte and a cupcake

Sleep: wake up at least once or twice to use the bathroom

Current Weight: Around 115

Supplements I’m taking:
    Multivitamin with Folic Acid
    B+C Complex
    (All of the above can be found in Vitalizer)
    Extra Vitamin C
    Magnesium Oil (thank you to my sister-in-law)
    Protein Shakes (because apparently I’ve become a vegetarian)

What I’m looking forward to: finding out the baby’s gender (in 4 weeks!)

How Baby C is doing: she doesn’t really understand what is going on.  And she says she doesn’t want a baby brother or sister.

This pregnancy feels much different then the first one.  I think it’s because food doesn’t sound good to me unless I’m craving something specific.  And that’s really hard when I’m always hungry.

If you have more then one child, were your pregnancies different or the same?
If they were different, did you have different genders or the same?