Sweet Tiny Blessings

Month: November 2013

Pish Posh Baby Presents Black Friday and Cyber Monday Deals

I wrote this post on behalf of PishPoshBaby and received compensation to thank me for my time.  All opinions regarding PishPoshBaby are my own and were not influenced by other sources.

I am not one who enjoys shopping in stores.  Don’t get me wrong, I love a great deal, but what’s even better is when I can shop and get great deals from my home!  If you’re the same way, you don’t want to miss out on PishPoshBaby.com‘s Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals.

You’ll find everything you need for your little one, including strollers, car seats, travel, feeding, nursery, bedding and gifts! And don’t forget about the awesome deal when you create a baby registry on PishPoshBaby.com!
Do you prefer to shop online or in store?

Itsy Bitsy Christmas Book {Review and Giveaway}

I wrote this post on behalf of Tommy Nelson and received a promotional item to thank me for my time.  All views and opinions regarding Tommy Nelson and Itsy Bitsy Christmas book are my own and were not influenced by other sources.

This year is the year that Baby C is really starting to understand what Christmas is all about.  And she is really excited.  She’s been excited since Halloween.  I know, not exactly related, but that’s how thrilled she is to learn more about this season.

Sometimes it’s hard to teach our little ones the true meaning of Christmas.  Of course we want to celebrate the magical side, but sharing the meaningful side is so much more important.  Using the book Itsy Bitsy Christmas to share the Christmas Story has been so helpful.

Itsy Bitsy Christmas shows children how special and important they are, no matter what their size. This book is beautifully illustrated with warm and adorable animal characters.

Description provided by Thomas Nelson:
Do you ever feel like you are too small or ordinary?  That’s how Itsy and Bitsy feel.  When these two charming little mice hear that a king is coming to Bethlehem, they set off with great enthusiasm to find Him. Along the way, they are met with discouraging words telling them they are too little and unimportant for any king.  Just when Itsy and Bitsy begin to believe that they really aren’t big enough for the new King, they learn that Christ the King has indeed come for everyone.  

Itsy Bitsy Christmas is perfect for children ages 4 – 7.  You can purchase the same book Baby C has $14.99 at TommyNelson.com or choose from a variety of other faith products.  Tommy Nelson is offering one blessed reader a copy of Itsy Bitsy Christmas for your little one.  Whether you purchase the book or win it, be sure to print out these beautiful coloring sheets that go along with the story. Simply fill out the Rafflecopter form below and stay connected with Tommy Nelson on FacebookTwitter and Pinterest. Open to US residents only.  

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Creating A Magical Christmas With The Santa Express

I wrote this post on behalf of The Santa Express and received complimentary tickets to thank me for my time.  All views and opinions regarding The Santa Express are my own and were not influenced by outside sources.

This past Friday we set out on an adventure that I never knew could be so magical.  As we pulled into The Royal Gorge train depot around 5pm, the weather could not have been more perfect . . . snow.

If you’ve never heard of The Santa Express before, think Polar Express, except real life.  Baby C was bundled in her jammies, not quite sure what she was awaiting, but she couldn’t wait!

Sitting at our table, we were served by friendly staff for appetizers and dinner.  And each passenger received free hot chocolate and a sugar cookie.  What more could a pregnant mama  kid ask for?

Our train traveled about an hour to the “North Pole” where we saw Baby C’s eyes light up and a smile bigger then her face.  There were Christmas lights, decorations and of course, Santa waving to each boy and girl.

Santa’s little helpers quickly boarded the train to entertain the excited children.  We sang Christmas carols and even went on a polar bear hunt.  And at last, Santa came to each individual child, where they shared their wish list with Santa.  And in exchange, Santa presented Baby C with a special gift (Rudolph’s sleigh bell) so that she can remember the magic forever.

Thank you Royal Gorge for creating such a wonderful experience for my daughter and family!

What was the most magical experience you or your children have experienced during Christmas?

Creating A Baby Registry + $20 Tiny Prints Coupon Code

I wrote this post on behalf of PishPoshBaby and will be compensated to thank me for my time.  All views and opinions regarding PishPoshBaby are my own and were not influenced by outside sources.

Creating a baby registry can be both fun and confusing.  Even with my second on the way, there are some important items that will be helpful to have.  I didn’t really get to decorate a nursery for Baby C, so this time around, I’m excited to create one for baby brother.

PishPoshBaby.com has created a fun and helpful way to help you with your new baby needs.  Watch this clip to see what makes creating your registry so unique.  And anyone who creates their baby registry with PishPoshBaby, will receive a coupon code to tinyprints.com.  This will allow you to receive 20 dollars off your birth announcement cards and free shipping!

What is a must have item for your baby registry?

Christmas Wish List With VTech Toys

I wrote this post on behalf of VTech and received promotional items to thank me for my time.  I was provided with information to share with my readers and only share products and info that I feel my readers will enjoy.

Christmas came a little early this year when we received some awesome toys from VTech!  VTech provides fun and educational toys for all ages.  Here are some samples of what your child might like on their wish list this year.

Go! Go! Smart Wheels Construction Playset
The whistle has blown . . . time to get to work!  The Go! Go! Smart Wheels Construction Playset provides hours of entertainment for even the littlest construction worker.  Featuring a tall, rotating crane with working claw, four different shaped pieces can be sorted, picked up and dropped into the included Go! Go! Smart Wheels dump truck or cargo loader.  A conveyor ramp and weight station can also be added to the role-playing fun!  Watch the dump truck or other Go! Go! Smart Wheels vehicles (sold separately) respond to six SmartPoint locations with different phrases, music or sound effects.  This can be purchased for children ages 1 – 5 for $34.99.

Go! Go! Smart Wheels 2-in-1 Race Track
Little ones can race into learning fun with Go! Go! Smart Wheels 2-in-1 Race Track.  The set allows children to race the two included vehicles on a circular track or a straight jump track.  To get the race started, simply place the cars at the starting line and push the flag handle to launch the vehicles into action!  As your child races, they can go to the pit stop, where they learn about tools.  The race track even recognizes other Go! Go! Smart Wheels vehicles (sold separately).  Purchase this set for children ages 1 – 5 for $39.99.

Grow and Discover Tree House
The Grow & Discover Tree House features four sides of learning fun from crawling to standing.  Five numbered buttons introduce numbers and play cheerful melodies and the colorful, spinning gears develop fine motor skills.  The tree house also recognizes balls and shape pieces that introduces colors, shapes and animals.  Window and fabric sides encourage crawling and peek-a-boo fun.  Play 90+ sing-along songs, melodies, sounds and phrases to keep little ones engaged.  You can purchase this one for children 6 – 36 months old for $79.99.

Visit VTech Toys at their website and stay connected on Twitter and Facebook for all the latest news and products.

What is your child’s favorite VTech Toy?

Aloe Baby Tender Defender {Review and Giveaway}

I wrote this post on behalf of Aloe Baby and received promotional items to thank me for my time.  All views and opinions regarding Aloe Baby and Tender Defender are my own and were not influenced by other sources.

I grew up on the beach and always remember my mom putting live aloe on my sunburns.  It was very cool, gentle and healing to my sore skin.  When Baby C recently got a severe diaper rash (that looked like a sunburn) we tried putting aloe on to soothe her delicate skin.  And I must say, it worked awesome!  I wanted to bottle the aloe up and keep it in my diaper bag for other emergencies. So I searched out to find someone who already did.

That’s when I found Aloe Baby Tender Defender.  Tender Defender is a bio-active aloe based gel that is pure, natural and safe for your baby’s skin.  It provides a healing layer when placed beneath a barrier cream.

I’m always looking for safer, natural products for my family.  So I love that Tender Defender is free from petrolatum, detergents, parabens, phthalates, alcohol, artificial fragrance, colors, formaldehydes, nuts, gluten, soy and animal products.  

Tender Defender can also be used on the whole family.  With the dry winters in Colorado, my skin develops an itchy rash.  This lotion has been so soothing for me, both day and night.  It also helps with chafing, heat rash, sun burn, razor burn, eczema, psoriasis, bed sores, pressure sores, and external hemorrhoids.

The other amazing ingredients in Tender Defender include:

  • Apricot Kernel Oil –  vitamin E and A and gamma linoleic acid provides moisture balance.
  • Rosehip Seed Oil – aids in post-surgical wound healing.
  • Niaouli – highly effective antibacterial and antifungal agent. 

This is certainly one of my favorite products that I would recommend to anyone with any sort of skin irritation.  But don’t take my word for it, see what others are saying too!

You can purchase travel size Tender Defender for $2.00 or the 4 oz. bottle for $16.00 at Aloe-Baby.com.  Stay connected with Aloe Baby on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram! Aloe Baby is generously giving away Tender Defender to one blessed reader.  Simply fill out the Rafflecopter form below to enter.  Open to US residents only.

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The Santa Express Train {Preview}

I wrote this post on behalf of the Santa Express Train, and will receive free tickets for my family and myself, to thank me for my time.  Information was provided to me to share with my readers.

This year we have been invited to take the Santa Express for the first time.  I am so excited to share this magical experience with Baby C.  This will definitely create a beautiful Christmas memory for our whole family.

This spectacular one and a half hour ride through Colorado’s Royal Gorge to the North Pole is filled with holiday cheer, where children wear their pajamas, listen to Christmas stories, sing Christmas carols and enjoy homemade cookies and cocoa.  Guests of all ages enjoy unobstructed views of the Royal Gorge on the way to the North Pole, which is decorated like a true Christmas town, with nearly 20,0000 holiday lights for it’s most famous resident – Santa Claus.

Once Santa boards the train at the North Pole, children wait their turn to share their holiday wish list and receive their very special Santa Express Train gift – from Kris Kringle himself.

The Santa Express Train is open to all residents from November 22nd to December 26th with departures at noon and/or 6pm.  Visit royalgorgeroute.com for details and a complete schedule.

The Santa Express Train will be collecting Toys for Tots Saturday, December 14th at 6pm.

The Historic Royal Gorge Route Railroad is located in west Canon City at the Santa Fe Depot at 3rd and Hwy 50.  For more information or to book tickets, call 1-888-724-5748 or visit royalgorgeroute.com.

Bundle Up With Restaurant.com’s Holiday Gift Guide

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4. The Romantic: Add some romance into your holiday with a $50 Restaurant.com Gift Card, bouquet of roses, some irresistible chocolate covered strawberries, and a candlelit dinner for two. Ready to splurge? Pick up some bubbly on the way home for a classy touch. Create your own >> 

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What would you pair your Restaurant.com gift card with?

EcoPosh Recycled Organic Training Pants {Review and Giveaway}

I wrote this post on behalf of Thanks Mama and received a promotional item to thank me for my time.  All views and opinions regarding Thanks Mama and their potty training pants are my own and were not influenced by other sources.

You might remember that Baby C is in the midst of potty training.  The first couple of days were rough for the both of us.  I felt like I was doing everything wrong.  And the amount of laundry I did was insane.  But we survived.  And Baby C is pretty much potty trained at home, with exception to sleep time.

She’s not quite ready to be in big girl undies outside the home.  Though she does tell me when she needs to go potty, she doesn’t always tell her nursery teacher.  So when Thanks Mama offered me the opportunity to review a pair of their training pants, I jumped right on it.

We chose the EcoPosh Recycled Organic Training Pants to help us transition from diapers to undies outside of the home.  These amazing training pants are made from organic cotton, bamboo and recycled water bottles.  They contain two inner layers of absorbent bamboo and organic cotton, plus a hidden layer of waterproof TPU which is biodegradable.

Baby C loves her new comfy training pants.  I took her on some morning errands and felt confident that even if she did have an accident, the training pants would provide the support we needed.  The pants are easy for Baby C to pull up and down and they feel just like big girl undies to her.

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Nap Time Fails

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.

As Baby C gets older, her naps are getting fewer and fewer.  However, I still believe she (and mommy) needs 2 hours of quiet time each day.  We transitioned her into a toddler bed about a month ago.  The first week was great.  She loved her new big girl bed.  But then, she discovered she could easily get out and play with everything.
And when I say everything, I mean EVERYTHING.  Baby C has pulled out all of her clothes and piled them on the bed several times.  She has pulled out every single diaper and wipe and spread them out on the bed.  Books, toys and you name it.  But the best one that will make me laugh forever . . .
when she styled her hair with bottom balm.  We’ve had a couple more incidences like this since then and we’ve had to in place time outs and early bed times.  She’s getting better at staying in bed now.  Even if she doesn’t sleep, she usually reads quietly or sings in her bed.
What are your nap time wins and/or loses?

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