Friday, June 29, 2012

InGenuity Cradle and Sway Swing (Preparing For Baby Guide)


Finding baby products can be fun and in my case a chore all in its own. Dont get me wrong, I love looking for great baby products, but for one, not being able to go out a whole lot to do shopping and for two for the fact that I want everything to coordinate, makes shopping for baby a love hate relationship for me. I find that companies I have used and trusted in the past that not only have the products that I need but also have the products I need in a variety of designs and colors that are what I am looking for. Since we are preparing ourselves for a new baby boy, I have been going with grays, greens, and blues. I chose those colors in soft tones so that I could easily coordinate everything to go together from the blankets to the gear that we will be using for the new baby. Well, recently I was sent a baby swing that is not only from a company that I know. trust and love, but the swing that I was sent came in the soft grays and blues that I have been going with! I was sent the InGenuity Cradle and Sway Swing from the Pembrook collection from the amazing people with the InGenuity line!
First of all I am going to have to say that this swing was fairly easy to put together, even with this pregnant mamas ditsy pregnant brain syndrome. Once it was all together, since we did not have a baby on hand, we decided to use one of my daughters dolls as a model. I love the design, it is simple, yet very adorable. I love how soft the fabric is and I love how cushioned the padding is as well. Both of these aspects will make for a very comfortable and soothing experience each time we put little Wyatt in the swing. The mobile is very adorable with the cute and friendly turtles that you can spin around for baby to enjoy looking at while they are being soothed in their swing. A huge plus, that I know can be a issue for many is that this swing can be used with batteries but can also be plugged in! I love having a baby swing and I have found them to be a must have with baby, but having to buy new batteries often to keep yourself sane and baby happy can be quite costly and the plug in feature is going to prove to be a lifesaver for this mama! I love the settings that are on top, are easy to follow and will make Wyatt's swinging time a relaxing time for the both of us! In all, I am going to have to say that the InGenuity Cradle and Sway Swing is one that we will be using and one that I will be recommending to others who are also preparing for a new baby!!

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eBags Packing Cubes

Summer is here and like most out there, summer means family vacations to me. I think that when it comes to packing for any vacation I tend to go a little overboard and I end up not having enough room in the bags that I allocated for my supposed light packing. I really dont think that it has to do with me over packing, I think it is more of me just putting a little of this and a little of that in my suitcase with no real organization. Then it seems that, sure I may be able to pack my bags where everything fits on the way to my destination but when I arrive, everything is all wrinkled, then when it is time to pack everything back up and leave, I have to act like a magician in order to get the same items put back in the same bag and make them fit so I can close up my bag. I know that I am not the only one out there who has these issues either. I have plenty of friends and family who suffer from the same disorder of packing nice wrinkle free clothes, then end up with a clean mess, then when it is time to repack, having the issue of the shrinking bag. Recently I was sent a product that will make packing for me so much easier. I was sent the Packing Cubes from eBags. These cubes are designed to bring organization to luggage, which is something that I desperately needed, and they are made so that they fit right into your suitcases! I can put all of my shirts in one bag, pants in another, then my undergarments in another, fold all of my clothing nicely, fit them all in my suitcase with out a struggle, then once I am ready to unpack, the clothes that I carefully folded and placed in the Packing Cubes, come out nicely folded and unwrinkled! I love the Packing Cubes from eBags and the next time you are planning a trip, make the packing part a little easier by getting yourself and your family organized with some of the Packing Cubes from eBags as well!!
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Thursday, June 28, 2012

#Giveaway New SwaddleDesigns SwaddleLite (Preparing For Baby Guide) CLOSED

Babies are so precious and so much fun as well. I cherish every moment with my babies from the time they are born all the way up! When they are little, I like to try and keep them as comfortable as possible. We all know that babies can not voice what might be ailing them, but as a parent, we can do our best to accommodate them the best we can. One thing that I learned from my older two, is that swaddling baby makes a difference and helps both baby and mommy be at ease. Babies feel that sense of comfort and closeness, like they felt in the womb, when they are swaddled. In fact there are many benefits that come from swaddling, like the fact that swaddling reduces the risk of SIDS, it helps baby sleep better, and it can also help make the breastfeeding experience a easier one. Another benefit that I learned, which was a huge one for me with my daughter is that swaddling reduces the symptoms of colic and fussiness! With that being said, when I was sent the new SwaddleLite swaddle blankets from SwaddleDesigns, I was excited to review them! I love how light weight these swaddle blankets are, which is great for this hot Texas weather, and will be very handy to have when Wyatt arrives in early September. With SwaddleDesigns, I not only know that their swaddling blankets are ones I can trust and love when using them on my babies, but I love that they also have the tag on them that shows you how to properly swaddle your infant!
The new SwaddleDesigns SwaddleLite swaddling blankets are available in many great colors and designs. I chose to go with the Cute & Calm in Kiwi. I love the kiwi color of the middle blanket then the designs of the other two are very adorable as well. I know that this set will be put to use once Wyatt is here and having the light weight material is going to be very beneficial to us when we are out at practices and games in this hot Texas weather!!!! Well since the wonderful people over at SwaddleDesigns love the readers over here at Mommy Katie, they would like to give one of my amazing readers their own set of the new SwaddleLite blankets from SwaddleDesigns!!!

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Costumes For Men PlusSizeCostumeSuperCenter.com

My husband and I love Halloween, it is a time when we can dress up however we want and have fun doing it. On top of Halloween, we love to attend costume parties together, where others like us, lol, like to dress up at different times of the year, even when it is not close to Halloween. When we dress up we like to shop for the costumes that we are going to love, but with my husband, he does not fit into the average costume. He is a big and tall man, and if you have a big and tall man in your life, then you know that finding plus size costumes can be quite challenging. We love to be able to shop for adult costumes that fit the theme we want to go with, and when we go looking, we can usually find a costume for me in the womens costumes, but then to find one for my husband that will fit him and coordinate with mine, can be a challenge. We found out that this does not have to be the case when we found the Plus Size Costume Super Center online. I had found the site after shopping on the Costume Super Center site for myself and the kids. The kids will usually pick their own costumes and choose different themes, but when we shop for ours, we like to coordinate. So when I found the Plus Size Costume Super Center, I found that we can find an amazing selection of adult costumes, and we can coordinate our costumes at great prices! This year my husband decided that he wants to go with a Plus Size Men's Psycho Sushi Chef Costume. Now he has already coordinated the baby, who will be here in early September, to go with his costume, lol. So I have to now find a womens costume to go with theirs, I have time, but I have not quite decided on whether I want to be a patron, a victim or a chef as well. I have been going over the costumes over at Plus Size Costume Super Center and I know I will be able to find the costume I will wear this year there as well!! Whether you are looking for a great costume to get for a costume party or if you are looking to get a head start on your Halloween costume shopping at a great price, then check out the great selection of adult costumes over at www.PlusSizeCostumeSuperCenter.com today!


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AVENGERS Blu-ray Trailer Debut!

Marvel's THE AVENGERS will be Available September 25th on Blu-ray Combo Pack!





Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Mamasan Maternity Apparel #Giveaway (Preparing For Baby Guide) CLOSED

In pregnancy, you have to accept the fact that your cute clothes that you wore before are not going to fit for at least the duration of your pregnancy, but that does not mean that you have to sacrifice your style during that time either. Sure you may feel huge, but most people dont see you that way, they see you as being cute and pregnant, a mama to be. I have been maternity clothing shopping many times and I cant stand it when I go maternity shopping and I cant find clothing that not only looks cute, but that also has a style like I would wear even when I am not pregnant. It does seem that as time goes on, and with each of my pregnancies, I do find that the maternity fashion is becoming more and more fashionable so to say. Recently I was sent a top from MamaSan Maternity Apparel, which is a store that sells maternity apparel that is stylish and is a store that I find very appealing as well! I was sent the Sacred Hearts Tank Top. I love the heart design on the top, and I love that it is a tank top that fits just right and that the fabric is light weight, since I am going to be pregnant through this summer! It is a top that I can wear just about anywhere, be comfortable not only with the fabric and the fit, but also be comfortable with the style. In fact I love all of the clothing over at MamaSan Maternity Apparel. They carry a great selection of maternity tops that you can get in strapless, long sleeve, short sleeve and sleeveless, adorable maternity dresses, maternity skirts and even nursing covers! Then once baby is here, you can even get cute clothing for the baby by shopping their Misopunk Infant Apparel! I love Mamasan Maternity Apparel and the selection they have, and since we are preparing for baby over here at Mommy Katie, the wonderful people from Mamasan Maternity Apparel would like to give one of my amazing readers their own top from Mamasan Maternity Apparel!!!
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Quaker Real Medleys

I have said it before and I will say it again, I love oatmeal. Whether it is in a bar, a cookie or in a bowl, I love  oatmeal. With that being said I was recently sent a couple of the Quaker Real Medleys to try out and review.  I was sent the Summer Berry Oatmeal and the Cherry Pistachio Oatmeal. Both of these medleys are great and I love that there are real fruits put into the mix with the rolled oats and multi-grains! These have made it to my list of favorite breakfast items and if you are looking for some great items to change up your breakfast, then check out these flavors I tried as well as the other two available from the Quaker Real Medleys today!!


·         Apple Walnut Oatmeal
·         Summer Berry Oatmeal
·         Peach Almond Oatmeal
·         Cherry Pistachio Oatmeal



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Tuesday, June 26, 2012

GUND Girls


School is out and like many other little girls out there, my Estrella is exploring her interests and having fun! My Estrella really lives up to her name which means "Star" in Spanish. She loves art, shopping, being adventurous and she is also very outgoing. She is a girl that shines and everyone who meets her can see it right away. Estrella loves her dolls as well, and when she is with her friends they all love playing dolls together. Recently I was sent a doll that is a doll with personality, which I love! I was sent Deedee from the new line of GUND Girls from GUND. Deedee is a girl who loves to be adventurous, and she loves the color violet which is also the color of her eyes. Deedee is a doll, that is perfect for my daughter, since Estrella loves to go on her own adventures, which has been a daily routine for her during the summer on top of the fact that Estrella loves purple as well!!! I love that the GUND Girls are dolls who have their own sense of style and they make for the perfect doll for your daughter to take with her as she explores and goes on her own adventures this summer!! The GUND Girls are available now to bring home and you can choose from one of the four girls available, each with their own interests and personalities to match your girls interests and personalities!!!

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G.I. Joe Renegades Season 1 on DVD

I remember back when I was a kid, the cartoon series G.I. Joe, which was one that my guy friends enjoyed watching and I enjoyed watching as well. It was a very popular cartoon series and brought the collectible and popular boys toy line to life. There was a new series that was put out in 2010 called G.I. Joe Renegades, which brought the True American Hero back for little boys everywhere to enjoy once again and for those little boys who remember the series from the 80's to watch and share with their own boys now! Recently we were sent the G.I. Joe Renegades Season 1 Volume 1 to review on DVD. This series is great, and reminds me of the old series, except without what would be considered to be a retro Joe in it. You have Cobra who is the evil villain plotting to take over the world, then there is G.I. Joe the hero who will stop at nothing to prevent the evil Cobra from succeeding with his evil plans! My son loves watching G.I. Joe Renegades and I love that my husband and my son can sit down together and enjoy this series together!! G.I. Joe Renegades Season 1 Volume 1 is available now to bring home to share with your boys!!!!




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Diaper Genie Portable Diaper Bag Dispenser (Preparing For Baby Guide)

I am a mom like many other moms out there, who is constantly on the go. From the daily errands that I have to run to taking older kids to practices, play dates, parties, school events and so on. So when I prepare for little Wyatt to join our family soon, I keep in mind that fact when looking for products. I need products that are easily accessible for me, my husband and even my kids who are excited to be involved in caring for their new baby brother. One thing that I personally can not stand and I try to keep from happening myself, is walking into a public restroom to have that dirty diaper smell smack you right in the face. With my two oldest kids, when they were in diapers, I carried around a few of the grocery store bags to put dirty diapers in so that I could try to reduce that horrible smell. They did help, but there were plenty of times that doubling up on bagging the diapers would have made a bigger difference, lol. Well this time around, I have been introduced to a new product that will be making those stinky diapers more pleasant for not only my nose but for others who may be in the same vicinity as the diaper I place in the trash after a change. These diaper bags  are meant for putting dirty diapers in, so that you can throw them away without having to be embarrassed about leaving a horrid smell behind, and are lined with a fresh lavender scent which masks that nasty smell. The Diaper Genie Portable Diaper Bag Dispenser is compact and fits great in any diaper bag, and you can clip it to the stroller or a diaper bag for easy access!! This nifty Diaper Genie Portable Diaper Bag Dispenser is not only handy and masks scents, but it is also easily refillable, which makes the life of mom even easier all together!! I am very pleased to have the Diaper Genie Portable Diaper Bag Dispenser, and as odd as it sounds, I am excited to be able to use it when changing Wyatt's diapers in the new future when I am on the go!!!




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Bop It! Smash #Giveaway Family Game Night Fun! CLOSED!

I love getting the family together and playing games. We have our family game nights with both board games and video games, I think that which ever way you do it, as long as you have the family together and you are having fun together, then you have made your family game night a success! Now, most of us have had the chance to play with a Bop It!, which is a very addictive and challenging game that we love in our house! Well recently we were sent the Bop It! Smash to review. This Bop It! takes the game to a whole new level, which I will have to admit is very addictive and fun too! There are lights that move around and with the pace of commands that give that arcade feel, the Bop It! Smash has put itself on the top of our list for family game night games! It does say 8 and older on the packaging, but my 4 year old loves to play the Bop It! Smash along with the rest of the family! With the three different play modes that are Solo, Pass It or Multiplayer, you are sure to have a blast. With the solo mode, it just challenges the one player, with the Pass It mode you can have a blast at a party and let your friends get into the game! Then with the Muliplayer mode, which is the one we use, you can challenge up to 6 players to see who is the fastest smash player! Well to make it a great family game night at your house, the wonderful people from Hasbro are going to give one of my amazing readers their own Bop It! Smash!!
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