Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Decorating CSN Style!

CSN stores can easily drag me in for hours.  There are SO many different things to browse through.  With our upcoming move, I've been looking around on there for some new furniture, decor,appliances, etc for our new place.  We're selling our current one, so I checked out the dining chairs and tables.  The formal dining sets were so beautiful and it made me wish we were going to have a formal dining room.  Not that we'd ever use it much.. but then I could have a big pretty table.  So wish me luck in my searching on CSN stores for the perfect "accessories" for our new abode!  And while you're at it.. you should browse the 200+ stores yourself.  I'm sure you'll find something you absolutely love!  And stayed tuned for more CSN goodness!

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Greetings and Proof We're Alive!

Wow.  It's been ages since I've actually had a wholesome post.  This year is flying by and most of the time I feel like I'm barely hanging on.  I often question how parents of more than one child do it.  This one I have seems to consume every minute that I'm not at work or sleeping.  At even sometimes in my desperate attempts to get a nap in, she still manages to consume that time.  But.. really, I wouldn't have it any other way.

We're in the stages of moving.  Well.. we still have a month and a half before actual move date.  But lucky me.. I've been living with a hoarder for the last  3 1/2 years.  Yeah... every single thing down to a key to some old lock from some old place has a meaning to him.  I've finally threatened bodily harm to him encouraged him to start purging some stuff that he could live without.  Yes.. you can get rid of that old receipt from 2001 from when you got a tank of gas, a pack of smokes, and a 20oz Coke.  And yes.. go ahead and toss that employee handbook from your high school job.  I'm pretty sure you're never going to work there again.  Considering the place was closed down over 10 years ago..  You have pictures of your friends from when you worked there.  And memories in your brain.  I'm sure you'll never forget those days just because the handbook gets tossed out. Love ya, babe!

Anyways.. we've also been out and about enjoying this beautiful fall weather before we're bombarded with hundreds of inches of snow again! (Dear Mother Nature, I will kill you!  Love.. Me)  We've hit up the zoo, the pumpkin patch, the apple orchard, the parks, etc etc etc.  Lots of cute pictures of my girl will follow at the end. (But hey.. slow down.. and don't skip ahead.  You might miss something interesting.  Or not...)

Today.. well.. it's a pretty special day.  No.. I mean besides it being the 197th anniversary of the conclusion of the Battle of Leipzig. It's also Mother Teresa Day in Albania.  One of Jimmy Carter's daughters is celebrating her birthday today. AND.. so is my better half!  Yep.. he's the big 3-5 today.. but doesn't look a day over 50 ummm 21 or so..  Happy Birthday my love!  Thank you for being the amazing, wonderful, awesome, hilarious, intelligent, and brilliant man you are!  You're the butter to my bread and all that jazz!

So yeah.. that's us.  Busy but loving life!

How about you? How are things? Yeah.. I'm talking to you out there (assuming you're still there.)











Thursday, September 30, 2010

Once Upon a Time..

There was a little girl named Kylee.  She had a mommy who wanted her to look oh-so-cute on Halloween.  Her mommy thought many months about the perfect costume for her little blonde beauty.

At first she was planning on dressing Kylee up as Dorothy and having her join in with her toddler friends on being the cast of  the Wizard of Oz. (In tiny people form, of course!)  But plans fell through.

So her mommy began thinking again.. and again.. and hours and hours of thought went into this decision.  FINALLY! The perfect costume for a cute and animated little girl.  (Yeah.. her mommy is kind of a genius and stuff..)

Precious Kylee would be... GOLDILOCKS!! Cute costume, no?

(That's not Kylee.  And I'm waiting on posting pictures of her in the actual costume until my Halloween post. But.. nonetheless.. it's quite possibly the cutest costume I've ever seen! )  And check out that awesome price!  I don't know about you.. but nothing irks me more than companies whose costumes  all cost $50 or more.  Yeah.. not happening!

I will say that Kylee has tried on this costume a couple of times and she LOVES it!  (I actually had to hide it away in her closet).  She loves taking all of the little bears out and loving on them.  She calls her dress "Gowocks" (yeah, cute, I know!) and loves that she gets to wear her "fancy" shoes with her costume.  And lucky girl that she is.. her costume will be added to her dress up collection once Halloween passes.

This costume may be cheaper in price than most costumes out there.  But don't let it fool you into believing  the quality is cheap.  It's thin enough that it's a breathable fabric but not thin enough that I feel like it's going to rip while she's wearing it.

So what are your little ones being for Halloween?  You should head on over to Costume Discounters and check out their selections.  It's not too late!  There are SO many cute toddler costumes.  And I spent quite a while in the girl costumes  section as well before making my final decision!  We will definitely be using Costume Discounters in the future!


*I was not compensated in any way other than receiving a Goldilocks costume to review.  These are my words. My opinions.  My thoughts. Thank you to to Charles at Costume Discounters for being such a pleasure to work with.*

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Super Skivvies Winner

#6

Jessica said...




your button is on my blogroll.

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Misery is NEVER Good Company

This is our pollen count lately..

(Image is from WOWT\)



I've been doing lots of this...

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And using lots of this...


                                



And feeling like ...


                                       



So yeah.. it's be awesome over here lately.  But hopefully I'll be on the mend soon!
Until then.. go ahead and feel free to enter my Super Skivvies giveaway.
Maybe it will make me feel better?





Thursday, September 9, 2010

It's In The Air...

What's that you ask?

.... FOOTBALL!!! ....

We love some college football in this house!  Me and Kylee cheer on the Nebraska Cornhuskers (GO BIG RED!) and my honey is an Arkansas Razorbacks fan (yeah.. exactly...) because he is currently boycotting the Ohio State Buckeyes due to all of the changes going on with the Big Ten.

Kylee is a huge football fan.  She has her own football.  ("Fooball!)  and she throws her hands up in the air and declares touchdowns with the best of them.  It's so cute to see her excited about it.  And just another thing she can bond over with her daddy.

Without going into quite the debate.. I'm just going to say that I do not support the Huskers move to the Big Ten.  I'm going to miss the teams we've played against for years.  The rivalries.  It's not a move I'm at all excited about making.  But you go where you have to go, I guess...

So I'm going to enjoy the cool Fall weather, the chili, the chips and awesome dips, the cold beers, and whatnot and cheer on my Huskers in their last season before the big switch.  Cheering right along with me .. is this cutie..

Friday, September 3, 2010

SUPER Skivvies!!! Review & Giveaway

                                       (Image is from the Super Skivvies etsy  website.)

How cute is the Super Skivvies banner?  I just love it!  Steph is one creative and talented woman!  She was also such a pleasure to work with. Very sweet and informative.

I came across Super Skivvies while I was searching etsy for cloth trainers.  I was done with store bought pull ups and using disposables.  I wanted to find a trainer that was cute, functional, and well made.  Kylee is still blessed with cute little chunky legs (although they've slimmed down a ton as she's gotten older) and I didn't want any trainers that were going to leave marks on her leg.  I also wanted a pair that had sturdy elastic in the waist so they didn't slip off of her, but ones that were easy enough that she could take them off herself.  I loved the look, design, and structure of Super Skivvies so I contacted Steph about doing a review.

At first she told me it would be a few weeks before she could get a pair made and out to me.. so I began to wait patiently.  Then, she emailed me a day or two later and said she had a pair to review AND giveaway ready to be shipped to me. That made my day! And a few days later the mailman was attacked greeted by me down at the mailbox!  I tore into the package so quick and immediately went.. "Awwww". So Cute! Immediate love and it was hard to choose which pair to keep and which pair to give for the giveaway.  I let Tim decide and I'm SO happy with the pair he chose.



We reviewed the Springtime in Oogaville pair and aren't they SO cute?!  They are a size Small (2T-3T) and fit children approximately 25-35lbs.  Kylee is right around 30-31 pounds and they fit great with some room to grow!  (Rise: 16.5", Waist: 16.5", Thigh: 11.5")  Super Skivvies measurements are unstretched.  There is a lot of stretch in the waist and thigh area.  So you don't have to worry about any of those painful looking red marks.  Kylee has no indentations or markings when she wears these and I really appreciate that.

"Super Skivvies feature one layer of soft 100% cotton interlock in the body, a rayon (from bamboo)/organic cotton velour liner in the crotch area, 100% cotton interlock waist and thigh bands, and no-roll elastic encased in the waist.

Included is a removable insert consisting of three layers rayon (from bamboo)/organic cotton fleece. Just tuck the insert into the crotch lining, and your undies are trainers!"  (From the Super Skivvies etsy shop product description)






I love the insert that comes with this trainer.  You can leave it in for training purposes or take it out if you want just plain underwear.  And when you wash your Super Skivvies, you do not have to pull the insert out, it comes out during the wash cycle.  I love that feature!  I also love how soft the insert and crotch lining is.  Even after a few washes it still all feels as soft as when we first got it!  You can also purchase additional three and five layer inserts on the Super Skivvies website!


Please note that Super Skivvies are NOT an alternative to diapers.  With the insert in the trainer there are five layers of protection which is enough to contain a single accident.  Kylee has had one accident while wearing her Super Skivvies (not a very big one) and the insert did a very good job of containing most of it and the body of the trainers was barely wet.  


So in finishing, I must say that we LOVE our Super Skivvies and plan on purchasing a couple more pairs!  Kylee really loves the "waindow haws" (rainbow hearts) pair! 


       SOOOO.. lucky readers you.. Steph has offered a little something-something for you guys!  I have a little "package" of goodies to send to one of you!  What does it contain you ask?


 (And a cute little sheet of stickers -- not pictured)


You will get a size small (2T-3T) pair of Super Skivvies, a 10% off code for your next purchase, an informational booklet, and some fun stickers! How great is that??! And how cute is that print?  Bacon, Eggs, and Toast! Yum and Adorable!


Mandatory Entry:
Go to the Super Skivvies website and "Heart" (add to favorites) the shop!
I will check and make sure you did this. Failure to do so will void any additional entries.

Additional Entries:

1.  "Like" Super Skivvies on Facebook (1 entry)
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3.  Add my button to your blog.  Please leave a link to where I can find it. (2 entries)
4.  Follow me on Twitter. Leave your Twitter ID in your comment (1 entry)
5.  Tweet about this giveaway.  Include @Mommacrissy and a link back to this post in your Tweet. Leave link to your Tweet in your comment. 2x per day and at least 3 hrs apart. (1 entry per tweet)
6.  Buy something from the Super Skivvies website sometime during the giveaway (10 entries)
7.  Blog about this giveaway. Leave a link to where I can find it. (3 entries)
8.  Subscribe to my blog via email.  (1 entry)

(ALL entries of the winner drawn will be verified.  So please be honest or a new winner will be drawn.)



Giveaway ends Sunday, September 19th at 10:00PM .(CST). I will use random.org to determine the winner and notify the winner via email. The winner will also also be announced on this blog. You will have 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be drawn.







Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Dedication Pays Off

Towards the end of our summer there were many days that Kylee and I stayed home.  We didn't leave to do anything.  Well.. we played out back a little bit.  But mostly we stayed inside.  Why?  Potty training!  She's been casually training for a couple of months now and doing alright.  But, we finally ditched the pull ups because she was just treating them like diapers.  We did the run-around-naked-and-hopefully-make-it-on-the-toilet method.  We put her potty chair in the living room right in between the couch and the tv stand.  I would put her on it every 30-45 minutes and we would talk about going pee and poop.  We would read books. We would sing songs.  And sometimes it would only take a minute or two and she would go.  Other times it would take 10 minutes before she would go.  (Of course there were times she didn't even go at all and then would stand up and pee on the carpet.  Fun..)

Anyways.. a few days of that and lots of carpet cleaning and one weekend it just CLICKED!  She started using the potty all on her own!  I kept it in the same spot for a week and then moved it back to the bathroom.  She didn't dig peeing in the bathroom on her little potty chair.  So I put it back in the living room.  I mean.. people that come over won't mind watching my 20-month-old pee.. right?  *sigh*

Fast forward a couple of weeks and we were planning a trip to the zoo with some friends and their cute kids.  I didn't want Kylee to wear a diaper to the zoo.  I didn't want to send her mixed messages.  SO.. I took the seat part out of her potty and put it on the toilet.  I figured if I could get her to pee on the big potty then she could wear her underwear to the zoo and use the toilet.  We had ONE day to get this.  The morning got crazy hectic so I actually didn't end up putting the seat on the toilet until the early afternoon.  And wouldn't you know.. she went on it with no problem!  Like she'd been doing it for years.  SO.. I dressed her the next morning and went the underwear route and packed 2 changes of clothes and a diaper. (Just in case)  Grabbed the potty seat and crossed my fingers.  And my girl.. did PERFECT! Asked to use the potty and everything! No accidents!  Even drank 2 full sippy cups of water and stayed dry!  I cried a little on the inside (and outside).  Because during the day... we are now DIAPER FREE!!


                                            Good job, K!  Mommy is so proud!

Monday, August 23, 2010

It's Broken.


Yes.. our precious air conditioner is broken. Again.

It broke about the same time last week.  They added some freon to it and we were back in business.

Then yesterday.. same issues came back and we were left without any air.

On a day when the temp was 91 but with humidity and all that jazz felt like 98 degrees.

Our house got up to 87 and I'm pretty sure we all sweat out the calories we consumed during dinner.

Repair guy is coming back out this morning.  Fixing something different this time.

Seeing as how the temps are going to be high again today, I'm very glad they're coming out in the morning.

It has also given me a new prospective to the lives of others. 

People who always live without air conditioning.  People who can't afford to buy fans to put in their windows.

People with children who live like this.

Me? Well I was a little more crabby, unable to think clearly, and mad at the world (at the time).

But what about people who ALWAYS live like this?  How do they manage?  

So while I'm very glad that our air conditioner is getting fixed this morning.. I need  to realize that it's a privilege to have cool air when I want it.  Not something I should take for granted.  Something I should feel blessed that I have.

But yeah.. our a/c is broken and my mind hasn't been in blogging mode at all.  But stay tuned because I have another review and giveaway coming up for a pair of cloth trainers and a review for CSN stores.  And maybe some blogging about family life and changes we're coming into.

Hope everyone had a great weekend!

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Green Sprouts Winner

Sorry for the delay in drawing the winner. It's been a crazy last couple of days in our house.  Lots of changes going on.  Anyways.. the winner is...



#19

jdeemarie said...

I tweeted:
http://twitter.com/jdeemarie/status/20277580704

Looks like all that tweeting paid off mama! I'll be emailing you shortly and you have 48 hours to return the email before I have to draw a new winner.  Congrats!!

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Goodbye Sweet Dog


16 years ago you came into our lives...

Nala

My sister named you that after The Lion King.

I thought it was a silly name for a dog.


16 years ago you taught me to love unconditionally...

Even when you chewed on my stuff or peed on the carpet.

I loved you.

Watching you dig holes in the backyard with Sarah, as if you guys were trying to reach the core of the Earth.

Taking you on long walks and rollerblading through the park.

Surviving and staying strong with faith when you ran away for those 2 days.

You came back to us though.

Your family.

Sneaking you Doritos and apple juice when no one was watching.

Cuddling up with you even though it was the dead of summer and a hundred degrees outside.

Safe.

Secure.

Talking to you late at night when I was down and knowing you would not judge me.

Inviting you over when I first moved away from home.  Feeding you a 12pk of hot dogs because I didn't have any dog food at my house.

Trying to get you to wear bows in your hair.  You were having none of that!

Squirting you with the hose and watching you attack the water.  Laughing until I could laugh no longer.

Swimming in the horse tank and laughing at your aquatic "skills".. don't all dogs know the doggy paddle?

Coming home to discover you ate more than half a box of Fruit Loops.  That was some colorful vomit.

Car rides. Drooled up windows. Hairy seats. Rockin' music!

Drive thru windows. "Can I have a plain hamburger and a glass of water for my dog?"

Naps on the couch.

You curled up in between my legs at night. Not being able to move. But I didn't mind.

16 years ago you came into our lives...

You became a member of our family.

Today.. I say goodbye to you sweet dog.

You may be gone from us but you will never be forgotten.

Rest in peace my sweet puppy.

Your pain is gone and you are free.

I love you.




Monday, August 2, 2010

Serving Up with CSN Stores

If you're anything like me you love to host a good party now and then.  I don't do it very often, so when I do I have to make sure it's very nice!  Along with making sure all the food is perfect, a great host must bring out the best dinnerware sets possible! CSN stores is the place to go for your casual and everyday, formal and fine, and holiday dinnerware.  Their selection and prices can't be beat!  And I'm sure your guests will appreciate all the work you'll go through finding the perfect dinnerware for them to eat off of!  (Little do they know how easy and quick it is to shop any of the 200+ stores on CSNstores.com)

Please stay tuned for some more of CSN stores goodness!

Saturday, July 31, 2010

Green Sprout Cloth Trainers Giveaway

Kylee is pretty much potty trained during the day.  If she's distracted by playing I have to remind her (and occassionally take her kicking and screaming to the bathroom) to go to the potty.  But otherwise, she's pretty good about it.  She'll even go sometimes by herself without me needing to be in there with her.  I'm always very proud when she disappears and I go to find her and she's sitting on the potty.

I still put her in diapers to take a nap and a night.  We're not ready for that milestone quite yet.  Especially since Kylee still sleeps in a crib.  I also am not so brave yet to take her out in public with just her underwear on.  I have this fear of her having a huge accident in a place that isn't so easy to clean.  I'd hate for her to be the kid that ruins the fun for everyone.  But I also hate having to put her in pull ups because she gets that comfort of a diaper and will sometimes get lazy and just pee in it.  So I wanted to find something that would contain a tiny accident or minor leaking but not act as a diaper.

Allow me to introduce you to Green Sprouts cloth trainers!



We received the girly print retro cars to review.  Rena (the owner of Green Sprouts) was so awesome to work with!  She answered any questions I had, asked for suggestions, and shipped these trainers to us so fast!  It was great! 

Green Sprouts cloth trainers are made of cotton interlock with a full layer of organic bamboo velour in the wetzone.  There is also an additional layer of bamboo fleece sewn into the wetzone.  The elastic arond the waist and legs is very soft and doesn't leave any red marks.  We received the size 2T-3T but additional sizes are available.  You can also find additional prints at GreenSproutBaby.com

So what do I love about these trainers?  Well first of all.. the print is SUPER cute and perfect for my car loving daughter!  These trainers have been washed 4 times and show no fading.  They haven't really shrunk in size either.  I love that the elastic isn't super tight so my 20 month old daughter can pull them up and down on her own with no issues.  It's also really great that if she does have a small accident these trainers contain it with no problem.  I used a medicine dropper and determined these trainers can hold about 12-15mL of fluid before leaking. They will also help slow down any major accidents.  I have no complaints about our Green Sprouts cloth trainers.  They're very reasonable in price at $9 per pair and are made with quality that assures me they'll still be going when it comes to potty training any future children.

So awesome readers that you are... how would you like to win a pair of Green Sprouts trainers?
Rena has offered a pair of trainers in your choice of size and print to one lucky person!

Mandatory Entry:  Tell me what print and what size you would choose if you won.
(This is mandatory people.. you don't do it.. there's no chance of you winning.)

Additional entries:
1. < Heart > the Green Sprouts shop.  Leave your Etsy name in your comment (1 entry)
2.  Follow Green Sprout Baby on Twitter --Leave Twitter name in comment (1 entry)
3.  Follow me on Twitter -- Leave Twitter name in comment (1 entry)
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5.  Add my button to your blog.  Leave a link to where I can find it.  (2 entries)
6.  Give a potty training piece of advice or share a funny potty training story (1 entry)
7.  Tweet about this giveaway.  Include @GreenSproutBaby and @Mommacrissy  in your tweet.  Include link to your tweet in your comment.  2 tweets per day and at least 3 hours apart. (1 entry per tweet)



Giveaway ends Sunday, August 15th at 10:00PM .(CST). I will use random.org to determine the winner and notify the winner via email. The winner will also also be announced on this blog. You will have 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be drawn.


Monday, July 26, 2010

Boogie Wipes Winner

#11

pawsnhooves said...
http://twitter.com/pawsnhooves/status/18763711148


July 17, 2010 7:48 AM


All that tweeting paid off!  You have 48 hours to respond to my email before I have to draw a new winner!  Congratulations!! 

  Thank you to Boogie Wipes for sponsoring this giveaway!!

Sunday, July 25, 2010

Many Stages of "What's that?"

Kylee talks.
Often.
A lot.
I love it.
Sometimes.. I hate it.

When she first started talking it was OH SO DARN CUTE!  Every new word she said we would clap, cheer, oooh, and ahhh over.  (And still do)

But.. there's one thing I could have lived without her learning..

"WHAT'S THAT?"

It's cute to hear her say it. The first time. Even the second time. But after roughly hearing it 7,892 times in a day. My ears hold up the white flag and surrender.  Please. Please make it stop.

The phrase "What's that" has gone through many stages during it's first learning.

"Wu za" .. is how it came out first.  It was so cute. Especially since it was only being said 2 or 3 times a day.

"Whu zat" .. even cuter!  And still not said all that often so I'm still loving hearing it!

"Weez dat" ... HILARIOUS to hear.. but now it's being said about 1200 times a day. Starting to lose the cuteness factor.

Now ladies (and possible gentlemen..) we have...

                      "WHA IS ZAT?" said almost a good 10,000 times every 2-3 hours.

Heaven help me.  She points. Asks. I tell her. She points again like her hearing went out and she didn't receive the message of what said thing was.  Repeat. Repeat. Repeat.  And don't you DARE pretend you didn't hear her because she only gets louder and more in your face.

And suddenly things she's pretty much always known what are have lost their name in her mind.  Really Kylee.. you don't know who you are? Do I have to tell you that it's "you, Kylee" to 81 pictures in an album?  Do I have to tell you that your baby dolls are your baby dolls and your kitty cats are your kitty cats? You know this girl.  Why must you torture your mama? 

So.. you.. you evil "What's That Stage" I say to you.. GO AWAY!  Or at least tone is down a helluva lot tiny bit.  Please?

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Wherefore Art Thou?

Summer days.. it's you I'm talking to!
Where have you gone?

I am refusing to believe that August is less than two weeks away!  How is that even possible?

It has been such a hot summer.  Skin-melting-hotter-than-hot kind of weather.  Our yard has taken such a beating.  We've gotten a shit-ton    our fair share of rain and then some.  We've had flooding all around us and I swear you combine that and the crazy humid temperatures we've been having and it's no wonder the mosquitos have been out in packs.  Tim.. bless his heart.. loves sitting outside at night and having a few cold beers.  I do too. But NOT in the summer! I have no desire to become any insects source of a blood transfusion. Get back to me when the temps drop and those damn things leave!

When it's possible to go outside and not melt into a puddle before you get out of the driveway, we have!  We've enjoyed time at the pool and splash station, the park, the library party, the lake, a couple of parades and festivals, and going for ice cream!  Nothing super adventurous has gone on.  But.. I think that's what I've liked about this summer.  It has been so relaxing and chill.  Exactly what we needed!

So.. while I'm sad to see the summer days go soon...  I've got arms wide open to welcome slightly cooler temperatures and bug free zones!  I'm not looking forward to the snow and freezing temperatures again. So.. maybe.. Autumn can stick around for a while. A VERY long while...

   Hey, a girl can dream, right?!

What has your family been doing this summer??


Oh.. and feel free to enter my Boogie Wipes giveaway.  It ends on Sunday. Or something like that.

And I've got a review and giveaway coming up for some awesome cloth trainers!  WooT WooT for potty training!!

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Boogie Wipes to the Rescue!

I'm sure once Kylee is old enough to care she's going to LOVE that I'm telling you guys that she is a ... NOSE PICKER! Yes. My precious, beautiful, intelligent, and funny daughter picks her nose.  Mostly it is to get a reaction from someone, but we've also caught her "mining for gold" when she doesn't think anyone is watching. Y-U-C-K.  (But I still love her.. booger finger and all...)

SO... when I came across Boogie Wipes I knew they sounded perfect for us.  Remove the boogies.. be gentle on the nose.  I'm all for that!  So what exactly are Boogie Wipes? Glad you asked.



"Boogie Wipes are made with saline to dissolve boogies (mucus) caused by the common cold, allergies or otherwise booger-filled kid moments. Extra soft, alcohol, phthalate and paraben free, Boogie Wipes are available in Great Grape, Fresh Scent, Magic Menthol and Simply Unscented. Recommended by pediatricians as a gentle, effective alternative to a dry tissue."

(Boogie Wipes description and picture are from the Boogie Wipes website.)

We were sent all of the scents to try out.  I can say right off the bat that no one in this house is a fan of the Magic Menthol.  Luckily my sister was a fan so I sent them home with her to use on her little guy.  However, the other three scents were awesome.  Kylee usually runs away when I go to wipe anything on her face.  After using the grape wipe on her though I no longer have to wrestle her down to clean her face.  She will actually take a Boogie Wipe from me and wipe her own nose first.  Now if that isn't a boogie-cleaning-win, I don't know what is!

What's even MORE awesome is the fact that Boogie Wipes are sold in over 40,000 locations!  Run out? Never fear.. I'm sure there's a location not too far from you (assuming you don't live on top of a mountain or something..) and you can get your Boogie refill on!  I'm also a huge fan of the Boogies on the Run.  These are individually wrapped Boogie Wipes which are GREAT to stick in your purse, a lunch box, backpacks, etc.  I stuck a couple in our swimming bag the other day when we went to the pool.  They're great!

I will NEVER go back to using tissues now after trying Boogie Wipes.  I'm sure Kylee and her nose will appreciate this decision.  SO.. are you also tired of chasing runny noses? Tired of dry, red, chapped skin?  Then try this gentle alternative to dry tissues.  I guarantee you'll be impressed!  (OH, and Boogie Wipes aren't JUST for kids...)

Lucky readers.. I extend to you another giveaway!  ONE lucky reader is going to receive (2) packs of 30-count wipes!  (And before I tell you how to enter.. you should head over to Boogie Wipes and join the Boogie Bunch because it's the cool thing to do!)

Mandatory Entry: "Like" Boogie Wipes on Facebook. Leave your name in your comment. (If you fail to complete this step all of your other entries will be deleted.)

Additional Entries:

1.  Follow Boogie Wipes on Twitter  ( 1 entry)
2.  Follow me on Twitter (1 entry)
3.  Tell me one of the nearest Boogie Wipes retailer locations to you! (1 entry)
4.  Follow my blog publicly via Google Friend Connect (2 entries)
5.  Add my button to your blog. Leave a link to where I can find it. (1 entry)
6.  Tweet about this giveaway. Include @Mommacrissy @BoogieMoms and #giveaway in your tweet! Leave the link to your tweet in your comment. You are allowed 2 tweets per day and they must be at least 3 hours apart! (1 entry per tweet)





Giveaway ends Sunday, July 25th at 10:00PM .(CST). I will use random.org to determine the winner and notify the winner via email. The winner will also also be announced on this blog. You will have 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be drawn.

Monday, July 12, 2010

Monkeysnuggles Winner

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Joanna said...  Follow Monkey Snuggles blog.

July 5, 2010 10:02 PM

Congratulations, you have 48 hours to respond to my email before I draw a new winner!


Thanks to everyone who entered!  Stay tuned for the Boogie Wipes giveaway!

Saturday, July 10, 2010

(Red)(White)(BOOM!)

Yes.. it IS July 10th.  Yes.. I am just now getting around to putting up my 4th of July post.  Not that I have to explain myself but.. I haven't been able to use my computer for a few days. WHY? Because.. my sister decided that my computer needed a few hellacious trojan viruses.  I mean really.. only the cool people have them.  I couldn't even get past the Windows welcome screen.  How wonderful is that? It's not. It sucked. I contemplated death to my sister a couple of times.. I won't lie.  Because, you see, I am a lover of all things photography.  BUT.. I'm terrible when it comes to organizing, editing, etc.  I'm also horrible when it comes to backing them up.  Which means  bajillions  thousands of my photographs were in jeopardy of becoming.. "extinct" !!  Luckily my aunt knows someone who knows someone.. well anyways, this someone gave my aunt instructions (from Portugal!) on how to fix my computer.  And.. VOILA! Here I am again.  Anyways...

Saturday night we went to dinner at Buffalo Wild Wings because my friend works there AND I love their wings.  After dinner we went to the park for a bit and then home to cover ourselves in bug repellent, grab some drinks and snacks, and head to a neighborhood park area.  They were having a huge fireworks show.  The parking was crazy when we got there and after driving around for about 10 minutes we found a good spot and started the hike to the park which took less than 10 minutes.  The show was really great.  I was worried Kylee would hate it.  (As she tends to hate lots of loud noises and puts her hands over her ears)  But.. she was armed with her apple juice, Dora fruit snacks, and she really enjoyed the show and kept saying "pretty".  Back home and she went straight to bed about 10:15ish. 

Now as mother nature frequently loves to do.. she decided to rain on our actual 4th of July.  Literally.  All morning it rained and poured and rained some more.  So that parade we were going to go to? Didn't happen.  Instead.. Tim went to work (which he was scheduled to do anyways) and Kylee and I went to WalMart.  Kylee got a new toy to play with (a moving, meowing, purring cat) and I picked up some paint and accessories to give our bathroom a little makeover.  So we came home and Kylee played with her kitty, ate fruit snacks, and watched Barney.  I started in on the bathroom.  (And finished in about 2 hours since our bathroom is not that big at all..)

Nap ensued.

Then when Kylee woke up we decided to pack it up and head to dinner.  After driving around and realizing the two places we really wanted to eat at were closed (*sigh*) we decided to eat at IHOP.  I mean really.. if you don't love breakfast for dinner.. I don't know if we can be friends.  So we grubbed on pancakes, hash browns, eggs, fruit, etc. and then rolled our bodies home.  We sat out in our neighbor's driveway and watched everyone who had come to the top of our circle shoot off fireworks.  The highlight of Kylee's night was getting to feed the neighbor's dog a grilled hot dog.  She LOVES dogs and she kept saying "nom nom nom" with each bite Body (the dog) took. It was SO cute.  Finally about 11:15 she started getting really tired and went straight to bed.  It was a really relaxing weekend and I enjoyed all the family time.  Getting Kylee back on her sleeping schedule took a couple of days but it was totally worth it!  I hope you and your family had a wonderful time celebrating the independence of our country and managed to give thanks to the soldiers who are away from their loved ones fighting for our freedom. 


Tuesday, July 6, 2010

CSN Review: One Rockin' Tent!

As promised.. here in my CSN review!

CSN stores carry so many items.. millions of items.  It's insanely awesome!  I had a hard time choosing what I was going to get.  Finally I decided on the super awesome Pacific Play Tent.  I knew it would go perfectly in Kylee's new play room.  I was absolutely right too.

So.. here are some specifics on the Pacific Play Tents Super Duper 4 Kids play tent! (Taken from the CSN website)


"Open the doors and bring in the whole gang! This play tent is so large that 2 moms and 3 kids have room enough to play inside. Designed especially large for added play value, the fun can happen all year round as it can be used inside or out. This giant tent is made to be "kid tough" with a waterproof floor and a patented "G-3" shock corded fiberglass PU coated pole system. The Velcro front door closure and 2 tunnel ports (tunnels NOT included) make access into and out of the tent a breeze. A full mesh top has been added to allow extra ventilation, as well as to increase visibility for parents. The Super Duper 4 Kid Play Tent is a fabulous addition to any toy collection! "


What I really love about this tent:
* It's VERY easy to set up
* Soap and water are all you need to clean it off
* The mesh top make it easy for light to get in the tent  (for when it's being used as a reading area), air to get in the tent (when it's being used for indoor camping), and children to get in and out of the tent (my 19 month old can easily zip up and down the zippered side)
* It has ports for tunnels to be added on (hello, additional fun!)
* It's colorful and catches the eye of the young and old
* For the price.. you get a LOT of space! 
* The floor of the tent is durable, washable, and waterproof!!



So far we have used this tent as a reading "corner", a picnic site, a nap oasis, a hiding spot, a dance floor, and a place to cuddle and sing songs.  It's been the perfect addition to the play room!  The description on CSN says this tent can be used outdoors.  Just because you can't completely  seal the openings into the tent (the zipper side and the tunnel ports) I don't think we'd ever take it outside.  I have no desire to rescue my child when the ants and other insects try to take over her tent. (Clearly because they would be totally jealous of the awesomeness of it...right?!)


All in all.. I HIGHLY recommend this tent!!  So buy one.  For your kid(s).. or yourself..

Thursday, July 1, 2010

Monkeysnuggles Review & Giveaway

My name is Christina and I am a Monkeysnuggles-aholic. It's been a couple months since my last purchase.  (And I've got a craaaaaaving!) 

Why would someone EVER be addicted to something as silly as a diaper? Well.. I'll tell you..  Monkeysnuggles are some of the best made and cutest diapers out there!  I've been a Monkeysnuggles customer for like a year now and it's one of the best decisions I've ever made.  When I first jumped on this awesome bandwagon it was in the days of Monkeysnuggles just being on etsy. But since then Renee has branched out to a her own .com.  Yep! She sure did!

One of the things I love the most about this company is the customer service.  I know if I have a question it's going to get answered and as quickly as possible.  Renee is one of the nicest and most helpful people I've ever worked with.  I really dig that because people with crappy customer service are the ones who lose me as a customer.  I'm glad to know I'll be taken care of when it comes to buying from Monkeysnuggles.

Love pocket diapers? Fitteds? Wool longies? Shorties? Skirties?  How about cloth wipes? Wetbags? Awesome and absorbent inserts?   You won't be disappointed if you buy from Monkeysnuggles.

My diaper of choice is the pocket diaper.  I never caught the "fitted bug".. so I've never actually tried out her fitteds or wool but I know MANY cloth mamas who love them!  Now.. back to the pocket diapers.  Monkeysnuggles diapers come in very cute and fun prints and they are SO trim!  Kylee can actually wear jeans over these!  I was very skeptical when I first saw the inserts.  They're SO thin and I was expecting leaks.  Boy was I wrong.  Monkeysnuggles inserts are  made with 3 layers of bamboo fleece which is why they are so trim.  It's also why they are so absorbent. 

Renee sent me a very cute lavender colored pocket diaper with a inner brown lining.  I had to wait until the next day to start putting it to the test because I had just done diaper laundry in the morning right before the diaper was delivered.  But once it was washed I put it right on Kylee's bum.  I'm still amazed at how soft it is.  I'm also impressed at how trim it is for an OS diaper.  Kylee was in the diaper for almost 3 1/2 hours and did not have one single issue with leaking. 


She still has LOTS of room to grow in this diaper.


She can perform all her sweet dance moves with no problem!


Bending and squatting present no problem.


It makes her chunky thighs look OH so cute! (Without leaving any red marks--which I hate!)


It matches with this cute shirt/vest combo PERFECTLY! (I love things matching)



It's the perfect diaper for us and I love that we were able to add it to our stash!

Kylee has napped in this diaper for almost 4 hours and had no issues at all.  We had an unfortunate accident with some V8 Splash being spilled all over this diaper AND Kylee going outside and sitting in her pool with this diaper on.  Still holding up GREAT!  And I'm a firm believer that real men wear lavender.  So even if our next baby (no, I'm not pregnant) is a boy.. this diaper is still going to get lots and lots of love! 

SO.. if you're looking for top quality diapers and fantastic customer service.. I can't speak highly enough about Monkeysnuggles.  I promise you will NOT be disappointed.  (Especially since right now lots of pocket diapers and wool accessories are on sale!!)

So what are you being offered today??  Well lovely readers..

Through August 15th if you use the code Juneblog10 you will receive 10% off your entire order! Score!!

Or.. if you're REALLY lucky.. you'll win this giveaway here and be sent a super secret code to get $20 to use at http://www.monkeysnuggles.com/ OR the etsy shop !  Sounds amazing, right?  So how do you go about winning this giveaway?

Mandatory Entry:  "Like" Monkeysnuggles on Facebook (Leave your name in your comment) AND tell me what you think you would use your $20 towards.  (If you fail to complete this step all of your other entries will be deleted.)

Additional entries:

1.  Follow the Monkeysnuggles blog publicly via Google Friend Connect (1 entry)
2.  Follow Monkeysnuggles on Twitter.  Include your Twitter name in comment. (1 entry)
3.  Make a Monkeysnuggles purchase.  Email me some sort of proof of purchase. (5 entries)
4.  Follow my blog publicly via Google Friend Connect (2 entries)
5.  Follow me on Twitter.  Include your Twitter name in comment. (1 entry)
6.  Add my button to your blog. Leave a link to where I can find it. (2 entries)
7.  Tweet about this giveaway. Include @Mommacrissy @Monkeysnuggles and #clothdiapers in your tweet!  Leave the link to your tweet in your comment.  You are allowed 2 tweets per day and they must be at least 3 hours apart!  (1 entry per tweet)

*Make sure I have a way to contact you.  Be signed in or leave your email address in each comment.*

 Giveaway ends Sunday, July 11th at 10:00PM .(CST). I will use random.org to determine the winner and notify the winner via email. The winner will also also be announced on this blog. You will have 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be drawn.




                                                                  GOOD LUCK!