Thursday, May 31, 2012

Life's a Beach Giveaway Event: June 1-14

Can you believe Summer's here already? 2012 is going by so quickly! Well, as a member of the Mom's Do it Better community, we have an extra special treat for you... ready for it? We're giving away some amazing prizes to help you get Summer started with a splash. This giveaway event is open to US & Canada residents. Here's what we have lined up for you: 

Grand Prize:
  • Step 2 - My Clubhouse - Step 2 offers a huge variety of toys for preschoolers and toddlers. Their toys are designed to build imaginations and enrich the family's celebration of childhood.
  • Del Sol Goody Pack - Fun and cute color changing clothes, accessories and make-up
  • 2pc At Home Tanner from ShowerTan

But don't worry, we have other prize packs for you to give you even more chance to win some great things!

Prize Pack 1:
  • Berry Dog - Bubble Gum Bikini - gorgeous swimsuits in a variety of styles
  • Trukid - 3 Sunscreens and Body Lotion - Enjoy the beach with your family and know they're protected with sunscreens from Trukid
  • 2pc At Home Tanner from ShowerTan
Prize Pack 2:
Prize Pack 3:
  • Essential Swimwear - $50 GC - Essential Swimwear offers reasonable prices and options to mix and match tops and bottoms for a custom suit.
  • OOFOS footwear - Choice of Thong or Slide $39.99 Value - These shoes are so comfortable you'll forget you're even wearing them!
  • 2pc At Home Tanner from ShowerTan

Want It? Win It!
Ready to enter? 
Use the Rafflecopter form below and good luck!
Giveaway ends June 14th at 11:59 PM.

PS- We'd love for you to leave us some comment love!

~Ondria and the MBP Team~

Disclosure: No member of the MBP Team has been compensated to share this giveaway- we just want to give our readers the chance to win fabulous prizes we know they'll love! MBP and its team members are not responsible for drawing the winners of this giveaway,  announcing them, contacting them, or prize fulfillment.


I See Me Review

When it comes to gift buying, I sometimes find myself in a rut. I want to get something that will be unique, but also useful. I also want it to be something that will be kept for a long while.  I have been aware of a company since right around the time Beckett was born when we had received a special gift, one that we still treasure and use. I have also used them to purchase a gift for Scarlett and even more recently for my nephew's baptism. This company truly meets all my gift giving needs for those special in our life, and I am so happy to have the chance to share this company with you.

I See Me! opened for business in spring 2000, offering personalized children's books from a husband and wife team. Together they designed a business plan, developed a book concept, wrote the book, found an illustrator, and continued working to create what they have today. Each I See Me! book is personalized for each child, but also helps promote letter awareness, spelling, vocabulary, and more. The books have beautiful colors and illustrations on each page that correspond to the storyline too.

I worked with Anita, who was pleasant and helpful with every interaction we had. She offered lots of company information, photos, and other helpful things for me to use. The whole process of ordering the book was very smooth and easy to understand. I had to include big sibling first, middle, and last name and gender, younger sibling first name and gender, and a dedication with year for the front of the book. In less then two weeks, a package from I See Me! was in our mailbox.

Our package from I See Me! arrived and someone couldn't wait to get it open

Our I See Me! package contained a book-The Super, Incredible Big Brother
There was also a blue medal for a Super, Incredible Big Brother, which had to be worn immediately

Front cover of the book, personalized with B's name

Our favorite page in the whole book
"Your sister will be a life-long best friend. She'll be someone on whom you can always depend."
I love the words and the name banners. It is a perfect page!

Reasons we love this I See Me! book-
1. It is personalized for both Beckett and Scarlett
2. I can read it and they both will sit and be interested in it
3. They sit together and look at it without arguing over it
4. The pages are made of really high quality paper and so smooth
5. The colors are bright
6. The words are bold
7. The words rhyme and B can guess what is coming
8. The medal is mentioned in the story and plays a part, which B thinks is super

 The Super, Incredible Sibling Books are available for a Big Sister or Big Brother
Each Super, Incredible Sibling book
  • retails for $32.95
  • great for kids 0-8 years old
  • measures 8.5" x 8.5"
  • 20 colorful, bright pages
Each Super, Incredible Sibling Medal
  • made of dense fiberboard
  • lead-free paint
  • fabric ribbon with easy Velcro closure

Here is just a sampling of what I See Me! has to offer:
We received this book for B when he was born. He still loves looking at the pictures, seeing the colorful animals, especially the more unique ones, and the fact that the book is all about him.

We own this book and S loves it. She asks for us to read "the book I'm in" frequently and enjoys hearing about the fairies spelling her name.

Want It? Buy It!
Looking for an unique gift for a special occasion. You have to look at I See Me! books. They offer personalized children's books for many occasions, New Baby, Birthdays, Baptism, Naming Ceremonies, Big Brother/Big Sister, First Communion, AdoptionEaster, Christmas, Hanukkah, & First Christmas. Visit I See Me! on Facebook and give them a "LIKE", tell them MBP sent you. You can find specials exclusive to I See Me! Facebook fans, see photos, and learn more about the company. Pinterest fan? Check out what I See Me! and pin them to your board. Follow I See Me! on Twitter, catch what is new with I See Me! You don't want to miss out on this company, your gift will truly be the star of the show and become a special keepsake for years to come.

Want It? Win It!
One lucky MBP reader will win a Super Incredible Big Sister/Brother book from I See Me! Just use the Rafflecopter entry form below to enter to win! Remember- if the entry field appears in BOLD, it's mandatory.

Special thanks to Anita from I See Me! for sending us The Super, Incredible Big Brother book, it has been such a hit for the big brother at our house!
Disclosure: Other than the above mentioned products, which I received directly from this sponsor for review purposes, I was not compensated for facilitating this review. All opinions expressed are my own. Your experience may differ. Mommy's Block Party and its team members are not responsible for prize fulfillment or shipment- this is the understood responsibility of the giveaway sponsor.

Aurora World, Inc. Crinkle Friends Brights Collection (Review and Giveaway)

My nineteen month old son, Balian, has a lot of cute and cuddly friends, but most of them are just that- cuddly friends, not learning toys. I love to give Balian toys that will help him to learn colors, numbers, letters, shapes, etc. Having wonderful learning toys at my disposal is a huge help to me, as I try to teach him while we're at home together.

One of my favorite places to look for unique gifts for sweet little babes is Aurora World, Inc. I received a sweet teddy bear, which sings the ABC's as a baby shower gift, when pregnant with Balian, and it quickly became one of his best stuffed pals. When Aurora World, Inc. contacted me with an opportunity to review one of their newest products, I jumped at the chance!

Aurora World, Inc. just added an adorable bunch of pals to their Crinkle Friends Brights Collection. We were asked to choose one of the four friends to review, and the choices were between an alligator, a crab, a hedgehog and a toucan. From the photo, all of these Crinkle Friends Brights looked adorable, but I decided to go with the alligator for Balian.

 Crinkle Friends Brights Alligator from Aurora World, Inc.

 Look at all of the fun, bright colors and designs on Mr. Gator!

We got our new Crinkle Friends Brights Alligator from Aurora World, Inc. within just a few days, and I was excited to be able to give it to Balian. He sat down to play with his alligator right after his bath, before bedtime. I pointed out the super soft underbelly of the alligator, and rubbed it against Balian's face. We play a little game, where I rub soft things against his skin and sing a little 'soft, soft, soft' song, and the new Crinkle Friends Brights Alligator was a welcome addition to our game!

The Crinkle Friends Brights Alligator is softer than my favorite pair of silky, fuzzy socks, and features bright colors like green, pink, yellow, red, orange and blue. Mr. Gator has a little red heart, and a yellow star on his back, along with the numbers one and two. The alligator also has a rattle inside of him, crinkles, and squeaks, too! He has three silky ribbon strands on his back, and at the back of his tail, as well.

Balian has been enjoying playtime with his new Crinkle Friends Brights Alligator. I've enjoyed being able to point to different colors or shapes on the alligator, and hear my son tell me what they are, without having to prompt him. Mr. Gator is a great comfort at nap time, a perfect size to toss into the diaper bag to take with us on the road, and is all around cute and provides lots of learning fun!

Crinkle Friends Brights Collection: Alligator, Crab, Hedgehog and Toucan

These four new Crinkle Friends Brights from Aurora World, Inc. join the other Crinkle Friends: frog, pig and cow! I'll have to check those out and see about adding them to our Crinkle Friends collection! Crinkle Friends are designed for ages 6 mo +.

Aurora World, Inc. has lots of great gifts fr babies and kids, so if you're looking for a wonderful baby shower gift, birthday present, a special occasion gift, or a just because gift, be sure to check them out!

Want It? Buy It!

You can purchase any of the Crinkle Friends or Crinkle Friends Brights online for $17.00 through the official Aurora shop website! You can also like Aurora World on Facebook, and follow Aurora World on YouTube to stay up to date on the latest news of all of the brands they carry! Never miss an update- get connected with Aurora World, Inc. today!

Want It? Win It!

One lucky reader will win their choice of Crinkle Friends Brights from Aurora World, Inc. Choose from: Alligator, Crab, Hedgehog and Toucan! Giveaway is open to US and Canada. Just use the Rafflecopter giveaway form below to enter for your chance to win one of these adorable pals!

Special thanks to Dan at Aurora World, Inc. for sharing this review opportunity with us and for offering this fun giveaway for our readers!

Good luck, all!


Disclosure: Other than the above featured product, which I received directly from the sponsor, for review purposes, I was not monetarily compensated for facilitating this review. All opinions expressed are my own. Your experience may differ. MBP and its team members are not responsible for prize fulfillment or shipment.

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Just Jewelry with Maria Himes-May Spotlight Sponsor

-May Spotlight Sponsor-

I love summer but with the warmer weather, I tend to tone down my jewelry and go with very basic pieces because we are out having fun. We spend lots of time outside, at the park, the splash pad, and visiting the zoo and museum and I still want to look stylish but don't want a ton of extra on my body.

I have been reading our other reviews of one of our fabulous Spotlight Sponsors and have patiently waited my turn to try out some of these great products. Now finally, I have gotten to work with Just Jewelry with Maria Himes!! Just Jewelry has some great, fashionable pieces and they are straight from the Spring/Summer 2012 catalog, so I know I can flaunt them all summer long.

Just Jewelry is very affordable, with most of their pieces being in the $15-30 range, you can't find that many other places. Maria is a fantastic consultant and I enjoyed working with her. She made my first experience with Just Jewelry such a breeze and I loved browsing the catalog to see what all they offered. Maria had me pick one item to review for the May Spotlight Sponsor. The newest catalog, the Spring/Summer 2012 is filled with 48 pages of their newest items and I had a hard time narrowing it down.

My first ever package from Just Jewelry
The Spring/Summer 2012 Catalog, Business Cards with Maria's information,
and my "It's A Wrap" Bracelet, arrived quickly even with it being back-ordered, must mean it is a very popular item right now!

"It's A Wrap" Bracelet can be found on page 12, item B-9208
Genuine Leather Wrap Bracelet, retails for $18

 My "It's A Wrap" bracelet from Just Jewelry
The "It's A Wrap" Bracelet measures about 22" long when fully unwrapped.

It is made of tan genuine leather, has 15 gold circled crystals, and 6 gold/crystal clasps.
It can be wrapped 3 times comfortably on my wrist. I love the simpleness to it, I can wear it with jeans and a tee or dress is up with a nicer skirt and shirt. It is very lightweight so even in the warm weather, I am not bothered by it. It is very easy to clasp and unclasp by yourself and can easily be stacked with other bracelets for a chunkier jewelry look.

I love so many things about the "It's A Wrap" bracelet, its versatility, its design, its weight, I could keep going. If you are looking to add some new pieces to your summer wardrobe, this is a must. You can add so much with it or just wear it as it is, either way you will be noticed.

Another pretty piece I would love to have in my collection
This bracelet has a great cause behind it, click here to check it all out.

Check out Just Jewelry's May Special
The Rocky Road set, normally $57, purchase any other item in the JJ collection and you can get the Rocky Road set for just $37! This offer only applies through May 31st and while supplies last!. Contact Maria to place an order.  

Other Reviews of Just Jewelry with Maria Himes
 I can't wait to see what else MBP gets to review from Just Jewelry in the future.

Want It? Buy It!
Summer is here and there are so many events to attend, graduations, open houses, showers, weddings, and more. Don't you need some new jewelry to match your outfit? Take a look at Just Jewelry with Maria Himes, she is more than willing to assist you in finding the perfect piece! When placing a JJ order with Maria, please use the code MBParty. You can also find Just Jewelry with Maria on Facebook, head over to her page and give her a "LIKE", make sure to tell her MBP sent you.
Want It? Win It!
One lucky MBP reader will win an "It's A Wrap" bracelet from Just Jewelry with Maria. Just use the Rafflecopter entry form below to enter to win! Remember- if the entry field appears in BOLD, it's mandatory.
Big thanks to Maria for sending me such a funky, glam bracelet and for offering it as a giveaway to our readers too. Thanks so much!!
Thanks and Good Luck!
Disclosure: Other than the above mentioned products, which I received directly from this sponsor for review purposes, I was not compensated for facilitating this review. All opinions expressed are my own. Your experience may differ. Mommy's Block Party and its team members are not responsible for prize fulfillment or shipment- this is the understood responsibility of the giveaway sponsor.

Dream Furniture: Paul Frank Toddler Armchair (Review)

Part of Crazy for Babies and Kids Week

One of the best things about watching my son grow up, is seeing him come into his own. He's becoming more and more independent every day, so it's important to me that he have some things that are truly his, and his alone. For the longest time, Balian sat on the floor to watch television in our living room, resting against a back support cushion. When we upgraded to a larger television a few months ago, Balian started standing directly in front of the television, instead of sitting on the floor. I knew how bad that had to be for his little eyes, and tried and tried to get him to either sit on the floor, or sit with me, on the couch. Despite my best efforts, he insisted on standing right in front of the television. I started to wonder- if he had his own little chair to sit in, raised up off of the floor, would it keep him from standing right at the TV?

I started my search for a children's chair online, and actually stumbled across Dream Furniture by accident on Facebook. As I started looking through their page, I saw that they carried adorable children's furniture, so I headed to their website to take a closer look. I searched the Toddler category, and went under chairs, and was pleasantly surprised to find several options. I reached out to George of Dream Furniture, and he gladly agreed to send a product of my choice for Balian to try out.

I was ecstatic for the opportunity to work with Dream Furniture, and knew I would have a hard time deciding on which chair would be best suited for Balian. With all of the cute toddler chairs there are to choose from, I had to have my husband help me narrow it down to one. I loved the sports-themed chairs, which also come with little stools... if we had chosen one of those, it would have been the baseball chair! I wanted to choose something that would live in our living room for now, but would eventually wind up living in Balian's bedroom. So, we decided to go with the Paul Frank Armchair, featuring the lovable character, Julius. 

 Paul Frank Arm chair from Dream Furniture, right off of the delivery truck!

 Protected by plastic inside of the box...

It took about one week for the Paul Frank Armchair to make it from California to North Carolina, and we were very excited when it arrived at our house, via Fed Ex! It arrived in a nice square box, which was about fourteen pounds, which meant that I could move it by myself. There was a little picture of Julius the monkey right on the box! I hurried to open it up, and inside, I found the chair. There was nothing to assemble, except to add the four little 'legs' to the base of the chair. These plastic legs quickly and easily screwed right into the bottom of the chair- no tools, and no husband's help required!

 Base of the Paul Frank Arm Chair, with four little legs...

 First leg screwed right into the base of the chair, no problem...


This step was super easy for me, a directionally challenged momma!

After the chair was put together and ready to go, I placed it on the floor in the living room, and guided Balian over to it. He checked it out for a minute, and when I asked him if he wanted to sit down in it, he plopped right down on it, and happily kicked his feet, as they dangled. He looked so happy! Now, when he wants to watch a television program, he sits in his chair. He has his own little piece of furniture, and I can tell that he feels like a big boy when he sits in it.

Paul Frank Toddler Arm Chair- 
all put together, and ready for a cute little bum to sit in it!

Balian: a little trepidation over sitting in the chair for the first time...

And- he loves it! Didn't take long for him to settle in!

Here's what Balian lounged against before we received the Paul Frank Arm Chair...

Features of the Paul Frank Arm Chair:

  • Single-seater padded with fire-retardant foam
  • Track arms
  • Durable plastic legs and spandex fabric
  • Complementing sofa available
  • Recommended age 2 to 7 years old

Now, Balian is not two years old yet, so I keep a watchful eye on him when he's in his chair. The chair is sturdy, but it can be tipped over, and Balian can also push it, and slide it across our wooden floors. I try to keep it on the carpeted area in the living room, and encourage him to leave it there. The Paul Frank Arm Chair will be a great addition to Balian's room, when we re-decorate it in a 'Cat in the Hat' theme. The colors already match his Cat in the Hat quilt and pillow, almost perfectly!

 The Paul Frank Arm Chair would be perfect for a boy or girl, and Dream Furniture offers a few other pieces of Paul Frank Furniture, too, including a Paul Frank Sofa, and a Sofa and Arm Chair Set. Along with the Paul Frank Collection are other styles and beloved brands, like Hello Kitty! Of course, Dream Furniture has way more than just chairs for children- they offer an extensive collection of children's furniture pieces, and even have a complete Bedroom in a Box!

Check out some of my top picks from Dream Furniture:

Hello Kitty Vanity- If they made these for big girls, I think my sister would definitely want this!

Leo- Youth Bedroom in a Box (I love the clean lines!)

Espresso Storage Bin (We definitely need one of these at my house!)

Paul Frank 'Julius' Toy Bin (might be next on my list!)

Everyone in our family has been loving Balian's new Paul Frank Toddler Armchair, thanks to our new friends at Dream Furniture! I am so glad that I found Dream Furniture, because it won't be long before we're ready to re-decorate Balian's bedroom, and he'll definitely be needing some toddler-appropriate furniture in his room. Dream Furniture carries great brands, and their prices can't be beat! I think the Bedroom in a Box concept is genius- takes all the guesswork out of coordinating a furniture set for your little one!

 Balian: Just another evening at home, relaxing in his chair from Dream Furniture!

Want It? Buy It!

If you're ready to see what Dream Furniture has in store for you, head over to their website and take a look around! I can't wait to hear what your favorite pieces from Dream Furniture are! Be sure to like Dream Furniture on Facebook and then head back to their website and use the code facebook2012 to receive 10% off your order! You can also stay up to date on the latest Dream Furniture product news and promos by following them on Twitter, and following their blog!

Special thanks to George and the staff at Dream Furniture for working with me, and allowing me to bring a piece of Dream Furniture to my sweet little son!

Thanks for reading!

Disclosure: I received the above mentioned product free of charge from the sponsor for review purposes. I was not monetarily compensated for facilitating this review. All opinions expressed are my own. Your experience may differ.

Jusami Review & Giveaway

-Part of our Summer Splash Feature-

Dinosaurs have long been popular with both little boys and little girls, my kids included. I can't tell you how many plastic dinos live in our toy room or how many pieces of clothing have had some sort of dino creature on them. I also love when I find unique clothing with dinosaurs on it, and even better when they have just cool clothing all around.
So without further delay, let me introduce you to Jusami!

Jusami, based out of Brooklyn, is a family created and owned online boutique for top quality kids tees. The idea for Jusami started from a family doodle session, that turned into designing shirts, how cool right?  Jusami tees are designed in Brooklyn and printed in the US on 100% cotton, high quality shirts. Click here for the whole story.

I was in contact with Jonathan, and he was very interested in working with us at MBP--thanks Jonathan! He was easy to work with, quick to respond to any questions, and provided us with speedy shipping and excellent customer service. Jonathan went above and beyond to make sure we got exactly what we needed and sent two different sizes for us to make sure we had the best fit of shirt for S.

Our Jusami package
A size 2 and size 4 DinoGirl Short Sleeve Pink Tee

DinoGirl currently comes in Pink, Black, Lavender, and Purple. DinoBoy is available as well and comes in Chocolate and Slate. Jusami also has other dinosaurs in the current line, including Pterosaur and Triceratops. These tees are all so fun and cute for dinosaur loving boys and girls!

I love the fact that this shirt has a mean old T-Rex that is first of all-pink, and second, being ridden by a wand waving girly girl!

Size 2 DinoGirl
 Scarlett is almost 3, but is just now fitting in 2T clothing, the Jusami DinoGirl 2 was perfect on her.

Jusami's Sizing Chart

S's DinoGirl shirt is one of our current faves!
This tee washes really well and really easily, machine wash warm, tumble dry low. It is still just as soft as the first, if not softer with each wash.

We will be sharing out DinoGirl size 4 with a friend, who will love it just as much as S does, and also will love matching S. These shirts are just too fun not to share and promote. We have had so many compliments from moms who love the fact it is a "girly dinosaur shirt" and how there aren't any of those really available, so thanks Jusami for creating cute dino shirts for all of us!

I also think these are some great Jusami tees

Want It? Buy It!
Don't miss out on these great shirts, because they are printed in small batches, they can run out quickly, so head over to Jusami now! Don't know what to buy or need a gift, how about a Gift Certificate? Here are Jusami's Shipping & Return Policies. Check out Jusami on Facebook and give them a "LIKE", make sure to say Mommy's Block Party sent you too!
Want It? Win It!
One lucky MBP reader will win a DinoGirl shirt from Jusami. Just use the Rafflecopter entry form below to enter to win! Remember- if the entry field appears in BOLD, it's mandatory.
Big thanks to Jonathan from Jusami for such a cute shirt for S, and also offering one for our readers as well. We sure are lucky!!
Thanks and Good Luck!
Disclosure: Other than the above mentioned products, which I received directly from this sponsor for review purposes, I was not compensated for facilitating this review. All opinions expressed are my own. Your experience may differ. Mommy's Block Party and its team members are not responsible for prize fulfillment or shipment- this is the understood responsibility of the giveaway sponsor.