Archives for October 2008

Aloha Friday: 10/30

Welcome to Aloha Friday’s! All you have to do is post an answer to my question. If you would like to join in the fun, post your own question on your blog (nothing requiring a lengthy answer) and sign the Mr. Linky at An Island Life! This week’s question:

OK, so I need some new websites/blogs to visit! Other than your own blog…..

….What are your favorite Internet “haunts?”

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Thomas’ Great Race: WINNER

Thank you all for participating in the Briarpatch giveaway for the new game, Thomas’ Big Race! We had 122 entries! The lucky winner, chosen by random.org is:

Here are your random numbers:23
Timestamp: 2008-10-31 01:31:44 UTC

CONGRATS! Please contact me within 72 hours to claim your prize!

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Wordless Wednesday: A Day at the Park


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Review and Giveaway: Dapper Snappers (CONTEST CLOSED)

Do you have a long and lean child? Having problems finding pants that fit your child without having to get them altered? Well, you have GOT to check out the new invention from Cazella Innovations called Dapper Snappers!


The Dapper Snapper consists of a short piece of suspender elastic with snaps that fits in the back 3 belt loops of the child’s pants and snaps over the outer 2 loops to cinch the pants thereby keeping them from falling down. They are recommended for ages 9 mo-5 yrs and one size fits all.
The Dapper Snapper:

*Eliminates the need for the more expensive adjustable waistband pants.
*Does not need to be removed for diaper changes and does not impede potty training.
*Is adjustable to 4 sizes.
*Components (snaps, thread, elastic, everything), including packaging are made in the USA. I don’t use anything imported. Even the staples on the packaging are USA made.

Two new lines have just been added. The first is Snapcessories™; the new “must have” accessory for your child’s Dapper Snappers! The second is Sugared; a classy shimmery pattern added to original Dapper Snappers. Both of these additions have given Dapper Snappers the boutique style shoppers have been looking for.

Single Original Dapper Snappers retail at $8.95, Sugared are $9.95, and Snapcessorized™ are $15.95. We have girls and boys sets (3 singles) and rainbow sets also available. Check out the lines at Toddler Tech USA. You can see more about Dapper Snappers, including a how-to video, at Dapper Snappers.

Michelle at Cazella Innovations wanted The Not-So-Blog to test out the product for ourselves. Renee, a good friend of mine, has a 3.5 year old son who is very tall and lean. She has a rough time finding pants that fit him, so I sent the Navy Original Dapper Snapper to her to put it to the test. This is what she had to say about the product:
When I was asked to review the dapper snapper I was really excited. For any of you that have a child that is really tall and thin, this is the what you have been looking for. My son has to wear clothes that are larger just to fit him in length, but are often way to big in the waist, which leads to droopy pants. Since he is only 3.5 years old, wearing a belt is not an option for everyday use, and the adjustable waist is not always enough. Needless to say, I was game. The color blended perfectly and you could hardly tell is was there. Since it fits to the back of the pants, he could easily use the potty without even knowing it was there. The elastic is extremely sturdy and the snaps are heavy duty. You could tell that they were not going to come undone. I loved that there was four different lengths to which the Dapper Snapper could adjust. This product is very well made and I intend to get plenty of use out of it. Thanks to Dapper Snapper for the great invention!”

Want to try it out for yourself? Michelle has generously offered one lucky reader TWO Original Dapper Snappers!
How to enter:
1. Visit Toddler Tech USA and let me know which two colors you would choose if you win.

Additional entries (please leave separate comments for each entry):
1. Blog about this giveaway and link back to my site.
2. Favorite me on Technorati.
3. Subscribe to my feed.

Didn’t win? You can use the coupon code “nsbdidit” to receive 20% off any purchase!!

Contest ends November 3rd at 11:59pm CST. Prizes not claimed in 72 hours will be forfeited. Contest open to U.S. Residents only.

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Art with Attitude

Catalog season has definitely arrived! Every afternoon my mailbox is stuffed with various catalogs vying for my Holiday dollars. One catalog, Uncommon Goods, definitely caught my eye. It is packed with pages of items that you wouldn’t see in your average store. It’s really a catalog of gift suggestions for the person who has everything.

One item featured in the catalog is artwork by the artist, Erin Smith. As I turned the page and saw this piece advertised, I nearly spit out my sweet tea:

The girl in each picture is actually the artist’s Grandma! I felt compelled to see what else she had created. I found her website, affectionately titled, “Holy Crap! It’s art from Erin!” and started to look around. Her art is so freakin’ funny! Another favorite:


Erin also has a bloog. Yes, a bloog (that’s not a typo). Really, you just have to read it.

On another page of the Uncommon Goods catalog, I found this:


Any guesses to what this is?? No? It’s a….wait for it…..wait for it……a tampon case. I bet you haven’t seen a link to a tampon case on many blogs, have you?!? Who exactly would you give this to? I mean, as you go over your Christmas list, you stop at Aunt Marsha’s name and think, “Hmmm….a toaster? No. A necklace? No. A scarf? No. A tampon case? YES! That’s it! PERFECT!” Who could you give this condom caddy to? It holds THREE condoms! LOL!

And finally, on a more serious note, you can buy a paperweight with the Five Rules of Happiness (but it’s probably harder to live by them):

Got any good catalogs lately?!?

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Boo!

..at the Zoo, that is! We took the girls to Boo at the Zoo this weekend (which is a tradition for us). The Zoo offers carousel rides, a ghost train, trick or treating, games, bounce houses, haunted house, food and music. We all had a wonderful time! Thought I would share a few pics with y’all!

Trick or Treating!

Mommy and Aubrie on the ghost train. (Lily was too scared to go.)

The Princess rides off on her…..zebra?!?

We finished the night with some beignets from Cafe du Monde!

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Awards!

I have been out having fun this weekend and have gotten behind on some bloggy housekeeping! I need to say THANK YOU SO MUCH for the following awards:

Susan from Life in a House of Blue gave me this beautiful Butterfly Award for being a “cool” blog! I had the opportunity to meet Susan this weekend and I think she is pretty “cool”, too!


I would like to pass this award on to these “cool” blogs:

Andrea from Prima Crafty Momma
Sara from News from NOLA
Kadi from Womb at the Inn(sane)

I got this reaaly pretty pink award from Firefly Shop! Some of my favorite blogs are:

Shellie at the Stow Family Blog
Laura at Confessions of a Diet Coke Addict
Parenting Pink Blog

I am so honored to be the recipient of the first ever Punky Award given to me by Tena from Punky Monkeys! There are no rules for this award, you can choose to tag someone if you wish!

I tag for the Punky Award:

Susan from Life in a House of Blue

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Review: Chic Covers

My little (almost 8 month old) chunky monkey has exceeded the weight limit on her infant carrier, so it is time to step up to a “big girl” carseat. I decided to move Lily into a new 5 point booster, and Aubrie moved into her sister’s Britax Marathon. Lily has definitely gotten use out of her Marathon and the seat looks a bit worn. I looked into the Britax replacement covers which are nice, but the selection leaves much to be desired. I wanted something GIRLY!

I was so excited when Estela from Chic Covers contacted me for a review! Looking around her site, I couldn’t believe the selection for both girls and boys! She sells MANY different patterns that fit several different models of car seats including the Britax, Graco and Perego. Look how cute!
Estela also sells infant carriers covers, shopping cart covers, handbags and boppy slip covers. She was nice enough to send me the Hawaiian lei Toddler car seat cover for our Britax Marathon! It arrived in a nice plastic zippered pouch perfect for storage. The craftsmanship of the cover is first rate. I immediately noticed the durability and softness of the fabric. It was very easily to install and fit my Marathon to a tee!

I really love the pattern! Even Aubrie was happy to have a “new” car seat!

Go on over to Chic Covers and check out the great selection! Estela is extremely nice and very professional. I highly reccommend her business! You won’t be dissappointed with your purchase!

In fact, Estela has offered my readers 20% off their entire purchase! Just tell her that you saw the review on The Not-So-Blog!

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Lansinoh WINNERS!

Thank you all for supporting the Lansinoh giveaway! The two winners of the Lanolin and Diaper Rash cream are:

Here are your random numbers:25 10
Timestamp: 2008-10-25 01:43:30 UTC

Jenna and Carrie M.

Congrats! Please claim your prize in 72 hours by emailing me at notsoblog@gmail.com!

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Thomas’ Great Race Game: Review and Giveaway

All Aboard! Get on the right “track” with this new Thomas the Tank Engine game from Briarpatch. In Thomas’ Great Race, children must learn their numbers to earn coal to power their engines – Thomas, James, Percy or Molly – over the hill and across the finish line. This fast action game encourages the development of sorting, counting and color matching skills.

How do you play? I received Thomas’ Great Race for review and decided to see how it stacked up with it’s toughest critic: the Testy Toddler. Set up of the game was very easy and explained very well in the manual. Each engine drops into a slot on the Great Race track, with the back of each slot open to receive “coal blocks.” Players take turns selecting a card and answering a simple counting question based upon what they see on the card –for example, how many blue engines do you see?” A correct answer is rewarded when a player picks up the matching block of coal and inserts it into the open slot behind his engine, powering it up the hill. Once the engines crest the hill, they roll across the finish line.

Lily, who is 3.5 years old, had no problem understanding the concept and objective of the game. She was able to correctly answer every question (your child must have a knowledge of numbers 1,2 and 3 as well as recognition of primary colors in order to play this game) and was coordinated enough to insert the coal blocks herself.

She really enjoyed the game! She has already asked to play it again tomorrow night!

Want to test it out for yourself? Briarpatch has generously donated one Thomas’ Great Race game to a lucky reader!

How to enter:
1. Travel on over to Briarpatch and tell me one other toy your child would love to have under the Christmas tree!

Additional entries (make sure you leave separate comments for each entry):
1. Blog about this giveaway.
2. Favorite me on Technorati.
3. Follow me on Twitter (BridgetteLA) or Tweet about this giveaway.

Contest ends on October 29th at 11:59pm CST. Prizes not claimed within 72 hours will be forfeited and a new winner will be chosen. Contest open to U.S. residents only.

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