Archives for November 2008

The Paisley Pear: Review and Giveaway CONTEST CLOSED

I absolutely love getting (and receiving) personalized products for my girls and for myself. Finding that perfect personalized gift for Christmas this year is easy…..just head on over to The Paisley Pear!

The Paisley Pear is a personalized products boutique that offers something for everyone and every occasion. Heather carefully selects her merchandise to provide you top-notch quality and a great variety of items. It is a mom-owned business and this is reflected in the customer service you will receive as a customer. The Paisley Pear is committed to finding preppy, stylish and fun gifts at affordable prices.

Heather was nice enough to send me this adorable handpainted key fob! This item would make a perfect teacher gift!

Want to win a key fob of your own? The Paisley Pear has generously offered one reader a key fob (exact design not shown)!

How to enter:

1. Visit The Paisley Pear and let me know which item is your favorite!

Additional entries (leave a separate comment for each entry!):
1. Blog about this giveaway.
2. Place the “12 Days of Christmas” giveaway button on your sidebar.
3. Follow me on Twitter (BridgetteLA) or Tweet about this giveaway.
4. Favorite me in Technorati.

Don’t forget…..if you purchase an item from Sugarplum Dreams using the 15% discount code notso15, comment on THIS POST for 5 extra entries into EVERY “12 Days of Christmas” giveaway!

Contest ends at 11:59pm CST on December 6th. Prizes not claimed in 72 hours will be forfeited. Contest open to U.S. residents only.

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On the Third Day of Christmas….CONTEST CLOSED

……The Not-So-Blog gave to me…..three French hens!

The sponsor of the 3rd day of Christmas is Juanita from Swan and Hen! This fabulous Etsy store carries adorable handmade children’s clothing and some of the cutest aprons I have ever seen!

I apologize for the prize change, but Swan and Hen would like to offer one lucky Not-So-Blog reader a handmade plush puppy! This little puppy is made of quilter’s cotton and stuffed with soft polly. The eyes and nose are hand painted to keep baby safe.

How to enter:

1. Visit Swan and Hen and tell me what you would purchase with your gift card!

Additional entries (please leave each entry in a separate comment):

1. Blog about this giveaway.
2. Subscribe to my blog.
3. Follow me on twitter (BridgetteLA) or tweet about this giveaway.
4. Favorite me in Technorati.

Don’t forget…..if you purchase an item from Sugarplum Dreams using the 15% discount code notso15, comment on THIS POST for 5 extra entries into EVERY “12 Days of Christmas” giveaway!

Contest ends at 11:59pmCST on December 6th. Prizes not claimed in 72 hours are will be forfeited. Contest open to U.S. Residents only.
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Review and Giveaway: Smart-e Cat CONTEST CLOSED

Are you looking for an educational and interactive toy for your toddler this Christmas?

The National Parenting Publications Awards (NAPPA) has bestowed the prestigious Gold Seal to the new Smart-e-Bear! This award signifies that Smart-e-bear has been rigorously evaluated against stringent criteria by expert judges and family testers and that it stands out among hundreds of products from around the world.


Designed primarily for non-reading 2 to 6 year olds, Smart-e-bear encourages children to discover and explore through a library of literally thousands of award-winning songs, interactive stories, educational games and other content that parents can selectively purchase through the Internet and download to the toy with a super-easy USB connection. Measuring 13” tall, this plush pal utilizes electronics about the size of a deck of cards. The squeezable, adorable animals will enchant little ones with their “smarts” from hearing a song to reading a story to playing a game. There’s always something for kids to discover as the software changes and grows with the child’s interests from the nursery to kindergarten.

Smart-e-bear sent over one of his little friends, the Smart-e-cat for Lily to review! She was so excited to take her new pink friend out of the box. The great thing is that Smart-e-cat was ready to play right out of the box, so Lily didn’t have to wait to explore the features. The kitty played Simon-Says, sang several rockin’ songs, and told stories with educational facts. It even sings “Head and Shoulders” in Japanese!

I couldn’t wait to show Lily what else Smart-e-cat had in store for her! I read the instructions and was able to connect the kitty with no problems at all. The software began and I automatically had a TON of things to choose from. It is like iTunes for toddlers! There is also a “free dowloads” section!

Lily chose a new song and a new story and in an instant, we were done! I disconnected Smart-e-cat and Lily went happily on her way to cuddle and listen to the new story. It was a total HIT!

Another great feature is that Smart-e-cat has a headphone jack and also volume control! So, this plush interactive toy would make a great travel companion!

Want to win one of your own? Smart-e-bear has generously offered one lucky reader you choice of plush animals (bear, cat or dog)! What a great Christmas gift!

How to enter:

1. Visit Smart-e-bear and peruse the Musical Artist, Games and Stories available for download. What item would you download if you won the Smart-e-bear?

Additional entries: (please leave each entry as a separate comment)

1. Blog about this giveaway
2. Follow me on Twitter (BridgetteLA) or tweet about this giveaway.
3. Favorite me in Technorati.

Contest ends at 11:59pm CST on December 5th. Prizes not claimed in 72 hours wil be forfeited. Contest open to U.S. Residents only.

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On the Second Day of Christmas…..CONTEST CLOSED

….The Not-So-Blog gave to me…..two turtledoves!


Today’s giveaway is sponsored by Cat at My Baby Bump. Her store features tees and gifts for every stage of Motherhood from conception to birth! So, how does this fit into the second day of Christmas? My Baby Bump offers maTWINitees! How cute is this?

Cat has generously offered one lucky reader a $20 gift card to My Baby Bump. Any item from her store would make an excellent Christmas gift for any expectant mother or new baby!

Want to win?

1. Visit My Baby Bump and let me know how you would spend your gift card!

Additional entries (leave a separate comment for each entry!):

1. Blog about this giveaway.
2. Place the “12 Days of Christmas” giveaway button on your sidebar.
3. Follow me on Twitter (BridgetteLA) or Tweet about this giveaway.
4. Favorite me in Technorati.

Don’t forget…..if you purchase an item from Sugarplum Dreams using the 15% discount code notso15, comment on THIS POST for 5 extra entries into EVERY “12 Days of Christmas” giveaway!

Contest ends at 11:59pm CST on December 5th. Prizes not claimed in 72 hours will be forfeited. Contest open to U.S. residents only.
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I’m featured!

Stop by today on Ask Baby Kid to see my feature!

Thanks, Cecilia!

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On the First Day of Christmas….CONTEST CLOSED

….The Not-So-Blog gave to me……A partridge in a pear tree!

To kick of the “12 Days of Christmas” giveaway series, ONE winner will receive TWO prizes!

The first item is this adorable set of Pear Green and Gray Bird Button Hair Clips from Dainty Divas Boutique. The winner will receive 2 clippies made with pear green and white dotted ribbon with a cute grey bird button made from Amy Butler in the center. They will be sent to you in an adorable package perfect for gift giving! Great for the Holidays!

The second item is a cute Snail and his Pear home Plushie by Ana Paula Oli. The little snail and her pear home are crocheted with wool and acrylic yarn. The snail is stuffed with fibefill and has plastic eyes with safety backins. The pear is approx. 4.5 inches/11.5 cm tall (not counting the stem & leaf), and approx. 4 inches/10 cms wide at the base.

Want to win?

1. Visit Dainty Divas Boutique AND Ana Paula Oli and let me know what your favorite item is from each shop!

Additional entries (leave a separate comment for each entry!):

1. Blog about this giveaway.
2. Place the “12 Days of Christmas” giveaway button on your sidebar.
3. Follow me on Twitter (BridgetteLA) or Tweet about this giveaway.
4. Favorite me in Technorati.

Don’t forget…..if you purchase an item from Sugarplum Dreams using the 15% discount code notso15, comment on THIS POST for 5 extra entries into EVERY “12 Days of Christmas” giveaway!

Contest ends at 11:59pm CST on December 4th. Prizes not claimed in 72 hours will be forfeited. Contest open to U.S. Residents only.

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All Star Buddy WINNER!

Thanks to all of you who entered to win a plush from All Star Buddies! We had great participation!

The winner is (from random.org):

Here are your random numbers:3
Timestamp: 2008-11-28 03:29:37 UTC

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

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It’s time! 12 Days of Christmas begins tomorrow!

I hope you all had a wonderful, relaxing and food-filled Thanksgiving! I know many of you will be running out in the wee hours of the morning to catch all of the great bargains on Black Friday. But, don’t forget to stop by The Not-So-Blog and enter to win FREE stuff! Why stand in line when you can win amazing gifts right HERE….from the comfort of your own home!

The Not-So-Blog

The “12 Days of Christmas” giveaway will begin bright and early tomorrow morning. Each day’s prize will relate in some way (and sometimes, quite loosely….no I am actually NOT giving away ten lords a leaping….sorry) to the theme of the day. If you need a refresher course on the lyrics of the 12 Days of Christmas (or if you just really love the Muppets), watch this video:

Sit back, relax, grab my giveaway button and get ready for some wonderful giveaways!
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Think Thin Thursdays: Week Three

First of all, I wanted to say CONGRATS to Kimberly who won the weight loss bracelet from Week One! YAY! You have to let me know if it works for you!
Second, can I just tell you all how thankful I am that y’all are helping me through this? There were SEVERAL times this week that I REALLY wanted a sweet treat or some french fries, but the thought of posting myself on the scale and having to own up to y’all REALLY helped to keep me on track! So without further ado…….

I only lost 0.2 pounds this week. I am kinda bummed, but at least I lost something, right?

Things to do in Week Three:

1. Blog about your experiences this past week. Did you accomplish your goals?
2. Set new goals for Week Three.
3. Sign the Shrinky Linky if you met your goals for week 2! Sign no later than 11:59pm CST on Saturday, November 29th to be eligible for the AVON prize!
4. Complete the Week Three Task:

Visit Hungry Girl, a great healthy eating website! Look around and blog about what you love about the site!

Your motivation of the week:

Accomplish your goals for Week Three and enter to win a $5 gift card to Mommy Jenna’s Designs and Gifts (she has amazing handmade soaps) and the fabulous new ebook, “A Month of Meals.” This ebook is all about meal planning and smart grocery shopping!

Good Luck! You are all doing such a great job!

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Calling all Nursing Mamas!

Are you in the market for a high quality nursing cover?

My good friend, Brandi over at Ramblings of a Tired Mama of 3, did a great job reviewing the Juss Tin Case nursing cover. The sponsor was so pleased with her review that she offered everyone 15% off their next purchase if you use the code “thanksabunch”!! You will also receive $10 off any nursing cover over $35! What a great deal! Just wanted to pass along the bargain to you!

Happy Holidays!

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