Category: Gear

Link Round-up: Seashell Fish Craft, Gift Idea, Summer Hair and Makeup, and More

Posted on Jul 17, 2014 by No Comments

Today’s link round-up has a seashell fish craft, a gift idea, summer hair and makeup tips, and lots of delicious recipes.

Crafts by Amanda showed us how to make tropical fish out of seashells.

The Pin Junkie taught us how to make copycat Outshine strawberry popsicles.

Dieter’s Downfall taught us how to grill apricots to perfection.


Simply Kelly Designs showed us a creative way to give money with a glass block bank.

Three in Three shared a stuffed ranch burger recipe that looks incredible.

Pint-Sized Baker offered a recipe for mint chocolate ice cream sandwiches.

Hello Little Home shared easy hair and makeup tips for summer.

Photo credit: Crafts by Amanda and Simply Kelly Designs

Link Round-up: Sweet Rolls, Tie-Dye, Calm Toddlers, and More

Posted on Jul 15, 2014 by No Comments

Today’s link round-up has cherry limeade sweet rolls, a tie-dye how-to, tips for a calmer toddler, and more.

It Bakes Me Happy shared a recipe for cherry limeade sweet rolls.

Army Wife to Suburban Life showed us how to make a cute princess bird ring (think Snow White!).

Sand in My Toes shared seven tips for a calmer toddler.


Crafts by Amanda taught us how to make a sunshine ombre shibori tie-dye top.

Delineate Your Dwelling taught us how to make a prisma wall décor knock-off like the ones sold in stores for a lot more money.

Seasoned Homemaker told us how to make homemade bug spray.

Beautify showed us how to make a duct tape beach or pool bag.

Photo credit: It Bakes Me Happy and Crafts by Amanda

An Easy Way to Organize Baby Bottles and Sippy Cups

Posted on Jul 15, 2014 by No Comments

Babies require a ton of supplies, which means getting organized as a new mom can be a challenge.

The Universal Bottle and Sippy Cup Organizer is a must-have kitchen accessory for the busy mom in search of a way to keep kid-related clutter under control. This handy gadget stores up to 12 bottles or sippy cups. It is fully adjustable to work with over 30 different brands of baby bottles and sippy cups, including Pampers, Gerber, NUK, MAM, and Dr. Brown’s.

The Universal Baby Bottle and Sippy Cup Organizer is made of sturdy BPA and phthalate free plastic. It is dishwasher safe for easy cleaning and designed to take up minimal counter space. If needed, it can be used in the freezer for breastmilk storage. There is also a basket to hold baby bottle accessories.

Once your child is done with bottles and sippy cups, you can reuse the organizer to hold adult sized water bottles, cans of soup, canned veggies, or cans of soda. This is a product you’ll be able to enjoy until your child is ready to head off to college!

The Universal Baby Bottle and Sippy Cup Organizer comes in classic white, fresh turquoise, and leapfrog green. It is made in the USA and sells for $24.95.

In addition to the Universal Baby Bottle and Sippy Cup Organizer, PRK also makes a Food Jar Organizer for storing jars or square packages of baby food.

Each organizer stores up to 16 containers of baby food and the organizers are stackable to maximize your vertical storage space. Once your child has outgrown baby food, the organizers can be used for pudding, yogurt, applesauce cups, and other similar sized snacks.

Visit the PRK website for details or to purchase an organizer for your kitchen.

Disclaimer: Product samples were provided by the manufacturer for the purpose of preparing this review.

Photo credit: PRK Products

Tattoo Sales Makes It Easy to Create Custom Temporary Tattoos for Your Kids

Posted on Jul 11, 2014 by No Comments

Every event or occasion is more fun with temporary tattoos! If you’re looking for fun temporary tattoos with kid appeal, Tattoo Sales has an amazing selection.

Tattoo Sales lets you order custom temporary tattoos with traditional, glitter, neon, or glow in the dark ink. You can upload your own art or customize a stock design to make it your own.

Since you can order 100 custom temporary tattoos for less than $51 with a five-day turnaround time, this would be a great way to create unique favors for a birthday party or family reunion. You could also make tattoos for your child’s sports team or create a design to use at the next PTA carnival.

If making your own tattoo doesn’t sound appealing, Tattoo Sales also has a large number of stock tattoos. There are thousands of original designs, as well as licensed art from Disney, Marvel, Warner Brothers, Hello Kitty, and Ed Hardy. No matter what your child likes, there is probably a tattoo to match!

All of the temporary tattoos sold by Tattoo Sales meet or exceed FDA, CPSC, and ASTM requirements. They exceed all applicable Canadian and European standards, so you can be assured that this is a completely safe way for your child to experiment with body art.

The tattoos will last up to one week, but can be removed with baby oil, rubbing alcohol, or hand sanitizer if needed.

Tattoo Sales has been serving customers for over 25 years. All of its products are proudly made in the USA. Shipping is free anywhere in the United States with a minimum purchase of $15. Visit the Tattoo Sales website for additional information.

Photo credit: Tattoo Sales

Link Round-up: Snacks, Pancakes, Reading Nook, and More

Posted on Jul 10, 2014 by 1 Comment

Today’s link round-up includes snack ideas, German chocolate pancakes, a reading nook, and more.

The Neighborhood Moms shared an opinion on Squeez’Ems and Pack’Ems, used for portable snacks.

Confessions of an Overworked Mom showed off her cute leather bag that carries all the essentials and looks even better as time goes on.

Kalyn’s Kitchen gave us a recipe for baked eggs with avocado and tomatoes.


Suzy Sitcom showed us how to make fresh squeezed tropical punch with the Big Boss Juicer.

View Along the Way showed us how to create a DIY kids’ reading nook.

A Mom’s Take shared her lemonade and berry spritzer recipe.

Sweet and Spicy Monkey taught us how to make German chocolate pancakes.

Photo credit: The Neighborhood Moms and Suzy Sitcom

Link Round-up: How to Pit Cherries, a Shelf Makeover, DIY Oil Diffuser, and More

Posted on Jul 8, 2014 by No Comments

Today’s link round-up has an easy way to pit cherries, a shelf makeover, tips for a DIY oil diffuser, recipes, and more.

Confessions of an Overworked Mom taught us how to make an oil diffuser.

Kalyn’s Kitchen gave us a black bean and pepper salad recipe.

View Along the Way taught us how to create a raised vegetable garden so easy a 4-year-old can do it.


Suzy Sitcom showed us how to revamp a shelf with Shape Tape™.

The Neighborhood Moms showed us an easy way to pit cherries.

Sweet and Spicy Monkey shared a recipe for sweet cherry-coconut sherbet.

A Mom’s Take offered tips for keeping your child’s hearing safe.

Photo credit: Confessions of an Overworked Mom and Suzy Sitcom

Etsy Shop Spotlight: Paola Brown Shop

Posted on Jun 30, 2014 by No Comments

Growth charts make lovely family keepsakes, especially if you have more than one child and use the chart to compare the height of siblings at different ages.

If you’re looking for an attractive, high quality growth chart for your home, I highly recommend visiting the Paola Brown Shop on Etsy. Paola Brown has been selling on Etsy since 2012. Her cute shop features several different growth chart options, as well as various cute home decor signs.

My personal favorite growth chart is the design featured in this post. It is  made from solid pine and measures 1” x 9” wide x 6’ tall. The chart is designed to be hung 5 to 8 inches from the floor and includes a sawtooth hanger.

I love the sophisticated black finish that is shown, but you can also have your chart stained with a natural, pecan,walnut or dark wood stain or request a custom color paint job. The price includes personalization with a child or family name, but additional info can be added for an extra $10.

Growth charts and other personalized items in the Paola Brown Shop take one to two weeks to ship, depending upon demand. You’d definitely want to plan ahead if you were ordering one as a gift.

I think wooden growth charts are preferable to wall decals because they can easily be taken with you if you end up moving to a new home while your children are still small. Wall decals can be removed, but are generally hard to reposition. And, with so many different customization options available, a growth chart from the Paola Brown Shop is guaranteed to perfectly match your home decor.

Photo credit: Paola Brown Shop

Plan a Special Birthday Party with the Toot Sweet Harlequin Party Collection

Posted on Jun 23, 2014 by No Comments

If you’re planning a party soon, the bold colors in the new Toot Sweet Harlequin Party Collection from Land of Nod are guaranteed to make your celebration a festive occasion.

All items in the collection are purchased individually, so you can choose what fits your needs and budget. There are plates, cups, party bags, napkins, cupcake decorating kits, paper pinwheels, party hats, and retro striped drinking straws. Prices range from $3.95 to $12.95. Shipping charges are based on the dollar value of your total order.

I adore this collection because it looks like it would work for any occasion. The colorful patterns are perfect for a casual adult birthday party. For a child, you could simply add in a few items featuring his or her favorite cartoon character to make a more sophisticated alternative to an entirely cartoon themed party.

If you were serving a large number of guests on a tight budget, you could pick up solid colored plates or cups to coordinate with the colors in the collection.

The cupcake decorating kit is my favorite item in this collection. It includes 24 cupcake liners, six party hat toppers, 24 cocktail sticks, and eight sticker sheets so you can design your own one-of-kind cupcake toppers.

Cupcakes are so much easier to serve at parties than slices of a traditional cake and I think this sounds like a great way to make your homemade treats look like they came from a fancy bakery.

What do you think of this party collection?

Photo credit: Land of Nod

A Portable High Chair That’s Perfect for Family Picnics

Posted on Jun 18, 2014 by No Comments

Where will baby sit? If your family is on the go, figuring out a safe place for baby to eat can be a challenge. The ciao! baby Portable High Chair was invented by two mom’s, Kim Strong and Jamye Baker, to help solve this problem.

It’s a foldable and easily transportable high chair that can be used indoors or outdoors. It’s perfect for trips to grandma’s house, a family picnic, or baby’s first camping trip.

The chair is intended for babies and toddlers up to three years old. It is a freestanding chair with a proprietary flexible seat and tray that requires no assembly. It includes a seat belt to hold your child in place, a built-in cup holder, and a clear vinyl tray cover for easy cleaning.

The ciao! baby Portable High Chair has been tested and approved to meet ASTM high chair standards. When open, it measures 23″x 23″ x 32″. It weighs approximately nine pounds.

The chair comes in black, chocolate, navy, purple, royal blue, orange, red, and sage, as well as a mossy oak infinity pattern. You can also get your favorite collegiate team log printed on the chair. Visit ciao! baby Portable High Chair website for details.

When I went on picnics with my son, I always ended up sitting him on my lap or spreading out a blanket on the grass so I could sit with him while everyone else ate at the table. A product like the ciao! baby Portable High Chair would have been very helpful.

I’m not sure how well it would hold up to daily use, but this also seems like a good alternative if you live in an apartment and don’t have the space needed to keep a traditional high chair in your dining room at all times.

Photo credit: ciao! baby Portable High Chair