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Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Happy Holidays from our family to yours!
We'll be taking a break from December 22nd to January 4th to spend time with family out of town. We look forward to seeing all of you again in the 2010 (wow, can it really be?).
Wishing you many blessings in the New Year!

Monday, December 21, 2009

Another Great Giveaway From Ellia C. Naturals!

This giveaway is now closed.

We're sending a big shout out of Thanks to our friend Tenille over at Feisty, Frugal, and Fabulous for hosting our final Ellia C. Naturals Holiday Celebrations Gift Set Giveaway of the season!

Holiday Celebrations Gift Set

4 oz. Holiday Body Meringue in Holiday Spice
5.5 oz. bar of Autumn Harvest Shea Butter & Coconut Milk Soap
.15 oz. Candy Cane Kisses Lip Smoother

Head on over to Fesity, Frugal, and Fabulous to read Tenille's sweet review of our products and enter for a chance to win a Holiday Celebrations set of your own!

Saturday, December 19, 2009

Sid the Science Kid Has A New Home!

Congratulations Jill! The new Talkin' Sid the Science Kid will be taking up residence at your house very soon :)

Your comment "Sid is truly awesome! I left a comment on here and on facebook. I also emailed a friend to tell her about your awesome site and this awesome promotion for Sid!
Thanks for a great site and a great contest!"
was selected by as the winner of this fabulous giveaway.

Enjoy your prize and Happy Holidays to all of our wonderful followers!

Image compliments of PBS Kids

Saturday, December 12, 2009

Sid the Science Kid {Review & Giveaway}

If, by chance, you missed my post last month about PBS's Sid the Science Kid, let me just reiterate...I love this little guy! Educational to the core with child like humor for a splash of entertainment, Sid and his friends set out to find out how the world works by creating hypotheses, performing experiments, making observations, and recording their accounts in classroom journals.

Although the show is still relatively new, it has enough time under its proverbial belt to start introducing the first round of Sid the Science Kid inspired toys...just in time for Christmas! Currently limited to plush character toys, DVDs, and some clothing, the item anchoring this growing line-up is the Sid the Science Kid Plush Talkin' Sid.

When I was approached to review this product I just had to jump at the chance. With 3 of my 4 little munchkins devoted to Sid and his buddies, I knew this product would get a thorough testing with the honest feedback that only a child can provide. Let me just say, they loved it! Even my 5 year old, who is well beyond the "doll-phase" found this toy to be interesting and interactive. Press Sid's tummy to hear a plethora of favorite phrases...not just 3 or 4 like many talking toys these days. The voice recordings sound just like the series, which is also a big plus. Too many times I hear talking toys based on a well known character and the toy is obviously crafted with somone else's can definitely tell the difference! Sid also comes with a DVD short of one of his popular episodes on the function and importance of charts for tracking information. He's a good size for role play/imaginative play for little hands and is fairly realistic looking with respect to the animated character. All in all, this Plush Talkin' Sid get a "thumbs up" from our household. Now, I just need to sit back and patiently wait for the toy makers to introduce a version of Sid's infamous microphone, complete with amplification, applause, reverb, and echo features!

Win It!
The producers of the Sid the Science Kid Series, the Jim Henson Company, and KCET (PBS/Los Angeles) are generously giving 1 lucky Bullfrogs & Butterflies Baby reader their very own Sid the Science Kid Plush Talkin' Sid of their own...just in time for the Holidays!

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Thursday, December 10, 2009

Santa Has A Question...

Santa was gracious enough to loan us a few of his best elves this Holiday Season and it's a good thing...Ellia C. Naturals has been busy, busy, busy! Bullfrogs & Butterflies has had its share of Holiday cheer as well, but it seems like the bath & body goodies are flying off the shelves (whoo hoo!). Which leads me to wonder...

Santa Survey: What product or scent would you like to see Ellia C. Naturals carry next Holiday Season that is not in the current line-up (it's never to early to start planning, right?)?

Monday, December 7, 2009

Kudos to Good Customer Service!

After my initial disappointment with the response I received to my inquiry into the error with my web site today, I am happy to report that we are back in business again! Thank you to Kerry at CityMax for giving my reply due consideration and taking action to speed up the propagation of my domain through the system. In addition, she was able to comp me one month's hosting fee for the error. God is definitely good and as his child, people will do for me what they do not customarily do for others!

Thank you, Kerry, for a job well done.

A Sincere Apology

I am sending out my sincerest apologies today to all of my new customers, returning customers, and potential customers. It appears that due to a data entry error with my hosting company, my boutique was inadvertently taken offline earlier today. I have been assured that the problem has been remedied but it will take 24 hours for my domain to propagate fully back through the system (my response to which was to file a stern customer service complaint!).

Thank you for your patience and understanding. We will have our fabulous holiday goodies, as well as the rest of our unique lineup, back up and ready as soon as possible.

Sunday, December 6, 2009

FREE shipping on orders of $75 or more. Stop by Bullfrog & Butterflies today for great gift ideas for the whole family!

Friday, December 4, 2009

Free Santa eMessage

The Holiday Season is a magical time, especially for the little ones in our lives. It seems these days that as early as Halloween, they're all a buzz with talks of reindeer and Santa's arrival. In our household, we are careful to instill the true meaning of Christmas in our children based on our Christian viewpoint and discuss with them the importance of giving over receiving.

That being said, we also like to have our share of fun and merriment. I came across this wonderful little web site (thanks, Missa!) where you can create a personalized e-message from Santa to your munchkin for free! Direct from the Portable North Pole (PNP) Communication Center, your little elf can receive a mini video letter from Santa complete with his or her name, eye and hair color, special thing he/she would like for Christmas, and other neat personal touches. I just finished creating one for each of my wee ones and they're already waiting in my email, just waiting to be opened!

Stop by HERE to enter your information today and surprise your child with a special e-message!

Thomas & Friends Holiday Giveaway

Thomas the train has been a permanent fixture in our house since my 5 year old was introduced to his first Thomas engine at 18 months of age. Now, my 2 year old (the 3rd boy in pecking order in our household) is all about Thomas and loves to play trains with his older brother who are, surprisingly, still very into them as well.

Two of a Kind Working on a Full House is now giving me (and you!) the opportunity to win the Thomas & Friends: Sodor Friends Holiday Collection for someone special this Holiday Season. How great would it be to see my little Micah Moo's eyes spring open wide after opening this gem on Christmas morning?! While I'm (not so secretly) pining away to win this prize for myself, I'm happy to share the opportunity with you too. Be sure to stop by HERE today for your chance to win!

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Holiday Celebrations Gift Set {Review & Giveaway}

A big shout out of Thanks to Jessica over at The Army Wife for hosting our Ellia C. Naturals Holiday Celebrations Gift Set Giveaway!

Holiday Celebrations Gift Set

4 oz. Holiday Body Meringue in Holiday Spice
5.5 oz. bar of Autumn Harvest Shea Butter & Coconut Milk Soap
.15 oz. Candy Cane Kisses Lip Smoother

Head on over to The Army Wife to read Jessica's sweet review of this gift set and enter for a chance to win one of your own. And don't forget to stop by and check out all of the fabulous Holiday goodies available from Ellia C. Naturals!

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Shutter Buddy {Review}

Photo courtesy of Shutter Buddy (TM)

Just in time for the Holidays!

With so many photo opps approaching, the Shutter Buddy (TM) is a must have for parents of wee ones. Those of us with little ones know that getting the "money shot" from an infant can be challenging at best. With shorter attention spans and under developed visual focus and acuity, it is often difficult to capture those big baby eyes looking into the lens.

I recently had the privilege of reviewing the Shutter Buddy (TM), a unique camera accessory designed capture the attention of even the youngest subjects. Designed with baby's visual perception in mind, the Shutter Buddy (TM) is a geometric cone designed to attach easily to the front of your camera (which to my delight, it does!). Bearing a checkered black and white pattern (a pattern renowned for capturing baby's early visual interest), this unique accessory fits most digital cameras and folds compactly for easy transport and storage. I gave this little gem a run for its money over the Thanksgiving Holiday and found it to be quite effective. Rather than having to chirp like a bird, cluck like a duck, or sing renditions of any one of my famed "mommy songs", the presence of the Shutter Buddy (TM) on the front of our camera was enough to draw my little Ellie Bean's attention for quite some time. As an 8 month old whose vision has developed far beyond the black and white phase, I imagine the unique 3-D shape of this piece was as much a draw for her as anything, but I am confident that the pattern on it would be quite effective for babies in the 0-3 months range as well. I was pleasantly surprised that even as an "older" baby, Ellia was drawn to this product. I was able to take shot after shot with ease and without the usual backflips needed to gain her attention :)

We all know that the Holidays with all of their merriment can be overstimulating for little munchkins to say the least. If your looking for a little something extra in your picture taking arsenal this Season, I encourage you to give the Shutter Buddy (TM) a try!

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Please Pass the Bombolini!

Photo courtesy of www.bell'

My stomach lept for joy just reading the following recipe...Bomblini alla Nutella (Nutella Filled Doughnuts). My mouth is watering just at the mention of these decadent pillows of goodness! Check out all of the details at Paula Jones' fabulous foody blog, bell'alimento...I am sooooo making these this week :)

Sunday, November 29, 2009

Super Cyber Sale!

Stop by Bullfrogs & Butterflies Baby Boutique now through Saturday and save, save, save! Check out sales throughout the store and receive an extra 10% off your entire order using the code HOLIDAY at checkout.

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Many Blessings This Thanksgiving

Let The Marathon Begin!

The cooking marathon, that is :)

On the schedule for today:

1. Clean, cut, and cook the greens (with smoked turkey...yummmm!)
2. Prep and prepare the fried corn
3. Make the deviled eggs
4. Make cornbread for the stuffing
5. Bake Lemon Pound Cake
6. Inject the turkey with secret marinade (wink) and put on the rub

Then tomorrow:

1. Prepare & bake macaroni & cheese
2. Make cornbread stuffing
3. Bake sweet potatoes
4. Fry the turkey (yep, fried turkey...sweet & juicy!)

Whew! Ok, the list is on with the festivities!

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Goody Goody Gift Sets!

Gift sets a plenty with more added daily! Check them out HERE.

Monday, November 23, 2009

Celebrate the Holidays With Sid the Science Kid!

Like all good, responsible mommies, I try to limit the amount of tube-time for my munchkins in order to provide a range of learning experiences and creative play. However, I must admit that this mama loves Sid the Science Kid!

A while back we invested in 2 DVDs (in large part for those long road trips when a little distraction is both helpful and necessary!). Change Happens & The Bug Club are chock full of great information for kids at their level presented in a medium that is both educational and entertaining. Great for ages 3-ish to 7, I would highly recommend giving them a preview as you plan your holiday shopping list this year. I've got my eye on Inside and Out & The Ruler of Thumb for my 4 and 5 year olds...great for stocking stuffers! And better yet, is offering many of these titles at a great buy (no, this is not a promo for Amazon, I just happen to find some really great deals there)! If you're looking for some quality educational eye candy this holiday season, these babies from Jim Henson (of Muppets fame) are worth a looky!

Photo courtesy of

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Phenomenal Christmas Giveaway!

Be sure to check out our friends at A Giveaway Everyday for your chance to win over $800 worth of Holiday goodies to fill your tree this Christmas!

Saturday, November 21, 2009

Get Your Shop On!

Start your Holiday Shopping now with yummy, all-natural bath treats from Ellia C. Naturals! Let us play Santa for you and deliver some decadent desserts for the skin to someone you love. Keep watching for some delicious gift sets in the next few days!

Thursday, November 19, 2009

So Happy Over Happy Haven!

Take a gander at my latest neck candy from Happy Haven...isn't it B-eautiful?! You may remember Becky's lovely designs from the feature I did last month on her contest to raise Breast Cancer Awareness. This little lovely is called Autumn Tree and I have truly fallen (hee-hee) for this piece! It arrived tucked in a too cute gift tin with a silver ball chain. I've worn it both with the silver chain and with a chocolate brown satin ribbon (for a casually chic spin) and love that I can dress it up or down. Be sure to check out Becky's shop're sure to find some goodies for your Holiday gift giving (and some for yourself!).

Pictures courtesy of Happy Haven.

Monday, November 16, 2009

Autumn Harvest is Back!

It's Baaaack! Our super hot seller, Autumn Harvest, is fully cured and back on the shelves. Come indulge in this delicious treat for the skin HERE.

Technological Breakdown!

Loads of Holiday goodies to add for Ellia C. Naturals and no working picture card tell me, how is that supposed to be productive?! Time to pull out the old laptop and see if I can revive that card reader...wish me luck!

Saturday, November 14, 2009

Revitalize & Refresh!

There's nothing like some quality alone time with my hubby to put a pep in my step. Last night was fabulous! I was allowed to eat as leisurely as I pleased (no need to scarf my dinner down at the last minute after feeding the kiddos for fear it would have frostbite!), enjoyed adult conversation (that occasionally turned toward the munchkins, but overall we did very well!), looked into each others' eyes without catching a glimpse of flying children in our peripheral vision, and snuggled closely next to one another without a little one or two wedged in between...ahhhh the joy!

For those who know me (and those who do not yet), my children are my world and I adore them, but I wouldn't have them without my husband (whom I also love to death). Last night served as a pleasant reminder that in the midst of raising a family, it's equally important for parents to give each other the quality time we deserve together.

Friday, November 13, 2009

Date Night for Mommy!

With 4 little munchkins, I must admit that my alone time with my hubby is somewhat on the limited side. I suppose we really need to make more of an effort to find a little more time in the day "just for us". But I'm thrilled to report that tonight we get to have an impromptu, very last minute Date Night! All of the pieces fell into place beautifully despite starting the arrangements at 10:30 this morning for 6:00 this evening...sitter with a playmate (thanks cousin!), timing, having a clean house (when does that happen!), and all 4 little ones finally on the upswing of the cold epidemic that swept through our home the past 2 weeks. And better yet, it was all Dear Hubby's idea...what a way to start the weekend!

Photo compliments of Walt Disney Productions

Sunday, November 8, 2009

Funky Felt Hairclips!

Bullfrogs & Butterflies Baby Boutique is now a proud distributor of these adorable handcrafted felt hair clips by Babble Blossom. Stop by and check out these funky felt finds HERE.

Friday, November 6, 2009

When & Where Holiday Cards

Our friend, Mandy, over at When & Where Invites just informed me that she has completed her holiday collection for this year and it is too cute! You may remember Mandy from a feature and giveaway I hosted for When & Where earlier this year (see the article HERE). She makes it so easy to get fabulous stationary at a really affordable price. Simply choose your design (or email her to custom create one of your own!) and send an email with the images you would like to use. Within 48 hours, Mandy will send a proof for your approval. Once approved, you receive a high resolution file that you can print at any photo finisher or from home all for only $12! Print as many as you like, the price for the file is still the same. Don't feel like printing your own? No problem, Mandy can also print them for you and send them in the mail. Can't beat that!

Thursday, November 5, 2009

For Your Smiling Pleasure

Compliments of the Evian Roller Babies...Enjoy!

Holiday Card Giveaway!

Our friends at Jamie's Precious Peas are hosting a fabulous giveaway for 30 holiday cards from Marmalade Ink. With so many super stylish designs to choose from, you're sure to find something perfect for this season! Giveaway ends November 17th, so don't delay!

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

How To Tell A Cold From H1N1 (Swine Flu)

Given the continuing saga of the spread of the H1N1 virus (Swine Flu) and the unrelenting runny noses and hacking coughs of 3 of my 4 little ones, I thought it was about time to get myself a handy reference for differentiating H1N1 from the common cold. After an exhausting search and comparison of numerous respected medical sources, I was able to compile the following chart as a personal reference. Granted, there are still many similarities between your garden variety seasonal flu and H1N1, but being able to rule in or out the common cold still goes a long way to preserving my peace of mind.

**This information is for educational purposes only and is not intended to replace the need for medical advice from a qualified practitioner. If you are experiencing any health related symptoms, seek consultation from your preferred medical provider.



H1N1 Flu


Fever is rare with a cold.

Fever is usually present in 80% or more of all flu cases. A temperature of 100°F or higher for 3-to-4 days is generally associated with the flu.


A hacking, productive (mucus- producing) cough is often present with a cold.

A non-productive, non-mucus producing cough is usually present with the flu. It is sometimes referred to as dry cough.


Slight body aches and pains can be part of a cold.

Severe aches and pains are common with the flu.

Stuffy Nose

Stuffy nose is commonly present with a cold and typically resolves spontaneously within a week.

Stuffy nose is not commonly present with the flu.


Chills are uncommon with a cold.

60% of people who have the flu experience chills.


Tiredness is fairly mild with a cold.

Tiredness is moderate to severe with the flu.


Sneezing is commonly present with a cold.

Sneezing is not common with the flu.

Sudden Symptoms

Cold symptoms tend to develop over a few days.

The flu has a rapid onset within 3-to-6 hours. The flu hits hard and includes sudden symptoms like high fever, aches and pains.


A headache is fairly uncommon with a cold.

A headache is very common with the flu, present in 80% of flu cases.

Sore Throat

Sore throat is commonly present with a cold.

Sore throat is not commonly present with the flu.

Chest Discomfort

Chest discomfort is mild to moderate with a cold.

Chest discomfort is often severe with the flu.

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

The Sweet, Sweet Smell Revealed!

Da, da, da, da...and here is the fruit of yesterday's labor! What do you think? Perhaps not as refined as some, but I really like the deconstructed layers. I think they give an earthy quality to such a refined scent. Now for a name...

I could go with something as simple as "Orange Blossom" because it smells just as heavenly, but I'm looking for something with a little zip. Any suggestions? Made from a custom blend of essential oils, including neroil and soft citrus notes, this baby is a soft floral that is prominent but not overpowering. I would love to hear what some of my lovely bloggy friends have in mind for my latest creation, so please, fire away!

Monday, November 2, 2009

Ahhhh, The Sweet Smell...

...of orange blossoms! With 3 of 4 munchkins currently fighting off sniffly noses, my mind can't help but wander to thoughts of this sweet citrus fruit (I'm practically bathing them in it in order to get as much Vit C into their little bodies as possible!). This, in turn, leads to thoughts of one of my favorite scents of all blossom. I've been wanting to play with this heavenly scent in my soaping for some time now, but given how expensive neroli essential oil is, I must plead "chicken" to this point. I just couldn't stomach the possibility of botching a batch (we all know how the merciless Soap Fairy can rear her ugly head from time to time!) and wasting such a prized commodity. Well, no more! This morning I made a trial batch of this sweetly floral wonder...I can't wait to cut into it tomorrow morning and check the "fruits" of my labor (tee, hee)!

Happy Monday :)

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Come On Over!

Be sure to stop by Bullfrogs & Butterflies Baby Boutique today to check out the new bath & body line from Ellia C. Naturals.

There are some awesome finds for Mamas-To-Be, new Mamas, Babies, and the rest of the family. Plus, we'll be adding some fabulous Holiday Gift Baskets very soon!

Let Ellia C. Naturals help you start making your list for this Holiday Season!

Whoo Hoo, More Sleep For You!

This Sunday, November 1st, is Daylight Savings. At 2 a.m. time will leap backward and give us all an extra hour of sleep (or whatever else you find yourself in need of an hour to do!). Enjoy the rest...Monday it's back to the grind!

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Staying Heathy This Winter

Well, it's done. Everyone that is able to receive the regular flu vaccine has. Little Micah Moo is exempt due to an egg allergy (for those who are not currently aware, the vaccine is cultured using egg protein, therefore, those with egg allergies should not partake), but I must say that all others involved were incredibly brave (including Daddy!) and did great :)

The question comes up every year about whether or not to vaccinate for the flu. Given that it is not used for long-term disease prevention, must be repeated annually, and does not prevent against all strains of flu because of the incredible ability of the disease to mutate, the list of cons is impressive. However, with 4 little ones, 2 of whom are in kindergarten and preschool respectively (and likely to pick up everything under the sun!), it's something that, when combined with good nutrition and loads of hand washing, works for us.

The H1N1 vaccine (commonly known as the swine flu vaccine) is not yet available from our pediatrician and we have not decided about whether we will seek it out when it does become available. Many people have fears about it related to problems that were experienced over 30 years ago, when a similar vaccine was linked (rightly so or not) to an increased incidence of Guillain Barre Syndrome, in which the body damages its own nerve cells, causing weakness and sometimes paralysis. Some studies found no link at all, others claimed that one person in every million might be at risk.

The difference between the vaccine produced in the 70's and the one today is that the H1N1 vaccine today is produced and tested in the same manner as the regular flu vaccine. Ironically enough, had the H1N1 strain of flu emerged only months earlier, it would have been included as one of the components in the regular flu vaccine for this year and would not have been administered as a separate dose.

According to some sources, Swine Flu has emerged in 190 countries, has infected millions, and has resulted in nearly 4000 known deaths. Whether you choose to immunize or not, it is important to educate yourself about the signs and symptoms of this particular strain of flu and the typical treatment options. Above all else, as with any cold and flu season, proper hand washing should be top priority in every household. According to the Mayo Clinic, you should:

Always wash your hands before:
  • Preparing food
  • Eating
  • Treating wounds or giving medicine
  • Touching a sick or injured person
  • Inserting or removing contact lenses

Always wash your hands after:

  • Preparing food, especially raw meat or poultry
  • Using the toilet
  • Changing a diaper
  • Touching an animal or animal toys, leashes or waste
  • Blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing into your hands
  • Treating wounds
  • Touching a sick or injured person
  • Handling garbage or something that could be contaminated, such as a cleaning cloth or soiled shoes

Of course, it's also important to wash your hands whenever they look dirty.

How To Wash Your Hands:

It's generally best to wash your hands with soap and water. Follow these simple steps:

  • Wet your hands with running water.
  • Apply liquid, bar or powder soap.
  • Lather well.
  • Rub your hands vigorously for at least 20 seconds. Remember to scrub all surfaces, including the backs of your hands, wrists, between your fingers and under your fingernails.
  • Rinse well.
  • Dry your hands with a clean or disposable towel or air dryer.
  • If possible, use your towel to turn off the faucet.

Keep in mind that antibacterial soap is no more effective at killing germs than is regular soap. Using antibacterial soap may even lead to the development of bacteria that are resistant to the product's antimicrobial agents — making it harder to kill these germs in the future.

The Mayo Clinic also provides guidelines for using alcohol-based hand sanitizer as follows:

Alcohol-based hand sanitizers — which don't require water — are an excellent alternative to soap and water. If you choose to use a commercially prepared hand sanitizer, make sure the product contains at least 60 percent alcohol. Then follow these simple steps:

  • Apply enough of the product to the palm of your hand to wet your hands completely.
  • Rub your hands together, covering all surfaces, for up to 25 seconds or until they're dry.

If your hands are visibly dirty, however, wash with soap and water. Antimicrobial wipes or towelettes are another option, although they're not as effective as alcohol-based sanitizers.

Hand washing, whether with soap or hand sanitizer, doesn't take much time or effort, but can go a long way in helping to prevent illness. Adopting this habit withing your own family can play a huge role in keeping your loved ones healthy this winter season (and always!).

Thank you to The Mayo Clinic for some great information regarding proper hand washing!

Friday, October 23, 2009

Soap is on the Brain!

Just received a new order of supplies...time to break out the soap molds! Looking forward to a productive weekend :)

My Oh My, I Won A Prize!

Having a husband with severe seasonal allergies and a son with numerous food and environmental allergies, I find myself constantly on the lookout for products that make housekeeping easier. The better job I can do of minimizing allergens within the home, the more enjoyable life is for them.

Last month, I was blessed to be one of the winners in the Aller-Ease Ultimate Flip For Fall Giveaway. My Flip for Fall tips included the following:
1. steam clean all carpets and upholstery at every season change
2. use allergen barrier mattress covers/protectors on all mattresses
3. vacuum carpets regularly using a HEPA certified bagless vacuum
4. use HEPA air filters in areas of high traffic or rooms of those affected by environmental allergens (we have one in my son's room, the playroom, and our main living space)

Thank you to Aller-Ease for a fabulous prize, including two pillow protectors, two pillows, and a mattress protector! Stop by today to see their full line of allergen filtration products.

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Happy 4th Birthday, Sweet Face!

Isn't this the sweetest face you've ever seen! My little guy turned 4 years old yesterday (can it be true?). We were so busy celebrating that I'm just now getting a chance to give him his shout out :)

I love you, Caleb! You are such a blessing to us...full of joy, playful, funny, adventurous, and incredibly loving. I am so proud to have you as a son!

Photo courtesy of Craig Craver Photography

Monday, October 19, 2009

Babble Blossom {Review}

Babble Blossom is an adorable children's boutique
specializing in quality handcrafted felt fashions for your little one's hair. Founded in 2008 by Kimberly Beltran, each hairclip is carfully hand-stiched for quality and durability. The snap-style clips are covered by soft pieces of felt, providing a comfortable fit for children of all ages. The functional design means that these stylish clips will look great and stay in place even on babies with very little hair!
I recently had the privilege of trying "Lucy the LadyBug" with my little sweetie. I must say that I was incredibly impressed with the quality of stitching on this hair clip. No worries here about small pieces coming loose and posing a hazard for little Miss Ellie Bean (though, as always, please consider any item with small parts a choking hazard for children under 3 yrs. and monitor while in use). I particularly like the fact that the felt itself creates a "slip-proof" grip for her hair, rather than having a separate grip adhered to the clip (no risk of having it come loose or detached!). The colors are vibrant and versatile enough to fit in well with Ellia's wardrobe and seemed to captivate her during "mirror play"!
Babble Blossom has a wide variety of adorable designs from which to choose. They have Big Blossoms and Bitty Blossoms (similar in design to that shown above), as well as their Butterfly, Barn, and Bites collections.

Stop by today to pick up something sweet for your little one!

All photos provided courtesy of Babble Blossom

Friday, October 16, 2009

Should I Put Hubby on the Payroll?

Since taking a step back from healthcare management 2 years ago to become a SAHM/WAHM, I've often imagined how difficult it must be for my husband to accept the loss of an extremely lucrative income and watch me blindly fumble my way through establishing my own business (in a totally unrelated area I might add!). I know he realizes the benefits of having me home with our 4 munchkins, but there are definitely those days when the extra income would be more than "just nice" to have around.

Fast forward to a special treat, he was able to pull away from work to swing home for a quick lunch. When he arrived, he off-handedly asked how many different soaps I had fully cured and ready for sale. He then proceeded to ask if he could take a sample of each to work...apparently at some point in the morning the subject of my boutique came up with one of his employees and he showed her and a few others my site. About 30 min. later he called me with an "order" for some more soap and gave me a deadline (how cute is that?). All in all, he managed to sell 12 bars and a lip balm in the space of an hour or so! Beside feeling incredibly grateful for his support of me and my products, I'm now thinking of putting my Sweetie on the payroll...what do you think?

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Masala Baby {Review}

Masala Baby is a fabulous new company steeped in the traditions of India with a modern, spirited, urban flair. With vibrant, earthy colors and an eclectic mix of textures, these pieces are incredibly stylish, yet durable enough for active little ones.

I recently had the distinct privilege of reviewing the Peacock Tunic from Masala Baby's Free Spirit Collection. The beautiful embroidery is an ode to the dancing Indian peacock and is truly exquisite. This elegant design sits proudly atop a sumptuous soft cotton voile fabric.

This is an incredibly soft, light-weight tunic with wearability that transcends the seasons. It washes well in cold water on the gentle cycle and should be hung to dry to preserve the integrity of the design. Designed to fit munchkins 6 months to 4 years, my little sweetie is just big enough to start sporting this adorable piece. The tunic style is free-flowing, which is great for an active baby on the cusp of learning to crawl! Ellie-Bean was captivated by the vibrant colors of the embroidery and got plenty of practice with her pincer grasp as she tried to pluck the threads for a closer look. Never fear, though, this piece is well-constructed and she never did succeed in her quest!

Masala Baby also carries some fabulous fundamental pieces like this Moti-Dog Applique Onesie. Stop by today and get your spice on! Masala Baby has a little something for every palate.
Photos provided by Masala Baby.

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Peter, Peter Pumpkin Eater

Check out the latest edition from Ellia C. Naturals...Limited Edition Autumn Harvest.

Made with raw organic pumpkin and coconut milk, this is one decadent body treat!

Get yours HERE.

Looking for Inspiration?

Then you must stop over and visit "Living with Lindsay". This DIY Diva is absolutely amazing! I stumbled on her site late last night in the midst of a bloggy fog. Here is just a small sampling of her work...

Pottery Barn Style on a Budget

The Once "Toxic" Coffee Table

I am soooo happy to have found Lindsay's blog. Her ideas are simple and practical enough for the beginning to intermediate DIY-er (something I used to pride myself in, but lost the drive for in the midst of growing our brood!). With this new inspiration, I may just have to get myself back in the saddle!

Original photos compliments of Living with Lindsay and Pottery Barn. Compilations provided by Bullfrogs & Butterflies Baby

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Where Has the Time Gone?

Munchkin #2 will be turning 4 on the 20th and today we brought home his birthday present...a bona fide Big Boy Bike! Where has the time gone? It seems like just yesterday we were bringing home a bike for our eldest and now we're pecking right on down the line. I know they can't stay young forever, and 4 is by no means "old", but it's all happening a bit too fast for Mommy. For all the chaos having 4 young children brings, I'm in no hurry to see them grow up and into a period of relative calm. They change so much each day and are so engaging...I'm just not ready to face the fact that one day, they won't want to tell me every little detail of their days and may, in fact, request that I (heaven forbid) give them space! Oh the horror!

Sunday, October 11, 2009

Baby's Bliss Giveaway Winner

Congratulations Chaotic Kristy!
Your comment "I would like to try Baby's Bliss Gripe Water...this could be a fav product" was selected as the winner in the Baby's Bliss Nipple Cream for Mommies Giveaway :)

Friday, October 9, 2009

Attention All Mamas-To-Be...

Whether this is your first pregancy or you are a seasoned veteran...whether you are planning to nurse or use may soon find yourself in need of a little Baby's Bliss Nipple Cream for Mommies. Though the most common culprit of sore nipples for mamas is the sucking of a precious newborn, hormonal changes in the non-nursing mama can take their toll too.
For one more day only, you have your chance to win a full size pump of Baby's Bliss wonderful Nipple Cream for Mommies. Check it out HERE!

All About the Wild Pumpkin!

A coffee connoisseur I am not. My palette is not skilled in the art of differentiating the nuances of a dark vs. a light roast or honed for the appreciation of a full-bodied whole bean. I do, however, love me some fru-fru coffee delights (sorry to those of you who take your coffee more seriously)...the more whipped cream and chocolaty, carmely (?) goodness the better!

That's why I'm all about the new Wild Pumpkin goody over at Caribou Coffee. Can you say Yum-O? They've taken their signature White Chocolate Mocha (which I also adore BTW) and infused it with the delicious essence of pumpkin for a terrific fall treat! And never fear, it also comes in Decaf for us nursing Mamas :) Ahhhhh, I think I may just have to indulge myself in one of these yummy nummies tonight!

Photo compliments of

UPDATE: Mmmmmmmm, can you guess what sweet delight I'm sipping on right now? :)

Thursday, October 8, 2009

Lookin' Good, Beibi!

Da, da, da, da...And the winner of the Beibi Shoes giveaway by Wee Squeaks is Rook No. 17 with her comment "Blogged about your giveaway at: Happy Sunday Sharefest SITSta!"
True Random Number Generator Result: 6

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Going, Going...

Tomorrow is the last day to enter to win your choice of shoes by Beibi.
Enter HERE...Don't delay!

Monday, October 5, 2009

Happy Haven Celebrates Breast Cancer Awareness Month

What could be more beautiful than these handcrafted pendants you ask? The cause for which they were created! October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month and Happy Haven is raising awareness in a big way by holding a fabulous contest.
Becky, the creative mastermind behind these lovely pendants, is giving you your chance to win a randomly selected Pink Ribbon Breast Cancer Awareness Pendant AND 4 other pendants of your choosing with ball chains! Even better, every entry is a winner because just for entering you receive a Pink Ribbon Pendant! Every week in October there is a new winner, so stop by Happy Haven now to learn more about this contest and view all of Becky's stunning creations.
Photo courtesy of Happy Haven
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