Teach My Preschooler Giveaway!


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Welcome to the Teach My Preschooler giveaway!

Hosted by: Tyrneathem
Sponsored by: Teach My
Prizes: One Preschooler Learning Kit valued at $39.99
Dates: October 1 to 15, 2014
Eligibility: Continental US residents age 18+ only
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Teach My Preschooler is the multi award-winning all-in-one learning kit for preschoolers age 3+ years. Requiring no screens, the kit has everything for teaching the basics to preschoolers. Teach My Preschooler is divided into four sections: Reading, Printing, Numbers to 100, Adding and Subtracting. Developed with education consultant, Judith Rowlands, M Ed., Teach My Preschooler is designed to give preschoolers a head start, develop fine motor skills, encourage parent/child interaction and increase school readiness skills.
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Worst Celebrity Baby Names

You probably have shaken your head at some of these, but are always worth a good laugh to see them again. 

Alicia and Bear
*Tu Morrow (Rob Morrow)

*Bear Blu Jarecki   (Alicia Silverstone and Christopher Jarecki) 

*Bronx Mowgli  (Ashlee Simpson and Pete Wentz)

*North West  (Kim Kardashian and Kanye West)

*Apple Martin  (Gwyneth Paltrow and Chris Martin)


*Zuma Nesta Rock  (Gwen Stefani and Gavin Rossdale)

*Moxie CrimeFighter  (Penn Jillette)

*Pilot Inspektor  (Jason Lee)

*Audio Science  (Shannyn Sossamon)

Toni and Denim

*Denim and Diezel Ky  (Toni Braxton)

*Seargeoh and Sage Moonblood  (Sylvester Stallone)

*Jermajesty  (Jermaine Jackson)

*Free  (Barbara Hershey and David Carradine)

*Seven Sirius  (Andre Benjamin and Erykah Badu)

*Fifi Trixiebell  (Bob Geldof and Paula Yates)

*Heavenly Hiraani Tiger Lily  (Paula Yates and Michael Hutchence)

*Speck Wildhorse Mellencamp  (John and Elaine Irwin Mellencamp)

*Moon Unit and Dweezil Zappa    (Frank Zappa and Adelaide Gail Zappa)

*Buddy Bear Maurice Oliver   (Jamie Oliver and Juliette Norton)



Babies and Toys R Us Gift Card Giveaway!

Welcome to All About Parents Birthday Extravaganza!

It's Debbie from All About Parents birthday so guess what, Were going to have a giveaway! Debbie said to herself " What do I love to shop for the most?" Then it came to her! Her son! So for her birthday All About Parents is sponsoring this giveaway so you can shop for your little one too! One lucky winner will win a $140 gift card to Toys 'R' Us and a $140 gift card to Babies 'R' Us! This giveaway will run from 9/24 at 7:00 am through 10/8 at 7:00 am. So get in all the entries you can and have fun like it's your birthday! Thank you so much for participating! 




Disclosure: Debbie from All About Parents is sponsoring this giveaway. The participating bloggers are in no way responsible for awarding the prize. The prize is coming straight from Deb. In no way is this giveaway associated with Babies/Toys 'R' Us. Facebook, Pinterest, or any other social media site you may see this giveaway on is noether responsible or participating with this giveaway. Thank you for participating and if you have any questions or concerns please feel free to contact Debbie any time, day or night.

Nursery Organization

Do you have baby items everywhere and it keeps getting harder to organize it all?  Hopefully these organization tips can make your baby's nursery a lot more functional. 

Use drawer dividers to help keep a
lot of items in place.
 
 
Free up a shelf by hanging all those adorable
baby shoes with curtain hooks.

 
 
 
 
Go vertical by using a farmer's market
epergne on the changing table. 
 
 
 
 
Remove a bulky bookcase and add ledge shelves for a library on the wall
 
 
 
 
Use photo boxes for miscellaneous items
you don't use daily
 
 
 
The space under a crib is great for storage
 
 
 
Add a closet system to the back of the closet
door for added storage
 
 
 
Have storage bins pre-labeled for when
clothes get too small
 
 
Do you have an organization tip to pass along!
Please share with us!

Rhyme to Read Giveaway

Rhyme to Read Giveaway Sponsored by Rhyme to Read

Hosted by Pea of Sweetness

Co-Hosted by Deals of Sweetness


Rhyme to Read - Reading App Giveaway
Rhyme to Read is an effective program for beginning readers available on iOS (Apple). The program emphasizes word families (e.g., cat, rat, sat) which are color-coded to assist children in discriminating the different patterns. It's a great way to learn to read.
Are you homeschooling and have beginning readers that need additional encouragement? Or are you a teacher with a classroom of beginning readers? Whether you are a homeschooler, teacher, or a parent that wants to encourage reading, you can appreciate Rhyme to Read!
Emilee at Pea of Sweetness uses the Rhyme to Read app with their three children. Their preschooler just recently showed interest in reading and their 6 and 8 year old are are both homeschooled in the 2nd grade level except in reading. Both have had struggles with reading due to their special needs. See how Rhyme to Read has helped them in her Rhyme to Read reading app review.
Three winners will receive each receive the full version of Rhyme to Read for iPad. This giveaway begins on 9/17 at and ends on 10/1 at 10:00pm (times are Central) and is open worldwide ages 18+. Please refer to the full terms and conditions in the Giveaway Tools.

  Disclosure: Pea of Sweetness received a free app download in exchange for an honest review. No additional compensation was received. Participating bloggers are not responsible for prize fulfillment.

Handmade Felt Toys

What kid doesn't have a wonderful time playing with cute felt toys? It can make their dramatic play time even better. Here are some cute felt handmade toys I found on ETSY and thought you would like them too. Click on each ETSY store to see the many more items they sell.

Pixiekids Toys and Gifts

Princess Tea Party Set
*Eco Friendly Felt Play Food
*Comes on a Silver Platter
* Also includes deliciously scented sugar cookies





Sushi Roll Set
* Includes Sushi, chopsticks, and a wooden serving box







Play To Learn

Tic Tac Toe - Travel Game









Magnetic Letters and Numbers








Children Wall Felt Clock (Square or Circle)










Lisa J Honey - Sweet Things


Box of Chocolate Truffles





Blueberry Pancakes
*Also comes in strawberry and banana







It's The Small Things


Pretend play food Smiley face sandwich







 Create a Set of Pretend Food 







Gulf Coast Cottage - these are patterns to make your own felt toys!


Under Sea Adventure Tote PDF Pattern (all items shown)










Toaster PDF Pattern (all items shown)






Doctor Play Set PDF Pattern (all items shown)

Birthday Extravaganza Giveaway!!

Birthday Extravaganza Giveaway Hosted by Pea of Sweetness and Deals of Sweetness

Birthday Extravaganza Giveaway Emilee from Pea of Sweetness and Deals of Sweetness recently celebrated her birthday as well as her 20K Facebook Fan Milestone on Pea of Sweetness and 5K Facebook Fan Milestone on Deals of Sweetness! So many reasons to celebrate! To spread the excitement and celebration, she has partnered with some amazing sponsors to put together a prize pack any woman would love to receive for their birthday (or any occasion!). To learn more about each sponsor and prize be sure to visit the product links as well as the reviews on Pea of Sweetness and Deals of Sweetness!  

 

Anna Naturals

Anna Naturals Review
Anna Naturals offers all natural products for women from every day to pregnancy and postpartum. They are products you can enjoy without all the questionable ingredients! Anna Naturals is graciously offering all of the products Emilee reviewed on Pea of Sweetness: Energize Tea, Cycle-Ease Tea, Goat's Milk Soap, and Glowing Mama Face & Body Scrub. Total Value: $44.96 See what Emilee thought of Anna Naturals all natural products on Pea of Sweetness!  

 

Stylegirl

Stylegirl Dress
Stylegirl offers gorgeous apparel hand-selected from around the globe. They add new products daily! This Ribbed Sleeveless Maxi Dress must-have for your wardrobe, this maxi dress transitions beautifully from casual to dressy events. Throw on to lounge around the house or dress up with a pretty kimono, chunky wedge sandals and jewelry! Winner will get to choose size and color! Total Value: $24.99 See what Emilee thought of the Ribbed Sleeveless Maxi Dress on Deals of Sweetness!  

 

Alisha Dunsford’s South Hill Designs Lockets

Gold Locket
South Hill Designs offers a variety of jewelry that can be personalized to fit your style! They offer a variety of lockets you can customize with screens, coins, and charms! The winner will receive a Gold Locket! Total Value: $20.00 See what Emilee thought of her Gold Locket on Pea of Sweetness!    

 

The Green Daisy

The Green Daisy Prize
The Green Daisy is one of the only online retailers where eco-conscious consumers can find exclusively eco-friendly gift wrap, gift wrapping supplies and stationery all in one place! They have a variety of beautiful products! The winner will receive the following: Peach Berries Gift Wrap, Kraft Paper Ribbon, and Gold Dot Washi Tape. Total Value: $11.00 See what Emilee thought of The Green Daisy eco-friendly products on Pea of Sweetness!  


*Giveaway!!*

On to the giveaway! One winner will receive all the prizes listed above - a retail value of over $100! This giveaway begins on 9/16 and ends on 9/30 at 10:00pm (times are Central) and is open to US residents ages 18+. Winner is subject to eligibility verification and will have 48 hours to confirm before a new winner will be drawn. For any questions/concerns please email emilee.roberts@peaofsweetness.com (consider adding this email to your "Safe List" as winning email notification will be sent from this email.) Please refer to the full terms and conditions in the Giveaway Tools.
  Disclosure: Emilee from Pea of Sweetness and Deals of Sweetness did receive a sample of products in exchange for honest reviews and posts. I received no compensation for this post. Participating bloggers are not responsible for prize fulfillment.  

Crayola Story Studio

If the hot weather is keeping the kids indoors more, here is something that should help make that indoor time more fun!

Crayola.com has an application called Story Studio. The program uses facial recognition software and applies it to a digital photo to create a cartoon of your Swanky Baby!


Once the cartoon is created you can choose accessories, clothing and backgrounds to add to the page.

Once the story is created, you print it out and they color it in. How fun!!

*The Access code required is found on a 48+ count of Crayola crayons boxes.  The program is free with the code from the box.  Want to try it for free?  Better Homes and Gardens Magazine is offering a free 48 hour trial by using this code: PRK7ZD2J

Please click HERE to start your Story Studio page!

Toys Kids Want For The Holidays

For the holidays??!!  Yes, it is still technically summer, but Wal-Mart has figured out what your kids will want for the holidays. They released their second annual Chosen by Kids Top 20 Toys List, in hopes you will start shopping.  Wal-Mart put hundreds of kids between ages 18 months and 12 years old in a room to play with 80 toys and then have them vote on their favorites.

So, if you are one of the those parents that does not wait to shop, I thought I would share it with you now. (The toys all listed will link to Wal-Mart's website. This is not a sponsored post for Wal-Mart, I just wanted to share.)

Creativity and Crafts
Kids are looking for toys that allow them to be more creative.


Big Licenses for Movie, TV Fans
Licensed toys from blockbusters like Disney’s Frozen and popular TV show Doc McStuffins topped kids’ list this year.


Ride-ons, Scooters and Racing Cars
Ride-ons and scooters were popular purchases last Christmas and throughout the year.


Electronic Toys
Kids were again drawn to electronic toys that offer interactive play.


Classic Toys and Activities
Classic toys with a twist made kids’ top list for the second year.

What To Put In Your Hospital Bag {Advice Time!}

We all have had to or have to pack that all important hospital bag and the usual question is "what should I put in it?"

There is so many wonderful things you can put in a hospital bag, but you are only there for a few days, not a few months.  You don't want to forget anything, yet you don't want to over pack either. 

So, I am turning to you all to let those ready to start packing what they should put in their bags. I would love lots of advice that are not the typical items, but I will leave it up to you all to share.  I will finish off this post with all the essentials that are not listed, but looking to see what you offer too!

You can add any advice here, on Facebook, Twitter or Pinterest and I will add it to this post.

I'll start with my favorite advice, yet not always the most pleasant topic of your hospital stay...
*Bring a can of Lysol or air freshener. Sounds odd, but the bathroom trips after the baby is born are not always pleasant and when you are in a small room with visitors you'll be glad you brought it. One of my closest friends just had her first baby and she thanked me for that tip!

Here is more advice from Swanky Baby readers!
*Alejandra K.- Chap stick and hair ties

*Jackie J. - Nail clippers to trim the baby's nails

*Katie T.- Soft headband, earplugs (if you're trying to nap in early labor), and a loose tank with shelf bra.

*Nicole S. - A nursing cover. It's great to have so you can nurse when visitors are present. Change of clothes & a few toiletries for dad.

*Tammy E. - Snacks for dad, makeup and hair stuff if you want nicer pics, face wash in case you go in with make up on, phone chargers.

*Lori S. - Socks with grips on the bottom. Hospital floors are cold and slippery. Sounds crazy, but a power strip. In case the outlets are far from the bed, it makes it easier to charge phones. Your favorite hard candy to suck on while in labor. Your own towel. Hospital towels are awful. The next day, have your husband bring in treats or candy for the nurses station to thank them for all their hard work.

Pet Included Pregnancy Announcements

Ready to share the big news with friends and family?   You have a lot of thoughts of how you will share your news, but can't imagine leaving the family pet out of them. Here are some really cute announcements with the family pet and they are cute! Maybe one of these will inspire you on how to include your fur baby.





 
 








 
 

A Preppy Dressed Baby

With Summer ending and Fall nearing, I have noticed that Preppy is in the stores again. I have seen some really cute fashions for adults, so I thought I would show off some adorable preppy baby stuff I found! How cute would a preppy dressed baby be?

*The little boys Plaid Button Front Romper is so cute!
I just love how preppy any little guy will look in it.




*This Pink Plaid Dress Set is super cute for any little girl.




*How adorable is this Crab Bow Tie and Suspender Set?




*Those plaid bows are so adorable and my Swanky Baby loves wearing bows too!
I'm definitely going to have to add these to her collection.




*Your baby will look preppy cute in this Infant V-Neck Argyle Cardigan Sweater




Comes in different colors.




These Slip-On Boat are adorable! 



Happy Shopping!
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