Wishful Thinking Giveaway!

Welcome to the Wishful Thinking 
$100 Amazon GC Giveaway

Hosted by Mom Loves 2 Read 
Sponsored by Get My Wish

A special thank you to our cohost: Deals Fanatics 
and all the wonderful bloggers who are participating in this event!

I am really excited to share with you all about Get My Wish and the
wonderful giveaway of a $100 Amazon Gift Card! 
Making a list and checking it twice is so easy even little ones can do it - though Mom or Dad has to be the one to sign up - you can even have different lists for each person in your family!

Whatever the occasion, whatever the gift, Get My Wish has a great way to organize it and share it with family and friends, or just make it for yourself!

Get My Wish is all about making things easier to create, send and share your wishes, wants and needs with friends, family and co-workers all over the world.  They even have a free concierge service that helps find the special gifts for that special person for any occasion.  There are even different wishlist templates to personalize your lists, and Get My Wish makes emailing easy by allowing you to download your email contacts right into your account.

It takes less than 5 minutes to create a free registry, set up a wishlist and add items with descriptions!  Simple. Easy. Ready to Share.  Every Gift bought from one of the partners of Get My Wish will give back to Charity!

Now for the Giveaway Fun.  

Enter below using the Giveaway Tools form for a chance to win $100 Amazon eGiftCode to help with your Holiday or personal shopping. 

Mandatory to create or have a Get My Wish registry. 

Open World Wide, must be 18+ to enter/win.  Giveaway ends 12:00 Noon CST on November 4th.  Entries will be validated.  Winner will have only 48 hours to claim prize - no reply after 48 hours will result in another winner being chosen.

Disclaimer: Neither Mom Loves 2 Read nor this participating blog are responsible for prize distribution.  Sponsor: Get My Wish is responsible for sending prize to winner after validation.  This giveaway is in no way associated with any social media.  Mom Loves 2 Read did receive monetary compensation for setting up, organizing and running this giveaway on behalf of the sponsor.  ML2R is not associated in any other way with the sponsor of this event.

Halloween Inspired Baby Names

If you are about to have your little bundle of joy, would you want to tie their name in with Halloween?   The day can be a bit spooky, so is that fun or too much to name a baby after?

Nameberry has a list of Halloween inspired baby names and I listed them below.  Would you consider naming your baby after one of these?



$250 Target Gift Card giveaway sponsored by Hipoglos

Welcome to the Hipoglos $250 Target Gift Card Event
Hosted by Mom Powered Media

For more than 60 (sixty) years, babies in Latin America have enjoyed the delight premium diaper rash cream, Hipoglos. Trusted by millions, Hipoglos is one of the most amazing diaper rash ointments available! Hipoglos helps prevent and treat diaper rash and skin irritation. It also helps protect chafed skin while helping to seal out wetness. hipoglos3
Hipoglos goes on smoothly and wipes off easily, giving your baby relief from the very first use. Hipoglos ointment provides extra gentle care for your baby’s bottom, leaving your baby happy.

Hipoglos is NOW AVAILABLE at Sedanos, Navarro and Walgreens! Or you can purchase it online at Amazon! 


One lucky winner will win a $250 Target Gift card to get their little one something special or for themselves! So head below for your chance to win! Giveaway ends on 11/03 at 11:59pmEST and is open to US.  
  Disclaimer: The participating bloggers were not compensated for this post. No purchase is necessary to enter. One entrant per household, per address. Void where prohibited by law. Winner(s) will be contacted by email and have 48 hours to respond before a new winner is chosen. The sponsor(s) will be responsible for product shipment to winner(s) of this sweepstakes. This event is in no way administered, sponsored, or endorsed by, or associated with, Facebook and/or Twitter, Google, Pinterest. Contact Elia@mompoweredmedia.com if you have any additional questions or comments.

Celebrity Baby Items

Parents.com listed a bunch of fun gear that celebrities have bought for their babies and kids.  Check out this fun (and pricy!!) stuff...

The P-Sling by has been worn by Keri Russell, Gwen Stefani and hubby Gavin Rossdale, and Kate Hudson. They start at $150.00

Halle Berry, Naomi Watts, and Melissa Joan Hart all wore these Mama J maternity jeans by J Brand Maternity costing $210 a pair.

Angelina Jolie and Jennifer Garner have this Nurseryworks Storytime Rocker. This mod, almost double-wide rocker starts at $800.

Tori Spelling decorated her daughter Stella's nursery with Serena & Lily's Harper crib bedding.  The three piece bedding set goes for $559.00

Suri Cruise wearing Bonpoint Silver Leather Ballerina Shoes. These shiny shoes go for $230.

To see the rest of the celebrity gear please visit parents.com HERE.

For Small Hands Giveaway!

Photos courtesy of For Small Hands' website.
Welcome to the For Small Hands 
$50 Gift Certificate Giveaway

Sponsored By: For Small Hands
Hosted By: Mixed Bag Mama

In honor of Mixed Bag Mama's daughter turning 2, she has put together a giveaway event to celebrate! All week long, you will have a chance to win a variety of nifty kid products, gift cards, and birthday decor for your own little one's party! 
We're kicking off the Birthday Extravaganza Giveaway Event with a $50 Gift Certificate Giveaway to For Small Hands. Montessori Services has been providing Montessori materials for classrooms since 1976 and created For Small Hands in 2004 as a way to make similar materials more accessible to parents at home. 
You can find all kinds of wonderful items on their website and in their catalog, including sewing and weaving products, gardening tools, and even pint-sized woodworking tools that really work! You can also find more common items, such as books and games. Whether you incorporate Montessori philosophy at home or not, you are bound to find something you and your child will love on For Small Hand's website! You can also find out more about Mixed Bag Mama's experience with some of their products in her review as well as stay up-to-date with For Small Hands on Facebook.
Now for the fun part! If you would like the chance to win a $50 gift certificate to For Small Hands and try some products out for yourself, simply enter the Giveaway Tools form below. Only your email is mandatory, but remember that the more entries you have, the more likely you are to win! You should definitely enter and tell your friends! Good luck!
Disclaimer: Mixed Bag Mama and all participating bloggers were not compensated for this post, nor are they responsible for prize shipment. The sponsor of this giveaway is solely responsible for prize shipment. All opinions expressed in this post are those of Mixed Bag Mama's and may differ from your own. This giveaway is in no way affiliated with any social media websites, including, but not limited to, Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, and Instagram. If you would like to feature your business or product in a review/giveaway on Mixed Bag Mama or have any questions regarding this giveaway, please contact Alicia at alicia owen 6814 at yahoo dot com.

Teach My Preschooler Giveaway!


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
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.

Business owners take note! It’s time to get ready for Tyrneathem's Winter Holiday Gift Guide!
Click here to learn how we can help your business this holiday season!

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)

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!

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)

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.


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