Beaba BabyCook Summer Solstice Giveaway

Welcome to the 2012 Summer Solstice Giveaway Hop hosted by MamaNYC! Over 100 bloggers have teamed up to bring you some amazing prizes to start your summer off right!

This event will run from June 18-24, 2012 and hopefully you’ll be able to find (and win!) some great summer prizes, which will help you at the beach, BBQ, or backyard fun in the sun! Each of our giveaways features a prize value minimum of $25.00 and there is plenty of time to hop down the entire list!

I am pleased to be offering you the chance to win one of the newest and most used appliances in our house at the moment. I have been enjoying making fresh baby food for my 7 month old in my Beaba Babycook baby food. It is perfect for making fruit mixes, veggie and meat, and all other food combinations that you can then take with you on the go. With this gorgeous summer weather, you’ll want to have yummy fresh food to always take with you to the beach, to the playground and even on vacation.

Good luck! I know you will enjoy your Beaba Babycook as much as I do. Read my review here.

The only required entry is your email address so that we can contact you if you win. Of course, the more entries you enter, the more chances you have of winning.

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Would You Survive The Mysterious Island!? #Journey 2 {A Giveaway}

Warner Bros. is proud to announce the release of Journey 2: The Mysterious Island on DVD and Blu-Ray; June 5th 2012 along with the Journey 2: The Mysterious Island Blog App!

Sean Anderson (Josh Hutcherson, The Hunger Games) finds a hidden signal that he believes will lead him to his long lost grandfather (Michael Caine, Miss Congeniality). With the help of his new step father (Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, The Scorpion King), Sean finds a map and starts his adventure which leads him to Kailani (Vanessa Hudgens, High School Musical) and the island of Atlantis! Sean and his friends battle giant bees, killer lizards, a volcano of gold, and electric eels to escape the lost city and make their way home!

Try the app below and find out if you would survive The Mysterious Island. Are you a Wilderness Warrior or a Timid Trekker?

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Happy Father’s Day, from Disney/Pixar’s #BRAVE

Wishing you and yours a spectacular Father’s Day :)

Mommy Mindset: Who Inspires Your Parenting Style

Who inspires your parenting style? Do you follow the lead of celebrities, friends, or (gasp!) your own parents? Who says you have to follow just one style, some do and some don’t. Some of us *ahem* fly by the seat of our pants. But is it a parenting style that defines us or is it so much more?

Heather: Once I became a Mom I realized that my parenting style would be the “listen to your instincts” type. I love to learn from other Mom’s what works for them {and what doesn’t} but I’ve formed my own style for sure!

Valerie: I think working in preschool for 10+ years has helped me but I’m the type that gathers from all sources then I do what works best for me and my family.

Ghada: With my first I had a girlfriend who inspired me. She made parenting look fun and easy but at the same time was honest about the harder parts of being a parent. I made a conscious decision not to read too many parenting books. I think this is one instance where you really do have to trust your instincts as Heather says. If anything, too much info can be confusing. I had one book called the Baby Whisperer that had a few gems that helped me get my babies sleeping through the night. Other than that, it has been mostly about learning on the job! No one “style” defines me.

Blendtec Blender Giveaway Coming Soon! Bloggers Sign Up

Kate and Kaboodle is hosting a Blendtec Blender Giveway from June 25 – July 9. Your first link is free just for posting about it, so check it out and sign up here.

LOVELY READERS: Good news is, I am part of this giveaway, so be sure to mark your calendars and return here on June 25 for your chance to win a Blendtec Designer Series Wildside Total Blender that sells for $499.

30 Days and 1 Pair of Birkenstock in New York City

Our family taking in the sights walking the Brooklyn Bridge

Be naturally fit: be yourself by doing the things you love to do.


It has been just a little over a month that I was fitted with a pair of Titanium Birko-Flor Madrid Birkenstock at the FITNESS Blogger Meet & Tweet here in NYC. I had never worn Birks before, but my sister swears by them and one of my fellow conference goers said they were so comfortable she had several pairs at home she used as house slipper – needless to say I was pretty game to try them. Different from any other sandal I’ve ever worn they have a toe box, a heel cup and arch support. I could see why someone like my sister with relatively flat feet loves these. The ridges are quite obvious to the touch the first time you put them on, but the more you wear them, the more they mold to your feet, and this is a good thing.

I couldn’t have been happier with the color I was given to take home as a gift for attending the event. A new season’s color, Titanium goes with so much of my wardrobe as it shimmers in the sunlight, sometimes looking more olive colored, and sometimes looking a little bit more golden.

I’ve worn these bad boys everywhere and consider them a bit of a lifesaver with the warm weather we are having.

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