Duane Reade and the Mama

Some of you will remember that a few weeks ago I entered a competition to be a VIP blogger with New York’s premiere drugstore Duane Reade. Today I have the pleasure of thanking all of you for your support and comments. Drum roll please….

That was the tweet I received yesterday evening, and yes I am still buzzing :)

I’m not big on competitions where you have to enter your name and email to win, but give me a creative challenge like the Duane Reade comp, and I’m in! Duane Reade is already part of my day-to-day life, so I didn’t mind taking the better part of a day to create my entry video. Yes, in between baby wrangling and dreaming up the idea that’s how long it took me. I had to think up the tagline, write it, trace it backwards, hold it up in a mirror, setup my camera behind me, then play the video in reverse aaaannnd upload it. Sheeessh, by the end of the day my eyes were spinning.

If you have no idea what I’m talking about, read and watch my entry here.

I’m not sure what this means for you the readers, but I hope you stick around to enjoy the ride with me. Something tells me Duane Reade + The Mama = Awesome Sauce!

Thanks again!

Pin It to the Win It Canon PowerShot Giveaway

Welcome to the March edition of the Pin It to the Win It Giveaway. A group of Pinterest loving bloggers have teamed up to offer our readers a fabulous giveaway! The prize is the Canon PowerShot ELPH 300 HS 12.1 MP Digital Camera (Black)!

How to Enter

Entering is easy. Just pin a picture in any ONE of the posts below to one of your boards on Pinterest and leave us a link to your pin on the Rafflecopter form!
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How Do I Love Thee New York, Let Me Count the Ways

It’s hard to believe that 6 months ago I packed up my life in boxes, boarded a plane in Auckland, New Zealand and headed off to start my new life in New York City. I was nearly 6 months pregnant, living in Manhattan, sending my husband off to work in SoHo everyday, missing family and friends far away in New Zealand, adjusting to being closer to family and friends in Canada (but still 11 hours away by train!), and adjusting to life as a stay-at-home mom (again!) with a 4 year old monkey.
So much has happened in such a short amount of time. From our family growing from 3 to 4, moving from Manhattan to Brooklyn, and trying to establish my new normal. The last 6 months have been some of the most memorable months of my life, in part because I brought my daughter into this world in November and in part because of where we are now calling home – New York.

It is not all been a bed of roses, by far. Their are some things that I definitely do not like (yes, I’m giving the side eye to you grumpy MTA bus driver. Most of you are super nice, but when you’re mean, boy you are mean).

So without further ado, to celebrate 6 months in the Big Apple, here are some of the ways I love you New York.

Cheap is the New Classy

I’m taking part in a group activity with fellow bloggers at ShePromotes.com. As part of that, I’m going to introduce you to Dawn over at Cheap is the *New* Classy. If you love deals and steals, you’ll want to head over to Cheap is the *New* Classy for coupons, rebates and other specials that Dawn scours the net to find.

I’ve got to give her props for taking up a 2012 Reading Challenge. Uuuuugggh, I’ve got 2 books next to the bed and at least 10 magazines that I just can’t seem to finish. Dawn has already done a review for 10 out of the 60 books she is challenging herself to read in 2012. I’ve discovered quite a few interesting readss from her reviews of books from fiction to autobiographical. I’d like to read the Patrick Swayze autobiography she reviewed…but I’ve got other books to finish first.

I’m a sucker for my crockpot at the moment, so I am super stoked to see her What’s for Dinner? section, subtitled One woman’s attempt to learn how to cook, one recipe at a time! I’d have to say by the look and description of what she’s cooking she is doing a pretty good attempt.

So head on over to Cheap is the *New* Classy to catch some deals, check out the mouth watering recipes and get some ideas for new books you could read.

Little Angels Giveaway Great Swag Swap Giveaway Hop

Welcome to The Great Swag Swap Giveaway Hop hosted by Gypsy Mama Logs and Mama goes BAM! This is a special event to thank you the readers for commenting, giving your opinions and interacting with me on a regular basis. All giveaways end Wednesday, March 7 at 11:59PM

Along with a few other awesome bloggers, we have decided to have a look through some of our best swag from giveaways past, unclaimed prizes and surplus event swag to create special one-of-a-kind giveaways just for you. My giveaway is for a Little Angels gift bag that was given to me at a Launch event in New York just a few short weeks ago. Because I have 2 children, I was given 2 gift bags, but I really only need one – Lucky you! Here’s your chance to win 3 DVDs still shrink wrapped along with a few other goodies all which have never been used.

Once you’ve entered my giveaway, don’t forget to head on over to the other blogs listed below and enter some more. Good luck!

Here’s what you could win (all items pictured above):

  • 3 Little Angels DVDs (Animals, ABCs, and 123)
  • 2 Peanut Butter and Jelly Gourmet Popcorn packs
  • 1 pack of Little Angels wall decals
  • 1 Angels Watching Over Us book
  • 1 set of activity sheets

10 Fashionable Reasons to Babywear

Both of my little monkeys each arrived earthside 3 and a half weeks early. While I was pregnant with number 2, doctors told me that I was 90% likely to deliver this one early seeing as number one was early. You think we would have been better prepared, but nope we weren’t.

I guess I’m pretty cruisy when it comes to the business of giving birth, even with all the craziness of moving continent and switching from a midwife to a doctor with number 2, I knew I only needed a few things to safely welcome my baby into this world. With all the major department stores and online stores pushing “stuff” necessary for baby it can sometimes be hard to sift through the non-essentials. Really, all baby needs is your love, a place to sleep and to be fed.

My absolute must-have for the first few days at home with baby is a sling!

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