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Flowerz in Her Hair…

I’m a huge fan of bows and barrettes for little girls.  Given that I had a home-grown mohawk until I was two (for some reason, the hair on the sides of my head just didn’t grow like the top), I assumed it would be a few years before I could start using that sort of thing on my own daughter.

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Surprisingly, she was born with a full head of lush, dark hair.  As she’s gotten older, it’s thinned out a bit and gotten lighter, but she’s still got enough for a little bow or barrettenow and then.  Oh, and of course, she’s always been able to wear baby headbands, which I find to be a.dor.a.ble.!
So, I went to find her some cute new bows.  Of course, I went online, because going to the store would mean going, and well…I choose my errands carefully!  I came across Flowerz in Her Hair and was immediately ready to order one of everything.  The little cutie in the photo above is from the Flowerz in Her Hair site – as soon as I saw her, I was hooked, I knew I had to have these for my girl.  Luckily, Amy sent me some things to review, much to my delight!
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Clockwise: Bow holder (pink), Pinwheel Bow, Funky Flower clip, 
Simply Clippies clip, Cute As A Button clip, 
Super Stretch Headband, Natural Flower clip
There’s a must-have for all the little ladies in your life, the Super Stretch Headband.  They are both super soft and super stretchy, made of something that reminds me of little girls’ tights.

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There’s a little ribbon band at the seam, which is also used to clip on the various bows and flowers that go with the bands.  The cool part about that is that the bows and flowers can also be used as clips on their own, too.  It’s soft, it’s small enough for an infant, but stretchy enough to last well into the toddler years, and perhaps beyond.  I love that you can change the look of it so easily, it’s a super versatile piece.

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The flower clips all work with the headband and on their own.  They come in snap clips, alligator clips, or on a french barrette clip (the kind you squeeze the end together to get it to pop open).  The Achilles heel of the alligator clips on the clippies and flowers is that the bottom of the clip is exposed, meaning it’s just the metal, no ribbon or anything to cover it.  For older kids, or for use with the headband, no problem at all; for use on an infant…I’ll probably shy away from that, I’m a little afraid that the metal would accidentally scratch her.

Amy packages the bows beautifully, too (I love pretty packaging, I won’t lie…=).  As if the bows aren’t cute enough, the packaging it pretty, too.  I had to share this picture that I took before opening everything up.  The sticker warns that these could be choking hazards & not to let little ones mouth on them.  Very sweet looking.
Since I’m constantly fishing through the little box I keep my girl’s barrettes and headbands in, I was thrilled to receive the Clip Holder.  The clips are all in a row, organized and at my fingertips.  It looks pretty cute haning on her wall, too!  The best part?  You get one FREEwith every order!  How awesome is that?!

You get one of these FREE with any order!
 
One of my favorite things about Flowerz in Her Hair is that the prices are so fair.  You get a lot of bows for your buck! You’ll have to see it to believe it.  I highly recommend checking out Amy’s site, the little girls in your life will thank you for it!
While you’re there, pick out your favorites, because if you mention them here, you can win a $20 shopping spree at Flowerz in Her Hair!  If you’d like to spend more than that, Amy will even pick up the shipping, it’s 100% free to you!  Here’s how to win:
To enter (mandatory!):
  • go to Flowerz in Her Hair and let me know what your favorite items are in the comments (1 entry)
For Bonus Entries (up to 4!): (leave a separate comment for each, please!)
  • Follow me here, on Twitter, or subscribe via email (you can do all three in the sidebars): 1 entry each (3 entries, total – separate comments for each)
  • Grab my blog button & post it on your site: 1 entry (please leave a link so I can see it!)
Giveaway runs from 5/29-6/15/09, midnight EST.
Gotta have them right now?  Use the promo code HAPPYMOM to receive 15% off of your order! =)

Keramikos Kitchen

 sharp knivesI don’t keep sharp knives in the house. Seriously. I’m not a chef, and actually, I barely qualify as a cook, even when I’m the one putting dinner on the table (which is most often a TV tray, let’s be real here!).

So…no knives. Until I found Keramikos Kitchen. They sent me a couple of their ceramic knives to test. I’d never heard of, let alone seen, a ceramic knife prior to this. I read about them at their blog and found that they’re not meant for chopping; actually, if you use them like a cleaver, you risk breaking them. I was intrigued. A knife for slicing. I do slice things. I eat a decent amount of fruit, especially in the summer, so having a good slicing knife would be pretty nice.
They are nice. I cut up some fresh strawberries last night and the paring knife made it a piece of cake. Actually, the biggest advantage I saw was how thin I could slice them. Not only could I slice them really thin, but it was a uniform slice (instead of the kind of slice that starts out thin and gets progressively wider as you make the cut).
I read on the Keramikos blog that ceramic is “chemically inert,” so I did a little experiment. I tried the 6″ chef’s knife they sent on a head of iceberg lettuce. Usually, lettuce browns shortly after it’s cut with a metal knife. Sure enough, no browning with the ceramic blade. All this time, I assumed I was getting crappy lettuce!
The other thing that won’t happen with ceramic knives is the transfer of flavors from one food to another. You can go from slicing garlic to fruit and since the blades don’t absorb the juices of what they’re cutting, the flavors won’t mix. That’s one less thing to wash when you’re done!
Speaking of washing, these should be hand-washed to give them the longest lifespan possible. They’re guaranteed for five years (sweet!), too. Personally, I hate having to hand-wash anything, so these have been through my dishwasher. They did fine.

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One thing that struck me when I opened the package was that one blade was white and the other, black. I checked out the Keramikos Kitchen site and found out that the black one is made of zirconium carbide, which turns black when it’s fired in a kiln. The harder material makes them less likely to be damaged from misuse. I was pretty glad they sent that, because (like when I put them in the dishwasher), it’s pretty likely that they’ll see some misuse here (even though I’ve banned hubby from using them).
Ceramic blades will break if they’re dropped or misused (ahem, husband!). On the other hand, they’re a lot lighter than their metal counterparts. If you approach this from a “right tool for the right job” standpoint, I think most kitchens could benefit from having a couple, especially the paring knife for fruit. Since the ceramic blades are about 50% harder than stainless steel, the blades keep their edge much, much longer than a metal knife.
If you’re interested, I highly suggest reading this blog post at the Keramikos site for more info on why you should use ceramic knives. (It’s also a way to enter to win some of your own!)

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Want to win your very own?! Of course you do! You can win the utility and paring knife boxed set, here’s how:
  • leave a comment on this post about why you’d like your own ceramic knives
Bonus entries:
  • go to this post at the Keramikos blog and leave a comment about what you like best about the knives (you MUST come back here and let me know that you did it, please!) – 1 entry
  • follow me here (sidebar) – 1 entry
  • follow me on twitter (sidebar) – 1 entry
  • subscribe to the blog via email (new! sidebar) – 1 entry
  • put my blog button on your blog (you MUST leave me a link to it!) – 1 entry
You can enter up to SIX times for these babies! Leave a separate comment for each, please. Giveaway runs until June 10, 2009, 11:59pm EST.

Smart Mom = Happy Babies

My girl is teething right now, and it’s BAD.  Most of the time, she’s been a sport, but there have been some days that had me at my wit’s end.  About three weeks before her bottom teeth came through, she had three days that were just awful.  She was a cranky little bear, much to our dismay and frustration.

That was two months ago.  The time in between has been ok, but the teething is back in full swing now.  She’s working on her top teeth, and she’s taking what I imagine must be a pretty uncomfortable situation like a champ.
Except that it makes her behave like a HOLY TERROR.  The screaming. And the whining. And the screeching.  And the….you get it.  It’s noisy around here these days, and not in a very pleasant way.  I count down the hours until Daddy gets home to take over baby duty.  I try to refrain from SOS-like emails that might make him question whether or not I’m holding down the fort.  I am, but it gets pretty dicey sometimes.
I know you moms and dads out there can relate.  We’ve tried a lot of teethers.  Frozen washcloths, soft, hard, fabric, plastic, rubber…the gamut.  She won’t have them.  At least she wouldn’t, until we discovered Smart Mom Teething Bling! Do you see the clouds opening up with the rays of sunshine?  That’s how it felt to me!

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It’s awesome.  The Bling (it comes in a pendant, bangle, or keychain) is just the right mix.  It’s hard, yet soft; firm, yet pliable.  And most importantly, she loves it!  So much so, in fact, that my husband wore it when he took her to the grocery store one day.  I was quite surprised that he’d done it, but he pointed out that it was unobtrusive and discreet.  He tucked it into his shirt when she wasn’t using it, and it was in her mouth when she was, so it really didn’t look like jewelry on him.  He was just happy not to be bending over a thousand times to pick it up, and that she was content when she was using it.

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Teething Bling is pretty cute, too.  Even celeb mommies wear it.  The necklace I tested is in the jade color, which pretty much goes with everything.  I used to wear a necklace every day, before I had my daughter.  Her constant tugging meant I had to stop, though.  I was afraid she’d break the necklace or manage to get the pendant off and choke on it or something.  So, no more jewelry – or so I thought.  I wear my teething bling when we’ll be out and I know she’s going to want to fuss with something.  The teething bling is pretty entertaining to her.  Let’s face it – ALL bling is entertaining to her, but this one is baby-friendly.  Smart Mom, is right!
It’s jewelry, it’s a teether, and most importantly, it makes my girl happy!  And a happy baby equals a happy mommy, right?!  My daughter loves to take the bangle and play with it, teethe on it, and try to get our dogs to take it (naughty girl!).  I keep the keychain on a link with her stroller toys, so that we always have on when we’re on the go, too.  I’d keep it on my keys, but mine get pretty dirty and it just didn’t seem like it would work for us.  Although it’s worth noting that it’s all dishwasher safe, how awesome is that?!  Like they packaging insert says, “Pretty and practical.  Now that’s a SmartMom.”  So right!
The other thing that makes this mommy happy is that Smart Mom gives back (you know companies that give back are my fave!).  A percentage of their retail sales goes to Dress for Success and CureSearch, both great organizations.  In addition to that, they’ve also paired with the Bailey Baio Angel Foundation, and a portion of the proceeds from this month’s sales will be donated – so get your bling this month, everyone!

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So you’re thinking you’d like your own Teething Bling….win some!  One winner will receive her very own set of Teething Bling:  the pendant, a key chain, and a bangle bracelet!
Here’s how to enter:
  • Go to the Smart Mom site and let me know what your favorite pattern is in the comments – 1 entry (you MUST do this to get the bonus entries!)
More ways to enter, each worth 1 extra entry: (leave separate comments for EACH, please!)
  • follow me on Twitter (in the sidebar)
  • follow my blog (in the sidebar)
  • subscribe via email (also in the sidebar!)
  • add my button to your site (sidebar, too!)
  • write a blog post on your site about your experience with teething (your kids, what your parents told you about your own teething), and link to this review.  You MUST comment and leave a link where I can find it. =)
Giveaway runs from 5/28-6/12/09 (midnight EST).  Good luck!

Made in the Shade

I am so excited to share this awesome line of clothing with you, Happy Moms!  I discovered Shade while I was searching the interweb for clothes.  Clothes that wouldn’t have me mistaken for my daughter’s babysitter.  Clothes that are tasteful and modest, yet still hip, young, and fresh.  I found ’em!  And they’re at Shade.

Shannon at Shade was kind enough to send me an outfit to test-drive – more on that next week, though (so check back!).  I fell in love instantly.  Everything fit, it looked great.  I was thrilled!

Something had me even more pumped about Shade, though.  It’s their The Bright Side campaign.  After seeing the economic downturn affect people she knew, CEO Chelsea Rippy decided to do something at Shade to give back.  And so The Bright Side tee’s were born.  These shirts are very cute and wearable fitted tee’s that you’ll really want to wear, go have a look!  You’ll love wearing these shirts and you can feel great about buying them, because – get this! – FIFTY percent of the net sales of these shirts goes to the United Way.  Fifty percent!  How awesome is that?!

I’ve been wearing this one all the time since it arrived, I love it!  I especially love that it’s long enough to kind of pile up at the bottom for a fauxrouching effect, which is fabulous for hiding my post-baby tummy.  Everyone asks,”What’s The Bright Side?” and I get to tell them all about it, which I love.  Buy a cute tee and give back?  Count me in!  I hope you’ll go there and do the same.
Want to win a $20.00 gift card to spend at Shade?  Here’s how:
  • comment on this post and tell me which The Bright Side tee you like best – 1 entry
  • be a follower – 1 entry
  • post my blog button on your site – 1 entry
  • follow me on twitter – 1 entry
  • BONUS: for 2 extra entries (you must follow directions exactly!) – go to this post on Shade’s blog and tell them why you think The Bright Side is awesome! then come back here and let me know you did it so I can count your entry =)
Giveaway runs through Sunday, May 31st, midnight EST.  There will be a post coming up that can get you extra entries, so check back! =)