Saturday, August 31, 2013


We were contacted this month to review SKRIBS Customizable Wristbands. SKRIBS are customizable wristbands that let children (or adults) write and draw whatever they like WITH whatever they like (ballpoint pens, dry-erase markers, permanent markers). You simply rub your finger or a tissue across the band's writing surface to erase. SKRIBS come in a colorful pack of three wristbands plus a dry-erase marker. We got all black to test out and an assortment of writing utensils to try on them. So what do we think?

We LOVE them!
These are seriously fun. I even sat down with the girls and colored on these over and over. I tried out a few markers/pens before handing them over so believe me when I say, everything wipes right off. The proof is in the pictures!
After trying out a bunch of different writing utensils we have decided that the ones that work and look the best are dry erase markers and metallic sharpies. Pens write well but fade a little when the ink dries. Crayons actually do write on these (I didn't think they would but the kids wanted to try, they just don't color very well).

A has worn hers to school everyday this week with notes and reminders written on it. B likes to match the patterns on her clothes by drawing on hers. And me? Well I would like these as the walls in my house!!

More information about SKRIBS Customizable Wristbands and its Walmart Get on the Shelf Entry can be found at Voting for Walmart’s Get on the Shelf Competition ends September 2nd so hurry over and cast your vote.

Friday, August 23, 2013

Watercolor Nails

Here is a fun and easy nail art trick. All you need is white nail polish, rubbing alcohol, and newsprint. I decided to go with a bright ad with flowers but you could also use black and white print for a high contrast look.

Start by painting your nails a good base coat of white. Clip out your chosen prints into small squares. Pour a little rubbing alcohol in a bowl big enough to do one toe or finger at a time (or use a shot glass).

With everything lined up dip your nail into the bowl for 20-30 seconds. Take your nail out (do not dry) and immediately place your clipped newsprint onto your nail and press it down. Once you have it pressed all over you nail, peel the paper off and throw it away. Continue dipping each nail, one at a time, until they are all done. Finish off with a clear top coat. The top coat will make the colors brighter and give them a real pop!

As you can see, what you end up with is a really neat watercolor look of whatever image you pick. For your comparison the red and yellow tulip print in the first photo is what I used on my right big toe.

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Pretty Petti-Flower Gift Bag

We love gifts in our clan. Getting, giving, and most of all wrapping! Lately I have fallen into the lazy world of gift bags and everyone gets something tossed in a sack. All be it a pretty sack, it's still just a cheap paper bag. So when I recently scored a deal on petti-skirts to give as gifts to A and B's friends I also bought some adorable purses to use as gift bags to make something a little more fun to give.

With a quick fold and roll we stuffed the petti-skirt into the purse with the ruffles out at the top. It looks like a bag filled with blooming flowers. And I'm happy to say the Birthday Girl loved her gift!

Sunday, August 11, 2013

Super Summer Giveaway

Since summer is winding down it's time to get outside and enjoy with some cool new gear for your little one that's perfect for going on walks, taking snacks on the go, and adding a little décor to your life!

Super Summer Prize Package:

  • Yummi Pouch - Little Munchkin Set with Yummi Pouch Brights. ($29 value)
  • Luca & Company - Chocolate Chip Cookies or Pink Lemon Aid Artwork ($90 value)
  • Sticky Bellies - $25 gift certificate
  • Mixie Baby - 8oz Mixie Bottle ($19.99 value)
  • SVAN - Totseat portable child seat ($35 value)
  • Greater Than One Kids - Hold-On Handles - Bumblebee Single Handle Set ($19.99 value)
  • Simple Nature - 8 fl oz Fragrance Free Diaper Rash Cream, 8 fl oz Fragrance Free all in one Shampoo & Body Wash, 8 fl oz Fragrance Free Face & Body Lotion ($35.47 value)

Total Value = $255

Yummi Pouch - Reusable Food Pouches

Little Munchkin Set - Retail Price: $28.95
The Little Munchkin set has everything you need to get started with using Yummi Pouches! Yummi Pouch reusable food pouches are perfect for filling with homemade baby food, blended snacks, healthy smoothies, and more. Designed by a husband a wife team, Yummi Pouches are dishwasher and freezer safe, BPA-free, phthalate-free, easy to fill and clean through the wide zipper opening, and encourage healthy snacks for active kids! For more information visit
  • Set of 4 Yummi Pouch Brights reusable food pouches - hold up to 6oz each
  • 16oz filling funnel pitcher
  • 10 dishwasher safe name label stickers
  • 2 decorative dishwasher safe sticker sheets
  • 6 mixed color extra pouch caps

Luca & Company

Chocolate Chip Cookies or Pink Lemon Aid artwork - Retail Price: $90.00
Luca and Company makers of the multi-award winning FunPod which provides a safe environment to get toddlers from 12 months up to six years up to the kitchen worktop on their own safely constructed platform comes the Classic Recipe Collection. Choose from Chocolate Chip Cookies or Pink Lemon Aid artwork which is perfect for the family who loves to cook. This series is not only for children – these prints would be lovely in any kitchen. MSRP $90. For more information visit

Sticky Bellies

Sticky Bellies™ - $25 Gift Certificate
Invented by a mom, Sticky Bellies™ are removable stickers that help parents document baby's amazing growth with style and ease! By combining the look of a custom shirt with the convenience of a sticker, Sticky Bellies™ help create adorable pictures from pregnancy through the toddler years. Simply peel, stick, and snap a pic! 13 new styles will be available on September 1st. For more information visit

Mixie Baby

8oz Mixie Bottle - Retail Price: $19.99
Mixie is the revolutionary formula bottle that allows you to fix a bottle now and mix it later. Powder formula is stored in an airtight container separately from water. When you are ready to feed, simple press the button at the bottom of the bottle to release the formula into the water, shake, and feed. Moms on the go will never again need to fumble around with formula containers in public, and a pre-mixed bottle is already ready when you need it. Mixie is great for caretakers and grandparents, travel, and those sleepy middle-of-the-night feedings. For more information visit


Totseat - Retail Price: $35.00
Our newest seat for children is the original portable, washable, and "squashable" seat. Made of fabric, The Totseat is designed to safely attach to all types of chairs. Adult chairs can be quickly transformed into the perfect seat for a baby or toddler.
Available in 6 colors with a variety of patterns, The Totseat eliminates the need to hunt down a highchair when traveling. The Totseat is ready to go in its own carry pouch which fits neatly into your diaper bag, purse or other carry bag. For more information visit

Greater Than One Kids

A Bumblebee Single Handle Set from the popular Bizzy Bugs collection - Retail Price: $19.99
Hold-On Handles from Greater Than One Kids helps keep children within arm’s reach without restraint. It is the first stylish stroller accessory and walking rope for 1-3 children. Snaps easily onto strollers or worn on parent’s wrist/belt loop. Children love the whimsical handles. Available in Double and Single Handle Sets in three fun themes, Bizzy Bugs, Ocean Odyssey and Zany Zoo.
Greater Than One Kids designs mom, baby, and kid products for growing families with greater than one child. As parents of multiples, company founders Susanne Budofsky and Robyn Spritzer experience first-hand the challenges parents of greater than one face each and every day. Although life may be challenging at times, with the proper gear, organizational tools, guidance, and a sense of humor, raising more than one child need not always be difficult. In fact, it can simply be greater! For more information visit

Simple Nature

1 Fragrance Free Diaper Rash Cream
1 Fragrance Free all in one Shampoo & Body Wash
1 Fragrance Free Face & Body Lotion
Retail Price: $35.47
Simple Nature is a fresh new brand of truly all natural and certified organic baby care products that are stylish, effective, easy to use and totally free of harsh ingredients and toxins! Based out of Las Vegas NV, the brand was created by a licensed cosmetologist and skin expert who felt that children deserve only the best. Inspired by her daughter who has very sensitive skin, Simple Nature's founder created the most luxurious products available that are:
  • Dermatologist tested and approved
  • Fragrance free
  • pH balanced perfectly for newborn skin
  • Tear free
  • Soothing, gentle and non irritating
  • Does not contain synthetic fragrances or dyes
  • Does not contain scent masking agents
  • Biodegradable and Eco friendly
  • Does not conduct any animal testing
  • Completely free of toxins and harsh/irritating ingredients
  • Suitable for all ages
  • Vegan
  • Made in USA
For more information visit

Enter to Win $255 in Great Prizes!

One Winner will be selected August 19th. Good luck!

Friday, August 2, 2013

August ScrapbookSteals Blog Hop

Time for a little Christmas in ..... August?
Well I think it is, or at least that was my first thought when I received my package of 7 Gypsies Vintage ATC for this month's Blog Hop.

When I opened up my 7 Gypsies product the colors jumped right out at me. Sure I could take any of these cute tabs and pockets and add them in to any scrapbook I have but I thought it would be fun to do something a little different.

I grabbed a pocket, some ribbon, and a few other craft supplies and set about making a Christmas gift card pocket.

Rub on a little stamp ink to fade the edges, spray a touch of glitter for shine and tie it all off with a bow (or three).

The pocket holds a regular gift card with a little extra room and the side tag can be used to add a TO label later when I decide who gets this awesome creation!









Enter to win a $20 gift code:

Visit each of the designers’ blogs and leave a comment at every stop along the way (including this post). Be this month’s random lucky winner by leaving a comment on one of the seven blogs!
Here is the order for the hop:
ScrapbookSTEALS being first on the list, then...
Venetia Holbrook -
Lisa Kitzke -
Michelle Cunningham -
Abbey Colbert - YOU ARE HERE!!
Cristine Redmond - Your next stop!
Staci Jones -