12 Creative Ideas for Gorgeous Easter Eggs

Tips and Tricks for Beautiful Easter Eggs

Easter's coming up fast, and there's so many cute ideas out there for dying Easter eggs.  I've compiled some of my favorites into one handy post, so you can create gorgeous Easter eggs with your family!

How to dye Easter Eggs

Food Coloring Method:

ADD 1 teaspoon vinegar and 20 drops of desired color to 1/2 cup boiling water. 
DIP hard-cooked eggs about 5 minutes or longer. Remove to wire rack to cool. After color dries it will not rub off.

Source: McCormick

Kool-Aid Method:

Pour contents of 1 envelope of each KOOL-AID color into separate 10- to-12 oz. container. Add 2/3 cup water to each; stir to dissolve drink mix. Use spoon to place 1 hard-cooked egg in each cup, keeping egg submerged until desired color is reached. Continue with remaining eggs. Let dry as directed in recipe.

Source: Mojo Savings

Creative Easter Egg Decorating Ideas

Striped Easter Eggs with Electrical Tape

Sparkle Eggs
Black and White Easter Eggs
Ombre Easter Eggs
Lace-Patterned Easter Eggs
Sponge-Dyed Easter Eggs
Silhouette Easter Eggs
Masked Easter Eggs
Sprinkle Easter Eggs
Doily Easter Eggs
Decoupage Easter Eggs

$50 Paypal Giveaway

Did you know that March is Music In Our Schools Month? Music plays such an important part in the development and learning of our children. To celebrate Your Life After 25 is working with Sweetwater Music to promote music education! As part of our #MomsForMusic promotion for awareness we’re doing a giveaway that can help you get your child started with a new instrument AND to top it off there’s a great #MomsForMusic Twitter Party happening on April 13th where you’ll have the chance to win even MORE prizes, including a FRETLIGHT Guitar (arv $399), Visa gift cards and more.
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There have been many studies done to show the benefits of music on your child’s advanced learning and ability to pick up new skills. One study showed that regardless of socioeconomic status or school district, (3rd graders) who participate in high-quality music programs scored higher on reading and spelling tests, amazing right?
My step daughter is in chorus, and loves music. I love that she gets to channel her ADHD into something she loves, and music education is a great way for her learn the discipline she needs not only for school, but for every day life.
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16 Silly Easter Jokes for Kids

My dad was the ultimate in "dad jokes" - you know the kind, they make you groan but still giggle a little? Well here's a few of my favorites of his for Easter.

How do you catch a unique rabbit? 
Unique up on it. 

How do you catch a tame rabbit? 
Tame way. 

What do you call a rabbit with fleas? 
Bugs Bunny. 

Why cant a rabbit's ears be twelve inches long? 
Because then they'd be feet. 

What do you call a group of bunnies walking backwards? 
A receding hareline. 

What do you call bunnies that live at the north pole? 

What do rabbits have that nothing else in the world does? 
Baby rabbits. 

How do you find the Easter Bunny if he's lost? 
Make a sound like a carrot and he'll find you. 

Knock Knock. 
Who's there? 
Ether who? 
Ether Bunny! 

Knock knock. 
Who's there? 
Juan who? 
Juan more ether bunny. 

Knock knock. 
Who's there? 
Stella who? 
Stella nother ether bunny. 

Knock knock. 
Who's there? 
Justin who? 
Justin other ether bunny. 

Knock knock. 
Who's there? 
Samoa who? 
Samoa ether bunnies. 

Knock knock. 
Who's there? 
Dewey who? 
Dewey have to listen to anymore ether bunny jokes? 

Knock knock. 
Who's there? 
Consumption who? 
Consumption be done about all these ether bunnies? 

Knock, knock. 
Who's there? 
Cargo who? 
Cargo "beep, beep"...run over all the ether bunnies.
Hope you got a chuckle!  What's your favorite Easter=themed joke?

2015 Vacation Time Giveaway Event - 5 Winners!


Welcome to the 2015 Vacation Time Event 

I am so excited to be co-hosting this awesome giveaway!  Everyone knows that Mom needs a vacation sometime, so what a better way to get started?  This giveaway will help jump start your vacation planning with some of the best vacation prizes!

It's that time of year when school is winding down, vacations are planned or being planned and the whole family is looking forward to this year's vacation. Our amazing Sponsors, We Love Travel Deals and Skinny Ideas with Venus Kem, have enabled us to have some incredible prizes to help you with this year's vacation!! There will be 5 (five) winners for this event!

The prizes are: 
 $500 Visa Gift Card to help you with your vacation expenses! 
 Samsonite Winfield 2 Hardside Luggage Set arv: $499.97- Good luggage always comes in handy, right? 
 Kindle Fire HDX arv:$379-Relax and read! 
 Amazon Gift Card: arv: $100- For lots of books to read, or maybe a swimsuit or two? 
 Vault Pro Tote: $arv: $90 This bag has built in RFID blocking and straps that can't be cut and it's secure! 

Entry is simple, just follow the instructions on the Giveaway Tool below, however, please make sure you read the terms & conditions below, and add [email protected] to your email safe list, since you will only have 24 hours to respond to the notification email. Terms & Conditions: Participating bloggers are not responsible for shipment of prizes. Open to residents of the US and Canada, except where prohibited by law. Must be 18+ to enter. Winners will be notified via email, and will have 24 hours to respond with their shipping information. If no response is received, winner forfeits the prize and a new winner will be chosen. 

Winners will be listed on our WINNERS PAGE as they respond with their information. All entries from all tools are combined and ran through random.org to ensure a fair drawing. The only mandatory entry is the very first one on the main giveaway tool, all other entries are optional, however, the more you complete, the more entries you earn, thus increasing your chance to win. 

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Ultimate Coupon Binder Giveaway


Ultimate Coupon Binder Giveaway!

Hosted by Everyone Loves Couponing

Co-hosted by Sunshine State Savings

Couponing is one of the number one things people do to save money now days, and the key to success is being organized! Using a coupon binder is a great way to keep your coupons organized! I get a lot of messages from people who state they just simply don't know how to get their binder started! So.. Giveaway!! We're giving away one amazing, full loaded, ready to use as soon as you get it, Ultimate Coupon Binder! So, what comes is this fabulous coupon binder you ask?

Here’s what you will get:

  • Purple 3-ring zippered Double Sided binder, each side has 1.5 inches, 3 inches total.
  • 32 dividers pre-labeled, as well as a printable divider tabs incase you want to change up your categories
  • “Coupon 101″ 2 paged Everyone Loves Couponing publication with tips and coupon lingo to get you started
  • “Organizing this” Everyone Loves Couponing publication page with complete directions on how to organize your binder
  • Front page category table of contents and information page
  • Pretty custom made category sheets
  • Coupon sleeves specifically for coupons
  • A pair of nice scissors
  • A calculator
  • A pencil pouch to hold the tools
  • 3 Coupon Policy print outs, Winner’s choice of stores
  • Full month worth of coupon inserts, 4 sets a week, Already cut up and organized.
  • National City Coupon Book full of coupons for local and online stores!
This giveaway will run from 3/24-4/7. We also have bonus entries you can do every single day (Such as visit a webpage, Declaring your love for Couponing with our daily freebie option, and tweeting out a message!) How would you like to win one of these to get you started on your coupon journey? Enter below and Good Luck!
Giveaway is open to US residents, ages 18+.
Winner will be notified by email and will have 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen.
Giveaway ends April 7, 2015 at 12:00pm EST
Disclosure: I have not been compensated for this post. Everyone Loves Couponing will always provide honest opinions, beliefs or experiences on products reviewed. We will only recommend products or services that we feel are of benefit to our readers. Everyone Loves Couponing will be responsible for prize fulfillment. This event is in no way associated with, sponsored, administered, or endorsed by Twitter, Google, Pinterest or any other social media network. If you have any questions, please contact me everyonelovescoupning {at} gmail {dot} com. The disclosure is done in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission 10 CFR, Part 255 Guides Concerning the use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.

Homemade Pizza Puffs with a Pocket Maker

Illinois... Home of the Italian Beef Sammich, the best pizza ever, weird hot dogs, and the pizza puff. Seriously - the majority of my time spent in Illinois was in small little Greek gyro shops ordering these greasy, unhealthy, absolutely amazing snacks that I can never get enough of.  When I was pregnant, this is what I craved.  But of course, living in North Carolina, they cant be found anywhere.

source: city-data.com

So what do I do?  Play around in the kitchen until I mastered the filling.  Like, not to brag or anything, but I found a combination that tastes almost exactly like the real deal.  So - I'm gonna share it with you guys.

First, keep in mind that this is not a healthy recipe.  Delicious, but not healthy in the least.  You can definitely make changes to the recipe to get a less-fattening result - such as baking instead of frying, omitting the sausage grease (more on that in a second) and finding healthier ingredients.  With that said though, this is pretty close to the scrumptious artery-clogging delectables that I love so much.

Before I get into the actual recipe though - I have to tell you guys about this awesome invention that just makes pocket-type foods so much easier to make. Kuhn Rikon sent me their Pocket Maker Set to review, and this has to be one of the coolest things ever.  They come in three shapes: a circle, a heart, and a flower.  You just press it onto your dough once you put the filling in, and voila! You have a perfectly shaped and sealed pocket-food. It comes with an awesome recipe guide for everything from pot pies to dessert pies, and all kinds of other yummy-sounding stuff!

Now with the pizza puffs, the originals are made wrapped in a tortilla and deep-fried.  The tortilla envelope kept falling apart on me so to change it up some, I rolled the dough out and used Kuhn Rikon's circle pocket maker.  First I pressed the cutter into the dough to see where the filling should go, then i topped it with another circle, pressed down on the button, and then they were perfectly sealed and ready to go into the deep-fryer!

Tortilla Recipe
 2 cups of all purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 tablespoon lard
3/4 cup warm water

1. combine the dry ingredients
2. cut in the lard
3. add water all at once and mix with your hands, kneading as you go
this should make an elastic-y dough that holds together well as a ball.
4. roll out onto a floured surface
5. use the Pocket Maker to cut out your circles.  This recipe made about 16 circles for me - enough for 8 pizza puffs.

8 ounces cooked and crumbled mild sausage (1/2 package of sausage)
6 ounces tomato paste
2 tablespoons fennel seed
1/4 cup mozzarella cheese

1. After you have cooked the sausage, save about a tablespoon of the fat from the pan and put the sausage into a food processor.
2. Add in the other ingredients and pulse until mixture resembles a paste.  If too crumbly, add in the tablespoon of sausage grease to better hold it together

Now here's the fun part.  Add about a tablespoon of filling to half of the circles that you cut out and use an egg wash to make the top circle stick.  Grab the Pocket Maker again and place on top of your circles, pressing the button on top.  Lift and check out the cool little seal it put on!

I put these in the deep fryer (350°) for about 5 minutes, flipping once, or until they were golden brown. Enjoy!

This post is sponsored by Kuhn Rikon and written by me.  I received the aforementioned product in exchange for this post.  No other compensation was received.  All opinions are my own.

$75 Zutano Gift Card Giveaway

Welcome to the Zutano Gift Card Giveaway, sponsored by Zutano
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Spring time is here, and that means adorable baby and toddler clothes!  Zutano offers unique styles with bright and colorful designs that are sure to bring a smile to any child.  Momma Without a Clue was excited to review a couple of their outfits - you can read the review here.

From baby clothes and accessories, to toddler outfits that breathe and move, and even toys and nursery decor, Zutano has creative items for every little personality!

They've even offered to sponsor a giveaway!  So check out the giveaway form and enter for your chance to win a $75 Zutano gift card.  US only, ends 4/6.  All entries are optional, but the more you enter - the higher your chance of winning!  Good luck!

Disclosure:This is a sponsored post on behalf of Zutano & Momma Without a Clue. The participating bloggers are not responsible for prize fulfillment. One winner will be randomly selected using the Gleam random selector and notified via email by the host of this giveaway, Momma Without a Clue. Once notified, the winner will have 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen. This giveaway is in no way associated with Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Youtube, Pinterest or Google. Void where prohibited. 

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Zutano Baby and Toddler Clothes Review

I've mentioned before that I am a sucker for cute little kids' clothes.  I mean, there's just something so stinkin' adorable about a dressed up baby girl or a handsome little man wearing a matching outfit. Honestly, my kids are better dressed than I am about 95% of the time.  So of course, I was extremely happy to work with Zutano for a review of a couple of their Spring outfits!

If you haven't heard of Zutano before, they are a Vermont-based kids' clothing company that believes that little people clothes should be simple.  We're talking easy to put on, easy to wear, and easy to wash. They offer a ton of adorable prints patterns that range from stimulating to soothing, that can all be mixed and matched to create endless outfits. Zutano's unique styles just scream playful and are so soft and comfortable!

Kaya was sent the sweetest little dress in the Juba pattern, with a matching sun hat and baby pants. It fits like a tee shirt, loose and comfortable, and gave her that free-range of motion that all toddlers seem to need.  I love the soft cotton fabric because it breathes well and lets her play without hindering motion.

1. Juba Darling Mini Dress ($26) - a sleeveless short dress with an a-line cut and waistline flare. Part shirt, part dress, this piece features our Juba print with a solid pool placket at the front collar that has buttons in a henley style. Little girls who love to play will adore this comfy style. 100% Interlock cotton.

2. Mandarin Terry Baby Bodice Jacket ($36) - This tailored jacket features two large buttons and a pleated bottom combining a dressed up look with ample room for accommodating all of baby's play. The slight flare is perfect for little girls. Pair this 100% cotton jacket with Florilee or What a Zoo prints to create an adorable outfit. Imported.

3. Pool Candy Striped Baby Pants ($19.50) - Our pants are made with ease and comfort in mind. Zutano pants slip on effortlessly over long sleeve and short sleeve onesies and pair perfectly with tees. 100% Interlock cotton. Imported.

The outfit Sammy received is all boy.  From the cute elephant print on the tee shirt to the loose shorts, he was in love with it as soon as he saw it.  The bright colors and animals had him dancing and showing off - I think we have a new favorite outfit.  When I asked him what he liked about it, he said, "Mama, there's pockets in the front and pockets in the back, and I can carry my cars with me!"  So, I think we have the ultimate winner here.  The shorts are my favorite too; they're thick and soft, but breathable so I know that they'll be durable and last through his rough boy antics!
1. Splish Splash Toddler Short Sleeve Screen Tee ($22) - This fun lime tee has a playful Juba design of two stacked elephants with a bird on top, enjoying the watering hole. A fun staple for your little boy's summer wardrobe! 100% Interlock cotton. Imported.

2. Juba Toddler Reversible Zip Hoodie ($48.50) - The perfect wardrobe addition for a toddler who loves animals, featuring our sweet Juba print on one side and solid mandarin on the reverse. Add this basic style to your child's wardrobe for everyday wear. This versatile piece can be paired with numerous outfits. 100% Interlock cotton. Imported.

3. Pool Toddler French Terry Big Pocket Shorts ($35) - Big on style and comfort, big pocket shorts are made from Zutano's soft 100% cotton French Terry fabric with a faux button closure and an easy elastic waistband. Two functional front cargo pockets are embellished on the right side with a tiny contrast mini pocket, adding a whimsical surprise. Back patch pockets have another fun detail - a cute little grommet. A super choice for little explorers who like to stow things away! Featured here in our bright pool blue. Imported.

For more information about Zutano, and to check out their awesome selection of cute baby and toddler clothes - visit their website at www.Zutano.com.  You can also find them on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest.

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Disclosure:  I received the aforementioned products in exchange for an honest review.  No other compensation was received.  All opinions are 100% my own.

Starting New Family Traditions for Easter

This is a sponsored post, written by me on behalf of HoneyBaked Ham. 

Easter is one of those holidays that just bring out that kid magic.  We're not a very religious family, but the fun of Easter baskets and special treats - those are the memories that your kids will hold onto forever. With Easter, we forgo the parental family dinners that we usually deal with at the holidays, and make our own traditions special with our little family.  It's early this year (April 5th!) so start planning now and have an amazing day with your family!

The best part of having your own family is that you get to create new memories and new traditions that you know your kids will hold on to and then pass along to their children.  Like the picture above.  Every year, when the kids get all dressed up in their Easter best, I love sitting them in that rocking chair for a picture.

But aside from taking adorable pictures to see how much they've grown from year to year, I've also learned a thing or two about what traditions work best, and what makes a holiday easier.  Here are a few tips to making new Easter special and making new traditions!

Make it About the Kids

Remember when you were little and when Easter rolled around you were expected to sit quietly and look pretty while the grown-ups over planned everything?  Forget that.  Plan fun little activities to keep your little guys entertained, and everyone will be happier.  Looking for ideas?  Dying Easter eggs, making keepsake bunnies, and having an egg hunt are all fun ways for the kids to enjoy Easter!

Check out Pinterest

Decorate and make everything Easter-y with simple crafts that your little ones can help with.  Pinterest has a ton of cute Easter ideas, from bunnies to baskets and everything in between!

Avoid the Stress

If you want to make a holiday run smoothly, keep things simple.  Avoid the stress of over-planning, overstretching yourself, and over thinking.  Easter is a holiday, one where you should be able to enjoy special time with your family - not get worked up over a burnt ham or timing dinner plans.  

Maybe that's why I like HoneyBaked Ham so much.  You just pop into one of their stores, pick up a ham and/or turkey and some of their heat-and-serve sides, and dinner is something you don't have to worry about!

HoneyBaked Ham has even a coupon to help you save $5 on your Easter dinner. Just click that link to print! (Offer valid 3.14.15 – 4.4.15. Must present coupon at time of purchase to receive offer. May not be combined with any other offer. One coupon per person at participating retail store locations. While supplies last. )

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  • Since 1957, HoneyBaked has been known for the most flavorful, moist and tender Ham you’ll find anywhere, finished with its signature sweet, crunchy glaze. Each HoneyBaked Ham is slow-smoked for more than twenty hours for unparalleled tenderness. Finally, each Ham is hand-glazed in each store for an incredible taste that’s second to none. Spiral-sliced and ready to serve, it’s as easy as it is delicious. (Gluten Free.)
  • Serving Sizes: 
    • Half Ham (Approx. 7-10lbs) Serves 12 to 20.
    • Quarter Ham/Mini Ham (Approx. 3.5-5.5lbs) Serves 6-8.
    • Ham Slices (available by the pound). 
Turkey Breast:
  • Nothing is as delicious and full of flavor as our fully-cooked, sliced & glazed Turkey Breast. Our Turkey Breast is trimmed by hand, perfecting the wholesome flavor and goodness of tender 100% breast meat, carefully seasoned, then fire-glazed to perfection with our one-of-a-kind sweet, crunchy glaze. Available Smoked or Roasted, and sliced for your convenience. (Gluten Free.)
  • Serving Size: 
    • Approximately 2.5-3lbs. Serves 8 to 10.

Finding The Best Hotel Accommodations In Chicago

source: Wikipedia
Are you ready to embark on a business trip, or a family affair, in Chicago? Sure, you may be all packed in advance and raring to get on that plane, but there's one tiny little problem: You have no clue what hotel you'll be staying at! You may not even have the first clue of where to turn in order to find the best possible accommodations at the best possible price. So where can you turn to for help?

How To Find The Best Possible Hotel Deals In Chicago

If you're looking to find the best possible deals for hotels in Chicago, you've first got to know where to look. The old days of perusing the Yellow Pages for the numbers of various travel agencies are long since past. Nowadays, the field is dominated by specialized websites on the Internet that deal directly with the subject of finding overlooked deals for customers who are on the go and in a hurry.

When it's time to find your ideal hotel room accommodations, you have only to log on to the Internet and surf through any number of these specialized websites until you find the deal that you're looking for. There may be any number of considerations to keep in mind, such as whether you are traveling solo or with a spouse, or whether you are planning on an overnight or extended stay. All of these will very naturally influence your decision making.

How To Find Useful Hints And Tips

Many of these special travel deal oriented websites will be able to offer you hints and tips that you may not have been aware of. For example, if you are traveling to Chicago during the winter season, chances are good that you'll get a better deal. Tidbits such as this are part of the stock and trade of any travel deal website worth its salt.

Use The Power Of The Internet To Find The Best Deals

In the end, finding the best deals on hotel accommodations in the Windy City can be a major breeze, if you know how to surf smart and shop savvy. As always in the 21st century, the Internet is your one stop shop for excellent travel deals. Specialized websites that are devoted to this subject, such as Hipmunk, can be a major source of information when it comes to finding the accommodation that is right for you.

Blogger Opportunity - $75 Zutano Gift Card Giveaway

Welcome to the $75 Zutano Gift Card Giveaway Blogger Sign Up!
This event will run from 3/23-4/6 and is open to the US only.  
One winner will receive a $75 gift card to Zutano!

So here's the details:
In exchange for helping me promote this awesome giveaway, you will receive two free links in the giveaway form (choose from Facebook visit, Pinterest, Twitter and Instagram)
Paid options are also available for extra links, co-hosting, etc.

(signups will close March 21st)

Returning to Pre-Kid Weight after Pregnancy - with #PostNatalFatBurner

After my first kid, I was back at my pre-pregnancy weight within a week.  Yeah, yeah, I know - you hate me.  It wasn't done with dieting or exercise, I was in the hospital with a horrible infection for 6 days after giving birth.  When I came home, the only evidence that I had been pregnant was huge leaky boobs with a baby attached to them.  Oh, and gallstones.  I wasn't as healthy as I wish I was.

Then I had my second child.  After her?  I wasn't so lucky to lose weight so quickly.  Since I didn't experience the postnatal excess weight the first time around, it was a real challenge for me to see it all hanging around.  I gained 40 pounds with my baby girl, and it thought it was there to stay.  I have no idea how I gained that much, especially since she was only 4 pounds and 11 ounces.  This tiny little baby made my butt bigger, my thighs bigger... and we wont even talk about the extra weight around my midsection.

Losing any of it didn't seem like it would be possible either.  I had to increase my calories to make milk for her, but she wasn't nursing exclusively, so there were times when I was only pumping an ounce or two to put up for later.  By the time I was able to exercise comfortably again, I never had the time or energy.  So that extra weight stuck around for quite a while.

That's why I'm excited to participate in a sponsored campaign for FitTea.

FitTea uses 100% natural ingredients to safely increase your metabolism, burn fat, and even increase milk production. I wish I had known about FitTea PostNatal Fatburner when I was attempting to lose the baby weight.

Increases your energy levels
Produces more lactation
Thermogenic fat burner
Contains NO caffeine or stimulants
Supports healthy weight loss

When used in conjunction with a healthy diet and exercise, FitTea helps you return to your pre-pregnancy weight - without any danger to your or your baby!

While FitTea's PostNatal Fatburner is safe for use in pregnant and breastfeeding mothers, remember that it's always wise to check with their doctors first.

This is a sponsored post, written by me, on behalf of FitTea

Diono Radian RXT Carseat Giveaway

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The Diono Radian®RXT Carseat is an amazing addition to any family who loves to travel. The installation is so very easy, and the comfort of the memory foam will help to keep your little bundle of joy comfy and safe. Diono offers a wonderful selection of convertible car seats as well as booster seats, all of which offer "Safety in Style".

To read the the full review on the Diono Radian®RXT Carseat by StellarManicMommy2, you can read it HERE. I have never seen a car seat that you are able to fold to make moving it easier, but why stop there? You are able to add travel straps so that you can take it with you on a flight to your next vacation!

The Radian is an FAA approved carseat. Information directly from the website: The Radian®RXT Car Seats are designed with your child's security and safety as top priorities. Premium materials and thoughtful safety features like a steel alloy frame, aluminum reinforced side walls, energy absorbing EPS foam, and a five-point harness put your mind at ease as your little one stays safe and sound. The reinforced adjustable head support provides additional side impact protection.

Key Features

  • Full steel frame and aluminum reinforced sides for unmatched safety
  • Comfortably seats rear-facing children from 5-45 lbs, forward-facing children from 20 - 80 lbs in a 5-point harness, then converts to a booster for children up to 120 lbs.
  • Unique SuperLATCH system that makes installation easy
  • It also fits 3 across in most mid-size vehicles, folds flat for travel and is FAA certified
  • Booster mode from 50 - 120 lbs (40 to 57 inches)
  • NCAP crash tested, the industry benchmark for verifying child seat performance in severe accident conditions

So lets get to the good part shall we! The Giveaway!

Diono has so graciously donated a Radian RXT Car seat for w giveaway prize! This means ONE lucky winner will win their very own car seat, and be able to choose which color they want. This Car seat is being featured on the Top Child Products of 2015, along with tons of other great items for your infants to teens. Click on the picture below to visit our Virtual Guide! banner
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Good Luck to everyone who enters! Thank you for stopping by this Giveaway!

Disclosure:This is a sponsored post on behalf of Diono & StellarManicMommy2. The participating bloggers are not responsible for prize fulfillment. One winner will be randomly selected using the Giveaway Tools random selector and notified via email by the hosts of this giveaway, StellarManicMommy2 & Diono. Once notified, the winner will have 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen. This giveaway is in no way associated with Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Youtube, Pinterest or Google. Void where prohibited.

Downy Wrinkle Releaser Plus travel pack Giveaway

Spring is finally here, and I'm teaming up with Downy Wrinkle Releaser Plus to share five travel hacks that you'll love, along with a great giveaway offer. One lucky winner will take home a Travel Pack from Downy Wrinkle Releaser Plus valued at $150 (including a $50 Target gift card!)

Five Travel Hacks You'll Love

Five travel hacks you'll love (especially #2) - and a giveaway!
1. Roll; Don't Fold As you pack, roll your clothes instead of folding them. You'll be able to fit up to two times the amount of clothing by rolling them as you would by folding them.
2. Pack your "Iron" And by iron, we mean Downy Wrinkle Releaser Plus. The 3 oz travel size meets airline standards. Slip it into your carry-on bag, and with a simple spray, you'll be wrinkle free all trip long. (It's also a great fabric refresher if you have to wear your clothes more than once on vacation.) Click here to read more and grab a coupon.
3. Bring an Empty Water Bottle After you get through security, several airports have filtered water stands to fill your bottle. You'll also find that most airport cafes will gladly fill your water bottle as well.
4. Snap a Picture If you're checking your luggage, snap a picture of your suitcase contents before you leave the house. If the airline loses your luggage, you'll be able to use the picture to prove the value of the contents.
5. BYO Blanket Blankets on airlines are hard to come by these days - and they're not always washed between flights. If you tend to get cold on planes, or you're going to be flying overnight, pack your own blanket to stay comfortable.

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Printable Tylenol/Acetaminophen Dosage Chart by Weight/Age

My poor little guy has been sick since last Thursday.  He has a bad upper respiratory infection, plus ear pain from a stopped up tube - we have to go to the ENT doctor later this week to see if she can clean it or if he's going to have to have it removed.

You know your toddler is sick when all they want to do is lay on the couch and watch TV or snuggle - so that's how our weekend went.  After having to look up a dosage chart on Google to make sure I was giving him the right amount of Tylenol, I realized - I needed a printout to hang on the medicine cabinet. When your little one is running a 103° fever, you want to help them get relief right away, not spend time on the computer trying to make sure that you're not giving too much or too little medicine.

So once he went to bed, I made this handy chart.  All the information comes from Healthy-Children.org and is cross referenced with our own pediatrician's website.  Double check with your doctor before giving any medicine, as I am not a medical professional, just a mom wanting to make things easier.

So here it is, a printable Tylenol/Acetaminophen Dosage Chart that includes both ages and weight.  Hope it makes your life easier as well! If you click the "pop out" button on the top right corner, you can print.

Just Say No - #NakedThursday

Did you know that one in five women suffers from depression at some point in their lives?  I'm one of them.

My dad passed away when I was 21.  Under my watch.  Under my care.  I woke up the morning of January 19th, walked right past him sleeping on the couch into the office to play on the computer - careful not to wake him up. Decided I was still tired, and went back to bed.  When I got up 3 hours later, I realized he still hadn't gotten up.  Checked on him and realized he wasn't breathing.  He hadn't been breathing for several hours.  That image, that feeling of realization - it's never left me.  I dont think it ever will.

My dad was my best friend.  He was the laughter in an otherwise gloomy day; the one who always made me feel better when I was down.  And he was gone.

I called the ambulance.  They called the coroner.  They had me step out of the room while they moved him.  The whole time I was in shock - this wasn't supposed to happen.  I mean, my daddy was supposed to walk me down the aisle when I got married.  He was supposed to spoil his future grandchildren and then turn into a crotchety old man that shook his cane at the young whippersnappers.  He was supposed to live forever - he was my superman.

That's when the idea of mortality, the idea that death is closer that we think, really hit me.  Did I start living life to the fullest?  Did I reach out to make new connections and pull those I love closer to me? No. Instead, I curled up into a metaphorical fetal position and hid from the world.  I didn't want to be here, I didn't want to live in a world that caused me pain.  I contemplated suicide; I thought that ending it would make the hurting stop.

I started a new relationship. I started a new life.  But the entire time, all I could think about was how it was temporary because I wouldn't be here much longer. I didn't want to be here.  The wounds from losing my dad were still raw, but it was more than that.  I became a recluse, this shell of a person that had forgotten how to laugh.  I'm still not sure how I functioned.

For those of you who are lucky enough to not have ever experienced depression, let me tell you what it's like.  When you're depressed, you're a victim of your own mind.  You have this criticizing little voice inside your head that won't let you be happy, because for some reason you don't deserve happiness.  But it isn't all about being sad.  No, it's more like a lack of emotion.  You can't feel anymore.  There's this numbness that sets in, this void of cataclysmic darkness - but you're at home there.  You're welcome in this hole in yourself, and stepping out of that safety zone is scarier than the idea of getting lost in it.

If you've never seen this video, this is depression:

Depression isn't a choice, depression is an illness.  I can't step out of it, I can't shake it off, I can't control it.  I compete with the depression, the anxiety, the hopelessness with medication, but it's always going to be there, lurking behind my happy thoughts, threatening to take over again one day.  
I can, however, say no.  When those suicidal threats loom over me, when I want to disappear, I can look at my babies' faces and know that I do have a place in this world.  While I can't erase the thoughts that depression puts into my head, I can just say no to the way it wants to consume me.
Have you ever suffered from depression?

This post is brought to you as part of The Naked Truth blog hop.  Please visit the other participating blogs below to show support and read their stories.

The Naked Truth: a blog hop

So often, we bloggers tend to stick to the safe topics in our niche- trying to avoid judgement or controversy.  The mom-shaming, the blogger bashing, the condescending human nature that keeps us from just accepting one another... Those barriers need to come down.  And how better to understand one another, than to bare the naked truth

With this blog hop, we can come together and share our thoughts, ideas, and life experiences with one another.  Life happens, and it's those moments that make each of us unique.  The important thing is to have an understanding for your fellow human beings and break out of the cycle of unnecessary judgments.

So, come link up your honest posts the 1st and 3rd Thursdays of the month, and let us know what's on your mind.  Topics are general, so feel free to interpret them however you'd like, just please stay with the week's theme.

March 5th - "Just Say No"
March 19th - "It didn't turn out like I thought it would"
April 2nd - "If I could turn back time"
April 16th - "My Public Self vs. Who I Really Am"
May 7th - "My Darkest Secret"
May 21st - "Dear ________"

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The Naked Truth Blog Hop

So, this week's topic is "Just Say No" - Link up your posts below!  Be sure to use the hashtag #NakedThursdays when sharing so we can find and share each other's posts easier!

Doctors Who Make a Positive Impact in the Life of Their Patients

Throughout the United States, initiatives have been put into place that have yielded positive results when it comes to attacking obesity. The positive results that these initiatives have had can be seen when examining the statistics related to obesity in the United States throughout the years. The year 2014 was significant as the first year when the United States did not rank as the most obese country in the world. These statistics reflect a positive trend that is being seen among both the young and adult population. People are becoming more health conscious as they see the negative effects obesity has on their health.

The medical community has always been encouraging people who are overweight to take steps to reach their target weight. They have worked closely with patients in designing diets, reasonable exercise, and at times offering supplements designed to help people successfully get their weight under control.

Telemedicine jobs are attracting many physicians who are interested in taking a long-term role in helping their patients improve their lives. These jobs allow physicians to offer weight loss advice and weight loss treatment to their patients no matter where their patients are within the country. The results of telemedicine speak for themselves. In a little more than a decade, over 100,000 patients have been helped by the services provided by companies like ATIMAP for example.

The doctors and physicians who work in telemedicine have a sense of accomplishment when they see their patients reach their target weight goal and have happier and more successful lives.

Potty Training Guide for Girls

Oh talk about bittersweet - My not-quite-two-year-old baby girl has started the potty training thing.  It's going really well too, which means that soon we'll no longer need the diapers. But it means she's getting bigger and more independent and I'm really not sure if I'm ready for that yet.  She's my last baby; we wont be having anymore little ones, so my diapering days are numbered.

Getting her to use the potty was so much easier than with her older brother.  Everyone keeps telling me, "Oh girls are easier to potty train," but I'd like to think that the trial and error with the Sammy-man really helped me know what to do this time around.
Here are some of my best tips for potty training a girl.

Reward Method for Potty Training

Now this is the one that you hear about the most, for good reason. Positive reinforcement is the most effective way to teach a child a new skill.  If you want to ensure that your little one wants to use the potty, you have to give something back.

How to Positively Reinforce Potty Training

  • Praise - yup, that clapping and the "yay big girl!" and potty dancing, those are all means of helping build your little girl's self esteem while showing them how proud you are of their achievement. When they let you know that their diaper is wet, up until they successfully complete the entire potty training, it's important to encourage them with with praise.  Accidents will happen, be sure to keep the upbeat attitude and try not to show disappointment - it isn't a failure, just a learning moment!
  • Treats - this one is pretty self-explanatory, and tends to be the advice I hear most often.  My sister used M&Ms when potty training her little girl, and at daycare they use stickers and stamps.  Giving a treat of some kind, or doing something special with your little one, when they use the potty is a great way to reinforce the behavior you want them to exhibit.  The only downside to giving treats as a reward is that they will come to expect some kind of candy or sticker every time they use the potty, and there's times when Momma forgets the sticker book at home when in public.

Tips for Successful Potty Training a Girl

1. Show your daughter how to use the toilet.  They're going to follow you into the bathroom anyway when you're expecting a little bit of privacy - instead of getting frustrated, try explaining what's going on.  Tell her the steps for what Momma is doing, and let her help flush.  Kids are visual learners; you can't expect them to just know what to do.

2. Don't expect them to tell you when they need to go.  At the beginning of potty training, most little girls are still figuring out what certain sensations mean.  Try taking her to the bathroom every 15-20 minutes and letting her sit on the potty, then give her praise when she "goes" - she'll figure it out!

3. Go pants-less.  Or you know, at least put a pull-up diaper or something that is easy for her to remove. This is the age where they want to be as independent as possible, and making her depend on you to take her diaper off will only slow her down.  If you're worried about puddles - read on:

4. There will be accidents.  Go ahead and accept this.  Put a potty chair in the living room, or play room, and put down a towel or something.  Puppy pads?  It doesn't matter, as long as you relax a little and expect to clean up the occasional puddle.

5. Make sure she's ready.  Maybe this should have been the first tip, because I think it's the most important.  Your little girl isn't going to be ready to potty train, unless she wants to.  It will just get frustrating for the both of you, and might make it take longer.  When she shows discomfort as soon as she wets her diaper, when she starts stripping in the middle of dinner because she doesn't want a diaper on... she might be ready to start.  Until then, showing her the ropes is a great way to introduce it to her without forcing it on her.

What's your best potty training tip?