Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Chunky Bling Swarovski Crystal or Pearl Ring Giveaway!


Chunky Bling has a great assortment of chunky beaded jewelry, including Swarovski Rings and Beaded Necklaces, Bracelets, and Watches. Please visit ChunkyBling.com to view the vast array of choices. These are perfect holiday gifts and stocking stuffers!

Chunky Blink also provides the opportunity for people to host an online jewelry party. No need to have to clean your house and worry about entertaining people! Simply host a party online and receive store credit based upon your total sales!

Chunky Bling is also sponsoring a giveaway for one reader to win their choice of a Swarovski Ring! These rings feature Swarovski Crystals or Pearls, rhinestone-crusted rondelles, and sterling silver findings. All of the rings are one size fits all! They are made with a stretchy cord; therefore, there is no need to worry about finger measurement.



More information about Swarovski Crystals and Pearls:
Swarovski crystals are considered by many to be the highest quality crystal beads worldwide. The Swarovski company uses a special compound in its glass which creates maximum surface luster (i.e. sparkle) and allows for a delicate palette of crystal colors. The Swarovski Crystal Pearls are made using a crystal core and have been finished with layers of highly luminous pearlescent coating. These pearls are more durable than natural pearls. The benefits of these pearls include the fact that they are resistant to scratching and abrasions and will not be ruined by washing and dry cleaning.

Now on to the giveaway info!

Buy It: Chunky Bling is providing my readers with a coupon code for 15% OFF any jewelry on their website! The coupon code is KIMBE801 and will be good through December 21, 2010.

Win It: One reader will win their choice of a Swarovski Crystal or Pearl Ring. Please leave a comment for each entry. Please also leave your email address with each comment.

Mandatory entry: Please visit Chunky Bling’s Build Your Own Watch page and then come back here and comment on your favorite watch band and face combination.

Bonus Entries:
1. Like Chunky Bling on Facebook. (1 entry)
2. Participate in Chunky Bling’s Name That Bling contest. (1 entry)
3. Follow Tidbits From A Mom publicly on Google Friend Connect.
4. Follow my other blog, Dearheart Designs publicly on Google Friend Connect
5. Leave a comment on any of my reviews on my blog and leave a comment and let me know which review you commented on. (2 entries)
6. Follow me on Facebook (2 entries)
7. Follow me on Twitter (2 entries)
8. Subscribe to Tidbits From A Mom through RSS feed or email (3 entries)
9. Follow me on Networked Blogs (3 entries)

This giveaway ends on December 14, 2010 at 9:00pm EST. The winner will be chosen through Random.org. The winner will be notified through email and will have 48 hours to respond.  This giveaway is open to U.S. and Canada. 

Disclaimer: I did not receive any monetary compensation for this giveaway. The opinions expressed here are completely my own.

Thursday, November 25, 2010

General Mills Big G Cereals "Family Flick Night" GIVEAWAY!


I just wanted to share the awesome deal going on from General Mills.  Right now, you can receive a free movie ticket when you purchase two specially marked packages of Big G cereals including Honey Nut Cheerios® (17 oz.), Cinnamon Toast Crunch® (17 oz.), Lucky Charms® (16 oz.), Trix® (14.8 oz) and Reese´s Puffs® cereal (18 oz.).


After you purchase two participating cereals, visit generalmills.com/moviecash to enter the unique code found inside each box of cereal and print your free Movie Cash certificate (good for one admission of up to a $12 value at participating theatres). To find a participating theater in your area, log onto http://emoviecash.com/dis_locator/.

General Mills was kind enough to send my family and I two boxes of cereal – Lucky Charms and Cinnamon Toast Crunch!  My daughter’s favorite is Lucky Charms, while my favorite is Cinnamon Toast Crunch.  They also sent us four movie passes, which I will use to spend some quality time with my daughter.  She is very excited to go see Disney’s “Tangled” and I have to admit, so am I! It opened today so I am hoping that maybe we can go this weekend.
General Mills has also been kind enough to offer one of my readers a “Family Flick” Gift Pack like the picture above!
Win It: One winner will receive a “Family Flick Night" gift pack which will include two boxes of the participating Big G cereals and four Movie Cash certificates.
To enter: Please leave a separate comment with each entry.  Please also leave your email address so I can contact you. 
Mandatory:  Please leave me a comment telling me which cereals are you looking forward to purchasing to earn e-movie cash.
Bonus entries:
1. Follow Tidbits From A Mom publicly on Google Friend Connect.
2. Follow my other blog, Dearheart Designs publicly on Google Friend Connect
3. Leave a comment on any of my reviews on my blog and leave a comment and let me know which review you commented on. (2 entries)
4. Follow me on Facebook (2 entries)
5. Follow me on Twitter (2 entries)
6. Subscribe to Tidbits From A Mom through RSS feed or email (3 entries)
7. Follow me on Networked Blogs (3 entries)

**Giveaway ends December 4, 2010 at 9:00pm EST.  The winner will be chosed by Random.org.  The winner will be notified through email and will have 48 hours to respond. 

Disclosure: I did not receive monetary compensation for this post.  I did receive two free boxes of cereal and four movie passes through MyBlogSpark.

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Book Review: "Your Baby Is Speaking to You" by Dr. Kevin Nugent


I was excited to review "Your Baby Is Speaking to You: A Visual Guide to the Amazing Behaviors of Your Newborn and Growing Baby, written by Kevin Nugent, because I wanted to make sure that I was doing everything in my power to understand my son. He was six months and although I felt pretty confident, there was a tiny voice in the back of my mind saying, "What if you're wrong about you think he's telling you"?

"Your Baby Is Speaking to You" discusses the meanings behind the actions of a newborn, including the meanings of the different types of cries and smiles. It also discusses the major milestones of baby development, such as crawling and taking their first steps.

First off, this book has beautiful photos. I love black and white photos! Each chapter has a corresponding black and white photo of a baby that matches the context of the chapter.

I loved the fact that this book was an easy read. The chapters were nice and brief. I love the fact that Dr. Nugent did not use jargon-filled text that was dry. As I read this book, I imagined my son throughout! As I read the chapter on crawling, I watched as my own son was learning to crawl! I have read many baby books, but I still learned some new facts from Dr. Nugent's book. For example, I couldn't understand why my son fusses when my daughter is trying to play with him on the floor. I realized after reading this book that he's fussing because he's overstimulated. My daughter tends to place numerous toys in front of him and he must be fussing because he doesn't like it. Since I read this, I have been quick to intervene and remind my daughter about this. I then give him one toy and remove the others.

About the author:

 Dr. J. Kevin Nugent is the Founder and Director of the Brazelton Institute at Children's Hospital in Boston and is on the faculty of the Harvard Medical School in the Department of Pediatrics. He is also Professor of Child and Family Studies at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.

I loved reading this book and loved viewing the photos! I would definitely recommend this book to new parents.

Friday, November 19, 2010

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Wednesday Hops

I am LOVING Shutterfly!


I have used Shutterfly for years in designing beautiful holiday cards as well as personalized gifts for our family members. I keep copies of each card every year because I love to look at them and see how our family has changed over the years. First, it was just my husband and I, then we added our pets, then of course, our daughter came along. This year I am so excited to add our new son to the photo. These cards reflect how our family has grown and every time I look at them I smile!

I have loved taking different photos, arranging them in various ways, and customizing them with the numerous designs that Shutterfly offers. It has been hard to choose the design each year because there are so many! I don't expect it to be any easier this year! Do I choose more of a refine/conservative look or more fun with lots of different color? Do I choose a Christmas themed card or a more general Holiday card? One other card option that I am toying with is the Holiday Story Card. You can highlight milestones that your children achieved or important events that occurred during the year in addition to your photos.

Regardless of my choice, I do know that once I make make my decision and design and customize my card, I will have a beautiful photo to share with our family and friends.  I created a card today that has my favorite photo of the year - the first time my daughter held my son.  I cried when her face lit up as she held him in her arms and told him she loved him.  I will never forget this moment and this card allows me to share it with everyone else. 


Check out Shutterfly today and see what you can create with your photos!

*Disclaimer: I did not receive monetary compensation for this post.  The opinions expressed here are solely my own.  I be receiving 50 free holiday cards in return for this post. 

Friday, November 5, 2010


The winner of the autographed copy of "Reflections of Light for Daily Living: A Book of Affirmations for the Ambitious" and Smartphone App is..

Patricia Alner!

Thank you so much for entering! Patricia has been notified through email!

Monday, November 1, 2010

Cahootie - Review & Giveaway


When I was little girl, my friends and I loved trying to tell each others' fortunes by using a "Cootie Catcher". Typically, we would imagine who we were marrying, how many children we would have, what kind of car we were going to drive, etc. 25 years later, I still hear from my students that they're using them as well.

Cahootie is a twenty-first century version of the once entertaining paper fortune teller.  Not only is Cahootie more entertaining, but it is more colorful and contains so many more thought-provoking questions.  There are approximately thirteen themes that vary from subject to subject, including music, sports, family, and hopes and dreams for the future to name a few. 

About Cahootie:
"Cahootie's mission is to build a leading tween brand that promotes esteem-building conversation and positive self expression through social interaction.  Through our award-winning folded paper products, we aim to deliver an experience of fun, learning and connection among Tweens and their families and friends.  Through ClubCahootie.com, we aim to deliver a dynamic online social playspace that allows tweens to interact with real world friends in a safe and secure environment."

I was given the opportunity to review two Cahooties.  My daughter and I were practically stalking the mailman each day in anticipation for our Cahooties to arrive.  We received the "My Fab Future" and "My Fab Family" Cahooties. 


Included with both Cahooties were a large amount of reusable stickers.  I read the directions to my daughter, which included for us to choose the initial set of stickers to place on the inside of each Cahooties.  The stickers that came with the "My Fab Family" Cahootie were color coded according to the appropriate section on the toy itself.  The stickers for the "My Fab Future" were all the same color and it didn't matter where you placed them.  My daughter had an easy time applying the stickers to both Cahooties. 

After reviewing the directions once again, we started playing.  My daughter is a strong reader and was able to read all the questions on her own.  If she weren't a strong reader, I could easily have read the questions or comments and it would have been just as fun!  We took turns telling each others' futures and answering the questions inside each Cahootie.  When my daughter wanted to answer new questions, she simply peeled off the sticker (with a little assistance from me), placed them back on the sticker sheet, and then applied a new one.  We had the best time!  I think it was the most quality mother-daughter time I have spent with her in a long time!  I had expected some of the answers she provided to certain questions such as, "If you could have any pet, what would you have?"  She replied, "A horse of course!"  I definitely expected that.  I did not expect that she would reply "California" when asked where the family should go for our next dream vacation.  I would have pegged Disneyworld as her destination of choice hands down. 



I love the colors, designs, and details of the Cahooties.  I love that it is an interactive activity that allows us to get to know others, laugh, and use our imaginations.  I definitely would have loved these when I was a little girl!

I have been given the opportunity to host a giveaway here on Tidbits From A Mom for one reader to receive a Cahootie of their choice!!

To enter: Please leave your email address with each comment.

Mandatory Entry: Please visit Cahootie and then come back here and tell me which Cahootie you would choose if you won ths giveaway.  This is required in order for the Bonus Entries to count.

Extra Entries:
1. Follow Cahootie on Facebook.
2. Follow Tidbits From A Mom on Google Friend Connect.
3. Leave a comment on any other review on my blog and leave a comment and let me know which review you commented on. (2 entries)
4. Follow me on Facebook (2 entries)
5. Follow me on Twitter (2 entries)
6. Subscribe to Tidbits From A Mom through email (3 entries)
7. Enter any of my other giveaways (2 entries each)
8. Vote for my son Joey in the Gerber contest HERE(5 entries)

This giveaway will close on November 16th at 11:59pm EST. I will use random.org to choose a winner. The winner will be notified through email and will have 48 hours to confirm.

Disclaimer: I was not provided monetary compensation for this review. I did receive two free products for me to keep in order to complete this review. All the opinions expressed here are my own.

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