Polly Pocket treehouse fun #sponsored

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The Drama Queens love playing with dolls and even more they love Polly Pocket, but only have a couple pieces.  They were so excited when the Lea Fashion Collection and Wall Party Treehouse arrived and almost took my arm off waiting for me to take pictures.  I swore they were about to attack me while putting it together.  We decided to put it onto our stand up freezer because it is one of the few areas that is open and they can reach, plus because of the suctions on the treehouse pieces they would be able to stick them to that as well.

I found putting it together was pretty easy and I love that there are multiple spots to attach the other treehouse play sets.  The fashion set had a nice collection of accessories for the doll and the girls loved to undress the two dolls and redress them.  They played for hours together with very little fighting which is not common for them and for those hours I was and I quote “the best mom in the world.”  The only problem we have is Kaleb can reach the treehouse, so we have to take it down when they are not playing with it, but that is easy with the brackets it attaches too.  These brackets are great if you don’t necessarily have the space to leave it up full time or have a smaller child you don’t want to pull it down.

Polly Pocket is great to play pretend, my girls decided their two owned the treehouse and were models.  I love how small they are, Kaylee was able to fit the dolls and their accessories right inside the basket on her scooter and took them to the park to play.  They are great to take on car trips because they take up no space at all and can easily be stored in a small container (we put ours inside a food storage container we got for like $1).  Buying Polly Pocket toys and playsets are super simple too using the Amazon store below everything is in one place.  They would make an excellent birthday or Christmas (yes I said Christmas, it is after all only 177 days away) gift for a special little girl in your life.  I know I will be sure to put them on the girls wishlist this year, they would love to have more treehouse pieces.

Cuteness for the summer with Flattenme

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I love personalized items from clothing to blankets or even toys.  I feel having something personal shows you put a little extra thought into your gift or even just for something for your own child.  You can pick up something cute to wear this summer with Flattenme.  Offering simply adorable personalized shirts and other personalized items, some with your own photos will make a great surprise for a special little one.  I just love the t-shirts and books with your child’s (or your photo) making it even more special to them.

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summer with flattenmeWe received the personalized t-shirt.  The ordering process was very simple, just pick a high-res photo (one you have taken and not resized works best) of the person looking at the camera (I went with a recent picture of hubby), put in their name, gender and pick the size of shirt you will need and upload your photo and you are all set.  That is it and you just wait while your shirt is created.  I was very excited while waiting for our shirt because I knew Kaleb would look so cute.  I couldn’t wait to see his reaction when he realized daddy was on his shirt.  While he is tends to be a mommy’s boy, he does love his daddy more than anything and gets super excited when he sees him or when he calls us on his lunch break.

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The shirt arrived and I was in love.  Printed on a Hanes 100% cotton tagless t-shirt I don’t have to worry about a tag bothering my little guy.  I made sure to get it a bit bigger so he can wear it for some time.  I was really impressed with the printing quality the head matched perfectly with the super hero body, which I liked because I have seen some where the head doesn’t match up very well.  When I first showed the shirt to Kaleb he just kept saying “a da, dada” which is how he always says daddy.  It was just so cute to see him looking at the shirt knowing it was daddy.  It was so funny to watch him crawl around, stop, look down at the shirt, pull it up so he could see it and just say dada over and over.  He would even look at hubby and look at the shirt and make him look at it to see him.  The shirt fit nicely and because he was too distracted with seeing daddy on it he didn’t bother to try and take it off like he does with all his other clothing.  For once he actually was mad to take something off, which I thought was a nice change from fighting him to keep stuff on.

Flattenme also offers some other cute shirts that you can put your little one on like a fairy and rockstar to name a couple.  Their canvas wall art featuring your child are so beautiful.  Would be a neat addition when decorating your little one’s bedroom, I know the Drama Queens would love seeing themselves on something like this.

Where to buy

You can purchase a My Hero T-shirt directly from for $27.95 as well as other great personalized items.

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#MoreatSears to splurge a little

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Sears for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine.

Have I mentioned lately how much I love Sears lately?  I can almost always find something I love there.  Whether for the kids, myself or hubby, but my problem is actually getting there and finding what I see online in store in our sizes.  Hubby is quite tall, so finding pants with a little extra length in store for him is usually a pain.  I especially don't like finding adorable matching outfits (yes I am that mom) for the kids in their sizes online, but get to the store only to find they are short an outfit or two in their sizes.  Heading to the store with four little ones is a task in itself, but to pull it off and not be able to purchase something really bugs me.

Wouldn't the kids look amazing in these outfits?  I can almost see the family photos in my head.  Keira and Kaylee would wear the first dress, Khloe the next and then our little heartbreaker in this adorable outfit.  Of course it was tough picking these to share because they have such beautiful dresses for little girls and some very cute stuff as well.

Sears has an amazing new line of products including some great brands that you might not think you'd find on Sears.com.  The savings is great too, living on a budget can be tough when trying to clothed a family of six and when you do want to splurge on a few luxary designers you have one stop shopping.  Carrying brands such as Michael Kors, Steve Madden, Nike and many more you'll be sure to find something to splurge on.  With the featured marketplace offers you can even find a special offer on an item you might have wanted to splurge.
Now you're wondering, but we need those matching outfits this Tuesday because we are having family photos taken no way will they be here in time.  Not to worry Sears lets you schedule and in store pick-up.  This means you can purchase online and pick-up in your local store with a 5 minute or less guarantee or you will receive a $5 in store coupon. So what are you waiting for check out the newest arrivals and splurge a little!  Make sure you Tweet about #MoreatSears and the amazing stuff you have found!

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Switch to Fitted: Lime green and blue one-size bamboo fitted softness by U.P. Mom Creations

This post is sponsored by U.P. Mom Creations

A little about U.P. Mom Creations

U.P. Mom Creations is owned by Tammy.  She grew up in a small town in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula and always enjoyed crafting.  Her first sewing project was curtains for her bedroom in high school on a borrowed machine (she still has the curtains).  Sewing got put aside during college and she picked up a small project here and there after the birth of her first child.  After the birth of her second child she made a ring-sling and some burp cloths and was introduced to cloth diapers by a friend.  It was while learning about cloth diapers she saw all the cute prints and gathered knowledge to sew them herself.  Soon she was addicted!  She enjoys sewing a variety of items, but cloth diapers are her favorite.
Lime green and blue bamboo fitted diaper

About the diaper

  • One-size (8-35lbs+)
  • Fitted Diaper
  • Organic bamboo velour outer and inner
  • Hidden layer of organic cotton fleece
  • Swirl dyed lime green and light blue
  • 3 layer snake style soaker
  • Newborn sized soaker (included)
  • Snap in soaker
  • Crossover snap closure
  • Snap-down rise with 3 settings (4 sizes)

My Thoughts

Lime green and blue bamboo fitted diaperWe received a beautiful lime green and blue bamboo one-size fitted.  Before I even took it out of the packaging I was in love.  You could just see how soft the diaper was without even touching it.  The tye dye swirl on it is just so pretty, but still has a very boy feel to it (though Kaleb is not against wearing pink).  As I was looking it over Kaleb decided he wanted to check it out and because it is just so soft he actually hugged it like he does his teddy bear, but of course he stopped when he saw mommy with the camera.  I love organic bamboo velour (OBV) and the few fitted diapers we have are made with it.  Not only do I just love it because of his rash issues in some of the other diapers we own, but he actually enjoys wearing the diaper.  I want to believe it is because it is so soft, I have some OBV mama cloth and it feels like you have nothing on and the boy just loves to be naked.

Tammy suggests washing several times to reach max absorbency because it is after all natural fibers.  I did wash it three times before using because I was behind on diaper laundry so it worked out perfect.  On our first use I left the diaper fully unsnapped on the rise because I am so used to all his diapers needing to be on the largest rise setting due to his size.  With the second use I used the first set of rise snaps (the second largest rise setting) and was very surprised to find an even better fit.  Since he has another whole rise setting left it means we will get a lot of use out of this diaper.

My biggest concern is always his chunky thighs.  He is built big like both hubby and I and worry that if elastic is too snug it leaves a friction rash on his thigh, but if too loose we end up with a blow out.  I found the elastic to be the perfect tension for us.  It gave a nice and snug fit, but did not cut into his thigh.  Also because it is within the fabric it cushions his thigh nicely unlike to foe on some diapers.  I knew he must have liked the fit and elastic as well because unlike some of his other diapers he was not pulling at the leg opening and trying to pull it off.  Some diapers he will actually keep his hand in the leg opening so the elastic won’t dig into his thighs, but that is not the case with this diaper.

The waist sizes are great.  I was able to get a nice fit using the to middle snaps with no crossover.  There are still quite a few snaps left to make the diaper larger as he grows.  Sorry forgot to count how many exactly and it is currently in the wash because it is the first diaper I grab when it is clean.  I will say her 35lbs+ can easily be achieved though because Kaleb is chunky and weighs in around 27lbs and still has a good amount of room to grow into the waist before reaching the largest setting.  I really believe this diaper would have fit Khloe when she was in diapers and she almost outgrew the largest disposable diapers when she potty trained (she was nearly 50lbs at 3) and wish we had cloth diapered her, but could not find many that fit her well.

Lime green and blue bamboo fitted diaperThe soaker is amazing!  When I first read snake style I had not realize it was the long soaker that you can fold over.  I have never tried a snake style inside a fitted so I was very surprised to see it, but it was great for us because fitteds have been our go to night time diaper because of his rashes and he tends to be a heavy wetter.  If he is not in a fitted at night he can wake up to 4 times crying for a change, with this diaper he fell a sleep around 10pm for the night and didn’t wake until hubby woke for work at 5am.  That was 7 hours in the diaper, no waking, no discomfort or leaking.  The included newborn soaker is great even if you no longer have a newborn.  Designed to be used alone on a newborn or young infant who don’t need as much absorbency and slim the diaper down, but can be snapped onto the soaker and used as a doubler.  The soakers are 3 layers, bottom is organic hemp terry, hidden layer of heavy organic bamboo fleece and top organic bamboo velour.

Where to buy

You can purchase a similar OBV fitted diaper, other diapers and beautiful products from U.P. Mom Creations on Etsy.  You can also find U.P. Mom Creations on Facebook.

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Bounce into Summer with Air Walker Bounce Castle

Welcome to the Blast Zone Air Walker Bounce Castle Event hosted by Newly Crunchy Mama Of 3!

Summer is in full swing, and many families are looking for fun activities for their families. One thing kids seem to really love are inflatable bounce houses, often seen at carnivals and festivals. These provide hours of active fun, and seem to be one of the main attractions wherever they’re located. Many people rent these for birthday parties, but did you know that the folks at Blast Zone make it possible to own these awesome play houses and bring the fun to your own backyard?

It’s true! This amazing company has so much to choose from, including bounce houses of many sizes, inflatable water parks, and so much more. They even offer a variety of products for smaller spaces.

These products are made from high-quality, commercial grade materials and are built to last for years. Brandy over at Newly Crunchy Mama Of 3 recently received the Blast Zone Air Walker Bounce Castle, and it was a huge hit with not only her kids, but the neighborhood children as well. Check out her full review HERE.

The Drama Queens would go nuts over this, they just love to bounce.  Do you have a little one that loves to bounce? Bounce into Summer by entering to win!

The awesome folks at Blast Zone are offering one lucky reader an Air Walker Bounce Castle of their own! How cool is that?! This is a $399.99 value, and sure to make your family the talk of the town!

Simply enter using the easy Rafflecopter form below!
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Green Baby, Green Mama giveaway

Green Baby, Green Mama Event

Organized by: Mom to Bed by 8 and Iowa Mom

Such an amazing prize.  This would be great as a new mom, seasoned mom or as a great baby shower gift for an expecting mom.  I wish I had these prizes when I had Kaleb, I would have been one lucky mama.

Prize Package Includes:

Bummis Organic Cotton Starter Kit

A value packed box of cloth diapering essentials with everything you need to start using cloth diapers now! You don’t need to be cloth diaper savvy in order to appreciate it – but if you are, you will really love our beautiful new boxed kit. Flushable liners and our step-by-step guide to no-fuss cloth diapering make it easy for you. No rinsing, no pins, no stuffing and no big deal to wash this cloth diaper system.

The Infant size contains:

  • 24 infant size Organic Cotton Prefold diapers(4 x 8 x 4 layers thick)
  • 4 Super Whisper Wraps – small
  • 2 Super Brites – small
  • 3 rolls Bio-Soft liners – small
  • 5 reusable Fleece Liners
  • Fabulous Wet Bag – large (available exclusively in the Kit!)
  • User Guide

The Baby size contains:

  • 18 baby size Organic Cotton Prefold diapers (4 x 8 x 4 layers thick)
  • 2 Super Whisper Wraps – medium
  • 2 Super Brites – medium
  • 1 roll Bio-Soft liners – large
  • 5 reusable Fleece Liners
  • Fabulous Wet Bag– large (available exclusively in the Kit!)
  • User Guide

Earth Mama Angel Baby Birth & Baby Kit

Mama’s Birth & Baby Kit Full Size will get you set with full-size must-haves. Worry-free products to comfort mama and baby? That’s a big check!

For mama:

  • New Mama Bottom Spray – 4oz
  • Mama Bottom Balm – 2oz
  • Organic Monthly Comfort Tea – 1 box
  • Natural Nipple Butter – 2oz
  • Cotton Tote Bag – 10” x 12”
  • Postpartum Bath Herbs – 1 box

For baby:

  • Angel Baby Shampoo & Body Wash – 5.3oz
  • Angel Baby Oil – 4oz
  • Angel Baby Lotion – 4oz
  • Angel Baby Bottom Balm – 2oz

Thank you for visiting and entering to win this amazing prize package. Please take a moment to also visit our lovely co-hosts whom without them great things such as these would not be possible: Budget Earth, Mew Review and An Ordinary Housewife.

One lucky winner will a Bummis Organic Cotton Starter Kit & the Earth Mama Angel Baby Birth & Baby Kit!

Giveaway ends July 18th at 11:59pm, open US and Canadian residents, ages 18+. To enter please use the Rafflecopter form below. Good luck.

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Disclosure: I received no compensation for this publication. My opinions are my own and may differ from those of your own. SAHM of Drama Queens & a Prince is not responsible for sponsor prize shipment. Please contact teri@mompoweredmedia.com with questions or to see your business or blog featured on the next big event!

SimpleSnug All-In-2 cloth diapering made simple

This post is sponsored by Smart Snugs

A little about Smart Snugs

Smart Snugs was founded in 2011 and is family owned and operated.  With an experience in retail and knowledge of the industry helped motivate them to start their own brand creating cloth diapers for regular people.  They donate diapers and covers to organizations each year and support small and local businesses.  They pride themselves in a great warranty and customer service.  On the personal side they love everything about the outdoors.

About the diaper

  • One-size (8-35lbs)
  • All-In-Two Diaper
  • PUL cover
  • Microfleece front and back pockets to hold insert in place and help keep baby dry
  • Five insert options (sold separately)
  • Waterproof-backed inserts to allow for multiple cover uses
  • Snap closure with hip snap to prevent “wing droop”
  • Snap-down rise with 2 settings (3 sizes)
  • Lay in insert
  • Double leg gussets

 

My Thoughts

We received the SimpleSnug All-In-2 in red with a 6-Layer Bamboo Cotton with Gussets insert.  I have never tried a lay in style diaper before.  Sure we have used prefolds and just folded them like an insert in the beginning, but never anything designed for that purpose, especially on a larger baby.  I was worried about the insert shifting out of place and having a pee puddle some where.  I really loved the insert when I saw it and the fact that is has a PUL layer which I have never seen in an insert before.  I also liked that it has gussets which is a major bonus when you have a heavy wetter and it made it fit nicely into the cover.  Snaps was a plus for us as Kaleb is at the age he is removing any diaper with aplix quickly and while he can get snap diapers off it takes him a little longer and working harder to do so.  The hip snaps are great also because wing droop is often how he gets his diapers off faster by pulling on the droop until it comes undone.

I found the cover to have a nice feel to it and allowing for it to move and flow nicely.  The selection of colors is a little limited (6 currently), but this is also a new product so there is the chance they will come out with more options in the future.  The cover is one-size with three rise settings and offers cross over snaps for a better fit.  The color is very vibrant, I really love how bright the red is.  I also love that we were able to pair it with a fitted when our insert was in the dirty laundry.

Kaleb is a chunky guy now and has thicker legs and I found despite the double gussets it did not cut into his thighs.  I have a few double gusset diapers that leave bad marks on his thighs, but we had no problems with these.  I feel with these gussets and the insert gussets we are double protected from a blow out.  I found that the stretch on the cover was great allowing me to get the correct waist and leg size without having to decide between a lose waist and snug leg fit or a lose leg fit and snug waist.  Adjusting was a little bit harder, but Kaleb is just not interested in having a diaper on right now so it had nothing to do with the cover itself.

I have only used it on the largest rise setting, but could see it possibly fitting him on a medium setting (I just keep forgetting to try each time I put it on him).  You can see the fit to the left on the large rise setting.  There is only one snap between the tabs on the waist setting so I can easily see this cover lasting him through potty training, perhaps with room to grow even when that happens.  He is currently about 27lbs and the suggested max weight is 35lbs, but I really think unless you have a very large child it might fit a taller 40-50lb child if their weight is proportioned.  I was almost tempted to make the Drama Queens try it on to see how well it fit on them at 6, 5 and 3 weighing 50lbs, 45lbs and 35lbs.

The insert really held up nicely.  Hubby put this diaper on Kaleb for the first time over night.  He did wake after about 6 hours with wettness at the front and back where the microfleece was, but that might have been because it wasn’t prepped enough.  During the day we have had no other issues with the cover becoming wet though, which leads me to believe my suspiscion was true.  The gussets and PUL have really helped to keep the cover dry allowing for multiple uses.

Where to buy and cost

You can purchase SimpleSnug All-In-2 and inserts (in 3 packs) directly from Smart Snugs.  The SimpleSnug is $14.99 and the inserts vary in price depending on the material.  Take 10% off your order through August using SAHM948!

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Fresher, faster and cheaper with Zaycon Foods #sponsored

This post is sponsored by Zaycon Foods

How does Zaycon Foods manage to provide such high quality super fresh meat and produce to its customers at such low prices? The answer is strength in numbers. And not our numbers, yours!

Zaycon Foods can sell its products at bulk rate prices to individual consumers and families because our unique sales event business model brings lots of people together, adding all their purchasing power into a combined bulk food purchase. And when you buy as part of a group that’s committing to such a large purchase, the power is in the hands of the purchaser! It’s the ultimate group buy in terms of both price and consumer empowerment.

 

You can pre-select exactly what you want to order from a given Zaycon sales event – sometimes you may want to stock up on our amazing meaty back ribs and sometimes it might be all about the Zaycon bacon – and then, on the day of the sales event, you and a whole big bunch of your neighbors will find yourselves in a nearby parking lot watching as an entire tractor trailer’s worth of high quality natural food is unloaded into all of your cars! You will be amazed at how quickly one of our refrigerated trucks goes from being filled with natural, fresh chicken or hundreds of gallons of grade A non-homogenized milk to being empty and back on its way to the farm!

A Zaycon Foods truck sales event often lasts less time than you would spend on a trip to the grocery store, yet you will leave with a whole lot more food than you’d get at the market, and for much better prices, too!

 

When you use the Zaycon Foods sales event as your preferred place to purchase meats, milk, and any of our other fine products, you get advantages even beyond the bulk pricing that comes with our special sales model. You also have the peace of mind of knowing exactly what you’re going to get! A trip to the grocery store can involve wasted time wandering around looking for various foods spread out across the store; at a Zaycon Foods parking lot meat truck delivery (or milk or berries or fish delivery, too!) you have pre-ordered your foods, so all you have to do is show up and wait for our friendly staffers and volunteers to load up your car.

Also, unlike in the grocery store, the prices you will pay for a Zaycon Foods product are locked in on our website, so you will know how much you are going to spend before you have committed to a purchase.

At a supermarket, you might pay one price for chicken on one day, and then a higher price on another day. With Zaycon, you decide that you want to order a case of our fresh boneless skinless chicken breasts, you check the price and then you commit to it, knowing that from that moment on, we are committed to getting you your fresh, natural food!

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Online Logo Maker making your logo has never been so easy

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I have always made my own logos, but I have been creating stuff for years and some might not find creating their own logo as easy as I might.  Online Logo Maker has taken the guess work out of designing your own logo.  Even if you have no graphic knowledge you’ll be able to easily create something all your own.  All the fonts and colors are right there and there are a bunch of clipart images to pick from or you could even upload your own images.  Change the background color to match your look and save.

What I loved about the free logo creator is that you can drag and drop stuff with ease. You can easily adjust the size of each individual item just like you would with an image uploaded in a WordPress post.  You can even change the colors of the clipart.  For example in my logo design below I changed the hair color on all of the children as well their shirt colors.  The possibilities are endless once you begin to upload your own images.  You could even take a personal photo, upload it and then add some clipart and your text.  You can even add shadows and turn it into a logo all your own.  Whether you have no experience in graphic design or just want to design something quickly like a button for an upcoming event you can do it all here within a few minutes and never have to open a program.

Uncertainty

I might not be able to blog for quite some time. I normally don’t share much from our personal life (outside of the kids and random stuff we do), but our finances are not the greatest.  We are on a very tight and limited budget.  We have been staying with family for the last six years after my family lost our house (which I sank half my income into).  It was supposed to be temporary, but then hubby injured his back resulting in an excess of back owed bills that has taken us sometime to catch up on.  Now that we are caught up we are still too low income to afford a place of our own at the current market rates here in our area.  Hubby has been searching for a second or better paying job so that we can afford for me to continue to be a SAHM, but there is not much available.  I too have been searching, but due to not driving I am very limited in the hours I can work and even still I have not found anything within a commuting distance in my area of work (International Air Exports and/or after school-summer camp counselor).

As of right now we are officially homeless and staying on a relative’s couch.  We are looking into affordable housing for our family, but depending on what we are able to find we might not be able to afford internet for some time.  It seems like every time I just start to get myself on a schedule, building up my readers something happens.  It also isn’t going to help get my business going as I was hoping.  With any luck we will be able to afford internet because I do bring in a little extra cash here and there with my blog and while it is not much it does help out day to day.  Whether you pray or send good thoughts I ask that you send all the good vibes you can for us tomorrow so that we can finally have a stable living environment for our family.