Leisure Arts Kids Knitting Kit & DVD Giveaway

Leisure Arts publishes and offers fabulous instructional crafting books and even has some great beginnger crafting kits like “The Art of Knitting 4 Kids” Starter Kit (shown below), which includes a 99-minute DVD which shows several different ways for kids 5 and up to knit.
My son likes this DVD because it’s animated with pleasant narration, and he is also learning from little boy named Ryan (who I am not sure I will ever knit on the level of) how to knit. I’m a serious beginner and I actually learned a better technique for casting on from Ryan, so even adults will benefit from watching this with their kids. It starts with fun little projects and even takes them on a visit to The Alpaca Ranch to see where the yarn comes from.

Leisure Arts’ Leisure Boutique has 15% off all Kids’ Craft Kits as their weekly special right now, too!

This kit retails at The Leisure Boutique for $24.95, but you can enter to win it here!

To win:

Initial Entry: Visit The Leisure Boutique and take a look around and come back here to let us know about another crafting kit or line your kids would want to try

2 Bonus Entries if you sign up for their email newsletter on their Home Page

1 Bonus Entry if you follow Leisure Arts on Twitter

1 Bonus Entry if you are following me on Twitter (make sure to post your Twitter name) and Tweet this giveaway. You may Tweet this giveaway DAILY for more chances to win! Just post here when you do.

1 Bonus Entry if you Follow my Blog using RSS Feed or the Google Following in right column.

1 Bonus Entry if you “Grab my Button” and put it on your website/blog

Please be sure to create a new post for EACH of your entries or they won’t count and I want you to win!!!

Giveaway ends 11:59pm on June 5th

Watch for several more awesome Leisure Arts Giveaways coming up in the coming weeks!


Boogie Wipes Giveaway!

My kids have had colds where they have had their noses wiped so much with dry tissue that they’re just raw! You know that feeling because if you’ve had a bad cold, it’s probably happened to you, too! It’s the worst when you actually dread wiping or blowing your nose because it just plain hurts!!

Boogie Wipes have come up with the perfect solution for this! Boogie Wipes are made with saline to “unstick” the stubborn boogies, but they are also made with Chamomile, Vitamin E and Aloe to soothe their tender noses, moisturize and protect their skin.

Boogie Wipes sent me their three scents to try. The Magic Menthol will be just perfect for when the little ones have a cold because they have have a fresh menthol scent, which would definitely help open up stuffy noses. I like that the menthol isn’t too strong, though. The Great Grape is a fun scent and my kids’ favorite, but it’s not obnoxious or too strong. And I ahve to admit that to see if they would dry out the skin or leave a strange residue, I actually used The Fresh Scent on my face. I just swept it over my skin like you would with one of those beauty cloths that are so popular right now. Usually scented products sting my skin and cause me to go all blotchy, but The Fresh Scent Boogie Wipes didn’t! While I probably won’t be using them in my daily beauty routine to cleanse my face, I would definitely keep them with me to clean any of our faces if needed. The scent that lingers is pleasant and not at all overpowering.

What’s REALLY COOL is Boogie Wipes come in 30-wipe packs for $3.99/pk and you can buy “Boogies on the Run” individually-wrapped wipes for $2.99/10 pk to carry in your purse, backpack or lunchbox.

You can even get a Boogie Wipes DIAPER CAKE, which would be the perfect gift for a baby shower, newborn gift or for anyone with a baby! The Diaper Cake includes 3-30-count packs of Boogie Wipes, 20 Individually Wrapped Boogie Wipes, 50 Diapers & 1 Plush Toy.

Boogie Wipes has partnered with Things Moms Like to give away ALL THREE Boogie Wipes scents to one lucky Things Moms Like reader.

Initial Entry: To enter this giveaway, please visit the Boogie Wipes Store Locator and come back here to tell us the closest store to you that carries Boogie Wipes.

Bonus Entries:
After you complete your Initial Entry, you get one bonus entry for each of the following completed:

Follow Boogie Wipes on Twitter and Tweet this Giveaway. You may Tweet this Giveaway for one bonus entry EACH DAY!

Follow ThingsMomsLike on Twitter

Join the Things Moms Like Facebook Group

Grab my button and put it on your website/blog

THREE extra entries if you enter another of my giveaways!

Please be sure to create a comment post for EACH OF THE ABOVE that you’ve done or your extra entries won’t count.

Giveaway ends June 5th @11:59pm

Just for mom!

Moms love baby gear, cleaning products and all of those practical things, but we don’t often shop just for ourselves. Next week will be “Just for Mom” week.

If you have products that you’d like featured on “Just for Mom” week, please fill out the PR form in the right column and specify that your item is “Just for Mom”.

And moms…watch out! It’s gonna be allll about you!

Something this mom doesn’t like

PhotobucketThere are very few companies that I absolutely boycott. There’s only one I boycott for a rational reason, and not just because they got my orde wrong when I was having a bad day or they were out of the DVD I wanted to watch when I went in to rent it.

I was recently pitched by Nestle and they happen to be like the ONE company that I just absolutely try to avoid like “the plague”. I’m not sure which plague “they” meant when that figure of speech was coined…maybe the black plague?

Oh it was the best…the bright spot in my day to hear my husband chuckle when I told him I was pitched by Nestle. He knows that I will pitch a bottle of Deer Park water or walk briskly by Kiehl’s or The Body Shop, which I used to love so much because they are under that Nestle umbrella. It doesn’t bring me joy, I can say that!

The fact that they blatantly violate the World Health Organization’s (WHO) International Code of Marketing of Breastmilk Substitutes. Is what doesn’t sit well with me. WHO is a credible, reliable organization and their goal is to protect babies. And mothers, by the way. UNICEF is another reputable organization and they are right on board with the WHO’s stance on the ethical marketing of artificial baby milks.

I don’t understand if a company feels confident that they are offering a reliable, necessary product, why they feel the need to market so aggressively, and many times to mothers who don’t even have the money to justify the effort it took to market to them in the first place.

Why do I boycott Nestle? Well, here’s a snippet of information from Baby Milk Action:

Nestlé is targeted with the boycott because monitoring conducted by the International Baby Food Action Network (IBFAN) finds it to be responsible for more violations of the World Health Assembly marketing requirements for baby foods than any other company (see the codewatch section for profiles of the different companies to target their malpractice).

As UNICEF has said:

“Marketing practices that undermine breastfeeding are potentially hazardous wherever they are pursued: in the developing world, WHO estimates that some 1.5 million children die each year because they are not adequately breastfed. These facts are not in dispute.”

I do not Boycott Nestle as a judgement against artificial baby milks or the mothers who feed them to their babies. I Boycott Nestle because they market artificial baby milks in so-called “third world countries” where clean water and proper sanitation for bottles and accessories isn’t always readily accessible. By the time mothers realize that they are OUT of the formula that was pushed on them and can’t afford more or even know where to get more, they also find that their breasts have emptied of milk and they now have no nutritious or safe way to feed their babies. THAT is my biggest issue. It’s not EVEN that they make baby formula, it’s the sneaky tactics they use to get mothers to use it, particularly mothers who aren’t making informed choices, but feel pressured by these “experts” to feed their babies the “right” thing.

If you want to get involved or just to find out more about the Nestle Boycott, please visit the One Million Campain website and IBFAN The International Baby Food Action Network.

AND…if you are a “Mommy Blogger” who wants to take a stand and remind Nestle that Mommy Blogs are one of the best sources of advertisement, information and influence and one Mommy’s word of mouth is worth a hundred ad spots, take the Mommy Bloggers Say No To Nestle button in the right column and put it on your site, share it with your fellow Mommy Bloggers!

Babylegs/Bummas LIVE Giveaway!

WINNER! The winner of our live giveaway is Beautiful! CONGRATULATIONS!!
Keep following!

This is my first live giveaway! I am going to be drawing from all comments between 6:00pm EST and 9:00pm EST! That’s THREE HOURS of unlimited entries!

I’m giving away THIS pair of Baby Legs
the Original Leg and Arm Warmers for Babies and Adults -One Size fits most! ($12)

AND a 10-pack of Bummas 100% Cotton Cloth Wipes in the “Wild Ones” color assortment!
Bummas are made of woven velour terry cloth and are a generous 5″x7″ when open. They’re also machine-washable, which you know is a BIGGIE for me and I can tell you from personal experience that these are very, very absorbent. They retail for $16.99/pack and I can tell that they’ll last a loooong time! Oh…and when I washed and dried them, they didn’t shrink or pill, which makes me a very happy mama!!

Rules: You must first enter AT LEAST ONE of my other giveaways and comment here which one you entered. After that, you can comment as much as like as long as you post in complete sentences and post something relevant to this product, my website or Things Moms Like. Keep it clean!

I’ll be drawing from the comments using Random.org

Tastes like pizza

My son is 6 and has a lot of anxiety about strangers, doctors, dentists, etc. The dentist gave us Valium and said that he should take it an hour before his appointment and that he couldn’t eat after midnight last night. His appointment was at the unholy hour of 7:30 am, about 30 minutes from our house. It’s a hike, but this is the first dentist that doesn’t act irritated that he’s nervous, and believe me folks, we’ve been to several pediatric dentists! My 13-year-old daughter had to go with me because they say that a “responsible adult” should come with me to monitor him in the car afterwards and, well, she’s the closest thing I have to that on a Tuesday morning with my husband scheduled in meetings at work all day. She brought a book.

So he took his medicine and went back to sleep. We got into the car and he woke up to watch a DVD, but was back to sleep about halfway there. When I got him out of the car at the dentist’s office, he kept trying to get down…and believe me, he’s heavy. I got him into the office and he insisted on standing on his own, but almost immediately begane to sway back and forth and had to take a step back to balance himself. I put him into a chair and tried to take off his jacket. He swatted at my hands and told me no. I asked him if he had to go to the bathroom…no. When they called us to go back, he would NOT let me help him. He wouldn’t let me hold his hand, pick him up or even lightly touch his arm to guide him. I had to just lean down and put my arms around him without touching him so that he didn’t knock his head on any corners or bump into the equipment in the room. He got into the chair and he looked cold and shivery, but he wouldn’t let me put his blanket on.

They got him settled in the chair and I had a hard time leaving the room, although I could see it in their glances at each other that it was time for me to make my exit.

I went into the waiting room and waited. I read the most recent copy of Mom Writers Literary Magazine while my daughter shared with me what she was reading in Newsweek.

After what seemed like forever, the assistant came out with my child and he seemed much more alert than before he went in. He did have funny indentations in his skin around his nose and on his cheeks where he says that they put the “astronaut nose”, which probably had him feeling really good through the whole thing. I tried to walk him out to the van and he began to run. I asked if he was tired and he said no…just slow. I feel slow when I run.

I drove my daughter back to school and my son wanted to get something to eat. OF COURSE since he hadn’t eaten since before bedtime last night, I was willing to give him anything. In fact, they told me at the dentist’s office that he should eat soon to help the Valium wear off more quickly. I knew his mouth was still a little bit numb, but I didn’t think twice when he told me he wanted pizza from Sheetz.

He also got an icee to go with that pizza because that’s the degree of mommy guilt I was feeling at that moment. Oh…did I mention the donut? I meant to.

We got home and he started to eat his pizza as I scurried around to write a check for the guy who mows our lawn who, of course, pulled up to the house at the same time as we did.

I finally sat down next to my child and he says “Mom, I keep biting my lip because I think it’s pizza”, and I look at him and realize that he has a mixture of pizza sauce and blood around his lip. Sigh. He had chewed up his lip. I should have made him wait until I could cut it into small pieces, but again, I was trying to do several things at once and forgot that he probably wasn’t capable of biting into pizza and missing his giant-feeling lip.

So he’s playing Lego Batman and I am wondering when the “numb” will wear off and he’ll realize that his lip really, really hurts. I gave him some anticipatory ibuprofen and now we wait. Oh and there’s a bag of ice on the floor because he can’t hold the Wii remote and the bag of ice on his lip at the same time.

Little Jewel Sterling Silver Mommy Pendants Giveaway

The most precious things in my life are my children and when I am not with them, I am thinking of them. Because being a mother is one of the things I am most proud of, I really love “mommy jewelry” like these Girl and Boy Pendants (BELOW) from Little Jewel, purveyor of fine mother and child jewelry. They are sterling silver, which is my personal favorite, and you can get either the boy or the girl…or both. I like that they can be layered, so they look good alone or if you have more than one, they really look cool together!

These Sterling Silver Pendants are 11.5mm x 16mm and retail for $49.00 each.

ThingsMomsLike and Little Jewel are giving away TWO pendants (boy/girl or two of either).

Initial Entry: Visit the Little Jewel website and come back here to tell me what OTHER items you would love to have from their collections.

BONUS ENTRIES (only after initial entry has been completed)

1 Entry if you Follow Little Jewel on Twitter

1 Entry if you Follow ThingsMomsLike on Twitter and TWEET about this giveaway! You can Tweet this giveaway for an extra entry ONCE DAILY

3 Entries if you subscribe to Little Jewel’s email list (bottom of left column on their website)

1 Entry if you add my button or have my button (right column) on your blog or website

1 Entry if you follow ThingsMomsLike on Google (right column “followers” box)

10 Extra entries if you purchase something from Little Jewel today!

Please be sure that you create a separate blog comment for each of the above entries or they won’t count!

Giveaway ends May 30th.