Monday, July 21, 2014

Spellbinders Celebra'tions Collection

Have I mentioned how much I love to craft? Well, I do love to craft... oh, yes I do!  I actually am lucky enough to have a whole room devoted to my obsession hobby!

When I was offered the chance to try out some new crafty things.... well, the cheering could be heard for miles!

Let me introduce you to Spellbinders Celebra'tions.  They are a complete collection of dies, stamps, paper, inks and accessories, all coordinated to work perfectly together.  They are great for scrapbooking, card making, rubber stamping... you think of it, you can create it!  What I really like is it is all coordinated so it takes the guesswork out of creating your projects!

I had the opportunity to make two cute make and take projects.  The first is this really cute birthday card.  It was super easy and very fun to make!

Then I made a bag and tag set perfect for gift-giving.  Isn't it cute?

Let me brag a little about the stamp pads.  The inks used are a unique hybrid of dye and pigment all in one.  That means you can use it on all types of materials like paper, fabric, wood and acrylic.  They become permanent when heat-set on non-paper materials.  How cool is that?  I know, right!

So are you all excited to get your craft on?  Well one of you lucky readers can win a set of Spellbinders Celebra'tions Clear Polymer Stamps.  They are ready to be affixed to any set of blocks, though I think clear works best.  Just enter on the Rafflecopter form below.

Now, if you'll excuse me, my craft room is calling me!  I need to create!

Disclosure:  I was provided these products for the purpose of a review.  The opinions are all my own and free of charge!

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Thursday, July 10, 2014

Keep Momming

I participated in a campaign on behalf of Mom Central Consulting (#MC) for Shire. I received a promotional item as a thank you for participating.
The relationship that exists between mothers and daughters is unlike any other. It has many unique moments, memories, and yes, even challenges along the way. The relationship dynamic can be even trickier when your daughter is in those tween-age years. What can be even more difficult is when some people dismiss certain behaviors as “typical tween girl behavior” when those behaviors can be symptoms of something more serious. Research suggests that girls are more likely than boys to report having mostly inattentive Attention- Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) symptoms. Since inattentive symptoms can be less noticeable than hyperactive and impulsive symptoms, it is important that moms know what to look for.

I’m proud to be joining forces with Shire, CHADD and Holly Robinson Peete to announce the launch of keep momming, a new public service initiative geared towards the moms of tween girls to raise awareness of ADHD.

The campaign is anchored within a new digital hub,, where you’ll find tips, tools and other go-to resources for moms, including a checklist to help recognize the symptoms of ADHD – inattention, impulsivity, and hyperactivity – and then encourages moms to talk to their daughter’s doctor. The keep momming initiative can help moms learn about ADHD and provide ideas on how to spark a conversation and stay connected with their tween.

Don’t miss Holly’s message about the keep momming initiative, and be sure to check out the website at

Monday, July 7, 2014

Police Costume equals Pretty Cool!

My son has had a fascination with police from a very young age.  I can't count the times he would come out and "arrest" me for making him clean his room!  I thought it would be really fun for him to have his own police uniform!  Enter  They have a great selection of police costumes. 

The one I picked is great!  When the package came, I called my son in to open it up.  You can't believe how excited he was!  "Mom, that is so cool!" "Are those real handcuffs?" "How can I possibly wait till Halloween?"  "It has a hat AND a badge?" Can I go arrest my sister?" are just a few of the things that came tumbling out of him.  And no, I didn't make him wait until Halloween. Ü

The police costume consisted of a police shirt with great official-looking patches on either sleeve, a hat, a badge, black belt, handcuffs, and a baton.  He looks pretty handsome if I say so myself!

I was impressed with how quickly our costume came. gave me great customer service and I had a fun time searching through all the costumes!

So, it being summer and all, I decided to enlighten my children's cartoon-soaked minds.  We did some research on police.  Did you know that the New York Sheriff's Office was founded in 1626?  I had no idea.  My daughter wants to be a forensic scientist or a crime scene investigator, so she actually found some interesting info also.

So, all in all, the costume was a huge hit!  We got to have a teaching moment, he loves wearing the costume, and he has a great time enforcing the "law" around our home.  Right this minute he is in trying to arrest his sister for not sharing her Nintendo DS.  I better go intervene before she has HIM arrested for trespassing!

Disclosure:  I received this costume for the purpose of a review.  The opinions are all mine and free of charge!