Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Carla and Leo's World of Dance {book} Review


I was contacted by the publisher of Carla and Leo's World of Dance, Period Media, about this review, and even though Bug isn't quite old enough to enjoy it, I thought it would still be fun to look over and share with you! Written by Agatha Relota, this book is an incredible introduction to both music and dancing. 

"The book teaches children not only about music, dancing, and staying active, but also about culture, geography, and friendship"

The illustrations, which were done by Thierry Perez, would instantly catch any child's attention. Even J glanced over and said "wow!" Each and every page is full of color and beautifully expresses the dance being "taught" by the book.

One of my favorite things about Carla and Leo's World of Dance is that, not only do they make it fun to learn to dance, but they teach the history of music and make it just as fun!

Your child (or you) can learn about:

  • The Waltz

  • The Foxtrot

  • The Swing

  • The Merengue

  • The Mambo

  • The Cha-Cha

  • The Rumba

  • The Salsa 

  • The Tango

  • The Salsa

All taught to Carla and Leo by their teacher, Miss Paulina, and shared with your child (and you) all in this book.

You can learn more about Carla and Leo's World of Dance on their website, Facebook or Twitter, and can purchase the book on Amazon.

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Wordless Wednesday: Week 6

What'd You Win - July

 As we near the end of the month, I'd love to share my monthly giveaway "earnings" has brought in!

For me, this was an awesome month! What'd you win?

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Monday, July 25, 2011

{Ore Originals} SugarBooger Day Tripper Bag Review & Giveaway

I've talked about my struggle to keep things organized in my diaper bag, but now it's time to talk about the diaper bag. While I was pregnant I thought I had found the perfect bag. It was larger than most others I'd seen, had amble outside pockets seemed to hold everything at the time. Then we decided to use cloth diapers...

I needed a new diaper bag, desperately. 

I stumbled upon Ore Originals on another blog while reading about their Weekender Bag. I contacted them, and they graciously offered me a tote bag to review! I received a SugarBooger Day Tripper in Dia de los Muertos. Now, the Day Tripper is not specifically designed to be used as a diaper
bag, but it's a versatile bag, and since any "day trips" I may take
involve hauling Bug's belongings, I chose to use it that way.

When I first pulled the bag out of the package, J's exact words were "You plan on moving Bug's diaper bags into that..." Yes, at first glance, the bag looked small. And yes, I was currently carrying around 2 diaper bags to hold everything I felt I needed.

Of course, we were both wrong. The Day Tripper gets it's space from having a 11.5" square bottom. Which tapers up to an 18" wide top. I will personally retract J's statement and tell you right now, that compared to any of my other bags, this one is huge! Not obnoxiously huge, but I can fit everything in here, and still zip it closed!

My favorite feature of this bag are the "sections" inside. I honestly think that having the inside of the bag more divided makes a world of difference in how you pack the bag, and how well everything fits.I pack bottles and food on the left, my wallet and personal items on the right, and diapers, clothing and miscellaneous in the main part of the bag.

This may not look like much, but this is everything I actually got in the bag, with some room to spare!

  • 4- 8 ounce bottles

  • 2- 4 ounce bottles

  • One container of Gerber puffs

  • 3 diapers

  • 2 wet bags

  • one pouch of reusable wipes

  • one pack of disposable face wipes

  • 3 toys

  • my Diaper Bag Wrangler wet bag with diaper rash cream, paci and clip, sunscreen, pins and extra ponytails

  • extra shirt and babylegs for Bug

  • 2 burp rags

  • baby food, spoon and bib

I don't use the key ring on the front, but I do keep my cell phone and keys in the front pocket. I thought I would miss my other outside pockets, but being able to access the 2 side compartments of the bag while it's zipped makes up for that.

Even fully stuffed, this bag is super comfy to carry around. Yep, it's cute, comfortable, functional and spacious. I think I've found our permanent solution for a diaper bag!

Buy It:

You can purchase a Day Tripper tote bag from Ore Originals for $41.00 on their website or one of their retailers.

Win It:

Veronica from Ore Originals has generously offered one of you the opportunity to win a Day Tripper bag of your very own! I'll be trying out Rafflecopter with this giveaway, so be sure to let me know what you think!

FTC Disclaimer: I was provided with the product(s) shown, under no obligation to write a positive review or provide a giveaway.

Sunday, July 24, 2011

{The Diaper Bag Wrangler} Mini Zippered Wet Bag Review and Giveaway

When "The Diaper Bag Wrangler" told me she had just came out with a new mini zippered wet bag, I thought she read my mind. I've been losing tiny items in the diaper bag every since Bug was born. I struggled to keep things organized and within reach, but never thought that I should just use a small bag for all those little things.

I can tell how much pride this mama takes in her work, by how nice and neat everything looked when it arrived.

The first thing I noticed was the beautiful design on the bag. The fabric she uses is not only 100% cotton, but bright and colorful too. The bag's total size measures 6" high x 7" wide. The closure is a 7" plastic zipper, which I love soooo much more than metal zippers on wet bags. Why on earth anyone would want a metal zipper, coated with enamel or not, on a bag you are constantly washing and dirtying is a mystery to me. The zippers she uses on these bags are amazing. The clean up nice and look so neat and clean on this bag.

 The outside of the bag also features a carrying loop and a plastic link to easily clip the bag somewhere convenient.

The mini wet bag, as with the rest of The Diaper Wrangler wet bags, is lined with 1 mil PUL (polyurethane laminate). Not only is this water resistant, but if you decide to use the mini bag as a reusable snack bag, it simply wipes clean! That is a score in my book! =) I immediately thought to put in a small bottle of sunscreen, a sample tub of CJ's BUTTer, a set of safety pins for prefolds, and an emergency pacifier with a clip and the bag wasn't even half full!

This bag also works good as a wipe bag on to go if you use smaller 6x6 wipes. I have a few, but prefer 8x8 wipes so this bag worked better for us to hold odds and ends in the diaper bag.

Buy It:

You can purchase your own mini wet bag (retails  $12 with free shipping in the US), or any of The Diaper Bag Wranglers other amazing diaper bag creations at her store or in her Etsy shop!

Win It:

The Diaper Bag Wrangler has generously offered one of my fabulous readers a chance to win a mini wet bag of their own! You can enter below =)

Links that may be helpful for the giveaway:


Open to the US only, Giveaway ends 8/21 at 11:59 pm.

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Monday, July 18, 2011 Gift Card Winner!

Out of 40 entrants, and 279 individual entries, chose

Which was....

Congratulations! You'll be receiving an email from me shortly.
Be sure to check back often! I've got a couple more reviews and giveaways opening up this week!

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Buggie: 6 month Stats

So, Mr Bug had his 6 month check-up yesterday, and, except for 3 more shots, it went great!
  • Weight is 17 pounds 12 ounces (56%)
  • Height is 27.5 inches (85%)
I cannot believe how much he has grown! Somebody! Anybody! Help me slow him down! lol

Monday, July 11, 2011

Tuesday Blog Hop!

To all my new GFC followers!
The Adventures of My Family of 8 Tuesday Blog Hop
Please feel free to comment below so I can follow you back =)

Sunday, July 10, 2011

Guess Who's 6 months Old Today!

I felt my heart beat a little faster and my head feel a little lighter when I woke up this morning and realized how old Buggie was this morning! Yikes! lol
It's been an exciting past couple weeks with Bug starting to crawl and a third bottom tooth poking through. He's babbling more, and so much more active (which I really wasn't expecting right now). His hair is getting longer, and in some spots he really needs it cut (say hello to "Papa's New Hair" fund).

This also means we're 6 months away from the Winter Baby Birthday Bash. I know it's a way's away yet, but we are still accepting sponsors.  We're looking for anything that is for mama's or little one's! Please, feel free to contact me at babyandthechis{at}gmail{dot}com if you're interested!

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Itti Bitti Giveaway Winner!

I cannot apologize enough for this delay in announcement. It's been a troubling week at our house, and I hope you all can forgive me! There were 144 individual enterants in the Itti Bitti giveaway, and that added up to 967 entry points total through everyone. chose:

Which ended up being.....

Katherine Leahy!!
Congratulations Katherine! You'll be receiving an email from me very shortly!

Remember: There is currently an giveaway open, with 4 more reviews/giveaways coming soon, so check back often!

Monday, July 4, 2011

Happy 4th of July!

I'll be spending time with Bug and J before he goes back on the road tomorrow. Tomorrow I will be tallying up everyones entries for the itti bitti giveaway and announcing the winner. Sometime this week, I will also be announcing our next giveaway, so be sure to check back!

Friday, July 1, 2011

A Winter Baby Birthday Bash coming in January!

I'm teaming up with Eco Baby Mama Drama for a birthday bash, beginning January 10th and ending on February 9th, 2012. 
Sponsors are still being accepted for this event, but I am offering 5 extra entries to anyone who posts my event button on their blog or website. I just ask that you please leave the button up through the event =)

I will personally add these extra entries to your previous entry form =) Good luck!