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Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Thank you!

Thank you all so much for your support during this domain issue.

I wanted to announce that after this domain issue and taking the weekend to discuss this with Dave, I have decided to end Mom Loves Today. I don't want to have to fight someone for my brand and I cannot afford to do so. But I am not giving up. Instead I am going to merge Mom Loves Today and From Son Up To Son Down, into a brand new site, One Big 'Pyle' of Love. I love plays on words, and with Pyle being our last name, and the blog being about family, Dave and I thought it was the perfect name. We both thought it would benefit you, our readers to have all the parent/child stuff in one place again. I know there have been many changes happening these last months and really hope this is the last change for the better for quite some time!

One Big Pyle of Love will be located at the same address as From Son Up To Son Down or you can get to it from my brand new domain address The new design should be up before January.

Posts about Elijah, reviews, giveaways, coupon codes, and all the fun stuff you have come to love on both sites will now be all in one place for you. Eventually my contributors will be merging over too and jumping in from time to time.

Again I want to thank you SO much for your support during this merger. I have some of the best fans, readers, and sponsors ever!

If you need to contact me during this transition I ask that you email me at ejsmomej at gmail and put the blog name you are contacting about as part of the subject while I get everything worked out and organized.

Again, thank you so much for your love and from here on out please visit for all my parent/child posts and remember for all my personal craziness!

Have a great Tuesday!

Sunday, November 22, 2009


If you somehow managed to still find you're way here. Thank you. I am trying to redirect as many links as quickly as possible.

As you may have noticed my domain is no longer mine. That's what happens when domain companies don't get back to you after they don't send you a renewal notice and you apparently have a hot domain name. GONE in less than 30 minutes of being canceled. I am SO MAD at godaddy right now, I could SPIT fire.

If for some reason you are the person that bought my domain and you find your way here. email me. I have some words for you.

If you are a sponsor I am SO SORRY. I will make this up to you! Promise! Please send me an email at momlovesreviews at gmail at your earliest convenience so we can discuss what works for you.

For everybody else. I will be purchasing a new domain asap. This site and FSUTSD will probably become one. I was contemplating a change anyway.

going to go cry now.

-Your formerly fearless leader

Thursday, November 19, 2009

UnitedHealthCare StudentResource Insurance

When choosing the right health care for your children there is a lot to consider. Parents have many questions about coverage and want to make sure they are getting the best care possible for their children. Does it cover injury, sickness, pre-existing conditions? Is there time/day/month limits to service? Am I going to call a representative to ask these questions only to hang up even more confused?

UnitedHealthcare Insurance Company has heard you questions. Dedicated to student insurance for over 40 years, United Healthcare has a insurance program just for your children, the UnitedHealthcare StudentResource (UHCSR). Focusing on children ages 5 to 18 (4 to 18 in Texas), this program has a better understanding of unique needs of this age group. Designed to be more affordable then traditional insurance plans for your children, it is currently $588 per policy year or $98 every two months. That is a small amount of money for a big peace of mind that your child is covered! UHCSR program offers your child protection and coverage for injury and sickness 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. You don't have to worry about your child having insurance through your job. If you already have it, UHCSR could also be used as a secondary insurance plan. Available through many participating school districts and participating private schools. Nationally available through schools that belong to the Association of Christian Schools International.

To find out if your school is participating visit

I was happy to see that the school my son Elijah will be attending currently participates. We have UnitedHealthcare now and think that this plan would be good for us when Elijah reaches school age.

To find out more information and decide if this plan is right for you please visit

Disclaimer: This post was sponsored by UnitedHealthCare through MomSelect. All facts are from UnitedHealthCare. All opinions are that of the author.

Monday, November 16, 2009

Mom Loves Wishpot! The Twilight Saga: New Moon Giveaway

To promote the release of Twilight: New Moon, Wishpot is giving away a piece of Twilight merchandise a day through November 20th!!!

To find out how to enter and what you can win, please visit

Saturday, November 14, 2009

Christmas gifts for toddlers - PlaySkool Explore N'Grow Busy Ball Popper

Looking for a toy idea for your toddler this Christmas?
The Playskool Explore N' Grow Busy Ball Popper is one I highly recommend.

Designed for ages 9 months and up, it won't take long for your little one to figure out how this toy works. Push the button, put the balls on the track, the balls roll around the track, down in and then POP out the top! Elijah was so intrigued with how the toy worked, he had to study each part first. We showed him how to do it a few times, but after that he knew exactly how to put the balls in and push the button.

It comes with 5 fun colored balls and they really pop! It is designed so that some pop over the top for your child to chase. Elijah thinks that's really silly and will run right after them and put them right back in. Or he will play with the balls by themselves. They are the perfect size for him to hold, carry while crawling or walking, kick or roll. And he loves to do it all!

The Explore N' Grow Ball Popper also plays 8 fun songs. Elijah pushes the button just to hear the songs. He loves to dance to them. The only downside to this toy is that the fan for the ball popper is really loud, which in turn makes the music have to be louder. So this is not a toy you want playing while trying to talk or watch television in the same room.

The Explore N' Grow Busy Ball Popper is played with every day since we gave it to him and will be one of Elijah's favorites for quite some time I'm sure!

I give this toy 8 out of 10 hearts.

Find out more:

Buy it:

Product has been provided for review but does not influence or affect the outcome of this review. All opinions are solely those of the reviewer. This review was brought to you in part by the Global Influence Network.

Christmas gifts for families - Temple Touch Mini Thermometer

If you have ever tried to hold a wiggly baby and try to get an accurate thermometer reading you know how difficult that can be. With some babies it is next to impossible. With Elijah we had tried at least 7 different thermometers in his first 8 months. We tried ear, under the tongue, armpit, and forehead. We eventually just came to terms with the fact that we would never get a correct temperature until he was 10. That is until we got the Temple Touch Mini Thermometer.

I was skeptical at first and worried it would be just as hard and inaccurate as the rest. When it first came I opened it up and read the directions. Hit the power button and wait for the beep (about 6 seconds). Place on temple and wait for the beep (about six seconds. Ta-Da! Your reading will be on the screen.

At first I tested it on my husband. It was quick and accurate. He was a perfect 98.6. Then he tested it on me. Perfect. Then came the REAL test, Elijah. I showed it to him first so he didn't try to look at it when I was doing it. He smiled and laughed so I went ahead and did it. He didn't flinch or pull away. He just sat there smiling. He let me take his temperature! Honestly it's so quick I don't even think he realized I was doing it. We have used the Temple Touch quite a few times since. When Elijah did have a slight fever it worked great. It was nice to be able to check his temperature in his sleep too! I worried the beep might startle him, but he didn't even notice.

This thermometer is not just for babies. It is good for older children and even adults. It's so easy to use and since it only comes in contact with the temple you don't have to worry about covers and germs. We wipe ours off with an alcohol pad when using it on one of us that is sick. It would also be easy to replace the battery when it is needed.

I give the Temple Touch Thermometer 9 out of 10 hearts.

About Temple Touch: The Temple Touch Thermometer is a conductive forehead thermometer that provides the convenience of a non-invasive temperature reading with the accuracy of an oral thermometer. Using Medisim’s innovative R.A.T.E.™ technology, the thermometer provides accurate detection of the core body temperature using conduction in just six seconds by touching the thermometer to your temple. The Temple Touch mini recently won an iParenting Media Award in the baby care category.

Temple Touch on the web:
Buy it: The Temple Touch Mini can be purchased at Walmart for a very affordable $9.94.

Product has been provided for review but does not influence or affect the outcome of this review. All opinions are solely those of the reviewer.

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Mom Loves Paperspring! 25% off Friends & Family Holiday Event! Ends 11/15

Paperspring is graciously offering you, my readers, a chance to save 25% on your order! But act quickly before this offer expires on 11:59, November 15th!

We LOVE Paperspring and know you will too!

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Mom Loves Reading - Steampotville by Steve Ouch

SteamPotVille is a brand new book by Steve Ouch, that sparks the imagination and leaves you viewing its pages for hours, only to see something new each time! From the moment I heard the premise of the book I was intrigued!

'Everything seemed normal in SteamPotVille - a town where animals live in teapots and birdhouses until one day when you wake up everything gets out of hand and the adventure begins.'

Just the cover image alone lures you in, tempting you to view it's pages. The photography and art is amazing! The story is fun and whimsical. Obviously I cannot say enough great things about this book!

The first time Elijah and I sat down to read this his little eyes lit up! He was smiling and laughing and pointing at the colorful pages. I can't tell you how long we sat there looking at each page. I couldn't believe how much detail Steve put into the images. You never know what you will see!

This is a perfect book for children and adults! For toddlers the pages are full of wonderful images, perfect for a game of I-spy. For older children the words are not too complex for beginning readers and for the oldest children (and adults) the book is just plain fun!

I give this book 5 stars for originality and creativity and highly recommend it!

Visit for more information!

Connect with Steve Ouch and Steampotville on the web:
Steve Ouch On Twitter
Steve Ouch's Blog
Steve Ouch on Facebook
Steve Ouch Facebook Fan Page

I want to say a BIG THANK YOU to Steve Ouch for providing Elijah and I our own copy of Steampotville. We absolutely LOVE it! It is one of the first books Elijah pulls off the shelf for story time!

Note: This review was the honest opinion of the the mom, Erin. The review copy of Steampotville was provided by Steve Ouch. No compensation was provided.

Saturday, November 7, 2009

Mom Loves Giveaways - Notable Newness

Around the blogsphere:

Currently at Two Of A Kind, Working on a full house:

Mom Loves Parties- Party planning tips {Guest Blogger}

Parties can be stressful, but thanks to these tips my son's 1st Birthday party this past weekend was much more enjoyable! Give a warm welcome to our guest blogger, Candi, and please consider some of her advice when you plan your next party .

Here are a few tips we find helpful when planning a child's birthday.

Planning and throwing your child’s birthday party should be fun, but it often feels like another time-consuming, stressful thing on your “to do” list. Put the “festive” back into the festivities with the following tips:

  • Keep it simple. Your child won’t care if there are elaborate decorations, or a meticulously thought out menu. He just wants to have fun.
  • Get some help. Many parents get overwhelmed trying to do it all themselves. If your father-in-law is artistic, ask him to make the invitations. If your sister is a great baker, put her in charge of the cake. Consider hiring someone to entertain the kids, run the games or clean your house pre- and post-party.
  • Ask for your child’s input. Before you start planning, get your child’s opinion. Even young children enjoy a trip to the party store to choose between Elmo and Thomas the Train plates. My kids love to browse through party catalogues to choose a few special things for their party.
  • Keep it manageable. Instead of inviting your son’s entire first grade class (27 kids - can you imagine?), suggest that he invite his two or three favorite friends to do something special, like going bowling and out for pizza. Likewise, don’t feel like you have to invite all of his school friends, neighborhood friends, cousins and so forth. Chances are, it will be overwhelming for him - and for you!
  • Don’t plan too much. It’s great to have a few ideas for games, crafts or other activities, but there’s no need to schedule a ton of different activities.
  • But do have a “back up plan”. It’s smart to have a few extra crafts or games in mind, just in case the kids seem bored. Musical chairs is fun for all ages, a dance party is an easy, enjoyable activity, and younger kids would probably love a few stories.
  • Have a set “end time” and a friendly way of ushering people out the door.
Remember, the birthday party should be a celebration of your child, not an elaborate affair. Keep it simple and you’ll all have a great time.

About our guest blogger:
My name is Candi Wingate and founder I am of, and a Nanny Agency. My nanny experience actually goes way back. I was a nanny for a family with 5 children, which included newborn twins. After becoming a nanny and working in a nanny agency for several years, I purchased the successful Nation-Wide Nanny Placement Agency. After finding that we needed to expand, and was born. is an online database for families and caregivers to search babysitters, housekeepers, tutors, elder/companion care, pet sitters and other miscellaneous service. A free preview of available caregivers is available to families. Whether you need a caregiver for a few hours to a few days, you will find it at Besides relationships with Dr. Phil, Supernanny, TLC, Inc. 500, receiving the Mom's Choice Award and a Finalist for the Stevie Award, we have been helping wonderful families and caregivers since 1987.

Follow Candi on Twitter @Nannies4Hire & @Care4Hire - Subscribe to her Blog

Mom Loves Christmas - Disney's A Christmas Carol IMAX Giveaway

To celebrate the release of Disney's A Christmas Carol in IMAX 3D, IMAX is giving away prizes all this week on their facebook page!

It's a great prize pack including one Disney's A Christmas Carol movie poster and one movie story book!

Want a chance to win one RIGHT HERE?

Click 'Become a Fan'
Then leave a comment below with your facebook link to verify!


This contest ends NOVEMBER 11th, 2009 at 11:59PM and is brought to you by IMAX and @ResourcefulMom. I was not paid or given anything to blog about this giveaway. Although I DID win a poster/story book prize from the twitter party that was held by @resourcefulmom and @imax just by pure coincidence/luck.

Friday, November 6, 2009

Mom Loves Giveaways - Glade giveaway at Bored Mommy (CAN Only)

Attention Canadian readers!

Bored Mommy has a great Glade Set the Scene Prize Pack giveaway going on right now! 3 winners will get: two bottles of Copper Moon wine (one white/one red), 2 Reed Diffusers, 2 Mini Soy Candles, 2 Large Multi-wick Candles AND a $25 gift card to Chapters! WOO! Awesome Prize!

Open to Canada residents only!
Ends 11/9 so hurry and enter!
Visit her to enter at:

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Mom Loves Safety - Car seat safety

Just buying a car seat doesn't protect your child. In fact, 3 out of 4 car seats are not used correctly. Making safe choices about what car seat to buy, how to install it properly in your vehicle and how to use your car seat properly is key to safety. One of the easiest things we can do for our children is protect them while transporting them. It doesn't matter whether you are going one minute or one hour, buckling up your children every trip, every time, could save your child's life.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration offers many resources to help you ensure you are making the safest choices when it comes to your precious 'cargo.'

Find them on Twitter: Tweet an actual safety expert on the @ChildSeatSafety account on Twitter. They will answer any questions that parents have about child passenger safety. This is such a unique resource from a government agency!

See their website: The Ad Council and the NHTSA have created a site with all the resources parents need to keep their smallest passengers safe: Find your local inspection station, watch instructional videos, and even take a fun quiz!

*This post was not compensated in any way.

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Mom Loves Halloween - Trick or Treat Gifts

You know that old saying, "It was as easy as taking candy from a baby?" Well these Halloween gifts are way easier (and better) than GIVING candy to a baby!, the original personalized pacifier has some darling 'BOO' designs created just for Halloween. Or accessorize your little one with a cute little pirate skull paci! Check them both out, as well as all their designs at

A great accessory for Halloween are these great Calliope Boutique tennis shoes and mary janes are just 'boo-tiful!'. Each one is individually hand-painted and adorable! They have glow in the dark eyes, elastic no tie laces, and are pre-treated for children. Non-toxic acrylic craft paint and a textile medium ensures extra-long life and the shoes are even machine washable!!! They come in infant and toddlers sizes 1-10. For all their styles and tons of other cute gifts check them out at!

CCC Gifts has adorable custom clothing and gifts! A great selection and all can be personalized with your child's name. Just pick the design you like and then pick what type of clothing you want it on. From different types of t's to toddler A-line dresses, you are sure to find something you like. They also carry cute little baby tote sets. Complete with tote, long sleeve body suit, and bib, these wonderful gifts can even be gift wrapped for a small fee to make giving even easier! Check out their selection at

Prissy Poofs specializes in beautiful gifts for little girls and their line of Spooky Poofs (tutu's) would be a perfect Halloween treat for your little princesses! Witches, Lady Bugs, Kittens, Lions, there is sure to be a style you love! To see Spooky Poofs and all their collections please visit

Mom Loves Halloween - Simply Spray fabric paint

From the company:

Create Halloween Horrors with New Fake Spray Blood
Fabric Spray Paints Offer a Low-Cost Costume and Décor Solution

Warwick, RI (September 2009) Halloween favorites, from blood-thirsty vampires and ghoulish decorations to lovable ladybugs, can easily be created this year with Simply Spray®, the only non-toxic, non-flammable aerosol fabric spray paints. Launching nationwide this fall, Spray Blood is the newest Halloween tool from Simply Spray, which also offers a line of Soft Fabric Paint in 19 colors for simple do-it-yourself costumes and décor.

Spray Blood allows users to create realistic-looking bullet holes, dripping blood lines and blood splatter effects on fabrics, plastic, glass and rubber. The paint provides an inexpensive (MSRP $5.99/can) and simple technique to add fake blood to horror-film inspired costumes like vampires and villains and to create gory table-scapes and Halloween decor. The fake Spray Blood comes in a nitrogen-propelled can and emits virtually no fumes so it is safe and eco-friendly. Five-minute costume ideas include using Spray Blood to create:
  • Hospital scrubs into post-operating room surgeons
  • Rolls of gauze into bloody mummies
  • Crisp white aprons into messy butchers
  • Swimsuits and foam boogie boards into shark attack victims
Simply Spray Soft Fabric Paint is also non-toxic and safe for children. With an expansive color selection, the soft fabric spray provides simple solutions to add and change the color of costume pieces or to create a costume with stencil, pattern or free-hand designs. Popular Halloween colors Brite Orange, Black and Green Apple can be used for Halloween-themed tie-dye or to create custom trick-or-treat bags and decorations with designs such as spiders, ghosts and jack-o-lanterns. Costume ideas include transforming:
  • White angel wings into pink fairy, black gothic or red devil wings
  • Tights, gloves and canvas shoes into colorful accessories for superheroes, fruit and veggie characters, animals and cartoon personalities
  • Old t-shirts and bell-bottom jeans into tie-dyed peace-loving hippie clothes
“Halloween enthusiasts love how realistic the fake Spray Blood looks and how easy it is to use. There’s nothing else out on the market to create this effect in a non-toxic spray paint formula,” said David Reizian, founder and inventor of Simply Spray fabric paints. “The Soft Fabric Paints are used for apparel and home projects throughout the year and are a natural to create inexpensive but colorful and creative costumes.”

Spray Blood and Soft Fabric Paint stay soft to the touch, a drastic difference from traditional spray paints that harden and stiffen soft fabrics such as cotton. All Simply Spray fabric paints are non-toxic and non-flammable, making indoor projects safe and convenient. Unlike

traditional aerosol spray paints, Simply Spray paints are nitrogen propelled and completely eco-friendly. The water-based paints will not harm the environment when discarded, unlike most dyes and aerosols.

Soft Fabric Paint is available in 19 colors (MSRP $4.99/can). Spray Blood (MSRP $5.99/can) is available at Walgreens, Wal-Mart, Jo-Ann Stores, Michaels, A.C. Moore, iParty, participating Party City Stores and online at Made in the USA. For product demo videos and project ideas visit

About Simply Spray
Deval Products, LLC, manufactures Simply Spray, the only non-toxic, non-flammable, odorless aerosol fabric paint. The Simply Spray product line includes Soft Fabric Paint and Stencil Paint sold at Jo-Ann Stores, Michaels, A.C. Moore and Hobby Lobby and Upholstery Paint, Paint It Black and Spray Blood available online. Based in Warwick, RI, Simply Spray prides itself on creating environmentally friendly paints; all products are made in the United States. For more information, please visit

What Mom has to say:

Although I have not tried this product, half the mess and half the time is the impression I am getting from their site. If you need to dye or paint something on fabric easy, this looks like an awesome way! They have different types of spray for different jobs. Upholstery, puff paint, and what I thought was really cool was they have their own type of spray on blood!

Need to make a murder scene or zombie costume for Halloween? This may be a fast and realistic looking alternative. Not to be used on skin, but they claim it looks good on fabric, rubber, plastic and glass. They even have a guide on the product page for getting it to look like a bullet hole, blood spatter and dripping!

Their paints are also recommended for Halloween crafts with the kids. They would be a great for Halloween themed tie-dyes, custom trick-or-treat bags, decorations and more! Check out their seasonal gallery to see some of those ideas visualized!

*I did not receive a sample or compensation for this post.

Saturday, October 24, 2009

Mom Loves Domestic Tips - How to get rid of fruit flies

I'm sure almost all of us has experienced a fruit fly explosion in our kitchens at least once. They are horrible to get rid of, despite a spotless kitchen.

Tara at Feels like Home has written a wonderful post on how she fought a recent battle with them. Check it out and find out if she won!

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Moving {without losing my mind} Is it possible?

This weekend is going to be full of stress, lots and lots of hard work, and trying to put my home back together in a reasonable amount of time.

Saturday is going to be so busy! This is our current itinerary:

  • Get up by 9am and get going.
  • Helpers (aka friends) arrive 10am.
  • Have first loaded up and on the road no later the 11am.
  • Hopefully have another 2-3 loads by 2pm.
  • Someone at the apartment from 2-5pm for the cable guy.
  • Have someone at old place by 5pm to meet movers.
Those are just the things I can think of at this moment, not to mention the unmentionable amount of packing left!

Do you have tips on how to simplify my up coming move?
I would love if you could share them!

Monday, October 19, 2009

Mom Loves Giveaways - Notable Newness

What’s Cooking at DD is giving away a copy of the latest VeggieTales DVD – Saint Nicholas: A Story of Joyful Giving. 3 Winners. Ends 10/20

Look no hands! @BabiesGottaHavT is giving away a Bebe Bottle Sling! Got twins? Check it out! Ends 10/20

Packing a lunch? Check out this Sandwich and Snack Baggie giveaway from @bellsnunicorns! Ends 10/21

Beautiful Lunar Belle earrings giveaway Ends 10/22

Mimi's Babies is giving away a set of 3 hand knit dishcloths

Halloween has come to Cloverleaf Corners. Win a set of Costume Critters from Calico Critters @BabiesGottaHavT Ends 10/23

Budget Bella - Win The Budget Kit Book Ends 10/23

Ecostore USA is coming to Duane Reade Pharmacies! No Nasty Chemicals! Win a $25 gift certificate @BabiesGottaHavT Ends 11/2

Mom Loves Giveaways - Ion Stroller


My Sentiment Exactlee
has a great giveaway right now for those of you looking for an awesome stroller.

CLICK HERE to enter to win your own Valco Baby Ion Stroller. Ends Nov 3rd.

Saturday, October 17, 2009

Introducing MLT's Newest Mom, Bobbi Janay, The Mom is Magic

Bobbi Janay Gregory is a native Texan, who grew up in a small town. She now resides in Dallas, Texas with her husband Casey, son Ian, and faithful furry friend FootFoot.

From decorating, to cleaning, aspiring to be more 'green', and cooking; Bobbi Janay harbors a love for all things home related. After growing up in a room with no closet, she discovered at an early age how to make the most of the little space she had. She was lucky to have supportive parents, that let her love of decorating flourish.

Bobbi Janay's friends were always taken aback and impressed with the decorating feats she accomplished in her room. Now as an adult, they say the same about her home.

Dedicated to making her home warm and inviting for not only her family, but their guests, Bobbi Janay works hard at making her domestic skills look more like MAGIC than work.

We at Mom Loves Today are honored to welcome, Bobbi Janay, The Mom is Magic, as a contributor. Promising to teach us all a little 'magic' to help pep up our daily domestic grind we can't wait for her posts!

Make sure to visit her personal blog When did I go from a kid to a grown up? and follow her on Twitter.

Where The Wild Things Are Imax Sitewarming - Fun & Prizes on Monday!

Are you as excited as we are about the Imax release of Where The Wild Things Are?

Then join us Monday, October 19th, from 9:00 to 10:00 p.m. ET as we Sitewarm the IMAX Facebook page with a Twitter party!

It promises to be quite a 'wild' party with a chance to win some awesome Where The Wild Things Are prizes!

For more info & RSVP please click HERE
or visit

Brought to you by Momfluence.This contest and party are part of a campaign sponsored by IMAX.

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Mom Loves Halloween - Happy Baby Panda

One of my favorite brands is Happy Panda Baby. I love their tagless snappies, t's and the cute little panda that adorns each piece! It's high quality and SO soft!

Elijah's very first Christmas outfit was actually this Happy Panda snappie to the left. It says "Dear Santa, Grandma says I've been a very good baby!" He looked so adorable in it and it fit him so well!

Since Elijah is a Halloween Baby I am always looking for cute Halloween themed clothing. What is cuter than a panda holding a pumpkin? Your baby wearing a panda holding a pumpkin!

Check out their new fall design! Available on lap t's, snappies, toddler t's and as part of a beautiful Halloween diaper cake!

*This post was not paid in anyway. I just love HPB and it's owner @PamelaMKramer so I thought I would give her a little bloggy love. ♥

Thursday, October 8, 2009

Mom Loves Music - Five For Fighting: Slice {review and giveaway}

When Hub and I first started dating he used to play Five For Fighting's song 'Superman' quite often. I thought it had great sound and loved the message. When their song '100 Years' came out in 2004 I loved it as well and even bought the CD, 'The Battle For Everything.' So when I was offered the opportunity by the One2One Network to review Five For Fighting's new CD, Slice, I jumped at the chance.

Debuting October 13th, Five For Fighting's new album, Slice, will be the their fifth studio album. They have sold over 2.5 million albums so far and Slice promises to only help that number grow.

The first single off the album, Chances, was released in July as a digital download. I enjoyed the song as soon as I heard it and could not wait to hear the remaining 10 tracks!

I sat here trying to think of a way to describe this album as a whole to you, but I think this press release says it best:

"If every album provides snapshots of where an artist’s mind at heart is at the moment, Slice, the latest offering from John Ondrasik (aka Five for Fighting), is a collection of digital jpegs and faded Polaroids. The album takes stories of friends, family and even American servicemen, and sets them to music shot through with the spirit of the great songs of his youth. It’s a diary, or a blog, in which Ondrasik speaks his mind about current issues, experiences and sentiments, while setting those thoughts to piano, bass and drums."
Jon's voice and tone in each song will lets you not only hear the words, but feel the emotions he puts into it. The lyrics all tell you stories and the music ties it all together perfectly. My favorite song on this album is track number 9, Story of Your Life. To hear samples of Slice's tracks visit Amazon's Slice page here. I enjoyed this CD and think if you are previous fan of Five For Fighting, you will really enjoy this album as well.

Click HERE to order your own copy of Five For Fighting: Slice

If you are looking to see Five For Fighting live, you should hurry and order your tickets soon for their current tour, 'An Acoustic Evening with Five For Fighting'. I noticed tonight some locations are already sold out! Get location and ticket information at

If you can't see him live John is also doing a few TV appearances this month:
  • CBS Saturday Morning 10/10
  • The View 10/14
  • The Today Show 10/16
Make sure to visit John and Five For Fighting at:
On twitter at:
On YouTube at:
And On Facebook at:

One Mom Loves Today winner will get an autographed copy of Slice thanks to Five For Fighting and the One2One network!

To Enter: Visit their website and let me know the location and date of the show nearest you!

For additional entries: (leave a separate comment for each action performed)
  • Follow @momlovestoday on Twitter & Tweet about this giveaway, including the link to this post and @momlovestoday. (leave your twitter id & the status url, 1 extra)
  • Blog about this giveaway or link this giveaway in a contest listing. (doesn't have to be your listing). (leave the post url, 5 extra entries!!!)
  • Subscribe to Mom Loves Today. (leave how, 1 extra entry)
  • Post about this giveaway on your facebook wall. (leave your facebook url, 1 extra entry)
This contest will run from October 9th until 5am EST October 15th. One entry per household.
Good Luck!

This album was provided to Mom Loves Today to review by One2One network.

Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Frigidaire "Make Time For CHANGE" Campaign! [Win a double wall oven]

Frigidaire and Jennifer Garner are proud to launch a brand new campaign supporting Save the Children's CHANGE program, dedicated to providing nutritious snacks and promoting healthier lifestyles for children living in poverty in the United States. For every pledge made, Frigidaire will donate $1 to support CHANGE and Save the Children's work to help children in need in the U.S., as part of their $250,000 commitment to this worthy cause. Also as part of that commitment, for every new Frigidaire Professional double wall oven purchased, Frigidaire will donate $100 to Save the Children's U.S. Programs.

Frigidaire knows how valuable mom's time is, so in order to make it more worth your time, Frigidaire is generously also entering everyone who pledges for a chance to win a brand new Frigidaire Professional double wall oven! So not only will your click help to save the children, it could also help you to save time if you win the oven!

To make your pledge to devote time to a child and find out all the info please visit

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Thursday, September 24, 2009

Mom Loves Sexy - Bringin' Sexy Back... after childbirth.

NOTE: This post contains material of an adult nature. If you are offended by sex or similar content, are under the age of 18 or have kids looking over your shoulder OR are one of my husbands family members... it's probably for the best if you don't continue!

Having a baby is a HUGE thing. It not only changes your life, it changes your life as a couple in so many drastic ways. One of the biggest changes to our relationship was our sex life. Now while I felt totally sexy while pregnant, probably the sexiest I've ever felt, afterward I felt... well honestly... not desirable in the least bit. Basically the farthest thing from sexy possible. Suddenly skin hung on me I didn't even know I had, I don't even want to discuss my boobs, and I seriously doubted after D {hubby} watched a human come out of my vag-j-j that he would ever be able to look at it the same. Stretch marks? No seriously... my stomach looked like Freddy Kruger's face. Needless to say I had NO desire whatsoever to get intimate. Just the thought of showering frightened me, knowing I would have to be naked!!!

Now I am not sure if this was all REALLY as bad as I thought it was, or if it was just the postpartum depression talking, but I was really upset about it. I went from 'Can I have it? Can we do it? OMG I gotta have it' to 'Eeeewww don't look at me with clothes ON! and let's not even think about clothes off.' During E's birth I had to have an emergency fourth degree episiotomy so it took MONTHS to even regain a bit of normality. At about week 12, I sat down with D to discuss my feelings and new self esteem issues. He was so supportive! He told me how beautiful I was and always will be. He also shared how seeing our son's birth didn't make him want me less. In fact it made me want me more. He had a whole new respect for me, a whole new set of feelings. Honestly I had a whole new set of feelings for him myself after seeing him become a Dad. It's all so dramatic, so beautiful, so emotional. I just had to come to terms with my new image... and not think of it as ugly, or stretched out, or fat. I need to see it as sexy! This body is my trophy, my award, my badge of honor for beginning one of life's greatest journeys... MOTHERHOOD! It was hard at first but now that we have regained our intimacy it seems to be helping me to feel sexier again.

The only thing is now getting used to sex with my new 'mom body.' D doesn't seem to notice but let me tell you, my body notices! I feel heavier, my back and legs hurt much easier, and flexibility... what's that??? haha! At first we used the old propping up pillows routine to raise my fat butt up. But soon realized the pillows were going flat after about 30 seconds. {...did I mention maybe hub gained a bit of sympathy pregnancy weight... oh yeah...} So we quickly realized we needed a better, more convenient, permanent solution.

I am sure a lot of you have heard of Eden Fantasys adult store or chatted with Drew on twitter {who is totally awesome by the way.} Well Drew and Eden Fantasys were sweet enough to send us a little fun pillow to help!

The shape reminds me of pacman with handles! It is actually 22"x22"x36" not a small pillow! It has a really soft velvet feel to it and since it's inflatable pvc, it weighs next to nothing! The first time I blew it up was just to test it out, wasn't sexi time or anything, but I am so glad I did. Even with my air compressor it still took a few minutes. Definitely not a toy you want your man to have to blow up manually with a boner, so it may be a good idea to blow it up ahead of time if possible or at least have a pump handy. We actually have just kept ours blown up in D's home office. It really is so non-descriptive I doubt even if someone saw it they would realize what it is. Or you could just say it's a new type of exercise ball... I don't think anybody would think twice.

It says on the package that it can accommodate up to 300lbs but we are more than that combined and as long as you leave a little 'give' in the air and don't blow it totally up I don't think a few pounds over will hurt. We were pretty rough on it just playing around before we tried doing it on it. {I mean seriously we were worried our fat asses would pop it!} But it didn't pop or even make any odd air releasing sounds. So once we were sure it wasn't going to pop we put it to the test. yes. we had sex on it. woo hooo!

This pillow is awesome! Not only did my back not hurt after two seconds, it didn't hurt at all! The rocking design kept my hips from hurting and there are SO many position possibilities! The handles are an added bonus too. You can use it like a couch, you can roll it so the round side if up and hang your body across it! We didn't try it yet but you could even use it to keep your neck from hurting while giving oral or to relax while you get it. There are so many ways to use this thing we are discovering more and more.

I love the inflatable tilt master and give it 4 stars out of 5! I recommend it to anyone who wants to bring more spice to the bedroom or that is experiencing the similar 'mom body' problem. It takes so much pressure off your back and hips! I was excited too because in the box came a small repair kit and a blindfold. I was excited about the blindfold because I lost my sleep mask... an essential part of my sleeping. LOL!

What positions do you think would be fun to try on the inflatable tilt master? Is there certain position you want to know if we tired on it and how it was?

There are so many other great pillows and support at Eden Fantasys too if this isn't exactly what you are looking for. The Tilt and The Iceberg both are highly rated! And that's just a few of their hundreds of items! I want SO MUCH of their store, I am sure you will too! Everything from toys for couples to toys for just us ladies! They don't just have a normal boring internet shop like all the other stores either. Each product has an overview, buyer voted rating, material safety score, popularity score, user reviews and links to questions and comments about the item in their forums. Eden Fantasys site is totally user friendly to not only find the items you have wanted but to make sure they will do what you want. It doesn't matter if you just want some items to set the mood or a toy that will give you multiples, Eden Fantasys selection is amazing!

Check out Eden Fantasys at:
On twitter @EdenFantasys
& follow Drew @DrewG78

And make sure to check out Eden Fantasys Sexis Magazine.
It has TONS of awesome posts! I die laughing reading The Bloggess' column! Her post from a few days about 10 slightly less dangerous alternatives to autoerotic asphyxiation caused me to laugh so hard I almost peed.

Thank you thank you thank you to Eden Fantasys and Drew for giving us the chance to try out the tilt master!

{product was provided by Eden Fantasys}

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