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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.

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