'?>tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-255490755809776472012-02-05T23:35:33.359-05:00Goodie Goodie GumdropsKristenhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/03542962726270982824noreply@blogger.comBlogger481125tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-25549075580977647.post-6192288915418629432011-07-15T11:46:00.009-04:002011-07-15T12:42:04.884-04:00Review: Sweet Paper Lane<a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-NaH1IHdSnZ4/TiBS2rjcKsI/AAAAAAAAEu0/kHClzhp0q3I/s1600/sweet_paper_lane.png"><img style="TEXT-ALIGN: center; MARGIN: 0px auto 10px; WIDTH: 223px; DISPLAY: block; HEIGHT: 100px; CURSOR: hand" id="BLOGGER_PHOTO_ID_5629590633570904770" border="0" alt="" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-NaH1IHdSnZ4/TiBS2rjcKsI/AAAAAAAAEu0/kHClzhp0q3I/s320/sweet_paper_lane.png" /></a><br />It's officially summertime, which means most of you are probably knuckle-deep in barbecue sauce and watermelon juice (unlike myself, who wades in spit-up and dirty diapers these days). It's prime time for outdoor parties - from polar pool plunges and backyard birthday bashes to luscious luaus. If you're planning on hosting a smashing summer shindig, I can point you in the right direction: head straight down <a href="http://www.sweetpaperlane.com/">Sweet Paper Lane</a>.<br /><br /><br /><center><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-REUmR9gjh68/TiBtZPUDVsI/AAAAAAAAEwU/nEgRn0Ge3rM/s1600/ISN798%252520Flipped%252520Out_1.jpg"><img style="WIDTH: 320px; HEIGHT: 203px; CURSOR: hand" id="BLOGGER_PHOTO_ID_5629619814587913922" border="0" alt="" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-REUmR9gjh68/TiBtZPUDVsI/AAAAAAAAEwU/nEgRn0Ge3rM/s320/ISN798%252520Flipped%252520Out_1.jpg" /></center></a><br /><br />Sweet Paper Lane offers <a href="http://www.sweetpaperlane.com/">invitations</a> for just about any milestone or occasion. With over 6,000 stationery products from the industry's top designers, you'll find something to match any style. Wedding invitations. Birth announcements. Holiday cards. They've got it all - and more.<br /><br /><br /><center><br /><br /><div><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-ZAW5ryBHVfw/TiBqab0HokI/AAAAAAAAEv0/Pa2bEhfzNYM/s1600/TND-Q1-14031.jpg"><img style="WIDTH: 314px; HEIGHT: 320px; CURSOR: hand" id="BLOGGER_PHOTO_ID_5629616536588624450" border="0" alt="" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-ZAW5ryBHVfw/TiBqab0HokI/AAAAAAAAEv0/Pa2bEhfzNYM/s320/TND-Q1-14031.jpg" /></a> <a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-H_FXawm9TUA/TiBqa0kYvXI/AAAAAAAAEv8/ktrL3cHlPxo/s1600/LFS-102-OP.png"><img style="WIDTH: 227px; HEIGHT: 320px; CURSOR: hand" id="BLOGGER_PHOTO_ID_5629616543233523058" border="0" alt="" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-H_FXawm9TUA/TiBqa0kYvXI/AAAAAAAAEv8/ktrL3cHlPxo/s320/LFS-102-OP.png" /></center></a></div><br /><br /><br /><div>In addition to their paper products, they also offer a variety of <a href="http://www.sweetpaperlane.com/gifts-favors">personalized gifts</a> and favors. </div><br /><br /><br /><center><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-YDPz16DQKpM/TiBpR_01DJI/AAAAAAAAEvs/UTLpFuWFwUw/s1600/wb376loveourearth.jpg"><img style="WIDTH: 302px; HEIGHT: 320px; CURSOR: hand" id="BLOGGER_PHOTO_ID_5629615292124826770" border="0" alt="" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-YDPz16DQKpM/TiBpR_01DJI/AAAAAAAAEvs/UTLpFuWFwUw/s320/wb376loveourearth.jpg" /></a> <a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-SqjbYQpuOMM/TiBpRvVlEvI/AAAAAAAAEvk/wxAZwezjcHM/s1600/28079NA_L.jpg"><img style="WIDTH: 320px; HEIGHT: 256px; CURSOR: hand" id="BLOGGER_PHOTO_ID_5629615287698789106" border="0" alt="" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-SqjbYQpuOMM/TiBpRvVlEvI/AAAAAAAAEvk/wxAZwezjcHM/s320/28079NA_L.jpg" /></center></a><br /><br />As if their product offerings aren't swell enough, Sweet Paper Lane offers extraordinary customer service. Within one business day of order, a professional typesetter will lay out your invitation and email you a free proof with unlimited revisions. Only when you are 100% satisfied with your purchase will it be sent for processing.<br /><br />For my review, I decided on the <a href="http://www.sweetpaperlane.com/little-artist-personalized-plate">Little Artist Personalized Plate</a>. This 10-inch melamine plate, by Kelly Hughes Designs, not only makes dinnertime extra special for your little one but is dishwasher safe for snappy clean-up for mom.<br /><br />The plate arrived quickly and was wrapped in cellophane, complete with a cute blue bow - perfect for gift-giving. Nate could hardly wait for me to open it before he snatched it.<br /><br />The size is generous and the plate is thick and sturdy. I love that it can be used to serve lunch or as a tray for our finger paint projects (only non-toxic and vegetable-based, of course). My little Picasso loves to color and paint so I knew he'd love the design. He constantly points to the crayons and identifies the colors. He is in the process of learning the alphabet and we've been practicing how to write his name, so this plate reinforces his spelling skills. Cute, functional and educational!<br /><br /><br /><center><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-wZRy9yAH4yU/TiBsD7JWu7I/AAAAAAAAEwM/9-3ybU1MXHM/s1600/IMG_9652.JPG"><img style="WIDTH: 320px; HEIGHT: 214px; CURSOR: hand" id="BLOGGER_PHOTO_ID_5629618348885457842" border="0" alt="" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-wZRy9yAH4yU/TiBsD7JWu7I/AAAAAAAAEwM/9-3ybU1MXHM/s320/IMG_9652.JPG" /></a> <a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-q6f7LV5oXNM/TiBsDmFmbDI/AAAAAAAAEwE/x2ZXS9c7S7Q/s1600/IMG_9648.JPG"><img style="WIDTH: 320px; HEIGHT: 214px; CURSOR: hand" id="BLOGGER_PHOTO_ID_5629618343232564274" border="0" alt="" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-q6f7LV5oXNM/TiBsDmFmbDI/AAAAAAAAEwE/x2ZXS9c7S7Q/s320/IMG_9648.JPG" /></center></a><br /><br />If I could change just one thing, I'd want to make the plate microwave-safe. But in the grand scheme of things, it's no big deal. I just use it more for fresh, ready-made foods rather than reheated ones.<br /><br />Bottom line: Get your party started right with Sweet Paper Lane. Their awesome customer service and quality items will keep you coming back long after the party's over.<br /><br /><strong>BUY IT</strong>: Visit <a href="http://www.sweetpaperlane.com/">http://www.sweetpaperlane.com/</a> today to find the perfect card or gift.<br /><br /><strong>DELECTABLE DEAL</strong>: Take advantage of their great summer sale! Use code <strong>SUMMER10</strong> to get 10% off any order of $75+ or use code <strong>SUMMER20</strong> to get 20% off any order of $150+!<br /><br /><br /><div><em><span style="font-size:85%;">Disclaimer: I received the above plate at no charge from Jayne at Sweet Paper Lane in exchange for my candid review. I was in no other way compensated for this review. </span></em></div><div class="blogger-post-footer"><img width='1' height='1' src='https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/tracker/25549075580977647-619228891541862943?l=www.goodie-goodie-gumdrops.com' alt='' /></div>Kristenhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/03542962726270982824noreply@blogger.com2tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-25549075580977647.post-18318543885496735172010-09-13T09:08:00.000-04:002010-09-13T09:08:26.531-04:00Big News!I know it's been almost a week since my last blog update. How could I leave you all hanging without a word for so long?! Well, I promise I have a good reason for my absence...<br /><br /><div style="text-align: center;"><a onblur="try {parent.deselectBloggerImageGracefully();} catch(e) {}" href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_p7vQpXhNs4Q/TI4eXOrkssI/AAAAAAAAEuE/UW8tR-69TuM/s1600/Pregnant2.jpg"><img style="cursor: pointer; width: 320px; height: 213px;" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_p7vQpXhNs4Q/TI4eXOrkssI/AAAAAAAAEuE/UW8tR-69TuM/s320/Pregnant2.jpg" alt="" id="BLOGGER_PHOTO_ID_5516379978002117314" border="0" /></a><br /></div><br />That's right...we're expecting baby #2! Our fourth Clomid cycle was a success and the shock is just now starting to wear off. Nate is going to be a big brother!<br /><br />We were gifted the beautiful P-word test in mid-August but because of my history, I wanted to wait until we saw a heartbeat to share the news. This past Friday, we got our first glimpse of our "Dewdrop" so I feel safe enough to make the official announcement. <span style="font-size:85%;">(If something does go wrong, I'll need the support anyway, right?)</span><br /><br /><div style="text-align: center;"><a onblur="try {parent.deselectBloggerImageGracefully();} catch(e) {}" href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_p7vQpXhNs4Q/TI4eWjs12VI/AAAAAAAAEt8/1yPCU6Eh_WA/s1600/Dewdrop.jpg"><img style="cursor: pointer; width: 320px; height: 214px;" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_p7vQpXhNs4Q/TI4eWjs12VI/AAAAAAAAEt8/1yPCU6Eh_WA/s320/Dewdrop.jpg" alt="" id="BLOGGER_PHOTO_ID_5516379966464710994" border="0" /></a><br /><br /><div style="text-align: left;">We are over the moon! My due date is April 27th-ish but since Nate arrived 2 weeks early, I think this may be more a mid-April baby. Tax Day, perhaps? Only baby knows for sure!<br /><br />Between the morning, evening and sometimes all-day nausea and fatigue, I probably won't be posting as often but I'll definitely still be churning out some awesome reviews and giveaways as I am able. Once we learn the gender of this little babe (power of positive thinking!), I'll probably even host a little reveal party! For now, I just want to relax and enjoy this time with my firstborn.<br /></div></div><div class="blogger-post-footer"><img width='1' height='1' src='https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/tracker/25549075580977647-1831854388549673517?l=www.goodie-goodie-gumdrops.com' alt='' /></div>Kristenhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/03542962726270982824noreply@blogger.com18tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-25549075580977647.post-80056377559052940372010-09-07T09:08:00.000-04:002010-09-07T09:08:16.161-04:00Winner's Circle!Hope everyone had a fabulous Labor Day weekend! It sure was nice to lay back and take it easy. Now it'../../2010/08/fiber-is-fun-with-pedia-lax-review-and.html?showComment=1283777816505#c5258232166041801094" title="comment permalink"> September 6, 2010 8:56 AM</a></span></dd></dl><br />Congratulations, winners! I will be contacting you at some point today and you will have 48 hours to reply to my email before another winner is chosen.<br /><br />Thank you to everyone who entered and to the fabulous giveaway sponsors for making all the fun possible!<br /><br />Don't forget to check out the rest of my current giveaways, including a $25 gift certificate to Diamond Favors - ending tonight! Also, lots and lots of great children's music ending this week so don't miss out!<div class="blogger-post-footer"><img width='1' height='1' src='https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/tracker/25549075580977647-8005637755905294037?l=www.goodie-goodie-gumdrops.com' alt='' /></div>Kristenhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/03542962726270982824noreply@blogger.com1tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-25549075580977647.post-75761798126819840472010-09-06T20:08:00.005-04:002010-09-06T21:21:34.615-04:00Book Review: Naturally Better by Kristen Morrison<div style="text-align: center;"><a onblur="try {parent.deselectBloggerImageGracefully();} catch(e) {}" href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_p7vQpXhNs4Q/TIK3kPHU8bI/AAAAAAAAEs8/NzSF_ni9ToI/s1600/NaturallyBetterBook.jpg"><img style="cursor: pointer; width: 197px; height: 300px;" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_p7vQpXhNs4Q/TIK3kPHU8bI/AAAAAAAAEs8/NzSF_ni9ToI/s320/NaturallyBetterBook.jpg" alt="" id="BLOGGER_PHOTO_ID_5513170727015346610" border="0" /></a><br /><br /><div style="text-align: left;">When you find out you're expecting a baby, you're probably anticipating all the exciting milestones like hearing the heartbeat for the first time, feeling the baby kick and watching your belly grow. You dream about what your baby will look like, what his or her name will be and what his or her personality will be like. Kristen Morrison and her husband Joseph were no different. They were ecstatic to learn that they were expecting their third child, a long-awaited baby boy, after having two perfect daughters. But when their dear son Gryffin was born and diagnosed with Trisomy 21, or Down Syndrome, their worlds were turned upside down. Instead of researching the latest, greatest blue baby gear, they were reading medical abstracts and contemplating technical jargon like "neurotransmitters" and "oxidative stress".<br /></div><div style="text-align: left;"><br />A self-proclaimed homebirthing hippie mom, Kristen was dismayed at the lack of positive online resources and the prevailing attitude of local Early Intervention centers, which encouraged her to prescribe Prozac and "just buy a big TV". She traded her successful fashion design career for the role of full-time medical researcher and took matters into her own hands. Her ultimate goal was for Gryffin to be completely normalized in both appearance and behavior. Forgoing the traditional pessimistic outlook, she set out to make the "impossible" possible.<br /><a href="http://www.naturallybetterkids.com/"><br /></a><span style="font-style: italic;"><a href="http://www.naturallybetterkids.com/">Naturally Better</a> </span>is the culmination of Kristen's research and methodology, interspersed with diary entries, emails and texts. Using a holistic approach, Kristen chronicles Gryffin's treatments and progress from 5 days old to 3 years old. Some of the therapies she describes in detail are:<br /><ul><li>Flaxseed oil massage</li><li>Diet / Targeted Nutritional Intervention (TNI)</li><li>Supplementation</li><li>Naturopathy/NAET Allergy Relief</li><li>Osteopathy</li><li>Yoga</li><li>IAHP (Institutes for the Achievement of Human Potential)</li></ul>I was simply amazed at Gryffin's transformation. Just a few months after starting supplements, Kristen noticed he appeared less drowsy and more alert. His skin turned from jaundice to red and rosy, almost sunburned. Thick, blonde hair also started to grow where it had once been sparse and mousy. NAET treatments helped to quickly heal symptoms such as astigmatism, constipation, skin rashes, weak grasp and tongue protrusion. Osteopathy helped to lift Gryffin's nasal bridge and dramatically reduce his epicanthal folds, thereby resolving his sleep apnea. By the time Gryffin began the IAHP program at one-year-old, he was functioning at 83% brain function, which was fantastic in and of itself. But by two-and-a-half, Gryffin was operating at 114%! This meant he was no longer underperforming in any one area, and was actually performing ahead of his "normal" peers! His pediatrician is astounded that not only does Gryffin show nearly no characteristics of a typical child with Down Syndrome, but he is growing along a "normal" growth curve.<br /><br />Kristen also shares personal color photos of Gryffin from birth through age three, in which the changes over time are blatantly obvious. To look at him now, you would be hard-pressed to know that he has Down Syndrome. He looks like your average, beautiful tow-headed toddler!<br /><br />I loved that the book was written in layman's terms and doesn't bore you with mundane medical terms. You may be more conservative or you may not agree with all of her approaches (such as no vaccinations) but as a parent, you have to respect and admire the lengths she'll go to give her son the life she had imagined for him. Kristen always follows her gut and instinct and the drastic results they've witnessed are due in large part to her relentless determination. One particularly emotional part for me was when Gryffin was just a few days old and Kristen had a private conversation with him, assuring him she would do everything in her power to find a solution. She then recited the words to Coldplay's "Fix You" ("Lights will guide you home, I will try to fix you"...). I admit I welled up a little as I imagined this scene being played out like a melodrama.<br /><br />Seeing as Nate is dealing with a significant speech delay (for which we are currently seeking early intervention), I was comforted that some of Kristen's natural methods are not exclusive to Down Syndrome but can also be used for Autism and Developmental Delays. After reading this book, I feel so empowered to be an advocate for my son and to never settle for anything less than what my hopes and dreams are for him. No matter what the naysayers may throw my way.<br /><br /><span style="font-style: italic;">Naturally Better</span> is an awe-inspiring, empowering story about defying the odds. Even if you don't have a child with Down Syndrome, it will open your eyes to the benefits of homeopathy and maybe even move you to tears.<br /><br /><span style="font-weight: bold;">BUY IT</span>: You can purchase paperback or e-book versions of <span style="font-style: italic;">Naturally Better</span> online via <a href="http://naturallybetterkids.com/products-page/categories/products-books">www.naturallybetterkids.com</a> (ARV $25.39 excl. international postage or $15.45/e-book).<br /><br />Down Syndrome Awareness Month is coming up in October! Be sure to visit the website to learn more about the book and follow Kristen on <a href="http://naturallybetterkids.com/products-page/categories/products-books">Facebook</a> and <a href="http://twitter.com/KristensBook">Twitter</a> for the latest news and updates!<br /><span style="font-size:85%;"><br /><span style="font-style: italic;">Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book from the author to facilitate my candid review. I was in no other way compensated for this review. The thoughts and opinions expressed in my review and purely my own. Your experience may differ.</span></span><br /></div></div><div class="blogger-post-footer"><img width='1' height='1' src='https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/tracker/25549075580977647-7576179812681984047?l=www.goodie-goodie-gumdrops.com' alt='' /></div>Kristenhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/03542962726270982824noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-25549075580977647.post-70577873195561321382010-09-03T21:55:00.003-04:002010-09-03T22:01:50.887-04:00Review and Giveaway: Smelly Towel Cleaner<a style="display: none;" href="http://www.tomoson.com/?code=TOPc042f4db68f23406c6cecf84a7ebb0fe"></a><div style="text-align: center;"><a onblur="try {parent.deselectBloggerImageGracefully();} catch(e) {}" href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_p7vQpXhNs4Q/TH_ld5m7a0I/AAAAAAAAEsk/GAxwhbTWT2E/s1600/SmellyTowel.png"><img style="cursor: pointer; width: 300px; height: 229px;" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_p7vQpXhNs4Q/TH_ld5m7a0I/AAAAAAAAEsk/GAxwhbTWT2E/s320/SmellyTowel.png" alt="" id="BLOGGER_PHOTO_ID_5512376770767842114" border="0" /></a><br /></div><br />I have a bit of an embarrassing situation in my house. There's no gentle way to say it. My towels and washcloths STINK. No matter how much detergent I use, I can't seem to fully get rid of the musty, mildewy stench. It may lighten up but it never goes away completely. I am hesitant to have overnight guests because I'm afraid they will think we never do the bathroom laundry! I was determined to chuck them all in the garbage and buy a brand new set before I came across Smelly Towel Cleaner.<br /><br />From the makers of Smelly Washer, <a href="http://smellywasher.com/product/smelly-towel.html">Smelly Towel Cleaner</a> is an all-natural detergent derived from citrus ingredients, specifically formulated to remove musty, mildew smells from towels and clothing. Just a capful (approximately one tablespoon) added to a full load makes even the nastiest of the nasty smell like new again! You can also use a half teaspoon as a detergent booster to enhance colors and prolong the life of that garden fresh scent. Smell Towel Cleaner is safe for use in front and top-loading washing machines and is harmless to septic systems.<br /><br /><div style="text-align: center;"><a onblur="try {parent.deselectBloggerImageGracefully();} catch(e) {}" href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_p7vQpXhNs4Q/TIGchfMWPUI/AAAAAAAAEs0/nRK-nUvcPtc/s1600/IMG_7111.JPG"><img style="cursor: pointer; width: 200px; height: 134px;" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_p7vQpXhNs4Q/TIGchfMWPUI/AAAAAAAAEs0/nRK-nUvcPtc/s200/IMG_7111.JPG" alt="" id="BLOGGER_PHOTO_ID_5512859518001102146" border="0" /></a> <a onblur="try {parent.deselectBloggerImageGracefully();} catch(e) {}" href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_p7vQpXhNs4Q/TIGcgyljFcI/AAAAAAAAEss/1L6BALiTlKU/s1600/IMG_7110.JPG"><img style="cursor: pointer; width: 200px; height: 134px;" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_p7vQpXhNs4Q/TIGcgyljFcI/AAAAAAAAEss/1L6BALiTlKU/s200/IMG_7110.JPG" alt="" id="BLOGGER_PHOTO_ID_5512859506027206082" border="0" /></a><br /><br /><div style="text-align: left;">I have to admit I was a bit skeptical at first. I had tried so many detergents in the past that tried to cover up the stink but just couldn't do the trick. Just one capful of Smelly Towel Cleaner made me a believer! My towels and cloths smelled as if they had never been used. Fresh. Clean. Fluffy. I took several big whiffs and could not smell a hint of odor. Success!<br /><br />I love that Smelly Towel Cleaner is safe and effective. It will certainly help eliminate some of our indoor allergens from mold and mildew. Next, I plan to use it on some of our winter clothes and quilts that have been stored in the attic and garage. I'm sure they will smell stale and will be in desperate need of refreshing. I'm definitely going to use it on our towels at least once a month so we can say farewell to the funk once and for all!<br /><br /><span style="font-weight: bold;">BUY IT</span>: Visit <a href="http://smellywasher.com/">www.smellywasher.com</a> to purchase Smelly Washer or Smelly Towel Cleaner (ARV 16.99 / approx. 24 treatments).<br /></div></div><br /><span style="font-weight: bold;">WIN IT</span>: One lucky reader is going to win a bottle of Smelly Towel Cleaner for themselves!<br /><br /><span style="font-weight: bold;">MAIN COURSE (MANDATORY ENTRY)</span>: Stop by the <a href="http://smellywasher.com/">Smelly Washer</a> site and tell me something you learned on the site. Remember to please leave your email address in your comment if it isn't visible on your profile or if you are not a blogger!<br /><br /><span style="font-weight: bold;">SUGAR ON TOP (BONUS ENTRIES)</span>: To maximize your chances of winning, you may do any or all of the following. Be sure to complete the above mandatory entry or your bonus entries will not count!<br /><br />1.) Follow my blog or subscribe via reader or email. Comment telling me which method you chose. If you already follow or subscribe, that counts! (1 entry)<br /><br />2.) Follow <a href="http://www.twitter.com/kris10chumley">me</a> and <a href="http://twitter.com/smellywasher">Smelly Washer</a> on Twitter and tweet about this contest. You can do this daily! You may use the following tweet or come up with one of your own:<br /><br /><span style="font-size:85%;"><span style="font-weight: bold;">Say farewell to towel funk with @smellywasher! Win a bottle of Smelly Towel Cleaner @kris10chumley! Ends 9/18 http://bit.ly/9ZfcyW </span></span><br /><br />Just leave a comment with your tweet link. (1 entry per day max)<br /><br />3.) <a href="http://www.facebook.com/pages/Goodie-Goodie-Gumdrops/116259089526">"Like"</a> Goodie Goodie Gumdrops on Facebook. (1 entry)<br /><br />4.) <a href="http://www.facebook.com/pages/Smelly-Washer/138732439479962?v=wall&amp;ref=search">Become a fan</a> of Smelly Washer on Facebook. (1 entry)<br /><br />5.) Add my button to your site and leave a comment with the link to where I can find it. (1 entry)<br /><br /><span style="font-size:85%;"><em>Giveaway will end on September 18, 2010 at 11:59pm EST. Open to U.S. only. Winners will be chosen via Random.org and will have 48 hours to respond to congratulatory email or prize will be forfeited and another winner will be chosen.</em></span><br /><br /><span style="font-size:85%;"><span style="font-style: italic;font-family:georgia;" >Disclaimer: Thank you to <a href="http://www.tomoson.com/">Tomoson.com</a> for this review opportunity. I received a bottle of Smelly Towel Cleaner at no charge to facilitate my candid review. I was not compensated in any other way for this post. The opinions expressed in this review are purely my own. Your experience may differ. </span><br /><br /><a href="http://www.tomoson.com/?code=BOTTOMc042f4db68f23406c6cecf84a7ebb0fe">This Product Was a Free Giveaway</a><a href="http://www.tomoson.com/?code=CONTESTc042f4db68f23406c6cecf84a7ebb0fe"> Sponsored by Tomoson.com</a></span><div class="blogger-post-footer"><img width='1' height='1' src='https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/tracker/25549075580977647-7057787319556132138?l=www.goodie-goodie-gumdrops.com' alt='' /></div>Kristenhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/03542962726270982824noreply@blogger.com54tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-25549075580977647.post-5961649609968156622010-09-01T20:58:00.010-04:002010-09-01T22:23:49.855-04:00Review: Costume SuperCenter<div style="text-align: center;"><a onblur="try {parent.deselectBloggerImageGracefully();} catch(e) {}" href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_p7vQpXhNs4Q/TH5TeoZ7GlI/AAAAAAAAErk/1Gh00_hC79c/s1600/CostumeSuperCenterLogo.png"><img style="cursor: pointer; width: 259px; height: 118px;" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_p7vQpXhNs4Q/TH5TeoZ7GlI/AAAAAAAAErk/1Gh00_hC79c/s320/CostumeSuperCenterLogo.png" alt="" id="BLOGGER_PHOTO_ID_5511934779655395922" border="0" /></a><br /><br /><div style="text-align: left;">Am I the only one who feels like it was just July and I blinked and now it's September 1st? Before you know it, it will be time for trick or treating. Which means it's time to start thinking about those <a href="http://www.costumesupercenter.com/">costumes for Halloween</a>! And what better place to browse than Costume SuperCenter?!<br /><br />Costume SuperCenter is the best online resource for all of your family's Halloween needs. They boast a selection of over 1,700 new costumes added just for 2010 - all at affordable prices! They carry costumes for infants, children, teens, adults, couples - even pets! From cute and funny to sexy or scary, you'll find just the theme you're looking for.<br /></div><br /><a onblur="try {parent.deselectBloggerImageGracefully();} catch(e) {}" href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_p7vQpXhNs4Q/TH7P0oH6EMI/AAAAAAAAEsE/nUqhkjbv9QI/s1600/CostumeSC-MonsterBaby.jpg"><img style="cursor: pointer; width: 159px; height: 200px;" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_p7vQpXhNs4Q/TH7P0oH6EMI/AAAAAAAAEsE/nUqhkjbv9QI/s200/CostumeSC-MonsterBaby.jpg" alt="" id="BLOGGER_PHOTO_ID_5512071496978796738" border="0" /></a><a onblur="try {parent.deselectBloggerImageGracefully();} catch(e) {}" href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_p7vQpXhNs4Q/TH7P0skw0uI/AAAAAAAAEr8/NsRJAlhBqcE/s1600/CostumeSC-Alice.jpg"><img style="cursor: pointer; width: 159px; height: 200px;" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_p7vQpXhNs4Q/TH7P0skw0uI/AAAAAAAAEr8/NsRJAlhBqcE/s200/CostumeSC-Alice.jpg" alt="" id="BLOGGER_PHOTO_ID_5512071498173567714" border="0" /></a><br /><a onblur="try {parent.deselectBloggerImageGracefully();} catch(e) {}" href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_p7vQpXhNs4Q/TH7P0LEPnAI/AAAAAAAAEr0/QS6ocfCsFJA/s1600/CostumeSC-BunOven.jpg"><img style="cursor: pointer; width: 159px; height: 200px;" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_p7vQpXhNs4Q/TH7P0LEPnAI/AAAAAAAAEr0/QS6ocfCsFJA/s200/CostumeSC-BunOven.jpg" alt="" id="BLOGGER_PHOTO_ID_5512071489178803202" border="0" /></a><a onblur="try {parent.deselectBloggerImageGracefully();} catch(e) {}" href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_p7vQpXhNs4Q/TH7Pz1d5eFI/AAAAAAAAErs/48cI77sSwnw/s1600/CostumeSC-Woody.jpg"><img style="cursor: pointer; width: 159px; height: 200px;" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_p7vQpXhNs4Q/TH7Pz1d5eFI/AAAAAAAAErs/48cI77sSwnw/s200/CostumeSC-Woody.jpg" alt="" id="BLOGGER_PHOTO_ID_5512071483380824146" border="0" /></a><br /><br /><div style="text-align: left;">For the past two years, we've had an animal theme going. For Nate's first Halloween, he was a caterpillar. And last year, he was a chicken. Considering I only have another year or so before Nate will be able to veto my costume choices, I decided to keep the animal trend going and order the cuddly <a href="http://www.costumesupercenter.com/infant+toddler+costumes-animals/IC7501-toddler-lil-lion-costume.html">Toddler Lil Lion costume</a>. After all, we have plenty of time for Disney characters and superheroes, right?! And who can resist something as adorable as this?<br /></div><br /><div style="text-align: center;"><a onblur="try {parent.deselectBloggerImageGracefully();} catch(e) {}" href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_p7vQpXhNs4Q/TH7RKTl1NwI/AAAAAAAAEsM/5kJfpfYXjyo/s1600/CostumeSC-ToddlerLion.jpg"><img style="cursor: pointer; width: 159px; height: 200px;" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_p7vQpXhNs4Q/TH7RKTl1NwI/AAAAAAAAEsM/5kJfpfYXjyo/s200/CostumeSC-ToddlerLion.jpg" alt="" id="BLOGGER_PHOTO_ID_5512072968935913218" border="0" /></a><br /><br /><div style="text-align: left;">This costume, from In Character's Precocious Characters Collection, is of elite, theatrical quality that will retain its shape and texture, ensuring it can be passed down or worn again and again. It features a fully lined, tan fleece zippered jumpsuit with plush trim on the cuffs and attached tail. The hood has a plush mane that frames your child's face but still makes it easy for him or her to see. It also comes with matching plush shoe covers.<br /><br />I am most impressed with the Toddler Lil Lion costume. It is definitely not thin, cheap and itchy like most of the Halloween costumes around. It is so soft and furry. The inner lining will keep Nate cozy while traveling in the brisk fall weather. The mane is thick and luxurious. And the shoe covers complete the outfit and give it that little something special. The entire costume is well-made and looks so much cuter than any other lion costume I've found.<br /><br />The Toddler Lil Lion costume is available in two sizes: Small (3T) and Medium (4T). Since costumes tend to run small, I sized up and ordered the Small for Nate (who typically wears a 2T). It fit like a glove. Not tight but not baggy. I would definitely recommend ordering a size up from what your toddler usually wears.<br /><br />Nate was a good sport and let me put the costume on him for some photos. But admittedly, he's not a fan of hats and hoods so after a few minutes, he had had enough and was tugging to get it off. The great thing was that it really stayed in place, despite his pushing and pulling. I know I don't have to worry about him yanking it off, dropping it on the ground and/or losing it while we're out and about on the big day. I have to say this is seriously one of the best <a href="http://www.costumesupercenter.com/infant+toddler+costumes.html">toddler Halloween costumes</a> I've come across!<br /><br /><div style="text-align: center;"><a onblur="try {parent.deselectBloggerImageGracefully();} catch(e) {}" href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_p7vQpXhNs4Q/TH7cn6JpjEI/AAAAAAAAEsc/bLeaDZNWpd8/s1600/IMG_7098.JPG"><img style="cursor: pointer; width: 200px; height: 134px;" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_p7vQpXhNs4Q/TH7cn6JpjEI/AAAAAAAAEsc/bLeaDZNWpd8/s200/IMG_7098.JPG" alt="" id="BLOGGER_PHOTO_ID_5512085572130802754" border="0" /></a> <a onblur="try {parent.deselectBloggerImageGracefully();} catch(e) {}" href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_p7vQpXhNs4Q/TH7cnB6NWZI/AAAAAAAAEsU/-uChr7ZbPCg/s1600/IMG_7099.JPG"><img style="cursor: pointer; width: 200px; height: 134px;" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_p7vQpXhNs4Q/TH7cnB6NWZI/AAAAAAAAEsU/-uChr7ZbPCg/s200/IMG_7099.JPG" alt="" id="BLOGGER_PHOTO_ID_5512085557033654674" border="0" /></a></div><br />It is a little pricier than what I typically spend on a costume, but considering it can be passed down to younger siblings, it may actually save you money in the long run. Seeing as to the high quality of this costume, I see no problem with it lasting more than one season. I will be keeping it to use for future children or passing it onto family and friends for their infants or toddlers to wear next year.<br /><br />For the upcoming Halloween season, I highly highly recommend shopping at Costume SuperCenter. The shipping was timely, the service was great and the item I received was even better than I expected. I am a truly satisfied customer. The Toddler Lil Lion costume gets two paws up from us!<br /><br /><span style="font-weight: bold;">BUY IT</span>: You can purchase the Toddler Lil Lion costume (ARV $54.99) or other Halloween costumes online at <a href="http://www.costumesupercenter.com/">www.costumesupercenter.com</a>.<br /><br /><span style="font-weight: bold;">DELICIOUS DEAL</span>: Through Sunday only, you have 3 ways to save at Costume SuperCenter! Use code "<span style="font-weight: bold;">Ghost5</span>" to receive $5 off a $50 purchase, use code "<span style="font-weight: bold;">Ghost15</span>" to receive $15 off a $100 purchase, or use code "<span style="font-weight: bold;">Ghost30</span>" to receive $30 off a $150 purchase. Now's the time to buy for the whole family!<br /><br /><span style="font-size:85%;"><span style="font-style: italic;">Disclaimer: I received the above costume free of charge from Charles at Costume SuperCenter to facilitate my candid review. I was not compensated in any other way for this post. The thoughts and opinions expressed in my review are solely mine. Your experience may differ.</span></span><br /></div></div></div><div class="blogger-post-footer"><img width='1' height='1' src='https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/tracker/25549075580977647-596164960996815662?l=www.goodie-goodie-gumdrops.com' alt='' /></div>Kristenhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/03542962726270982824noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-25549075580977647.post-61321728832833360302010-08-31T22:36:00.005-04:002010-09-03T15:11:33.525-04:00Review and Giveaway: ImagiPLAY<div style="text-align: center;"><a onblur="try {parent.deselectBloggerImageGracefully();} catch(e) {}" href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_p7vQpXhNs4Q/TH0XQyOK1ZI/AAAAAAAAEqk/NusLMLZWdFw/s1600/ImagiPlayLogo.jpg"><img style="cursor: pointer; width: 320px; height: 97px;" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_p7vQpXhNs4Q/TH0XQyOK1ZI/AAAAAAAAEqk/NusLMLZWdFw/s320/ImagiPlayLogo.jpg" alt="" id="BLOGGER_PHOTO_ID_5511587096097904018" border="0" /></a><br /></div><br /><span style="font-size:85%;"><span style="font-weight: bold; font-style: italic;">Thank you to ImagiPLAY for participating in the Bloggy Birthday Blowout Event on Goodie Goodie Gumdrops!</span></span><br /><br />Tonight officially marks the conclusion of the Bloggy Birthday Blowout Event. I know, so sad. But I'm ending it with a bang! After all, no birthday celebration is complete without a super fun toy or two.<br /><br />If you prefer toys that will inspire and encourage healthy development for children of all ages, you'll love ImagiPLAY.<br /><br /><a href="http://www.imagiplay.com/">ImagiPLAY</a> is a mom-founded business that has been creating high-quality, educational, imaginative toys for over a decade. ImagiPLAY lives by the motto" "Toys with Integrity". Their goal is to produce quality products that connect with nature, have eco-friendly sources and hold educational value. ImagiPLAY toys not only encourage an ongoing dialogue with the environment, but enrich children's ability to count, learn the alphabet, and identify different animals while gaining a sense of the world's beauty and diversity of species. ImagiPLAY products have won numerous accolades and awards from such reputable media as Parenting Magazine, Creative Child Magazine, Dr. Toy and Parents' Choice Foundation. When you purchase an ImagiPLAY toy, you can be proud of your investment.<br /><br /><div style="text-align: center;"> <a onblur="try {parent.deselectBloggerImageGracefully();} catch(e) {}" href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_p7vQpXhNs4Q/TH22OLZZ7KI/AAAAAAAAErE/XRYpUUB9CoM/s1600/ImagiPLAY+BeadMazeBear.jpg"><img style="cursor: pointer; width: 164px; height: 200px;" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_p7vQpXhNs4Q/TH22OLZZ7KI/AAAAAAAAErE/XRYpUUB9CoM/s200/ImagiPLAY+BeadMazeBear.jpg" alt="" id="BLOGGER_PHOTO_ID_5511761873665125538" border="0" /></a><a onblur="try {parent.deselectBloggerImageGracefully();} catch(e) {}" href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_p7vQpXhNs4Q/TH22UukqTuI/AAAAAAAAErM/hzM5U76X92Q/s1600/ImagiPLAY+Hedgehog+Rattle.jpg"><img style="cursor: pointer; width: 200px; height: 174px;" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_p7vQpXhNs4Q/TH22UukqTuI/AAAAAAAAErM/hzM5U76X92Q/s200/ImagiPLAY+Hedgehog+Rattle.jpg" alt="" id="BLOGGER_PHOTO_ID_5511761986186792674" border="0" /></a><br /><br /><br /><a onblur="try {parent.deselectBloggerImageGracefully();} catch(e) {}" href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_p7vQpXhNs4Q/TH22NEgnlmI/AAAAAAAAEqs/17KcrSzKuX8/s1600/ImagiPLAY+Snail.jpg"><img style="cursor: pointer; width: 200px; height: 161px;" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_p7vQpXhNs4Q/TH22NEgnlmI/AAAAAAAAEqs/17KcrSzKuX8/s200/ImagiPLAY+Snail.jpg" alt="" id="BLOGGER_PHOTO_ID_5511761854636463714" border="0" /></a><a onblur="try {parent.deselectBloggerImageGracefully();} catch(e) {}" href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_p7vQpXhNs4Q/TH22N1lDHMI/AAAAAAAAEq8/Ahn5LXqRNPk/s1600/ImagiPLAY+FruitCuttingSet.jpg"><img style="cursor: pointer; width: 200px; height: 111px;" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_p7vQpXhNs4Q/TH22N1lDHMI/AAAAAAAAEq8/Ahn5LXqRNPk/s200/ImagiPLAY+FruitCuttingSet.jpg" alt="" id="BLOGGER_PHOTO_ID_5511761867808382146" border="0" /></a><br /><br /><br /><div style="text-align: left;">The folks at ImagiPLAY sent us the <a href="http://www.imagiplay.com/productsdetail2.php?id=200&amp;name=Safari%20Stacking%20Blocks">Safari Stacking Blocks</a> (ARV $24.99) to review. A twist on the classic unit block set, each block is designed to resemble a colorful safari animal. The 10-piece set can be used for stacking or as a playset for imaginative play and storytelling. It also comes with a wooden tray for easy storage.</div></div><br /><div style="text-align: center;"><a onblur="try {parent.deselectBloggerImageGracefully();} catch(e) {}" href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_p7vQpXhNs4Q/TH227n1gmGI/AAAAAAAAErU/a9pc6wPgMIE/s1600/ImagiPLAY+Safari.jpg"><img style="cursor: pointer; width: 200px; height: 127px;" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_p7vQpXhNs4Q/TH227n1gmGI/AAAAAAAAErU/a9pc6wPgMIE/s200/ImagiPLAY+Safari.jpg" alt="" id="BLOGGER_PHOTO_ID_5511762654393309282" border="0" /></a><br /><br /><div style="text-align: left;">I must admit when the blocks first arrived, I was a bit disappointed by how small the blocks were. I was expecting larger blocks, similar to our chunky Mega Bloks. But as I watched Nate play, I realized the size was perfect for polishing his fine motor skills. Because some of the edges are oddly shaped (U-shaped giraffe, ridges on the alligator, curved frogs), they require a bit more carefulness and attention to detail than traditional building blocks. Nate would initially get frustrated when they would fall to pieces but now he enjoys stacking them, knocking them over and trying again.<br /><br /><div style="text-align: center;"><a onblur="try {parent.deselectBloggerImageGracefully();} catch(e) {}" href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_p7vQpXhNs4Q/TH29ygNSOaI/AAAAAAAAErc/I1AO5XdPKMA/s1600/IMG_7079.JPG"><img style="cursor: pointer; width: 200px; height: 134px;" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_p7vQpXhNs4Q/TH29ygNSOaI/AAAAAAAAErc/I1AO5XdPKMA/s200/IMG_7079.JPG" alt="" id="BLOGGER_PHOTO_ID_5511770194308118946" border="0" /></a><br /></div><br />I love that they are safe and made of rubberwood so I don't have to worry about splinters. They are colorful and fun and can really serve a multitude of play purposes. I've even caught Nate putting them in the back of his dump truck for a ride and taking them for a walk in his sandbox. I really appreciate that when we are finished playing, we can organize and store them in the wooden tray. They are a little weighty so word of warning: you may want to wear a helmet if you have a minor-league pitcher on your hands!<br /><br />Overall, we love our Safari Stacking Blocks and I think they would make a great toy for any toddler aged two and up.<br /><br /><span style="font-weight: bold;">BUY IT</span>: Visit <a href="http://www.imagiplay.com/">www.imagiplay.com</a> to purchase the Safari Stacking Blocks or other ImagiPLAY toys and games online.<br /><br /><span style="font-weight: bold;">WIN IT</span>: I have another set of Safari Stacking Blocks to give away to one lucky reader!<br /><br /><span style="font-weight: bold;">MAIN COURSE (MANDATORY ENTRY)</span>: Look around <a href="http://www.imagiplay.com/products.php">ImagiPLAY</a> and tell me another toy that catches your eye. Remember to please leave your email address in your comment if it isn't visible on your profile or if you are not a blogger!<br /><br /><span style="font-weight: bold;">SUGAR ON TOP (BONUS ENTRIES)</span>: To maximize your chances of winning, you may do any or all of the following. Be sure to complete the above mandatory entry or your bonus entries will not count!<br /><br />1.) Follow my blog or subscribe via reader or email. Comment telling me which method you chose. If you already follow or subscribe, that counts! (1 entry)<br /><br />2.) Follow <a href="http://www.twitter.com/kris10chumley">me</a> and <a href="http://twitter.com/imagiplay">ImagiPLAY</a> on Twitter and tweet about this contest. You can do this daily! You may use the following tweet or come up with one of your own:<br /><br /><span style="font-size:85%;"><span style="font-weight: bold;">Win a set of @ImagiPLAY Safari Stacking Blocks </span></span><span style="font-size:85%;"><span style="font-weight: bold;">from @kris10chumley! Ends 9/22 http://bit.ly/abrQnM</span></span><br /><br />Just leave a comment with your tweet link. (1 entry per day max)<br /><br />3.) <a href="http://www.facebook.com/pages/Goodie-Goodie-Gumdrops/116259089526">"Like"</a> Goodie Goodie Gumdrops on Facebook. (1 entry)<br /><br />4.) <a href="http://www.facebook.com/#%21/pages/ImagiPLAY-Toys/139449182741795?ref=search">Become a fan</a> of ImagiPLAY on Facebook. (1 entry)<br /><br />5.) Add my button to your site and leave a comment with the link to where I can find it. (1 entry)<br /><br /><span style="font-size:85%;"><em>Giveaway will end on September 22, 2010 at 11:59pm EST. Open to U.S. only. Winners will be chosen via Random.org and will have 48 hours to respond to congratulatory email or prize will be forfeited and another winner will be chosen.</em></span><br /><br /><span style="font-size:85%;"><span style="font-style: italic;font-family:georgia;" >Disclaimer: I received a set of Safari Stacking Blocks from Tammi at ImagiPLAY to facilitate my candid review. I was not compensated in any other way for this post. The opinions expressed in this review are purely my own. Your experience may differ. </span></span><br /></div></div><div class="blogger-post-footer"><img width='1' height='1' src='https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/tracker/25549075580977647-6132172883283336030?l=www.goodie-goodie-gumdrops.com' alt='' /></div>Kristenhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/03542962726270982824noreply@blogger.com110tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-25549075580977647.post-91823852309370224202010-08-30T22:47:00.004-04:002010-09-03T15:10:59.671-04:00Review and Giveaway: Happy Green Bee<div style="text-align: center;"><a onblur="try {parent.deselectBloggerImageGracefully();} catch(e) {}" href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_p7vQpXhNs4Q/THxKZK33vBI/AAAAAAAAEpc/1ij4KqaY5CM/s1600/HappyGreenBeeLogo.jpg"><img style="cursor: pointer; width: 320px; height: 41px;" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_p7vQpXhNs4Q/THxKZK33vBI/AAAAAAAAEpc/1ij4KqaY5CM/s320/HappyGreenBeeLogo.jpg" alt="" id="BLOGGER_PHOTO_ID_5511361840270523410" border="0" /></a><br /><br /><div style="text-align: left;"><span style="font-size:85%;"><span style="font-weight: bold; font-style: italic;">Thank you to Happy Green Bee for participating in the Bloggy Birthday Blowout Event on Goodie Goodie Gumdrops!</span></span><br /></div></div><br />I've long tried to incorporate organic products into our lifestyle. We own several organic blankets and we buy some organic foods on a regular basis. But one area where I've always fallen short is organic clothing. The cost is normally double that of regular clothing and considering how Nate grows out of things so quickly (not to mention stains them up with typical dirt and other boy muck), I couldn't really justify the investment. That is, until we discovered the bliss that is Happy Green Bee.<br /><br /><a href="http://www.happygreenbee.com/index.cfm">Happy Green Bee</a> is a mom-owned business with a simple philosophy: create clothing that is comfortable, colorful, playful and ecologically responsible. As owner, Roxanne Quimby states:<br /><blockquote>We created Happy Green Bee so that a child can be a child, first and foremost. By using organic cotton, a comfortable and practical fabric, and simple bee-striped patterns, children feel as comfortable as they look while their parents take a small step in making a big difference in the environment their children live in.</blockquote>I first came across Happy Green Bee via a fellow blog and I fell instantly in love. Their color-coordinated, mix-and-match designs are whimsical and versatile. They carry everything from cardigans, tees and tanks to skirts, dresses and leggings to create your own unique, eco-friendly look. Happy Green Bee is fun and fancy-free, the way infant and toddler clothing should be.<br /><br /><div style="text-align: center;"><a onblur="try {parent.deselectBloggerImageGracefully();} catch(e) {}" href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_p7vQpXhNs4Q/THxfs24YzBI/AAAAAAAAEqc/ZTnlMMAYgag/s1600/HGB1.jpg"><img style="cursor: pointer; width: 152px; height: 200px;" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_p7vQpXhNs4Q/THxfs24YzBI/AAAAAAAAEqc/ZTnlMMAYgag/s200/HGB1.jpg" alt="" id="BLOGGER_PHOTO_ID_5511385268245548050" border="0" /></a><a onblur="try {parent.deselectBloggerImageGracefully();} catch(e) {}" href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_p7vQpXhNs4Q/THxfsdcnOrI/AAAAAAAAEqU/p9LTHmrpnNE/s1600/HGB2.jpg"><img style="cursor: pointer; width: 146px; height: 200px;" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_p7vQpXhNs4Q/THxfsdcnOrI/AAAAAAAAEqU/p9LTHmrpnNE/s200/HGB2.jpg" alt="" id="BLOGGER_PHOTO_ID_5511385261418166962" border="0" /></a><br /><br /><div style="text-align: left;">I don't say this about many brands but the most appealing thing for me was the price tag! At Happy Green Bee's Clearance Store, you can find organic clothing and accessories for as little as $2! I snatched up several items for Nate, including the <a href="http://www.happygreenbee.com/shop.cfm?c=1&amp;p=12&amp;col=5&amp;store=Clearance">Chocolate/Bean Kimono</a>, <a href="http://www.happygreenbee.com/shop.cfm?c=1&amp;p=21&amp;col=9&amp;store=Clearance">Chocolate Short-Sleeved Tee</a> and <a href="http://www.happygreenbee.com/shop.cfm?c=2&amp;p=18&amp;col=1&amp;store=Clearance">Butterscotch/Chocolate Stripy Leggings</a>. My order came to under $20 for all three pieces! With other organic brands, I'd spend more than that on a t-shirt!<br /><br />When the clothes arrived, I was really impressed by the quality. Uber soft and bold combinations that really stand out. I've had more than one person ask about his Happy Green Bee outfits when we go out. They also wash up very well and retain shape and color. Granted, I wash them in cold/warm water and let them air dry. But I know they aren't going to be falling apart anytime soon.<br /><br />I bought size Larges and the pants were a little roomy on Nate, as he's just now moving into 2T. But they fit great with a bulky cloth diaper underneath. The shirts fit him perfectly and I'm hoping we'll get lots of use out of them through next spring. I love that all of the clothes are basically seasonless (i.e., use a matching cardigan or layer a long-sleeved tee under a kimono for fall/winter).<br /></div></div><br /><div style="text-align: center;"><a onblur="try {parent.deselectBloggerImageGracefully();} catch(e) {}" href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_p7vQpXhNs4Q/THxVMElducI/AAAAAAAAEqM/Bt7DzoKm2qE/s1600/24613_703787137955_18415508_40136280_5165560_n.jpg"><img style="cursor: pointer; width: 150px; height: 200px;" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_p7vQpXhNs4Q/THxVMElducI/AAAAAAAAEqM/Bt7DzoKm2qE/s200/24613_703787137955_18415508_40136280_5165560_n.jpg" alt="" id="BLOGGER_PHOTO_ID_5511373709872314818" border="0" /></a> <a onblur="try {parent.deselectBloggerImageGracefully();} catch(e) {}" href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_p7vQpXhNs4Q/THxL_-UK7bI/AAAAAAAAEp8/YHbWHffCNQI/s1600/IMG_5331.JPG"><img style="cursor: pointer; width: 200px; height: 134px;" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_p7vQpXhNs4Q/THxL_-UK7bI/AAAAAAAAEp8/YHbWHffCNQI/s200/IMG_5331.JPG" alt="" id="BLOGGER_PHOTO_ID_5511363606426086834" border="0" /></a><br /></div><br />After sharing our great experience with Happy Green Bee, they kindly offered to send me another piece to review here on my blog. I chose the <a href="http://www.happygreenbee.com/shop.cfm?c=2&amp;p=47&amp;col=8&amp;store=Clearance">Radish Leggings</a> in size Medium. I love the fit and feel of the leggings on Nate. The tapered legs don't get in the way of play. They are soft, cute and comfy. Good for your baby and good for the planet!<br /><br /><div style="text-align: center;"><a onblur="try {parent.deselectBloggerImageGracefully();} catch(e) {}" href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_p7vQpXhNs4Q/THxN0Yy9v-I/AAAAAAAAEqE/bIsgzu52ZPA/s1600/IMG_6944.JPG"><img style="cursor: pointer; width: 200px; height: 134px;" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_p7vQpXhNs4Q/THxN0Yy9v-I/AAAAAAAAEqE/bIsgzu52ZPA/s200/IMG_6944.JPG" alt="" id="BLOGGER_PHOTO_ID_5511365606399393762" border="0" /></a><br /><br /><div style="text-align: left;">If you're looking for affordable, organic clothes for your wee one, you really can't beat Happy Green Bee. I can't wait to pay another visit and add to our wardrobe!<br /><br /><span style="font-weight: bold;">BUY IT</span>: To make a purchase or peruse the collection, visit <a href="http://www.happygreenbee.com/index.cfm">www.happygreenbee.com</a>.<br /><br /><span style="font-weight: bold;">WIN IT</span>: Happy Green Bee is offering one lucky reader their choice of item from the Clearance Store (in stock only)!<br /><br /><span style="font-weight: bold;">MAIN COURSE (MANDATORY ENTRY)</span>: Take a look around the <a href="http://www.happygreenbee.com/clearancestore.cfm">Clearance Store</a> and tell me which article of clothing you would choose. Remember to please leave your email address in your comment if it isn't visible on your profile or if you are not a blogger!<br /><br /><span style="font-weight: bold;">SUGAR ON TOP (BONUS ENTRIES)</span>: To maximize your chances of winning, you may do any or all of the following. Be sure to complete the above mandatory entry or your bonus entries will not count!<br /><br />1.) Follow my blog or subscribe via reader or email. Comment telling me which method you chose. If you already follow or subscribe, that counts! (1 entry)<br /><br />2.) Follow <a href="http://www.twitter.com/kris10chumley">me</a> on Twitter and tweet about this contest. You can do this daily! You may use the following tweet or come up with one of your own:<br /><br /><span style="font-size:85%;"><span style="font-weight: bold;">Affordable organic clothes for kids! Win any item from the Happy Green Bee Clearance Store @kris10chumley Ends 9/20</span></span> <span style="font-size:85%;"><span style="font-weight: bold;">http://bit.ly/9grn0u</span></span><br /><br />Just leave a comment with your tweet link. (1 entry per day max)<br /><br />3.) <a href="http://www.facebook.com/pages/Goodie-Goodie-Gumdrops/116259089526">"Like"</a> Goodie Goodie Gumdrops on Facebook. (1 entry)<br /><br />4.) <a href="http://www.facebook.com/pages/Happy-Green-Bee/46486548030">Become a fan</a> of Happy Green Bee on Facebook. (1 entry)<br /><br />5.) Add my button to your site and leave a comment with the link to where I can find it. (1 entry)<br /><br /><span style="font-size:85%;"><em>Giveaway will end on September 20, 2010 at 11:59pm EST. Open to U.S. only. Winners will be chosen via Random.org and will have 48 hours to respond to congratulatory email or prize will be forfeited and another winner will be chosen.</em></span><br /><br /><span style="font-size:85%;"><span style="font-style: italic;font-family:georgia;" >Disclaimer: I received a free pair of leggings from Happy Green Bee to facilitate my candid review. I was not compensated in any other way for this post. All other items mentioned were purchased by me. The opinions expressed in this review are purely my own. Your experience may differ. </span></span><br /></div></div><div class="blogger-post-footer"><img width='1' height='1' src='https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/tracker/25549075580977647-9182385230937022420?l=www.goodie-goodie-gumdrops.com' alt='' /></div>Kristenhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/03542962726270982824noreply@blogger.com57tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-25549075580977647.post-6448860436726028642010-08-30T08:48:00.006-04:002010-08-30T08:48:00.295-04:00Winners!There's no better way to start off the week than with some winners! Let's see who last week'../../2010/08/review-and-giveaway-scholastic_07.html?showComment=1283036569362#c1782931188212152897" title="comment permalink"> August 28, 2010 7:02 PM</a></span></dd></dl><br />Congratulations, winners! I will be contacting you within the next 24 hours and you will have 48 hours to reply before another winner is chosen.<br /><br />A huge THANK YOU to everyone who entered and to the lovely giveaway sponsors for making it all possible!<br /><br />Please be sure to check out the rest of my current giveaways, including a bedding product from Protect-A-Bed - valued up to $100! - ending tomorrow night!<div class="blogger-post-footer"><img width='1' height='1' src='https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/tracker/25549075580977647-644886043672602864?l=www.goodie-goodie-gumdrops.com' alt='' /></div>Kristenhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/03542962726270982824noreply@blogger.com1tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-25549075580977647.post-55440189723407150302010-08-29T22:07:00.005-04:002010-08-29T22:31:36.849-04:00Review and Giveaway: William Avery's Learning Buffet<div style="text-align: center;"><a onblur="try {parent.deselectBloggerImageGracefully();} catch(e) {}" href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_p7vQpXhNs4Q/THj-q4ZWCpI/AAAAAAAAEmU/IGVfrjUTn-o/s1600/LearningBuffet.jpg"><img style="cursor: pointer; width: 200px; height: 200px;" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_p7vQpXhNs4Q/THj-q4ZWCpI/AAAAAAAAEmU/IGVfrjUTn-o/s320/LearningBuffet.jpg" alt="" id="BLOGGER_PHOTO_ID_5510434156734450322" border="0" /></a><br /></div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /><div style="text-align: left;"><span style="font-size:85%;"><span style="font-weight: bold; font-style: italic;">Thank you to Yummy English Snack Productions and William Avery for participating in the Bloggy Birthday Blowout Event on Goodie Goodie Gumdrops!</span></span><br /></div><br /><div style="text-align: left;">Here at Goodie Goodie Gumdrops, our ears love to indulge in melodious treats. From sugary sweet pop to spicy, savory rock, we've sampled many yummy tracks over the past year. But we hadn't discovered the musical equivalent to soul food until we found William Avery's <a href="http://www.yesnack.com/songs.htm#"><span style="font-style: italic;">Learning Buffet</span></a>.<br /><br /><a onblur="try {parent.deselectBloggerImageGracefully();} catch(e) {}" href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_p7vQpXhNs4Q/THsTo4fJ7DI/AAAAAAAAEo8/DQyXW4aqK0k/s1600/WilliamAvery.JPG"><img style="float: left; margin: 0pt 10px 10px 0pt; cursor: pointer; width: 107px; height: 149px;" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_p7vQpXhNs4Q/THsTo4fJ7DI/AAAAAAAAEo8/DQyXW4aqK0k/s200/WilliamAvery.JPG" alt="" id="BLOGGER_PHOTO_ID_5511020162096688178" border="0" /></a>William Avery got his start in children's music while teaching English in Taiwan. A friend asked him to write original poems or chants for class and later, to set them to music. He got such a wonderful response, that it snowballed into something greater. William combines his experience and knowledge to produce his music. He relies on his students for direct feedback, so only the perfect ingredients go into a "Yummy English Snack".<br /><br />While heavily influenced by hip-hop, William is also proficient in violin and piano, which he uses to express his feelings and moods. After a friend taught him the Jazz C scale in college, he began to interlace it into his own unique style.<br /><br />His latest release, <span style="font-style: italic;">Learning Buffet</span> is a hearty mix of stories, educational themes and phonic drills, marinated in a variety of genres.<br /><span style=";font-size:18pt;color:red;" ></span><blockquote>Learning Buffet is 100% cool teaching from the soul. Children of all ages come back for seconds when learning the 50 state capitals, the American presidents, the 8 planets, 206 bones in the body, Mandarin Chinese and more... Served with fresh beats and bottomless imagination, each selection is seasoned with pizzazz and blends a tasty fusion of education and fun marinated in jazz, blues, pop, funk and hip hop. Enjoy a smorgasbord of 32 tasty tunes. </blockquote>Track Listing:<br /></div><div style="text-align: left;"><br />1. Really (Instrumental)<br />2. Reading Is Fundamental<br />3. Trey and Lovely<br />4. Thank You Mean Ole Dog<br />5. I Am a Big Boy (Wash My Hands)<br />6. Snail Is Bored<br />7. Love My Cat<br />8. #1 Potion H2O<br />9. America, the Grand Tour (50 State Capitals)<br />10. American Presidents<br />11. 206 Bones<br />12. Sailing (Oceans and Continents)<br />13. Twinkle Twinkle Little Sun (8 Planets)<br />14. My Good Friend (Learn Chinese)<br />15. What's Your Agenda?<br />16. ABC Chant – ABC Animals<br />17. Short Phonics Drill<br />18. Long Phonics Examples<br />19. The Y Song<br />20. Bamalama Phonics Time (OW)<br />21. Bamalama Phonics Time (OO)<br />22. Bamalama Phonics Time (PH)<br />23. Bamalama Phonics Time (OI)<br />24. Bamalama Phonics Time (AR)<br />25. Bamalama Phonics Time (NG)<br />26. Rainbow Stylin’<br />27. Yummy Tummy Special (Monday - Sunday)<br />28. 12 Months (January - December)<br />29. Opposite<br />30. Flavors<br />31. Skinny Mosquito<br />32. Kangaroo<br /></div></div><br />Many children's projects are deemed educational. But only with <span style="font-style: italic;">Learning Buffet</span> are you taught everything from opposites to phonics to human anatomy. Each song has a lesson to be learned. Except you won't mind this homework! With invigorating beats and a hip-hop style reminiscent of the Sugarhill Gang or Run DMC, William Avery is the teacher everyone in school crosses their fingers for.<br /><br />This album is a welcome departure from traditional children's music. It is unlike any family record I've heard before, which makes me want to hit repeat. I normally can't play hip-hop music for Nate because the content is entirely inappropriate. But that has all changed now thanks to <span style="font-style: italic;">Learning Buffet</span>. The rap rhythms make it easier to remember important facts, like presidents and planets. My personal favorite is "America, The Grand Tour". The instrumentals are hot and the lyrics are catchy. If I didn't know my 50 state capitals, I sure would now!<br /><div style="text-align: left;"><blockquote>I was chillin' in<br />Tallahassee, Florida<br />I saw an awkward alligator<br />It was coming at me,<br />so I headed for the border<br />Runnin' top speed to<br />Atlanta, Georgia<br />Stopped at a restaurant, ordered peach pie<br />Tasted so good I said "My oh my"<br />left a big tip for the waitress at the diner<br />Next<br />Columbia, South Carolina<br /></blockquote></div>I also really enjoyed the funky "206 Bones", which counts and names the bones in each part of our bodies, and cowbell-heavy "Yummy Tummy Special", which emphasizes the seven days of the week. Nate's favorite seemed to be the germ-free, "I Am A Big Boy (Wash My Hands)". I think he may be trying to tell me something. While most of the songs are light-hearted and playful, there are some profound tracks such as "Thank You Mean Ole Dog", which chronicles Avery's near kidnapping at the age of three.<br /><br />With a whopping 32 tracks, <span style="font-style: italic;">Learning Buffet</span> is one memorable meal. We'll definitely be serving ourselves another heaping spoonful of these delicious vittles!<br /><br /><span style="font-weight: bold;">BUY IT</span>: You can purchase <span style="font-style: italic;">Learning Buffet</span> online at <a href="http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/williamavery2">CDBaby.com</a>, Digistation, or Amazon.com (ARV $12.98).<br /><br /><span style="font-weight: bold;">WIN IT</span>: One lucky reader is going to win their own copy of <span style="font-style: italic;">Learning Buffet</span>!<br /><br /><span style="font-weight: bold;">MAIN COURSE (MANDATORY ENTRY)</span>: Visit <a href="http://www.yesnack.com/songs.htm#">YESnack.com</a>, listen to the <span style="font-style: italic;">Learning Buffet</span> tracks (or read the lyrics if you don't have a QuickTime plugin!) and tell me which song you like most. Remember to please leave your email address in your comment if it isn't visible on your profile or if you are not a blogger!<br /><br /><span style="font-weight: bold;">SUGAR ON TOP (BONUS ENTRIES)</span>: To maximize your chances of winning, you may do any or all of the following. Be sure to complete the above mandatory entry or your bonus entries will not count!<br /><br />1.) Follow my blog or subscribe via reader or email. Comment telling me which method you chose. If you already follow or subscribe, that counts! (1 entry)<br /><br />2.) Follow <a href="http://www.twitter.com/kris10chumley">me</a> on Twitter and tweet about this contest. You may use the following tweet or come up with one of your own:<br /><br /><span style="font-size:85%;"><span style="font-weight: bold;">Serve your child a hefty helping of educational fun with the Learning Buffet CD @kris10chumley! Ends 9/12 http://bit.ly/ctXHxx </span></span><br /><br />Just leave a comment with your tweet link. (1 entry)<br /><br />3.) <a href="http://www.facebook.com/pages/Goodie-Goodie-Gumdrops/116259089526">"Like"</a> Goodie Goodie Gumdrops on Facebook. (1 entry)<br /><br />4.) Add my button to your site and leave a comment with the link to where I can find it. (1 entry)<br /><br /><span style="font-size:85%;"><em>Giveaway will end on September 12, 2010 at 11:59pm EST. Open to U.S. only. Winners will be chosen via Random.org and will have 48 hours to respond to congratulatory email or prize will be forfeited and another winner will be chosen.</em></span><br /><br /><span style="font-size:85%;"><span style="font-style: italic;font-family:georgia;" >Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this album from William Avery of Yummy English Snack Productions to facilitate my honest review. I was not compensated in any other way for this post. The opinions expressed in this review are purely my own. Your experience may differ. </span></span><div class="blogger-post-footer"><img width='1' height='1' src='https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/tracker/25549075580977647-5544018972340715030?l=www.goodie-goodie-gumdrops.com' alt='' /></div>Kristenhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/03542962726270982824noreply@blogger.com32tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-25549075580977647.post-47284812385114121792010-08-29T17:59:00.003-04:002010-08-30T13:06:13.343-04:00Our Yo Gabba Gabba! Live! Concert Experience<div style="text-align: center;"><a onblur="try {parent.deselectBloggerImageGracefully();} catch(e) {}" href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_p7vQpXhNs4Q/THq2aUROy1I/AAAAAAAAEmc/ZPHtr6IJrJ0/s1600/YGGLiveLogo.png"><img style="cursor: pointer; width: 227px; height: 227px;" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_p7vQpXhNs4Q/THq2aUROy1I/AAAAAAAAEmc/ZPHtr6IJrJ0/s320/YGGLiveLogo.png" alt="" id="BLOGGER_PHOTO_ID_5510917657275059026" border="0" /></a><br /></div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /><div style="text-align: left;">As you know, last night, my family and I had the pleasure of attending the <a href="http://yogabbagabbalive.com/">Yo Gabba Gabba! Live!</a> event in Bristow, VA. Let me just say...it was spectacular! The weather was hot and we were sweating up a storm from all of the dancing but we had an amazing time. This experience will definitely be a cherished life-long memory for me.<br /><br /></div></div>When we first arrived at the pavilion, we secured our tickets and made our way to the front gate. We had to make a pit stop at a blue fountain that had mesmerized Nate. He wouldn't even look away for a photo.<br /><br /><div style="text-align: center;"><a onblur="try {parent.deselectBloggerImageGracefully();} catch(e) {}" href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_p7vQpXhNs4Q/THq6vVAwp2I/AAAAAAAAEm8/3uQMKqkxT4U/s1600/IMG_6962.JPG"><img style="cursor: pointer; width: 200px; height: 134px;" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_p7vQpXhNs4Q/THq6vVAwp2I/AAAAAAAAEm8/3uQMKqkxT4U/s200/IMG_6962.JPG" alt="" id="BLOGGER_PHOTO_ID_5510922416298174306" border="0" /></a> <a onblur="try {parent.deselectBloggerImageGracefully();} catch(e) {}" href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_p7vQpXhNs4Q/THq-NmlLTiI/AAAAAAAAEnM/yvBFEANA6Iw/s1600/IMG_7076.JPG"><img style="cursor: pointer; width: 200px; height: 134px;" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_p7vQpXhNs4Q/THq-NmlLTiI/AAAAAAAAEnM/yvBFEANA6Iw/s200/IMG_7076.JPG" alt="" id="BLOGGER_PHOTO_ID_5510926234945277474" border="0" /></a><br /></div><br />The courteous staff helped us find our seats (which were super, by the way) and we killed time by donning our DJ Lance glasses, grabbing some bottled water and scoping out the venue.<br /><br /><div style="text-align: center;"><a onblur="try {parent.deselectBloggerImageGracefully();} catch(e) {}" href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_p7vQpXhNs4Q/THq6uzQ588I/AAAAAAAAEm0/BSjs6oOa3-g/s1600/IMG_6993.JPG"><img style="cursor: pointer; width: 200px; height: 134px;" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_p7vQpXhNs4Q/THq6uzQ588I/AAAAAAAAEm0/BSjs6oOa3-g/s200/IMG_6993.JPG" alt="" id="BLOGGER_PHOTO_ID_5510922407239087042" border="0" /></a> <a onblur="try {parent.deselectBloggerImageGracefully();} catch(e) {}" href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_p7vQpXhNs4Q/THq6uWzWWJI/AAAAAAAAEms/NtjdvB1XEq0/s1600/IMG_6982.JPG"><img style="cursor: pointer; width: 200px; height: 134px;" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_p7vQpXhNs4Q/THq6uWzWWJI/AAAAAAAAEms/NtjdvB1XEq0/s200/IMG_6982.JPG" alt="" id="BLOGGER_PHOTO_ID_5510922399598925970" border="0" /></a><br /></div><br />I wasn't sure how Nate would react, as this was his very first concert and well, he can be a temperamental toddler. But he did great! He was a little restless in his seat at first but once he spotted the Yo Gabba Gabba decor, he grew so excited for the show to start.<br /><br /><div style="text-align: center;"><a onblur="try {parent.deselectBloggerImageGracefully();} catch(e) {}" href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_p7vQpXhNs4Q/THq6t8Lr7vI/AAAAAAAAEmk/suHKsToC4us/s1600/IMG_6972.JPG"><img style="cursor: pointer; width: 200px; height: 134px;" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_p7vQpXhNs4Q/THq6t8Lr7vI/AAAAAAAAEmk/suHKsToC4us/s200/IMG_6972.JPG" alt="" id="BLOGGER_PHOTO_ID_5510922392453246706" border="0" /></a> <a onblur="try {parent.deselectBloggerImageGracefully();} catch(e) {}" href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_p7vQpXhNs4Q/THq8wzLk1oI/AAAAAAAAEnE/90kQKe10SPg/s1600/IMG_6977.JPG"><img style="cursor: pointer; width: 200px; height: 134px;" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_p7vQpXhNs4Q/THq8wzLk1oI/AAAAAAAAEnE/90kQKe10SPg/s200/IMG_6977.JPG" alt="" id="BLOGGER_PHOTO_ID_5510924640599725698" border="0" /></a><br /></div><br />The moment they started playing the Yo Gabba Gabba! theme song, the audience roared. DJ Lance came out first, saying his magic words to bring the rest of the gang to life. They got us all off our feet to sing and dance along.<br /><br /><div style="text-align: center;"><a onblur="try {parent.deselectBloggerImageGracefully();} catch(e) {}" href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_p7vQpXhNs4Q/THrALeV8HII/AAAAAAAAEns/GBV1kb4lLRg/s1600/IMG_6998.JPG"><img style="cursor: pointer; width: 200px; height: 134px;" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_p7vQpXhNs4Q/THrALeV8HII/AAAAAAAAEns/GBV1kb4lLRg/s200/IMG_6998.JPG" alt="" id="BLOGGER_PHOTO_ID_5510928397397400706" border="0" /></a> <a onblur="try {parent.deselectBloggerImageGracefully();} catch(e) {}" href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_p7vQpXhNs4Q/THrAK9oxTNI/AAAAAAAAEnk/Gjf4w9y67kI/s1600/IMG_7007.JPG"><img style="cursor: pointer; width: 200px; height: 134px;" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_p7vQpXhNs4Q/THrAK9oxTNI/AAAAAAAAEnk/Gjf4w9y67kI/s200/IMG_7007.JPG" alt="" id="BLOGGER_PHOTO_ID_5510928388618013906" border="0" /></a><br /></div><br />For the Super Music Friends Show segment, we were introduced to an indie-rock band called Steel Train. I had never heard of them before but they were great! Nate was jumping and dancing all around, getting his sillies out. I'll definitely have to check out some of their albums.<br /><br /><div style="text-align: center;"><a onblur="try {parent.deselectBloggerImageGracefully();} catch(e) {}" href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_p7vQpXhNs4Q/THrAKR5nONI/AAAAAAAAEnc/J_RWUkHgzaM/s1600/IMG_7009.JPG"><img style="cursor: pointer; width: 200px; height: 134px;" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_p7vQpXhNs4Q/THrAKR5nONI/AAAAAAAAEnc/J_RWUkHgzaM/s200/IMG_7009.JPG" alt="" id="BLOGGER_PHOTO_ID_5510928376877496530" border="0" /></a> <a onblur="try {parent.deselectBloggerImageGracefully();} catch(e) {}" href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_p7vQpXhNs4Q/THrBnRFPFkI/AAAAAAAAEoM/36i0-wrSf6A/s1600/IMG_7014.JPG"><img style="cursor: pointer; width: 200px; height: 134px;" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_p7vQpXhNs4Q/THrBnRFPFkI/AAAAAAAAEoM/36i0-wrSf6A/s200/IMG_7014.JPG" alt="" id="BLOGGER_PHOTO_ID_5510929974385645122" border="0" /></a><br /></div><br />Nate loves balloons so we were excited to hear the song,"Balloons Make Me Happy". Nate was clapping his hands as Brobee floated up in the air. At the end of the song, they released balloons from the rafters for all of us in the audience! All three of us were able to snag a balloon buddy.<br /><br /><div style="text-align: center;"><a onblur="try {parent.deselectBloggerImageGracefully();} catch(e) {}" href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_p7vQpXhNs4Q/THrBm-jU1XI/AAAAAAAAEoE/AwlAhiCZ7q4/s1600/IMG_7027.JPG"><img style="cursor: pointer; width: 200px; height: 134px;" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_p7vQpXhNs4Q/THrBm-jU1XI/AAAAAAAAEoE/AwlAhiCZ7q4/s200/IMG_7027.JPG" alt="" id="BLOGGER_PHOTO_ID_5510929969411577202" border="0" /></a> <a onblur="try {parent.deselectBloggerImageGracefully();} catch(e) {}" href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_p7vQpXhNs4Q/THrBlnIYADI/AAAAAAAAEn8/PySE8Y1sMDU/s1600/IMG_7031.JPG"><img style="cursor: pointer; width: 200px; height: 134px;" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_p7vQpXhNs4Q/THrBlnIYADI/AAAAAAAAEn8/PySE8Y1sMDU/s200/IMG_7031.JPG" alt="" id="BLOGGER_PHOTO_ID_5510929945944653874" border="0" /></a><br /><a onblur="try {parent.deselectBloggerImageGracefully();} catch(e) {}" href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_p7vQpXhNs4Q/THrE5HiubAI/AAAAAAAAEos/6dCwgmHy8Ts/s1600/IMG_7033.JPG"><img style="cursor: pointer; width: 200px; height: 134px;" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_p7vQpXhNs4Q/THrE5HiubAI/AAAAAAAAEos/6dCwgmHy8Ts/s200/IMG_7033.JPG" alt="" id="BLOGGER_PHOTO_ID_5510933579597507586" border="0" /></a> <a onblur="try {parent.deselectBloggerImageGracefully();} catch(e) {}" href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_p7vQpXhNs4Q/THrBlEQ0a7I/AAAAAAAAEn0/GL3dqS-RiWs/s1600/IMG_7043.JPG"><img style="cursor: pointer; width: 200px; height: 134px;" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_p7vQpXhNs4Q/THrBlEQ0a7I/AAAAAAAAEn0/GL3dqS-RiWs/s200/IMG_7043.JPG" alt="" id="BLOGGER_PHOTO_ID_5510929936584829874" border="0" /></a><br /></div><br />After a short intermission, the gang came back out with a bang. Muno and Foofa came down our row and shook our hands! I had never seen Nate grin so big. I wish I could have taken a better picture but this one was taken just after we met Foofa.<br /><br /><div style="text-align: center;"><a onblur="try {parent.deselectBloggerImageGracefully();} catch(e) {}" href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_p7vQpXhNs4Q/THrE4XubyPI/AAAAAAAAEok/lBrLO3ss39Y/s1600/IMG_7047.JPG"><img style="cursor: pointer; width: 200px; height: 134px;" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_p7vQpXhNs4Q/THrE4XubyPI/AAAAAAAAEok/lBrLO3ss39Y/s200/IMG_7047.JPG" alt="" id="BLOGGER_PHOTO_ID_5510933566761715954" border="0" /></a><br /></div><br />We were then treated to an extra-special "Peanut Butter Stomp" Dancey-Dance with special guest Do It (who was featured on the Season 1 "Dance" episode) and Biz Markie came out for his ultra-cool "Beat of the Day" segment. He even invited several preschoolers up on stage to mimic his beat, which was the cutest thing.<br /><br /><div style="text-align: center;"><a onblur="try {parent.deselectBloggerImageGracefully();} catch(e) {}" href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_p7vQpXhNs4Q/THrE4Fci56I/AAAAAAAAEoc/3Yyn4cby-Z8/s1600/IMG_7065.JPG"><img style="cursor: pointer; width: 200px; height: 134px;" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_p7vQpXhNs4Q/THrE4Fci56I/AAAAAAAAEoc/3Yyn4cby-Z8/s200/IMG_7065.JPG" alt="" id="BLOGGER_PHOTO_ID_5510933561854846882" border="0" /></a> <a onblur="try {parent.deselectBloggerImageGracefully();} catch(e) {}" href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_p7vQpXhNs4Q/THrQB7XewGI/AAAAAAAAEo0/9DafWFMj7Og/s1600/IMG_7068.JPG"><img style="cursor: pointer; width: 200px; height: 134px;" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_p7vQpXhNs4Q/THrQB7XewGI/AAAAAAAAEo0/9DafWFMj7Og/s200/IMG_7068.JPG" alt="" id="BLOGGER_PHOTO_ID_5510945825575845986" border="0" /></a><br /></div><br />We were having so much fun and didn't want our time to end but inevitably, we had to say goodbye. But not before our friends concluded with everyone's favorite "Party in My Tummy" song.<br /><br /><div style="text-align: center;"><div style="text-align: left;"><div style="text-align: center;"><a onblur="try {parent.deselectBloggerImageGracefully();} catch(e) {}" href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_p7vQpXhNs4Q/THrE3psUtFI/AAAAAAAAEoU/6TUnp-juPCY/s1600/IMG_7075.JPG"><img style="cursor: pointer; width: 200px; height: 134px;" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_p7vQpXhNs4Q/THrE3psUtFI/AAAAAAAAEoU/6TUnp-juPCY/s200/IMG_7075.JPG" alt="" id="BLOGGER_PHOTO_ID_5510933554404832338" border="0" /></a><br /></div><br />We had such a blast! Nate even cried as we left the pavilion because he wanted to stay and party. If you're a Yo Gabba Gabba! fan, you will undoubtedly adore this show. It is entertaining and just pure fun!<br /><br />Wanna catch a Party in Your City? Check out tour locations and dates and purchase tickets online at <a href="http://yogabbagabbalive.com/">www.yogabbagabbalive.com</a>. You don't want to miss it!<br /><br />I would like to graciously thank Michelle Sisco P.R. for the opportunity to attend the Bristow, VA show. It was our most memorable family outing to date, for sure!<br /><span style="font-size:85%;"><br /><span style="font-style: italic;">Disclaimer: I received three free tickets to attend the Yo Gabba Gabba! Live! show in Bristow, VA and share my experience on my blog. I was not compensated in any other way for this post. All opinions expressed are purely my own. Your experience may differ.</span></span><br /></div></div><div class="blogger-post-footer"><img width='1' height='1' src='https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/tracker/25549075580977647-4728481238511412179?l=www.goodie-goodie-gumdrops.com' alt='' /></div>Kristenhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/03542962726270982824noreply@blogger.com2tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-25549075580977647.post-29900292349345919092010-08-27T21:59:00.003-04:002010-08-28T13:08:57.405-04:00Yo Gabba Gabba! "Cool Tricks" Contest<div style="text-align: center;"><a onblur="try {parent.deselectBloggerImageGracefully();} catch(e) {}" href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_p7vQpXhNs4Q/THhYHuetpqI/AAAAAAAAEmM/AQtKBotiOrg/s1600/Cool++Tricks+Final+Logo.jpg"><img style="cursor: pointer; width: 320px; height: 216px;" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_p7vQpXhNs4Q/THhYHuetpqI/AAAAAAAAEmM/AQtKBotiOrg/s320/Cool++Tricks+Final+Logo.jpg" alt="" id="BLOGGER_PHOTO_ID_5510251033846982306" border="0" /></a><br /></div><br />The big day is finally upon us...tomorrow night, we will be attending the <a href="http://yogabbagabbalive.com/">Yo Gabba Gabba! Live! </a>show in Bristow, VA! I am so excited! I can't wait to see Nate's face light up as he sees his favorite characters on stage. Of course, I'll be reporting back to you to tell you all about our experience, complete with photojournalism. But first, I have to share a cool new contest with you!<br /><br />If you've ever seen Yo Gabba Gabba!, you're probably familiar with the "Cool Tricks" segment, where children and adults show off their special talent or skill (gymnastics, cup stacking, breakdancing, etc.). Celebrities such as Tony Hawk performing a skateboard move and Rhys Darby doing the robot have appeared on <span class="il">"Cool</span> <span class="il">Tricks"</span>.<br /><br />Well, now fans across North American can show off their unique talents by entering the Cool Tricks contest! Just upload a :30-:60 video demonstrating your child's cool trick for the opportunity to win a VIP Family 4-pack and have their winning video played during intermission at the KIA Motors Presents Yo Gabba Gabba! Live!: There's A Party in My City! show closest to their hometown. All participants are automatically entered into a sweepstakes where one lucky fan will receive a 5-night trip for four to the Caribbean or Mexico! Grand prize includes round-trip airfare, Junior Suite accommodations, and all meals to a choice of Palladium Hotels &amp; Resorts.<br /><br />But that's not all! Each winner will also receive $100 worth of organic baby and toddler food, lunchbox snacks and two “Party In My Lunchbox” Yo Gabba Gabba! Live! concert t-shirts from Revolution Foods and Plum Organics.<br /><br />To enter the <span class="il">contest</span>, visit the <a href="http://facebook.yogabbagabbalive.com/">Yo Gabba Gabba! Live! Facebook fan page</a> and upload your video. Winners will be determined by a public vote in each tour market. So, be sure to get all your friends and family to vote!<br /><br />The "Cool Tricks" contest is live now through Sunday, December 12, 2010. Winners will be notified and announced prior to the show date in each local market. See the official rules on the <a href="http://facebook.yogabbagabbalive.com/">Yo Gabba Gabba! Live! Facebook page</a>.<br /><p class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal;"></p><span style="font-size:85%;"><span style="font-style: italic;">Disclaimer: I will be receiving three free tickets from Michelle Sisco P.R. to attend the Yo Gabba Gabba! Live! show in Bristow, VA on 8/28/10 and facilitate my candid review. I have not been and will not be compensated in any other way.</span></span><div class="blogger-post-footer"><img width='1' height='1' src='https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/tracker/25549075580977647-2990029234934591909?l=www.goodie-goodie-gumdrops.com' alt='' /></div>Kristenhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/03542962726270982824noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-25549075580977647.post-4718922054877214022010-08-27T19:30:00.001-04:002010-08-27T19:50:39.722-04:00Review and Giveaway: All Around Ralph's World<div style="text-align: center;"><a onblur="try {parent.deselectBloggerImageGracefully();} catch(e) {}" href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_p7vQpXhNs4Q/THXhaYZAO7I/AAAAAAAAEl8/Raogl2D9tQ8/s1600/RalphsWorldCover.jpg"><img style="cursor: pointer; width: 320px; height: 316px;" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_p7vQpXhNs4Q/THXhaYZAO7I/AAAAAAAAEl8/Raogl2D9tQ8/s320/RalphsWorldCover.jpg" alt="" id="BLOGGER_PHOTO_ID_5509557562497842098" border="0" /></a><br /></div><br /><span style="font-size:85%;"><span style="font-weight: bold; font-style: italic;">Thank you to Bar None Records and Ralph's World for participating in the Bloggy Birthday Blowout Event at Goodie Goodie Gumdrops! </span></span><br /><br />Summer vacation may be over but that doesn't mean we can't still explore new worlds and new places with our little ones. With just a little imagination, it's easy to take flight wherever and whenever you want to go. First stop on our imaginary tour? A little place known as <a href="http://ralphsworld.com/">Ralph's World</a>.<br /><br /><a onblur="try {parent.deselectBloggerImageGracefully();} catch(e) {}" href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_p7vQpXhNs4Q/THXiWW33XlI/AAAAAAAAEmE/vkH9ptycEm4/s1600/RalphsWorld.jpg"><img style="float: right; margin: 0pt 0pt 10px 10px; cursor: pointer; width: 130px; height: 200px;" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_p7vQpXhNs4Q/THXiWW33XlI/AAAAAAAAEmE/vkH9ptycEm4/s200/RalphsWorld.jpg" alt="" id="BLOGGER_PHOTO_ID_5509558592882564690" border="0" /></a>Grammy-nominated musician and esteemed playwright Ralph Covert began his career with the critically-acclaimed, Chicago-based indie rock band The Bad Examples in the 90's. He also penned several adult dramas and children's stage musicals, including "The Hundred Dresses" and "A Nutty Nutcracker Christmas", before becoming the kids music sensation he is today. You've probably heard his catchy collaboration from the new Huggies Pull-Ups commercials, "The Potty Dance". (You know, "Do the...*<span style="font-style: italic;">clap, clap</span>*...potty dance...")<br /><br /><span style="font-style: italic;">All Around Ralph's World</span> is Covert's ninth family release, containing sixteen original songs that run the gamut from rock to pop to country to showtunes. Through Ralph's compelling storytelling, we blast off to the limits of our imagination as we encounter a robot, a dog, and a caterpillar - just to name a few of the endearing characters on the album.<br /><br />Track Listing:<br /><br />1. The Great Outdoors<br />2. My Magic Trick<br />3. Wiggle Your Lah-De-Dah<br />4. Easy Ryders<br />5. All About Bob<br />6. All Around the World<br />7. Black Hole Boy<br />8. Blue Airplane<br />9. The First Time<br />10. Pickle Me Juice<br />11. Sally's Trip<br />12. Bubblegum<br />13. The Funniest Joke in the World<br />14. A Dog Named Bruce<br />15. The Robot Looked at the Stars<br />16. I'm Not Tired<br /><a href="http://ralphsworld.com/"><br /><span style="font-style: italic;">All Around Ralph's World</span></a> is officially our new go-to car ride companion. Its laid-back, free spirit vibe makes it the perfect soundtrack for travel. I love that the music doesn't make my son too hyper like some of our more rock-oriented albums and the track lengths are palatable for the shortest of toddler attention spans. It's a gentle album that will have your little one's imagination soaring to new heights.<br /><br />The stand-out songs for me were the intergalactic vaudeville tune "My Magic Trick", the effortless soft pop ballad "Blue Airplane" and the silly, bluegrass tune "Pickle Me Juice", which was co-written with Ralph's daughter, Fiona. I also really enjoyed the dreamy, "The Robot Looked at the Stars", which immediately brought to mind U2.<br /><br />Whether you're looking to escape on four wheels or only in your mind, you'll definitely want to detour to Ralph's World.<br /><br /><span style="font-weight: bold;">BUY IT</span>: You can purchase <span style="font-style: italic;">All Around Ralph's World</span> at most major music retailers and online at <a href="http://www.amazon.com/All-Around-Ralphs-World/dp/B0030E5NO6/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&amp;s=music&amp;qid=1282952863&amp;sr=8-1">Amazon.com</a> or <a href="http://www.waterdogmusic.com/store/index.php?main_page=index&amp;cPath=62_65">Ralph's World Store</a> (ARV $13.98).<br /><br /><span style="font-weight: bold;">WIN IT</span>: Bar None Records is generously offering <span style="font-weight: bold;">two </span>lucky winners a Ralph's World prize pack including the <span style="font-style: italic;">All Around Ralph's World</span> CD, a Ralph's World Rocks t-shirt and autographed goodies!<br /><br /><span style="font-weight: bold;">MAIN COURSE (MANDATORY ENTRY)</span>: Visit <a href="http://ralphsworld.com/">Ralph's World</a>, have a listen to the playlist on the homepage and tell me which song you like most. Remember to please leave your email address in your comment if it isn't visible on your profile or if you are not a blogger!<br /><br /><span style="font-weight: bold;">SUGAR ON TOP (BONUS ENTRIES)</span>: To maximize your chances of winning, you may do any or all of the following. Be sure to complete the above mandatory entry or your bonus entries will not count!<br /><br />1.) Follow my blog or subscribe via reader or email. Comment telling me which method you chose. If you already follow or subscribe, that counts! (1 entry)<br /><br />2.) Follow <a href="http://www.twitter.com/kris10chumley">me</a> on Twitter and tweet about this contest. You may use the following tweet or come up with one of your own:<br /><br /><span style="font-size:85%;"><span style="font-weight: bold;">#Win a Ralph's World prize pack w/CD, tee and autographed goodies from @kris10chumley! Ends 9/10</span></span> <span style="font-size:85%;"><span style="font-weight: bold;">http://bit.ly/aJkK3M</span></span><br /><br />Just leave a comment with your tweet link. (1 entry)<br /><br />3.) <a href="http://www.facebook.com/pages/Goodie-Goodie-Gumdrops/116259089526">"Like"</a> Goodie Goodie Gumdrops on Facebook. (1 entry)<br /><br />4.) <a href="http://www.facebook.com/home.php?#%21/pages/Ralphs-World/107405452622108?ref=ts">Become a fan</a> of Ralph's World on Facebook. (1 entry)<br /><br />5.) Add my button to your site and leave a comment with the link to where I can find it. (1 entry)<br /><br /><span style="font-size:85%;"><em>Giveaway will end on September 10, 2010 at 11:59pm EST. Open to U.S. only. Winners will be chosen via Random.org and will have 48 hours to respond to congratulatory email or prize will be forfeited and another winner will be chosen.</em></span><br /><br /><span style="font-size:85%;"><span style="font-style: italic;font-family:georgia;" >Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this album from Mark at Bar None Records to facilitate my candid review. I was not compensated in any other way for this post. The opinions expressed in this review and solely my own. Your experience may differ. </span></span><div class="blogger-post-footer"><img width='1' height='1' src='https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/tracker/25549075580977647-471892205487721402?l=www.goodie-goodie-gumdrops.com' alt='' /></div>Kristenhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/03542962726270982824noreply@blogger.com11tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-25549075580977647.post-27672139067156314832010-08-25T22:51:00.003-04:002010-08-25T23:23:13.788-04:00Review and Giveaway: Monkey Monkey Music with Meredith LeVande<div style="text-align: center;"><a onblur="try {parent.deselectBloggerImageGracefully();} catch(e) {}" href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_p7vQpXhNs4Q/THUhI9KVpiI/AAAAAAAAEls/O97QQhDS-T8/s1600/MonkeyMonkeyMusic.jpg"><img style="cursor: pointer; width: 300px; height: 300px;" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_p7vQpXhNs4Q/THUhI9KVpiI/AAAAAAAAEls/O97QQhDS-T8/s320/MonkeyMonkeyMusic.jpg" alt="" id="BLOGGER_PHOTO_ID_5509346156898264610" border="0" /></a><br /><div style="text-align: left;"><span style="font-size:85%;"><span style="font-weight: bold; font-style: italic;">Thank you to Monkey Monkey Music and Waldmania! for participating in the Bloggy Birthday Blowout Event on Goodie Goodie Gumdrops!</span></span><br /></div><br /></div>There's been somewhat of an explosion in the kindie music arena. Musicians are starting to realize that while we parents don't want to expose our kiddos to inappropriate material, we don't necessarily want to sacrifice the music we love in favor of a goofy purple dinosaur. But this can be a double-edged sword. Some artists become so focused on being "sophisticated" for adults that they lose sight of what appeals to tots. But one act is determined to put the "child back into children's music": <a href="http://www.monkeymonkeymusic.com/index.html">Monkey Monkey Music with Meredith LeVande</a>.<br /><br /><a onblur="try {parent.deselectBloggerImageGracefully();} catch(e) {}" href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_p7vQpXhNs4Q/THUhSEV8ziI/AAAAAAAAEl0/TCLmnrndbFM/s1600/MeredithCircle.png"><img style="float: left; margin: 0pt 10px 10px 0pt; cursor: pointer; width: 200px; height: 172px;" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_p7vQpXhNs4Q/THUhSEV8ziI/AAAAAAAAEl0/TCLmnrndbFM/s200/MeredithCircle.png" alt="" id="BLOGGER_PHOTO_ID_5509346313444838946" border="0" /></a>Meredith LeVande is what some refer to as the "Renaissance Woman of children's music". Survivor of a traumatic childhood, Meredith coped with her reality through song. After earning degrees in various disciplines such as Women's Studies, Law and Music, Meredith began her career on the college circuit. An impromptu performance of traditional children's songs before a crowd of families led her to her true calling as a children's musician. It was then the Monkey Monkey Music project was born.<br /><br />Her 2005 debut children's album, <span style="font-style: italic;">Monkey Monkey Music with Meredith LeVande</span>, became an instant hit, designated as a <span style="font-style: italic;">Parenting</span> Magazine "pick" and receiving heavy airplay on Sirius Satellite Radio. Her second full-length children's CD, <span style="font-style: italic;">What Are the Odds?</span>, is due out this month and promises to deliver the same charm and emotional<br />appeal that makes her intimate live shows so special.<br /><br />Track Listing:<br /><br />1. Hello (New)<br />2. What Are The Odds?<br />3. Shake It Loud<br />4. This Way, That Way<br />5. In The Garden<br />6. Wheels<br />7. Air Guitar<br />8. Frogs Eat Butterflies<br />9. Circle<br />10. Turn Your Body Around<br />11. Bubbles<br />12. Who's a Knockin'?<br />13. Silly Animal Friends<br />14. Guess What I Am<br />15. Willow Tree in the Wind<br />16. Goodbye (New)<br /><a href="http://www.monkeymonkeymusic.com/what_are_the_odds.html"><br /><span style="font-style: italic;">What Are The Odds?</span></a> is like preschool in a pint-sized package. Meredith LeVande merges the folk stylings of Lisa Loeb with the imagination and interaction of Laurie Berkner for a delighfully simple yet honest children's record.<br /><br />From mathematics and dance to animal sounds and knock-knock jokes, Monkey Monkey Music keeps the tone educational but fun. My personal favorite is the clever title track, "What Are The Odds?", which makes it easier than ever to memorize odd numbers ("...one head...three strikes...five fingers...seven days of the weeks...nine planets..."). I also loved "In the Garden", which made me hungry enough to eat a rainbow and the Burt Bacharach-esque game of charades, "Guess What I Am".<br /><br />Monkey Monkey Music will have your little monkey movin' and groovin'. And expanding that cranium too.<br /><br /><span style="font-weight: bold;">BUY IT</span>: <span style="font-style: italic;">What Are The Odds?</span> will be released on August 31, 2010 and will be available online at <a href="http://www.amazon.com/What-Are-Odds-Monkey-Music/dp/B003VPYY4Y/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&amp;s=music&amp;qid=1282792685&amp;sr=8-1">Amazon.com</a>, CDBaby.com and <a href="http://www.monkeymonkeymusic.com/what_are_the_odds.html">www.monkeymonkeymusic.com</a>. (ARV $14.99)<br /><br /><span style="font-weight: bold;">WIN IT</span>: One lucky reader is going to win a copy of the album!<br /><br /><span style="font-weight: bold;">MAIN COURSE (MANDATORY ENTRY)</span>: Listen to the album <a href="http://www.monkeymonkeymusic.com/what_are_the_odds.html">track samples</a> and tell me which song you like most. Remember to please leave your email address in your comment if it isn't visible on your profile or if you are not a blogger!<br /><br /><span style="font-weight: bold;">SUGAR ON TOP (BONUS ENTRIES)</span>: To maximize your chances of winning, you may do any or all of the following. Be sure to complete the above mandatory entry or your bonus entries will not count!<br /><br />1.) Follow my blog or subscribe via reader or email. Comment telling me which method you chose. If you already follow or subscribe, that counts! (1 entry)<br /><br />2.) Follow <a href="http://www.twitter.com/kris10chumley">me</a> on Twitter and tweet about this contest. You may use the following tweet or come up with one of your own:<br /><br /><span style="font-size:85%;"><span style="font-weight: bold;">Tunes for your toddler - win What Are The Odds? from Monkey Monkey Music with Meredith LeVande @kris10chumley Ends 9/9 http://bit.ly/bK7neI</span></span><br /><br />Just leave a comment with your tweet link. (1 entry)<br /><br />3.) <a href="http://www.facebook.com/pages/Goodie-Goodie-Gumdrops/116259089526">"Like"</a> Goodie Goodie Gumdrops on Facebook. (1 entry)<br /><br />4.) Add my button to your site and leave a comment with the link to where I can find it. (1 entry)<br /><br /><span style="font-size:85%;"><em>Giveaway will end on September 9, 2010 at 11:59pm EST. Open to U.S. only. Winners will be chosen via Random.org and will have 48 hours to respond to congratulatory email or prize will be forfeited and another winner will be chosen.</em></span><br /><br /><span style="font-size:85%;"><span style="font-style: italic;font-family:georgia;" >Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this album from Elizabeth at Waldmania! to facilitate my candid review. I was not compensated in any other way for this post. The opinions expressed in this review and solely my own. Your experience may differ. </span></span><div class="blogger-post-footer"><img width='1' height='1' src='https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/tracker/25549075580977647-2767213906715631483?l=www.goodie-goodie-gumdrops.com' alt='' /></div>Kristenhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/03542962726270982824noreply@blogger.com16tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-25549075580977647.post-69516889113579464732010-08-25T08:12:00.006-04:002010-08-25T08:34:27.711-04:00Review and Giveaway: The Okee Dokee Brothers' Take It Outside<div style="text-align: center;"><a onblur="try {parent.deselectBloggerImageGracefully();} catch(e) {}" href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_p7vQpXhNs4Q/THPDzEoTglI/AAAAAAAAEk0/GPrXMD1o-D4/s1600/OkeeDokeeBros.jpg"><img style="cursor: pointer; width: 280px; height: 280px;" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_p7vQpXhNs4Q/THPDzEoTglI/AAAAAAAAEk0/GPrXMD1o-D4/s320/OkeeDokeeBros.jpg" alt="" id="BLOGGER_PHOTO_ID_5508962051387785810" border="0" /></a><br /></div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /><div style="text-align: left; font-weight: bold; font-style: italic;"><span style="font-size:85%;">Thank you to the Okee Dokee Bros. and Sugar Mountain P.R. for participating in the Bloggy Birthday Blowout Event on Goodie Goodie Gumdrops!<br /></span></div><br /><div style="text-align: left;">It seems like summer just arrived and already it's nearing its end. The kids are heading back to school. Soon, the weather will grow cooler. We'll trade swimsuits for sweaters and the pool for the pumpkin patch. But the spirit of summer doesn't have to fade. You can capture the warmth and wonder of the season year-round with the <a href="http://okeedokee.org/index.html">Okee Dokee Brothers</a>.<br /></div><br /><div style="text-align: left;"><a onblur="try {parent.deselectBloggerImageGracefully();} catch(e) {}" href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_p7vQpXhNs4Q/THR_yZzMABI/AAAAAAAAElc/4MOehlrgMRA/s1600/OkeeDokeeBand.jpg"><img style="float: left; margin: 0pt 10px 10px 0pt; cursor: pointer; width: 200px; height: 134px;" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_p7vQpXhNs4Q/THR_yZzMABI/AAAAAAAAElc/4MOehlrgMRA/s200/OkeeDokeeBand.jpg" alt="" id="BLOGGER_PHOTO_ID_5509168748076728338" border="0" /></a></div><div style="text-align: left;">This Twin Cities duo aren't actually brothers at all. Childhood best friends Joe Mailander and Justin Lansing first got their start in a bluegrass band, touring the Midwest and fulfilling their lifelong dream of being professional singer-songwriters. Staying true to their folk roots, they tapped into where it all began: their childhood. So, they picked up and moved to Minneapolis to start the kindie band that would become the Okee Dokee Brothers. Following on the heels of their critically-acclaimed 2008 debut album, <span style="font-style: italic;">Kids with Beards</span>, comes their brand new sophomore album <span style="font-style: italic;">Take it Outside</span>. This collection of 13 original songs encapsulates one magical day in the life of a child, and is designed to get kids - and families - on their feet and out the door.<br /><br />Track Listing:<br /><br />1. Bluegrass for Breakfast<br />2. Neighbors<br />3. Tippy Toes<br />4. Hero<br />5. Wash Your Face<br />6. Lucy and Tighty<br />7. Water Balloon<br />8. Antidisestablishmentarianism<br />9. Auctioneer<br />10. What We Got<br />11. The Naked Truth<br />12. The Extraterrestrials<br />13. Sweet Dreams<br /><br />If Sesame Street changed its backdrop to the backwoods of Tennessee, then the <a href="http://okeedokee.org/index.html">Okee Dokee Brothers</a> would be your musical tour guides.<br /><br />Listening to the album made me flash back to my youthful days, when tire swings didn't make me dizzy, when I loved the feeling of grass between my toes and a film of dirt on my skin and I didn't think twice about jumping into a lake fully clothed. From the time you wake up to "Bluegrass for Breakfast" until you tuck yourself into bed for "Sweet Dreams", you're in for wholesome, homegrown fun.<br /><br />Each song tells a story or teaches a lesson, with a sense of humor that kids and parents alike can appreciate. Learn the longest word in the English language ("Antidisestablishmentarianism"), boost your vocabulary with words like "lackadaisically" or "introvertedly" ("Lucy and Tighty"), or try to speak fast like an "Auctioneer". My personal favorites are "Neighbors", which encourages the acceptance of differences - even those who "think it's cruel to murder a vegetable" - and "Hero", a country-pop ditty that makes you wonder if you have the "guts or the glory" to be a caped crusader. "The Naked Truth", about none other than a boy in the buff, describes my little nudist perfectly and made me laugh out loud. Even thought he couldn't understand the lyrics, Nate was jumping and dancing around to the organic bluegrass sound. The Okee Dokee Brothers sure know how to host a toe-tapping, knee-slapping, heck of a time.<br /><br /><span style="font-weight: bold;">BUY IT</span>: You can listen to samples and/or purchase <span style="font-style: italic;">Take it Outside</span> from <a href="http://okeedokee.org/music.html">www.okeedokee.org</a> or <a href="http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/okeedokeebrothers2">CDBaby.com</a> (ARV $12.97).<br /><br /><span style="font-weight: bold;">WIN IT</span>: One lucky reader is going to win a copy of the album!<br /><br /><span style="font-weight: bold;">MAIN COURSE (MANDATORY ENTRY)</span>: Listen to the album <a href="http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/okeedokeebrothers2">track samples</a> and tell me which song you like best. Remember to please leave your email address in your comment if it isn't visible on your profile or if you are not a blogger!<br /><br /><span style="font-weight: bold;">SUGAR ON TOP (BONUS ENTRIES)</span>: To maximize your chances of winning, you may do any or all of the following. Be sure to complete the above mandatory entry or your bonus entries will not count!<br /><br />1.) Follow my blog or subscribe via reader or email. Comment telling me which method you chose. If you already follow or subscribe, that counts! (1 entry)<br /><br />2.) Follow <a href="http://www.twitter.com/kris10chumley">me</a> and the <a href="http://twitter.com/OkeeDokeeBros">Okee Dokee Brothers</a> on Twitter and tweet about this contest. You may use the following tweet or come up with one of your own:<br /><br /><span style="font-size:85%;"><span style="font-weight: bold;">Win the newest album from the @OkeeDokeeBrothers, Take it Outside, from @kris10chumley Ends 9/8 http://bit.ly/aNTuZ5</span></span><br /><br />Just leave a comment with your tweet link. (1 entry)<br /><br />3.) <a href="http://www.facebook.com/?ref=home#%21/pages/The-Okee-Dokee-Brothers/135884693120597?ref=ts">Become a fan</a> of the Okee Dokee Brothers on Facebook. (1 entry)<br /><br />4.) <a href="http://www.facebook.com/pages/Goodie-Goodie-Gumdrops/116259089526">"Like"</a> Goodie Goodie Gumdrops on Facebook. (1 entry)<br /><br />5.) Add my button to your site and leave a comment with the link to where I can find it. (1 entry)<br /><br /><span style="font-size:85%;"><em>Giveaway will end on September 8, 2010 at 11:59pm EST. Open to U.S. only. Winners will be chosen via Random.org and will have 48 hours to respond to congratulatory email or prize will be forfeited and another winner will be chosen.</em></span><br /><br /><span style="font-size:85%;"><span style="font-style: italic;font-family:georgia;" >Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this album from Beth at Sugar Mountain P.R. to facilitate my candid review. I was not compensated in any other way for this post. The opinions expressed in this review and purely my own. Your experience may differ. </span></span><br /></div></div><div class="blogger-post-footer"><img width='1' height='1' src='https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/tracker/25549075580977647-6951688911357946473?l=www.goodie-goodie-gumdrops.com' alt='' /></div>Kristenhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/03542962726270982824noreply@blogger.com12tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-25549075580977647.post-92149905295164666562010-08-24T16:55:00.002-04:002010-08-24T17:17:50.283-04:00Woohoo for Winners!Better late than never, right?! Let's see who last week's lucky winners are!<br /><br />The winner of the rainbow tub of Mary'../../2010/07/review-and-giveaway-mimi-sardine.html?showComment=1281667717062#c4904316879376376483" title="comment permalink"> August 12, 2010 10:48 PM</a></span></dd></dl><br />And last but not least, the winner of The Not-Its'../../2010/08/review-and-giveaway-not-its-time-out-to.html?showComment=1282526878158#c5671276933435971754" title="comment permalink"> August 22, 2010 9:27 PM</a></span></dd></dl><br /><br />Congratulations, winners! Emails will be sent tonight and you will have 48 hours to respond. If I don't hear from you by the deadline, I will have to choose another recipient.<br /><br />Thank you to all who entered and to the always awesome giveaway sponsors, without whom this blog would not be possible!<br /><br />Don't forget to check out the rest of my current giveaways, including a $15 EcoMom gift certificate - ending tonight!<div class="blogger-post-footer"><img width='1' height='1' src='https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/tracker/25549075580977647-9214990529516466656?l=www.goodie-goodie-gumdrops.com' alt='' /></div>Kristenhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/03542962726270982824noreply@blogger.com2tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-25549075580977647.post-16627665134787254922010-08-23T20:24:00.002-04:002010-08-23T20:26:06.072-04:00Review and Giveaway: Tropical Traditions Coconut Flour<div style="text-align: center;"><a onblur="try {parent.deselectBloggerImageGracefully();} catch(e) {}" href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_p7vQpXhNs4Q/THKKCZ26mjI/AAAAAAAAEkU/s0rxIgL-9Ew/s1600/organic_coconut_flour+sm.jpg"><img style="cursor: pointer; width: 320px; height: 298px;" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_p7vQpXhNs4Q/THKKCZ26mjI/AAAAAAAAEkU/s0rxIgL-9Ew/s320/organic_coconut_flour+sm.jpg" alt="" id="BLOGGER_PHOTO_ID_5508617068133128754" border="0" /></a><br /><br /><div style="text-align: left;">I may be a kitchen enigma but while I could do without cooking, I actually do enjoy baking. Of course, who doesn't love some warm, straight-out-of-the-oven goodies? I can always count on Tropical Traditions to add a delicious, seasonal flair to my baked goods. From their virgin coconut oil and coconut cream concentrate to their coconut flakes and organic raw honey, I'm always impressed with the quality and taste of their products. So, naturally, I was excited to try out their Organic Coconut Flour.<br /><br /><a href="http://www.tropicaltraditions.com/organic_coconut_flour.htm">Tropical Traditions Organic Coconut Flour</a> is derived from the fiber of the coconut meat after most of the oil has been extracted to make Virgin Coconut Oil. It is certified organic, gluten-free, unsweetened and untreated. It is high in dietary fiber and protein, making it a great substitute for traditional grains or wheat-based recipes. And because is contains natural sugar from the coconut meat, you'll need less sugar added to your recipes!<br /><br />After perusing a number of <a href="http://www.freecoconutrecipes.com/gluten_free_coconut_flour_recipes.htm">recipes</a>, I decided to make some fruit-filled muffins as a breakfast treat for Nate and I.<br /></div></div><br /><span style="font-weight: bold;">Gluten Free Strawberry Coconut Muffins</span><br /><p align="justify"><span style="font-size:85%;">Servings: 6-12 muffins<br />Preparation: 10 minutes</span></p> <ul><li><span style="font-size:85%;">1/2 cup coconut flour </span> </li><li><span style="font-size:85%;">1/2 tsp Himalayan salt</span> </li><li><span style="font-size:85%;">1/2 tsp baking soda </span></li><li><span style="font-size:85%;">6 eggs </span></li><li><span style="font-size:85%;">1/3 cup raw honey</span> </li><li><span style="font-size:85%;">1/3 cup coconut oil</span> </li><li><span style="font-size:85%;">1 tsp vanilla extract</span> </li><li><span style="font-size:85%;">1 cup strawberries, fresh or frozen, chopped </span></li></ul><span style="font-size:85%;">Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.</span> <p align="justify"><span style="font-size:85%;">In a small bowl, combine coconut flour, salt and baking soda.</span></p> <p align="justify"><span style="font-size:85%;">In a large bowl mix the eggs, honey, coconut oil and vanilla until well blended. Mix dry ingredients into the wet, blending with a hand mixer or by hand. Gently fold in strawberries.</span></p> <p align="justify"><span style="font-size:85%;">Place batter in paper lined muffin tins and pour batter in about 1/2 - 3/4 full.</span></p> <p align="justify"><span style="font-size:85%;">Bake in preheated oven for 20-25 minutes. Take them out and let them cool and serve topped with Strawberry Cream Cheese (optional).</span></p><p align="justify">These muffins were mmm...mmm...good! Spongy texture and just a very mild coconut flavor, which accented the strawberry beautifully. They were awfully pretty to look at too:<br /></p><div style="text-align: center;"><a onblur="try {parent.deselectBloggerImageGracefully();} catch(e) {}" href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_p7vQpXhNs4Q/THLk_gyfQrI/AAAAAAAAEks/1Y68Q4uJs3M/s1600/IMG_6911.JPG"><img style="cursor: pointer; width: 200px; height: 134px;" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_p7vQpXhNs4Q/THLk_gyfQrI/AAAAAAAAEks/1Y68Q4uJs3M/s200/IMG_6911.JPG" alt="" id="BLOGGER_PHOTO_ID_5508717074012127922" border="0" /></a> <a onblur="try {parent.deselectBloggerImageGracefully();} catch(e) {}" href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_p7vQpXhNs4Q/THLk_HeT-sI/AAAAAAAAEkk/4T0wjFwqBhk/s1600/IMG_6921.JPG"><img style="cursor: pointer; width: 200px; height: 134px;" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_p7vQpXhNs4Q/THLk_HeT-sI/AAAAAAAAEkk/4T0wjFwqBhk/s200/IMG_6921.JPG" alt="" id="BLOGGER_PHOTO_ID_5508717067216616130" border="0" /></a><br /><br /><div style="text-align: left;">Even Nate gobbled them up and we know how picky he can be!<br /><br /></div><div style="text-align: center;"><a onblur="try {parent.deselectBloggerImageGracefully();} catch(e) {}" href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_p7vQpXhNs4Q/THLk-5rGoMI/AAAAAAAAEkc/gxthAZM_mG8/s1600/IMG_6930.JPG"><img style="cursor: pointer; width: 200px; height: 134px;" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_p7vQpXhNs4Q/THLk-5rGoMI/AAAAAAAAEkc/gxthAZM_mG8/s200/IMG_6930.JPG" alt="" id="BLOGGER_PHOTO_ID_5508717063512170690" border="0" /></a></div><br /><div style="text-align: left;">I didn't have the ingredients for it on hand but their optional cream cheese topping sounds fab. I'll definitely have to give that a go next time!<br /></div><b><br /></b><div style="text-align: left;"><b>Cream Cheese Topping</b></div></div> <ul><li><span style="font-size:85%;">1 cup homemade or store bought cream cheese, softened </span></li><li><span style="font-size:85%;">1 cup chopped strawberries, fresh or frozen </span></li><li><span style="font-size:85%;">1 - 3 tbsp raw honey, to taste<span style="text-decoration: underline;"></span></span> </li></ul> <p align="justify"><span style="font-size:85%;">Place everything in a blender or food processor and blend till smooth. Store in an airtight container in the fridge. When muffins are ready, generously top each muffin and enjoy!</span></p><p align="justify">I bet they'd also taste great with some lightly toasted coconut flakes on top or even a warm honey glaze. *<span style="font-style: italic;">drool</span>*<br /></p>I can't wait to do more baking with my <a href="http://www.tropicaltraditions.com/organic_coconut_flour.htm">Organic Coconut Flour</a>. I think I may attempt the <a href="http://www.freecoconutrecipes.com/recipe_Coconut_Flour_Grapefruit_Pound_Cake_Gluten_Free.htm">Grapefruit Pound Cake</a> or <a href="http://www.freecoconutrecipes.com/recipe_Lime_in_the_Coconut_Flour_Cookies_Gluten_Free.htm">Lime in the Coconut Cookies</a>. (Can you tell I'm on a fruit kick?) I love that it is versatile, gluten-free and all-natural. I may even use it to thicken up my smoothies.<br /><br /><span style="font-weight: bold;">BUY IT</span>: Want to try some for yourself? I know you do! Visit <a href="http://www.tropicaltraditions.com/">www.tropicaltraditions.com</a> to purchase the Coconut Flour (ARV $10.95) or browse their vast variety of organic products.<br /><br /><strong>DELECTABLE DEAL</strong>: When you place your order, make sure you choose "referred by friend" from the "How did you hear about us?" drop-down box and reference my <span style="font-weight: bold;">ID #5429861</span> to receive a complimentary copy of the book <em>Virgin Coconut Oil: How it has changed people's lives, and how it can change yours!</em> by Brian and Marianita Jader Shilhavy!<br /><br /><span style="font-weight: bold;">WIN IT</span>: One lucky reader is going to win their own 2 lb. bag of Tropical Traditions Organic Coconut Flour!<strong></strong><br /><br /><strong>MAIN COURSE (MANDATORY ENTRY)</strong>: Visit <a href="http://www.tropicaltraditions.com/">Tropical Traditions</a> and tell me another product you'd love to try. Remember to please leave your email address in your comment if it isn't visible on your profile to prevent disqualification!<br /><br /><strong>SUGAR ON TOP (BONUS ENTRIES)</strong>: To maximize your chances of winning, you may do any or all of the following. Be sure to complete the above mandatory entry or your bonus entries will not count!<br /><br />1.) Follow my blog and/or subscribe via reader or email. Comment telling me which method you chose. If you already follow or subscribe, that counts! (1 entry each)<br /><br />2.) Follow <a href="http://www.twitter.com/kris10chumley">me</a> and <a href="http://www.twitter.com/troptraditions">Tropical Traditions</a> on Twitter and tweet about this contest. You can do this daily! You may use the following tweet or come up with one of your own:<br /><span style="font-size:85%;"><br /><span style="font-weight: bold;">Win a 2lb. bag of organic coconut flour from @troptraditions and @kris10chumley! Ends 9/9 http://bit.ly/aZMwYd<br /></span></span><br />Just leave me a comment with your tweet link. (1 entry per day max)<br /><br />3.) Subscribe to the Tropical Traditions <a href="http://www.tropicaltraditions.com/subscribe_for_special_sales.cfm">newsletter</a>. (2 entries!)<br /><br />4.) <a href="http://www.facebook.com/pages/Tropical-Traditions/21958449446?ref=ts">Become a fan</a> of Tropical Traditions on Facebook. (1 entry)<br /><br />5.) <a href="http://www.facebook.com/pages/Goodie-Goodie-Gumdrops/116259089526">"Like"</a> Goodie Goodie Gumdrops on Facebook. (1 entry)<br /><br />6.) Add my button to your site and comment with a link where I can find it. (1 entry)<span style="font-size:85%;"></span><br /><br /><span style="font-size:85%;"><em>Giveaway will end on September 9, 2010 at 11:59pm EST. Open to U.S. and Canada. Winner will be chosen via Random.org and will have 48 hours to respond to congratulatory email or prize will be forfeited and another winner will be chosen.<br /><br />Disclaimer: As mentioned above, I was sent a bag of Organic Coconut Flour from Tropical Traditions to facilitate my candid review. I was in no other way compensated for this post. I was under no obligation to write a positive review or sponsor a product giveaway in return for the free product. The thoughts and opinions expressed in this review and mine and mine alone. Your experience may differ.</em></span><div class="blogger-post-footer"><img width='1' height='1' src='https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/tracker/25549075580977647-1662766513478725492?l=www.goodie-goodie-gumdrops.com' alt='' /></div>Kristenhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/03542962726270982824noreply@blogger.com95tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-25549075580977647.post-20916013767444278082010-08-21T15:31:00.002-04:002010-08-21T15:45:48.560-04:00Fiber is Fun with Pedia-Lax! Review and Giveaway<div style="text-align: center;"><a onblur="try {parent.deselectBloggerImageGracefully();} catch(e) {}" href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_p7vQpXhNs4Q/TG_YAYeFvkI/AAAAAAAAEkE/mDgjZ8oL9ZI/s1600/FiberGummies1.jpg"><img style="cursor: pointer; width: 150px; height: 213px;" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_p7vQpXhNs4Q/TG_YAYeFvkI/AAAAAAAAEkE/mDgjZ8oL9ZI/s320/FiberGummies1.jpg" alt="" id="BLOGGER_PHOTO_ID_5507858370377662018" border="0" /></a><br /></div><br />If your kid is anything like mine, it's quite a challenge to get him/her to eat healthily. Nate won't touch most fruits or veggies - even though I offer them regularly - so I just know he's not getting all the daily vitamins and minerals he needs. Recently, the AAP changed their recommendations regarding fiber intake for children. The "age plus five" rule no longer applies. They now recommend kids ages 2-3 years eat 19 grams of fiber per day and kids 4-8 should eat 25 grams of fiber per day! It's no wonder that research shows 90% of children don't get enough fiber in their daily diets.<br /><br />Pedia-Lax is helping to bridge the gap with their <a href="http://www.pedia-lax.com/Fiber-Gummies.php">Fiber Gummies</a>. Made for children ages 2-11, these adorable penguin-shaped gummies are:<br /><ul><li>made with natural fruit flavors</li><li>sugar-free</li><li>calorie-free</li><li>gluten-free</li><li>dentist-approved</li><li>parent-tested, parent-approved</li></ul>Just three gummies a day provides 6 grams of fiber - that'../../2009/12/review-and-giveaway-pedia-lax-fiber.html">review</a> Pedia-Lax Fiber Gummies last year but since Nate turned two just a few weeks ago, it is only recently that we've incorporated them into his daily diet. They are leafy greens disguised in a yummy treat! Unlike other high-fiber foods such as bran or spinach, I don't have to fight with him to eat his gummies. As a matter of fact, he sees the bottle on our kitchen counter and asks for one throughout the day! I love that they help keep his digestive tract more regular and that they're not full of sugar that will decay his teeth.<br /><br />However, as much as we love our new supplement, we can't depend on it to fulfill the entire daily requirement of fiber. We still have to make sure our children get a well-rounded diet, which can be harder during back-to school season when it's nearly impossible to keep track of their eating habits. Liz Weiss, registered dietitian and co-author of <span style="font-style: italic;">The Moms' Guide to Meal Makeovers</span>, offers six tricks for adding extra fiber to children's diets:<br /></div><br /><div style="text-align: left;"><ol><li><span style="font-weight: bold;">Go with Guacamole</span>: Kids love to dunk foods, so introduce a new dip. Create a kid-friendly guacamole by combining at least 3/4 of a mashed, ripe avocado with some coarsely chopped fresh cilantro and a dash of freshly-squeezed lime juice. Offer sliced raw veggies or whole-grain tortilla chips on the side for even more fiber grams </li><li><span style="font-weight: bold;">Fiberlicious French Toast</span>: Many kids shy away from “brown bread,” but if you disguise it as something else, you can easily add more fiber at the start of the day. Make French toast by switching from traditional white bread to 100% whole wheat bread, and top with ¼ cup of naturally-sweet fresh strawberries or try a sliced banana for a few more grams of fiber.</li><li><span style="font-weight: bold;">Penguin Power</span>: Boost your child’s fiber (age 2-11) with Pedia-Lax® Fiber Gummies; just three delicious, penguin-shaped gummies add 6 grams of fiber to your child's daily diet. They can be taken together or given one per meal.</li><li><span style="font-weight: bold;">Makeover Delight</span>: Meatloaf is a staple on most family dinner menus. Take your favorite meatloaf recipe and upgrade it with more fiber by adding 1/3 cup of ground flaxseed, one shredded carrot and a 15 oz. can of drained black beans. Your delicious meatloaf just got better!</li><li><span style="font-weight: bold;">An Apple a Day</span>: Parents tend to peel apples, but leaving the skin on a medium sized apple and slicing it up for easy eating keeps it to five grams of fiber. Add a tablespoon of peanut butter on the edges (if kids balk at the peel) for an extra gram of fiber. </li><li><span style="font-weight: bold;">Smooth it Over</span>: Choose a fiber-rich yogurt with at least 5 grams of fiber and blend with your favorite fruit. The enriched yogurt alone is a great fiber source, but the fruit adds even more.</li></ol>For complete recipes, head on over to <a href="http://www.mealmakeovermoms.com/">www.mealmakeovermoms.com</a>.<br /><br /><span style="font-weight: bold;">BUY IT</span>: You can find Pedia-Lax Fiber Gummies at your local grocery or drug store, including CVS, Walgreens and Rite Aid (ARV $7.99/60 ct.).<br /><br />You can also visit <a href="http://www.fibergummies.com/Fiber-Fundamentals.php">www.fibergummies.com</a> for recipes, tips, tricks and a fiber diary to see how your current menu fares. You'll also find a $1.00 coupon!<br /><br /><span style="font-weight: bold;">WIN IT</span>: One lucky reader is going to win their own bottle of Pedia-Lax Fiber Gummies!<br /><br /><span style="font-weight: bold;">MAIN COURSE (MANDATORY ENTRY)</span>: Visit the <a href="http://www.fibergummies.com/Fiber-Fundamentals.php">Fiber Gummies</a> website and tell me something you learned that I didn't mention above. Remember to please leave your email address in your comment if it isn't visible on your profile or if you are not a blogger!<br /><br /><span style="font-weight: bold;">SUGAR ON TOP (BONUS ENTRIES)</span>: To maximize your chances of winning, you may do any or all of the following. Be sure to complete the above mandatory entry or your bonus entries will not count!<br /><br />1.) Follow my blog or subscribe via reader or email. Comment telling me which method you chose. If you already follow or subscribe, that counts! (1 entry)<br /><br />2.) Follow <a href="http://www.twitter.com/kris10chumley">me</a> on Twitter and tweet about this contest. You may use the following tweet or come up with one of your own:<br /><br /><span style="font-size:85%;"><span style="font-weight: bold; font-style: italic;">Make fiber fun with Pedia-Lax Fiber Gummies for ages 2-11 @kris10chumley! Ends 9/6 http://bit.ly/ccg6gF </span></span><br /><br />Just leave a comment with your tweet link. (1 entry)<br /><br />3.) <a href="http://www.facebook.com/pages/Pedia-Lax-Fiber-Gummies/183280807201?ref=ts">Become a fan</a> of Pedia-Lax Gummies on Facebook. (1 entry)<br /><br />4.) <a href="http://www.facebook.com/pages/Goodie-Goodie-Gumdrops/116259089526">"Like"</a> Goodie Goodie Gumdrops on Facebook. (1 entry)<br /><br />5.) Add my button to your site and leave a comment with the link to where I can find it. (1 entry)<br /><br /><span style="font-size:85%;"><em>Giveaway will end on September 6, 2010 at 11:59pm EST. Open to U.S. only. Winners will be chosen via Random.org and will have 48 hours to respond to congratulatory email or prize will be forfeited and another winner will be chosen.</em></span><br /><br /><span style="font-size:85%;"><span style="font-style: italic;font-family:georgia;" >Disclaimer: I will receive a free bottle of Pedia-Lax Gummies from Laura at Robin Leedy Associates to facilitate my candid review. I was not compensated in any other way for this post. The opinions expressed in this review and purely my own. Your experience with this product may differ. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. Before using this product, you should consult your child's physician for a complete evaluation.</span></span><br /><p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-left: 18pt;"><span style="font-family:Arial;"><span style="font-family:Arial;"></span></span></p></div></div><div class="blogger-post-footer"><img width='1' height='1' src='https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/tracker/25549075580977647-2091601376744427808?l=www.goodie-goodie-gumdrops.com' alt='' /></div>Kristenhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/03542962726270982824noreply@blogger.com20tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-25549075580977647.post-39822280414027497492010-08-21T09:05:00.002-04:002010-08-21T09:30:58.681-04:00Review and Giveaway: Cystex<div style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://www.cystex.com/Pages/know_your_bladder_better"><img src="http://robinleedyassociates.com/assets/assets-cystex/liquid_cran-sm.jpg" border="0" /></a><br /></div><br />Did you know that urinary tract infections (UTIs) affect more than 60% of women and are the second most common type of infection in the body? UTIs account for 8.3 million doctor visits each year and have a recurrence rate of more than 40%. I have suffered with chronic UTIs for years so I can attest to their pain and sheer annoyance. While I try to use the old cranberry juice remedy before calling the doctor, I just can'../../2009/10/product-overview-and-giveaway-cystex.html">review</a> for Cystex last year. But just in case your memory is fuzzy, let me give you the skinny. Cystex Urinary Pain Relief Tablets are the only OTC medication to help manage UTIs while waiting to see a doctor. It is the only product that combines an analgesic pain-reliever and an antibacterial agent to stop the progression of the infection.<br /><br />Well, <a href="http://www.cystex.com/Pages/CystexHome_v3">Cystex</a> has now introduced a Liquid Cranberry Complex to promote urinary health. Just one tablespoon provides the benefit of <span style="font-weight: bold;">eight </span>glasses of cranberry juice! The clinically-proven formula is lactose, gluten and sugar-free with only one calorie per tablespoon. Beat that, cranberry cocktail!<br /><br /><div style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://www.cystex.com/Pages/know_your_bladder_better"><img src="http://robinleedyassociates.com/assets/assets-cystex/liquid_cran_glasses-sm.jpg" border="0" /></a><br /></div><br /><a href="http://www.cystex.com/Pages/CystexHome_v3">Cystex Liquid Cranberry Complex</a> is so much more than just a cranberry concentrate. Its proprietary Proantinox blend also contains D-Mannose, inulin, bromelain and vitamin C to boost bladder health. Just one convenient tablespoon daily can aid in UTI prevention. A new study, being published in the journal <span style="font-style: italic;">Urology</span>, shows 91% of women taking daily Cystex Liquid Cranberry Complex remained free of recurring UTIs.<br /><br />Now, I have not yet tried the Cystex Liquid but I have used their signature tablets in the past (not daily but as a preventative after activities that tend to bring on infection) with success. Since liquid tends to enter your system faster than pills, I think this new formula a great option for those who need instant relief but can't stomach 100% cranberry juice.<br /><br /><span style="font-weight: bold;">BUY IT</span>: You can find the new Cystex Liquid Cranberry Complex at drug stores and retailers nationwide, including Walmart, Walgreens, Rite Aid and Duane Reade (ARV $9.95).<br /><br /><span style="font-weight: bold;">WIN IT</span>: One lucky reader is going to win a bottle of Cystex Liquid Cranberry Complex!<br /><br /><span style="font-weight: bold;">MAIN COURSE (MANDATORY ENTRY)</span>: Visit <a href="http://www.cystex.com/">Cystex</a> and tell me something you learned on the site. Be sure to leave me your email address in your comment if it isn't visible on your profile or if you are not a blogger!<br /><br /><strong>SUGAR ON TOP (BONUS ENTRIES)</strong>: To maximize your chances of winning, you may do any or all of the following. Be sure to complete the above mandatory entry or your bonus entries will not count!<br /><br />1.) Follow my blog or subscribe via reader or email. Comment telling me which method you chose. If you already follow or subscribe, that counts! (1 entry)<br /><br />2.) Follow <a href="http://www.twitter.com/kris10chumley">me</a> on Twitter and tweet about the contest. You may use the tweet below or come up with one of your own:<br /><span style="font-size:85%;"><br /><span style="font-weight: bold; font-style: italic;">UTIs are a pain! Give your bladder a break with Cystex Liquid Cranberry Complex @kris10chumley! Ends 9/4 </span><span style="font-weight: bold; font-style: italic;">http://bit.ly/aH5InO</span></span><br /><br />Just leave me a comment with your tweet link. (1 entry)<br /><br />3.) <a href="http://www.facebook.com/pages/Goodie-Goodie-Gumdrops/116259089526">"Like"</a> Goodie Goodie Gumdrops on Facebook. (1 entry)<br /><br />4.) Add my button to your site and comment with a link where I can find it. (1 entry)<br /><br /><span style="font-size:85%;"><em>Giveaway will end on September 4, 2010 at 11:59pm EST. U.S. residents only. Winner will be chosen via Random.org and will have 48 hours to respond to congratulatory email or prize will be forfeited and another winner will be chosen.</em></span><br /><br /><span style="font-weight: bold; font-style: italic;">NOTE: This product does NOT take the place of a medical professional or antibiotics. All infections must be treated with antibiotics and if you suspect you have a UTI, please consult your physician.</span><br /><br /><span style="font-style: italic;font-size:85%;" >Disclaimer: I received a free bottle of Cystex Liquid Cranberry Complex from Laura at Robin Leedy &amp; Associates to facilitate my candid review. I was not compensated in any other way for this post.</span><div class="blogger-post-footer"><img width='1' height='1' src='https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/tracker/25549075580977647-3982228041402749749?l=www.goodie-goodie-gumdrops.com' alt='' /></div>Kristenhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/03542962726270982824noreply@blogger.com23tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-25549075580977647.post-71610999511308718602010-08-20T22:15:00.000-04:002010-08-20T22:16:42.441-04:00The Bloggy Birthday Blowout Continues!I hope you all have been enjoying the Bloggy Birthday Blowout Event! It's been lots of fun for us over the past month plus and we are proud to have adopted such cool products from such great companies.<br /><br />The event is not quite over yet but I do have a few other products in my line-up that need immediate reviews (and of course, giveaways to share too!). So, the BBB Event will now be intermittent with the usual vast variety of goodies, until it officially concludes on August 31.<br /><br />Stay tuned for more giveaways from awesome BBB sponsors such as:<br /><br /><div style="text-align: center;"><a onblur="try {parent.deselectBloggerImageGracefully();} catch(e) {}" href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_p7vQpXhNs4Q/TG78XtBAYtI/AAAAAAAAEjk/khn2ZhRzM7g/s1600/ImagiPlayLogo.jpg"><img style="cursor: pointer; width: 320px; height: 97px;" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_p7vQpXhNs4Q/TG78XtBAYtI/AAAAAAAAEjk/khn2ZhRzM7g/s320/ImagiPlayLogo.jpg" alt="" id="BLOGGER_PHOTO_ID_5507616878471701202" border="0" /></a><br /><br /><a onblur="try {parent.deselectBloggerImageGracefully();} catch(e) {}" href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_p7vQpXhNs4Q/TG78XVsSQhI/AAAAAAAAEjc/7s8P4c-KUHw/s1600/HappyGreenBeeLogo.jpg"><img style="cursor: pointer; width: 320px; height: 41px;" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_p7vQpXhNs4Q/TG78XVsSQhI/AAAAAAAAEjc/7s8P4c-KUHw/s320/HappyGreenBeeLogo.jpg" alt="" id="BLOGGER_PHOTO_ID_5507616872210776594" border="0" /></a><br /></div><br />And also, a week's worth of brand spankin' new family music so you can your little ones can get your groove on!<div class="blogger-post-footer"><img width='1' height='1' src='https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/tracker/25549075580977647-7161099951130871860?l=www.goodie-goodie-gumdrops.com' alt='' /></div>Kristenhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/03542962726270982824noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-25549075580977647.post-74367867207977868132010-08-19T13:49:00.002-04:002010-08-20T13:05:37.484-04:00Giveaway: Diamond Favors<div style="text-align: center;"><a onblur="try {parent.deselectBloggerImageGracefully();} catch(e) {}" href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_p7vQpXhNs4Q/TG0Mb3a8cLI/AAAAAAAAEik/V9kgy9ELSxM/s1600/DiamondFavorsLogo.jpg"><img style="cursor: pointer; width: 320px; height: 59px;" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_p7vQpXhNs4Q/TG0Mb3a8cLI/AAAAAAAAEik/V9kgy9ELSxM/s320/DiamondFavorsLogo.jpg" alt="" id="BLOGGER_PHOTO_ID_5507071592216948914" border="0" /></a><br /></div><br /><span style="font-size:85%;"><span style="font-weight: bold; font-style: italic;">Thank you to Diamond Favors for participating in the Bloggy Birthday Blowout Event on Goodie Goodie Gumdrops!</span></span><br /><br />I love playing the role of hostess with the most-ess and entertaining my guests. As a "thank you for coming" present, I always try to make my own little homemade favors, whether it be CDs, photobooks or edible treats. But I don't always have the time or energy to get crafty on a tight timeline and budget so when I'm in a jam, I turn to my dear old friend, the World Wide Web. It's through him that I was introduced to <a href="http://www.diamondfavors.com/">Diamond Favors</a>.<br /><br />Diamond Favors is a one-stop shop for finding affordable <a href="http://www.diamondfavors.com/">party favors</a> that will set the tone for any event, from lavish to intimate. Their trendy gifts will be the talk of the party! Here are a few items that caught my eye:<br /><br />Are you planning a late summer luau? I love these <a href="http://www.diamondfavors.com/coshsoyca.html">Coconut Shell Soy Candles</a> (ARV $3.85). Elegant yet eco-friendly!<br /><br /><div style="text-align: center;"><a onblur="try {parent.deselectBloggerImageGracefully();} catch(e) {}" href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_p7vQpXhNs4Q/TG0YxvwrzOI/AAAAAAAAEjM/m-L9y_sYGxY/s1600/DiamondFavorsCoconut.jpg"><img style="cursor: pointer; width: 200px; height: 200px;" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_p7vQpXhNs4Q/TG0YxvwrzOI/AAAAAAAAEjM/m-L9y_sYGxY/s200/DiamondFavorsCoconut.jpg" alt="" id="BLOGGER_PHOTO_ID_5507085162257304802" border="0" /></a><br /></div><br />Baptism or baby shower coming up? I would choose these sweet cupcake <a href="http://www.diamondfavors.com/newitem24.html">cross design candles</a> (ARV $1.82) or the adorable <a href="http://www.diamondfavors.com/thanks-for-hanging-out-photo-frame-placeholders.html">"Thanks for Hanging Out" baby frames</a> (ARV $5.32/set of 4).<br /><br /><div style="text-align: center;"><a onblur="try {parent.deselectBloggerImageGracefully();} catch(e) {}" href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_p7vQpXhNs4Q/TG0Y8lfc3jI/AAAAAAAAEjU/qmMFcvq-YQk/s1600/DiamondFavorsBaptism.jpg"><img style="cursor: pointer; width: 200px; height: 200px;" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_p7vQpXhNs4Q/TG0Y8lfc3jI/AAAAAAAAEjU/qmMFcvq-YQk/s200/DiamondFavorsBaptism.jpg" alt="" id="BLOGGER_PHOTO_ID_5507085348479229490" border="0" /></a> <a onblur="try {parent.deselectBloggerImageGracefully();} catch(e) {}" href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_p7vQpXhNs4Q/TG0YxWji42I/AAAAAAAAEjE/MsHgobvKaC4/s1600/DiamondFavorsBaby.jpg"><img style="cursor: pointer; width: 200px; height: 160px;" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_p7vQpXhNs4Q/TG0YxWji42I/AAAAAAAAEjE/MsHgobvKaC4/s200/DiamondFavorsBaby.jpg" alt="" id="BLOGGER_PHOTO_ID_5507085155491308386" border="0" /></a><br /></div><br />I also love these whimsical Dubble Bubble mini <a href="http://www.diamondfavors.com/newitem37.html">gumball machine favors</a> for birthdays. How nostalgic and fun!<br /><br /><div style="text-align: center;"><a onblur="try {parent.deselectBloggerImageGracefully();} catch(e) {}" href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_p7vQpXhNs4Q/TG0YwQiWShI/AAAAAAAAEis/1PvR3pL2E4I/s1600/DiamondFavorsBirthday.jpg"><img style="cursor: pointer; width: 200px; height: 200px;" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_p7vQpXhNs4Q/TG0YwQiWShI/AAAAAAAAEis/1PvR3pL2E4I/s200/DiamondFavorsBirthday.jpg" alt="" id="BLOGGER_PHOTO_ID_5507085136695806482" border="0" /></a><br /></div><br />Diamond Favors hosts a HUGE selection of <a href="http://www.diamondfavors.com/wedding-favors.html">wedding favors</a>, themed favors and <a href="http://www.diamondfavors.com/holidaysfavors.html">seasonal favors</a>, perfect for the upcoming holidays!<br /><br /><div style="text-align: center;"><a onblur="try {parent.deselectBloggerImageGracefully();} catch(e) {}" href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_p7vQpXhNs4Q/TG0YwqFv18I/AAAAAAAAEi0/uJKOQpJb2og/s1600/DiamondFavorsWedding.jpg"><img style="cursor: pointer; width: 200px; height: 160px;" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_p7vQpXhNs4Q/TG0YwqFv18I/AAAAAAAAEi0/uJKOQpJb2og/s200/DiamondFavorsWedding.jpg" alt="" id="BLOGGER_PHOTO_ID_5507085143555168194" border="0" /></a><br /><br /><div style="text-align: left;">If you want your next bash to blow them away, look no further than Diamond Favors!<br /></div></div><br /><span style="font-weight: bold;">BUY IT</span>: Visit <a href="http://www.diamondfavors.com/">www.diamondfavors.com</a> to perfect your party with some posh favors.<br /><br /><span style="font-weight: bold;">WIN IT</span>: Diamond Favors has generously offered one lucky reader a $25 gift certificate to their online store!<br /><br /><span style="font-weight: bold;">MAIN COURSE (MANDATORY ENTRY)</span>: Visit <a href="http://www.diamondfavors.com/">Diamond Favors</a> and tell me how you'd spend your gift certificate. It's that easy! Remember to please leave your email address in your comment if it isn't visible on your profile to prevent disqualification!<br /><br /><span style="font-weight: bold;">SUGAR ON TOP (BONUS ENTRIES)</span>: To maximize your chances of winning, you may do any or all of the following. Be sure to complete the above mandatory entry or your bonus entries will not count! Remember to leave <span style="font-style: italic;">one comment per entry</span>.<br /><br />1.) Follow my blog and/or subscribe via reader or email. If you already follow and/or subscribe, that counts! (1 entry each)<br /><br />2.) Follow <a href="http://www.twitter.com/kris10chumley">me</a> on Twitter and tweet about this contest. You may use the following tweet of come up with one of your own:<br /><span style="font-weight: bold;"><span style="font-size:85%;"><br />Throw the perfect party with Diamond Favors! Win a $25 GC @kris10chumley! Ends 9/7 http://bit.ly/aGpIef<br /></span></span><br />Just leave a comment with your tweet link. (1 entry)<br /><br />3.) <a href="http://www.facebook.com/pages/Goodie-Goodie-Gumdrops/116259089526">"Like"</a> Goodie Goodie Gumdrops on Facebook. (1 entry)<br /><br />4.) <a href="http://www.facebook.com/pages/Boston-MA/Diamond-Favors/127225590623752?ref=search">Become a fan</a> of Diamond Favors on Facebook. (1 entry)<br /><br />5.) Add my Bloggy Birthday Blowout event button to your site and leave a comment with the link to where I can find it. (1 entry)<br /><br />6.) Add my blog button to your site and comment with the link to where I can find it. (1 entry)<br /><br /><span style="font-size:85%;"><em>Giveaway will end on September 7, 2010 at 11:59pm EST. Open to U.S. residents only. Winners will be chosen via Random.org and will have 48 hours to respond to congratulatory email or prize will be forfeited and another winner will be chosen.</em></span><br /><br /><span style="font-size:85%;"><span style="font-style: italic;">Disclaimer: Thank you to <a href="http://www.business2blogger.com/">Business2Blogger</a> for this giveaway opportunity I did not receive a product to review nor was I compensated in any other way for this post. I just wanted to share this giveaway with my readers!</span></span><div class="blogger-post-footer"><img width='1' height='1' src='https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/tracker/25549075580977647-7436786720797786813?l=www.goodie-goodie-gumdrops.com' alt='' /></div>Kristenhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/03542962726270982824noreply@blogger.com99tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-25549075580977647.post-67163888603418728202010-08-17T11:55:00.003-04:002010-08-17T12:07:59.290-04:00Review and Giveaway: Pop Pals<div style="text-align: center;"><a onblur="try {parent.deselectBloggerImageGracefully();} catch(e) {}" href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_p7vQpXhNs4Q/TGnAZ_m2PXI/AAAAAAAAEhM/iJaIkWiO7Os/s1600/PopPalsLogo.gif"><img style="cursor: pointer; width: 190px; height: 81px;" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_p7vQpXhNs4Q/TGnAZ_m2PXI/AAAAAAAAEhM/iJaIkWiO7Os/s320/PopPalsLogo.gif" alt="" id="BLOGGER_PHOTO_ID_5506143572240776562" border="0" /></a><br /><br /><div style="text-align: left; font-weight: bold; font-style: italic;"><span style="font-size:85%;">Thank you to Keen Distribution for participating in the Bloggy Birthday Blowout Event on Goodie Goodie Gumdrops!<br /></span></div></div><br />Ah, sweet summertime. The season for one of our favorite family treats: popsicles. I can always count on a good 'ole freezie pop to cool me off on a hot day. Unfortunately, if I give Nate one for himself, it results in a bright, sticky mess all over the place and almost always requires a bath. I had restricted them to stripped-down, outdoor use only until I discovered Pop Pals from Keen Distribution.<br /><br /><div style="text-align: center;"><a onblur="try {parent.deselectBloggerImageGracefully();} catch(e) {}" href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_p7vQpXhNs4Q/TGnAZ553r-I/AAAAAAAAEhE/3Xu1aqgs0Ps/s1600/PopPals.jpg"><img style="cursor: pointer; width: 320px; height: 254px;" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_p7vQpXhNs4Q/TGnAZ553r-I/AAAAAAAAEhE/3Xu1aqgs0Ps/s320/PopPals.jpg" alt="" id="BLOGGER_PHOTO_ID_5506143570709950434" border="0" /></a><br /></div><br />Mom-invented, award-winning <a href="http://keendistribution.com/popPals.php">Pop Pals</a> are insulating ice pop holders designed to help keep hands warm and ice pops cold. This means less melting and less sticky mess! Pop Pals are made of soft, flexible FDA food-grade material, which is PVC-free, phthalate-free and BPA-free. They are also dishwasher and freezer-safe.<br /><br />The first thing I noticed about Pop Pals (aside from the adorable froggy design. The popsicle is like his tongue...how cute is that?!) was how comfortable and easy to use they are. Just slip over the bottom end of the popsicle and slide up your Pop Pal as you eat. No more freezer burn on little hands from a too-cold ice pop! And no more fighting to keep the half-eaten pop from sinking to the bottom!<br /><br />Nate normally drops his ice pop if I hand it to him straight out of the freezer so have to let it sit out for a few minutes to warm up. But then it begins to melt and sweat, making it easy for my clumsy toddler to squeeze and spill. Gone are the days of stalking him with a paper towel because Pop Pals are the ideal solution! I still had to assist Nate a little with them as he couldn't quite maneuver it all by himself. But the size and shape were perfect for a small grip and we only had two tiny drips as opposed to a giant mess of sticky goo. I was so confident in our <a href="http://keendistribution.com/popPals.php">Pop Pals</a> that I even let Nate eat his freezie pop in our carpeted living room! And no, I didn't regret it later! The floor stayed clean and so did his clothes.<br /><br /><a onblur="try {parent.deselectBloggerImageGracefully();} catch(e) {}" href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_p7vQpXhNs4Q/TGnB-nHgW9I/AAAAAAAAEhc/JN9FQGyKNHQ/s1600/IMG_6890.JPG"><img style="cursor: pointer; width: 200px; height: 134px;" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_p7vQpXhNs4Q/TGnB-nHgW9I/AAAAAAAAEhc/JN9FQGyKNHQ/s200/IMG_6890.JPG" alt="" id="BLOGGER_PHOTO_ID_5506145300833655762" border="0" /></a><a onblur="try {parent.deselectBloggerImageGracefully();} catch(e) {}" href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_p7vQpXhNs4Q/TGnB-EANkeI/AAAAAAAAEhU/o2jPU1r4A1k/s1600/IMG_6892.JPG"><img style="cursor: pointer; width: 200px; height: 134px;" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_p7vQpXhNs4Q/TGnB-EANkeI/AAAAAAAAEhU/o2jPU1r4A1k/s200/IMG_6892.JPG" alt="" id="BLOGGER_PHOTO_ID_5506145291407823330" border="0" /></a><br /><br />Pop Pals would even work well with Pedialyte Pops for times when your child is sick. The last thing you want to deal with on top of an illness is sticky hands and blankets!<br /><br />Bottom line: If your kids are fans of Flavor-Ice but you could do without the clean-up, you want to pick up some Pop Pals! I love that they are safe and I don't have to be a mean mama by withholding messy, albeit yummy, treats.<br /><br /><span style="font-weight: bold;">BUY IT</span>: Visit <a href="http://keendistribution.com/popPals.php">www.keendistribution.com</a> to purchase Pop Pals (ARV $4.99/2-pk.). Don't forget to check out the rest of the Keen collection, including the Grobag Safe Sleep System, Bumbo Seat and Mommy Hook.<br /><br /><span style="font-weight: bold;">WIN IT</span>: One lucky reader is going to win their own set of Pop Pals!<br /><br /><span style="font-weight: bold;">MAIN COURSE (MANDATORY ENTRY)</span>: Visit <a href="http://keendistribution.com/index.php">Keen Distribution</a> and tell me another product you'd like to own. Remember to please leave your email address in your comment if it isn't visible on your profile to prevent disqualification!<br /><br /><span style="font-weight: bold;">SUGAR ON TOP (BONUS ENTRIES)</span>: To maximize your chances of winning, you may do any or all of the following. Be sure to complete the above mandatory entry or your bonus entries will not count! Remember to leave <span style="font-style: italic;">one comment per entry</span>.<br /><br />1.) Follow my blog and/or subscribe via reader or email. If you already follow and/or subscribe, that counts! (1 entry each)<br /><br />2.) Follow <a href="http://www.twitter.com/kris10chumley">me</a> on Twitter and tweet about this contest. You may use the following tweet of come up with one of your own:<br /><span style="font-weight: bold;"><span style="font-size:85%;"><br />Love ice pops but hate the cleanup? Win a set of Pop Pals @kris10chumley! Ends 9/5 http://bit.ly/aAyU8M<br /></span></span><br />Just leave a comment with your tweet link. (1 entry)<br /><br />3.) <a href="http://www.facebook.com/pages/Goodie-Goodie-Gumdrops/116259089526">"Like"</a> Goodie Goodie Gumdrops on Facebook. (1 entry)<br /><br />4.) <a href="http://www.facebook.com/kristen.chumley?v=wall#%21/pages/Pop-Pals-Ice-Pop-Holders/145864615429702?ref=ts">Become a fan</a> of Pop Pals on Facebook. (1 entry)<br /><br />5.) Add my Bloggy Birthday Blowout event button to your site and leave a comment with the link to where I can find it. (1 entry)<br /><br />6.) Add my blog button to your site and comment with the link to where I can find it. (1 entry)<br /><br /><span style="font-size:85%;"><em>Giveaway will end on September 5, 2010 at 11:59pm EST. Open to U.S. residents only. Winners will be chosen via Random.org and will have 48 hours to respond to congratulatory email or prize will be forfeited and another winner will be chosen.</em></span><br /><br /><span style="font-size:85%;"><span style="font-style: italic;">Disclaimer: I received two pairs of Pop Pals from Kemie at Keen Distribution to facilitate my candid review. I was not compensated in any other way for this post. The thoughts and opinions expressed in my review are purely mine. Your experience may differ.</span></span><div class="blogger-post-footer"><img width='1' height='1' src='https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/tracker/25549075580977647-6716388860341872820?l=www.goodie-goodie-gumdrops.com' alt='' /></div>Kristenhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/03542962726270982824noreply@blogger.com50tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-25549075580977647.post-59220136151222102832010-08-17T07:07:00.000-04:002010-08-17T07:07:36.986-04:00Winner RoundupWell, Nate's big birthday party is officially over and we survived! (I wasn't sure there for a second!) It did rain for most of the party but we brought the fun inside and I think everyone had a blast. I, however, am exhausted from all the festivities and cleanup. Hence, the lack of posts. But I plan to get back on the blogging track today and kick things off with some winners. What do you say?<br /><br />First of all, I have to thank you all for making the CSN Stores giveaway my biggest yet! We had over 500 entries! I could hardly believe it! But I'../../2010/08/review-and-giveaway-scholastic.html?showComment=1281841436800#c7733295140856407000" title="comment permalink"> August 14, 2010 11:03 PM</a></span></dd></dl><br />Congratulations, winners! Please keep an eye on your inbox today for an email from me. You will have 48 hours to respond before another winner is chosen.<br /><br />Thank you to everyone who entered and to the fabulous sponsors who have made the Bloggy Birthday Blowout event so fun! But don't go away just yet...I have more stuff in store for the coming weeks. Toys, DVDs, food, party favors...the sponsors just keep rolling in so I'm going to continue until we're through :)<br /><br />Oh, and please don't forget to enter the Mary's Soft Dough giveaway - ending tonight! This stuff was a hit for all ages at Nate's party (yes, pictures are forthcoming)!<div class="blogger-post-footer"><img width='1' height='1' src='https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/tracker/25549075580977647-5922013615122210283?l=www.goodie-goodie-gumdrops.com' alt='' /></div>Kristenhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/03542962726270982824noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-25549075580977647.post-80169507793429085422010-08-12T08:11:00.004-04:002010-09-03T09:43:24.748-04:00Review and Giveaway: Pillow Pets CLOSED<div style="text-align: center;"><a onblur="try {parent.deselectBloggerImageGracefully();} catch(e) {}" href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_p7vQpXhNs4Q/TGNKjgKhX-I/AAAAAAAAEf4/BPIjN9OhSsM/s1600/PillowPetLogo.jpg"><img style="cursor: pointer; width: 320px; height: 78px;" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_p7vQpXhNs4Q/TGNKjgKhX-I/AAAAAAAAEf4/BPIjN9OhSsM/s320/PillowPetLogo.jpg" alt="" id="BLOGGER_PHOTO_ID_5504325143366819810" border="0" /></a><br /></div><br /><span style="font-size:85%;"><span style="font-weight: bold; font-style: italic;">Thank you to Pillow Pets and Carabiner P.R. for participating in the Bloggy Birthday Blowout Event on Goodie Goodie Gumdrops!</span></span><br /><br />If there was an award for overabundant gifts, first prize would go to the ubiquitous stuffed animal. I can't tell you how many plush creatures we own, in all shapes, sizes and varieties. Sure, they are adorable. But since Nate rarely pays them any mind, every single one is used merely as decoration on his nightstand or bookshelf.<br /><br />If only they could all serve double duty like our new Pillow Pet!<br /><br />In case you haven'../../2010/06/coming-soon-patriotic-pillow-pet.html">Patriotic Pup Pillow Pet</a>, for which proceeds support military families. Well, we recently welcomed "Americus" into our home and can now provide our official review!<br /><br />When I first opened our Pillow Pet, I was pleasantly surprised by the size. This little guy was not so little! Why, it was big enough for Mommy to use! He was much more soft and snuggly than I could have ever imagined. I almost didn't want to hand him away. Not only were his nose and fur bright and nationalistic, but he also featured an adorably starry underbelly.<br /><br /><div style="text-align: center;"><a onblur="try {parent.deselectBloggerImageGracefully();} catch(e) {}" href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_p7vQpXhNs4Q/TGNSuLRuGTI/AAAAAAAAEgg/Exu2ZucsXso/s1600/IMG_6750.JPG"><img style="cursor: pointer; width: 130px; height: 88px;" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_p7vQpXhNs4Q/TGNSuLRuGTI/AAAAAAAAEgg/Exu2ZucsXso/s200/IMG_6750.JPG" alt="" id="BLOGGER_PHOTO_ID_5504334122831452466" border="0" /></a><a onblur="try {parent.deselectBloggerImageGracefully();} catch(e) {}" href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_p7vQpXhNs4Q/TGNStq2hc_I/AAAAAAAAEgY/h-RKGsk8nPw/s1600/IMG_6751.JPG"><img style="cursor: pointer; width: 130px; height: 88px;" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_p7vQpXhNs4Q/TGNStq2hc_I/AAAAAAAAEgY/h-RKGsk8nPw/s200/IMG_6751.JPG" alt="" id="BLOGGER_PHOTO_ID_5504334114127442930" border="0" /></a><a onblur="try {parent.deselectBloggerImageGracefully();} catch(e) {}" href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_p7vQpXhNs4Q/TGNStKfV9bI/AAAAAAAAEgQ/XmSCj6gwNsU/s1600/IMG_6748.JPG"><img style="cursor: pointer; width: 130px; height: 88px;" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_p7vQpXhNs4Q/TGNStKfV9bI/AAAAAAAAEgQ/XmSCj6gwNsU/s200/IMG_6748.JPG" alt="" id="BLOGGER_PHOTO_ID_5504334105440286130" border="0" /></a><br /><br /><div style="text-align: left;">I could tell that the quality of our Pillow Pet far surpassed any knockoff. The seams were tight and the chenille was extra plush - not cheap feeling. Withstanding toddler wear-and-tear should be no problem. Normally, I'm a little weary of Velcro because it tends to pick up lint, snag other items and lose its hold after awhile. But the smart folks at Pillow Pets have solved this problem with a small piece of fabric that can flip over the Velcro portion when your pal is a pillow. This is a great idea for laundering.<br /><br /><div style="text-align: center;"><a onblur="try {parent.deselectBloggerImageGracefully();} catch(e) {}" href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_p7vQpXhNs4Q/TGPhaQA-uyI/AAAAAAAAEg4/-ea4-FbuFFs/s1600/IMG_6754.JPG"><img style="cursor: pointer; width: 200px; height: 134px;" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_p7vQpXhNs4Q/TGPhaQA-uyI/AAAAAAAAEg4/-ea4-FbuFFs/s200/IMG_6754.JPG" alt="" id="BLOGGER_PHOTO_ID_5504491010668804898" border="0" /></a><br /></div></div><br /><div style="text-align: left;">I couldn't even remove the tag before Nate confiscated him to lounge on during TV time. Since then, we've taken "Americus" to Grandma's house, played with him in the car, and used him at naptime. He sure is a boy's best friend! <span style="font-size:85%;">(Look, mom, we even color coordinate!)</span><br /></div></div><br /><div style="text-align: center;"><a onblur="try {parent.deselectBloggerImageGracefully();} catch(e) {}" href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_p7vQpXhNs4Q/TGNO_5zRBFI/AAAAAAAAEgI/N48MQpzZ5yc/s1600/IMG_6746.JPG"><img style="cursor: pointer; width: 320px; height: 214px;" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_p7vQpXhNs4Q/TGNO_5zRBFI/AAAAAAAAEgI/N48MQpzZ5yc/s320/IMG_6746.JPG" alt="" id="BLOGGER_PHOTO_ID_5504330029331448914" border="0" /></a><br /><br /><div style="text-align: left;">If you're looking for an affordable gift that a boy or girl can love for years, Pillow Pets are the perfect choice. I'm tempted to buy another one just because they are so cute and practical!<br /></div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /><span style="font-weight: bold;">BUY IT</span>: July may have come and gone but you can still support our military and show your American pride with the limited-edition Patriotic Pup (ARV $24.95), available at <a href="http://www.mypillowpetsgives.com/Default.asp?bhcp=1">www.MyPillowPetGives.com</a>. Or check out the rest of the Pillow Pets collection at <a href="http://getpillowpets.com/Default.asp?bhcp=1">www.GetPillowPets.com</a> (ARV $19.95).<br /><br /><span style="font-weight: bold;">WIN IT</span>: One lucky reader is going to win their choice of Pillow Pet (in stock only)!<br /><br /><span style="font-weight: bold;">MAIN COURSE (MANDATORY ENTRY)</span>: Visit the <a href="http://getpillowpets.com/Default.asp?bhcp=1">Pillow Pet</a> website and tell me which animal you'd chose. Remember to please leave your email address in your comment if it isn't visible on your profile to prevent disqualification!<br /><br /><span style="font-weight: bold;">SUGAR ON TOP (BONUS ENTRIES)</span>: To maximize your chances of winning, you may do any or all of the following. Be sure to complete the above mandatory entry or your bonus entries will not count! Remember to leave <span style="font-style: italic;">one comment per entry</span>.<br /><br />1.) Follow my blog and/or subscribe via reader or email. If you already follow and/or subscribe, that counts! (1 entry each)<br /><br />2.) Follow <a href="http://www.twitter.com/kris10chumley">me</a> on Twitter and tweet about this contest. You can do this daily! You may use the following tweet of come up with one of your own:<br /><span style="font-weight: bold;"><span style="font-size:85%;"><br />Win a soft, snuggly Pillow Pet of your choice from @kris10chumley! Ends 9/2 http://bit.ly/abGWyT<br /></span></span><br />Just leave a comment with your tweet link. (1 entry per day max)<br /><br />3.) <a href="http://www.facebook.com/pages/Goodie-Goodie-Gumdrops/116259089526">"Like"</a> Goodie Goodie Gumdrops on Facebook. (1 entry)<br /><br />4.) <a href="http://www.facebook.com/pages/Pillow-Pets/185001669106?ref=search#%21/pages/Pillow-Pets/185001669106">Become a fan</a> of Pillow Pets on Facebook. (1 entry)<br /><br />5.) Add my Bloggy Birthday Blowout event button to your site and leave a comment with the link to where I can find it. (1 entry)<br /><br />6.) Add my blog button to your site and comment with the link to where I can find it. (1 entry)<br /><br /><span style="font-size:85%;"><em>Giveaway will end on September 2, 2010 at 11:59pm EST. Open to U.S. residents only. Winners will be chosen via Random.org and will have 48 hours to respond to congratulatory email or prize will be forfeited and another winner will be chosen.</em></span><br /><br /><span style="font-size:85%;"><span style="font-style: italic;">Disclaimer: I received the above Pillow Pet from Kathy at Carabiner P.R. to facilitate my candid review. I was not compensated in any other way for this post. The thoughts and opinions expressed in my review are purely mine. Your experience may differ.</span></span><br /></div></div><div class="blogger-post-footer"><img width='1' height='1' src='https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/tracker/25549075580977647-8016950779342908542?l=www.goodie-goodie-gumdrops.com' alt='' /></div>Kristenhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/03542962726270982824noreply@blogger.com394tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-25549075580977647.post-91768411028636070482010-08-10T20:09:00.015-04:002010-09-03T09:42:30.786-04:00Review and Giveaway: Protect-A-Bed CLOSED<div style="text-align: center;"><a onblur="try {parent.deselectBloggerImageGracefully();} catch(e) {}" href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_p7vQpXhNs4Q/TGCugol4YVI/AAAAAAAAEfE/oZzgwce4uCg/s1600/protect-a-bed-logo.png"><img style="cursor: pointer; width: 273px; height: 100px;" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_p7vQpXhNs4Q/TGCugol4YVI/AAAAAAAAEfE/oZzgwce4uCg/s320/protect-a-bed-logo.png" alt="" id="BLOGGER_PHOTO_ID_5503590620322095442" border="0" /></a><br /></div><br /><span style="font-size:85%;"><span style="font-weight: bold; font-style: italic;">Thank you to Protect-A-Bed for participating in the Bloggy Birthday Blowout event on Goodie Goodie Gumdrops!</span></span><br /><br />Now that Nate is two, we are venturing - s-l-o-w-l-y - into the land of potty training. We are in the beginning stages, which means there are more accidents than successes. I am confident that we will get there eventually. But in the meantime, I know that clean-up is going to be a big part of my day - and night. Thankfully, I know I can count on Protect-A-Bed for those inevitable nighttime and naptime mishaps.<span style=";font-family:arial;font-size:85%;" > </span><br /><br /><a href="http://www.protectabed.com/">Protect-A-Bed</a> is synonymous with quality bedding protection. Since 1980, Protect-A-Bed has been manufacturing premium polyurethane laminate waterproof mattress protectors and related products. These products prevent staining and protect against dust mites and bed bugs, which are major causes of asthma, allergies and eczema. Materials used in production are safe, free of harmful substances like cadmium and exceed requirements for flame resistance. Their ultimate goal is to help provide customers with a healthy, hygienic, comfortable sleep.<br /><br /> Did you know that protected mattresses last almost three times longer than unprotected ones? This means a covered mattress can last <span style="font-style: italic;">twenty </span>years instead of just seven! That's why I'../../2010/01/review-and-giveaway-protect-bed.html">here</a>!). I also had the chance recently to review a pair of their Premium Pillow Protectors (ARV $19.99).<br /><br /><div style="text-align: center;"><a onblur="try {parent.deselectBloggerImageGracefully();} catch(e) {}" href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_p7vQpXhNs4Q/TGHRsgaUf3I/AAAAAAAAEfs/Q8azKJzWgEw/s1600/Premium+pillow+protector.jpg"><img style="cursor: pointer; width: 179px; height: 256px;" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_p7vQpXhNs4Q/TGHRsgaUf3I/AAAAAAAAEfs/Q8azKJzWgEw/s320/Premium+pillow+protector.jpg" alt="" id="BLOGGER_PHOTO_ID_5503910782168235890" border="0" /></a><br /></div>I'll admit it: I'm a drooler. Many mornings, I wake up with a huge wet spot on my pillow. And unfortunately, there are several stains on it as a result of my overactive salivary glands. But now I can nip that problem in the bud. <a href="http://www.protectabed.com/PREMIUM_Pillow_Protector%2C_21x27%2C_STANDARD_-_One_per_bag/product.htm?pid=643049&amp;catid=30621">Protect-A-Bed Premium Pillow Protectors</a> are soft, absorbent and breathable. Not only are they low-maintenance (machine washable) and easy to use (just slip them on and zipper them closed), but I can rest easier knowing they will protect me from allergens and bacteria. I feel so much cleaner sleeping on Protect-A-Bed products! Drool, spills and leaks? No match for us anymore! And they'll be perfect to take on vacation when you're just not sure what kind of sneaky residue exists on the hotel bedding!<br /><br />Once we ditch the diapers for good, I'll definitely be purchasing a <a href="http://www.protectabed.com/PREMIUM_Crib_Protector%2C_28x52x_6%2C_AWHITE/product.htm?pid=643040&amp;catid=30619">Protect-A-Bed crib protector</a> (ARV $29.99) for Nate's new toddler bed. You just can't beat the comfort, the quality or the <a href="http://www.protectabed.com/content/ProtectABed/CustomPages/warranty-information.htm">warranties</a>!<br /><br /><span style="font-weight: bold;">BUY IT</span>: Visit <a href="http://www.protectabed.com/">www.protectabed.com</a> to purchase any of the bedding protectors I've mentioned or to check out the rest of their selection.<br /><br /><span style="font-weight: bold;">CUTE CONTEST</span>: To celebrate their 30th Anniversary, Protect-A-Bed is hosting a "Long Live Your Mattress" Sweepstakes, in which one lucky person will win a grand prize of $30,000 cash! There will also be ten first place prizes of complete bedding protection sets valued at nearly $500! Check out the official rules and enter online at <a href="http://www.protectabed.com/">www.protectabed.com</a> between today, August 10, and October 31, 2010.<br /><span style=";font-family:arial;font-size:85%;" ><br /></span><div style="text-align: center;"><a onblur="try {parent.deselectBloggerImageGracefully();} catch(e) {}" href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_p7vQpXhNs4Q/TGHQfBxK0rI/AAAAAAAAEfk/FMxVm762v48/s1600/pab_sweeps_logo.jpg"><img style="cursor: pointer; width: 320px; height: 172px;" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_p7vQpXhNs4Q/TGHQfBxK0rI/AAAAAAAAEfk/FMxVm762v48/s320/pab_sweeps_logo.jpg" alt="" id="BLOGGER_PHOTO_ID_5503909451092644530" border="0" /></a><br /></div><span style=";font-family:arial;font-size:85%;" ><br /></span> <span style="font-weight: bold;">WIN IT</span>: Protect-A-Bed is generously offering one lucky reader their choice of: <a href="http://www.protectabed.com/PREMIUM_Crib_Protector%2C_28x52x_6%2C_AWHITE/product.htm?pid=643040&amp;catid=30619">premium crib protector</a> (white, yellow, pink or blue), <a href="http://www.protectabed.com/PREMIUM_Mattress_Protector%2C_38x75x14%2C_TWIN/product.htm?pid=643044&amp;catid=30608">premium mattress protector</a> (any size) or set of <a href="http://www.protectabed.com/PREMIUM_Pillow_Protector%2C_21x27%2C_STANDARD_-_One_per_bag/product.htm?pid=643049&amp;catid=30621">premium pillow protectors</a> (any size)!<span style=";font-family:arial;font-size:85%;" > </span>That's up to a $100 value!<span style=";font-family:arial;font-size:85%;" ><br /><br /></span><span style="font-weight: bold;">MAIN COURSE (MANDATORY ENTRY)</span>: Tell me which product you would choose <span style="font-style: italic;">and </span>in what size/color if you won. Remember to please leave your email address in your comment if it isn't visible on your profile to prevent disqualification!<br /><br /><span style="font-weight: bold;">SUGAR ON TOP (BONUS ENTRIES)</span>: To maximize your chances of winning, you may do any or all of the following. Be sure to complete the above mandatory entry or your bonus entries will not count! Remember to leave <span style="font-style: italic;">one comment per entry</span>.<br /><br />1.) Follow my blog and/or subscribe via reader or email. If you already follow and/or subscribe, that counts! (1 entry each)<br /><br />2.) Follow <a href="http://www.twitter.com/kris10chumley">me</a> and <a href="http://www.twitter.com/Protect_A_Bed">Protect-A-Bed</a> on Twitter and tweet about this contest. You can do this daily! You may use the following tweet of come up with one of your own:<br /><span style="font-weight: bold;"><span style="font-size:85%;"><br />Sleep safely and soundly with @Protect_A_Bed! Win your choice of product (up to $100 value) @kris10chumley Ends 8/31 http://bit.ly/bvMtiw<br /></span></span><br />Just leave a comment with your tweet link. (1 entry per day max)<br /><br />3.) <a href="http://www.facebook.com/pages/Goodie-Goodie-Gumdrops/116259089526">"Like"</a> Goodie Goodie Gumdrops on Facebook. (1 entry)<br /><br />4.) <a href="http://www.facebook.com/ProtectABed?ref=search&amp;sid=1292934961.184689890..1">Become a fan</a> of Protect-A-Bed on Facebook. (1 entry)<br /><br />5.) Add my Bloggy Birthday Blowout event button to your site and leave a comment with the link to where I can find it. (1 entry)<br /><br />6.) Add my blog button to your site and comment with the link to where I can find it. (1 entry)<br /><br /><span style="font-size:85%;"><em>Giveaway will end on August 31, 2010 at 11:59pm EST. Open to U.S. residents only. Winners will be chosen via Random.org and will have 48 hours to respond to congratulatory email or prize will be forfeited and another winner will be chosen.</em></span><br /><br /><span style="font-size:85%;"><span style="font-style: italic;">Disclaimer: I received a pair of free Premium Pillow Protectors from Devin at Protect-A-Bed in exchange for my candid review. I was not compensated in any other way for this post. The thoughts and opinions expressed in my review are purely mine. Your experience may differ.</span></span><div class="blogger-post-footer"><img width='1' height='1' src='https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/tracker/25549075580977647-9176841102863607048?l=www.goodie-goodie-gumdrops.com' alt='' /></div>Kristenhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/03542962726270982824noreply@blogger.com189