Thursday, September 29, 2011

Elm Studios Giveaway!!!!

I first came across Elm Studios, on Etsy, over a year ago, and instantly added them to my favorite shops .
Elm Studios was founded by Erin Lynne Meissner. She graduated from Alfred University with a bachelor degree in fine arts.

When she was a little girl, she would always dream of a shop that she would own someday. Erin is a single mom who stays at home with her two little girls thanks to the support of her family and friends.

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Wordless Wednesday...Photo Booth

So we just discovered Photo Booth on my Mac. LOVE it!  So does Jack...


Saturday, September 24, 2011

Call out for October Sponsors!

Yes, I'm doing a call out for October sponsors.  I'm sure you know, but advertising is one of the best ways to promote your blog/site/shop.     What's even better is you can see your pretty little ad every time you visit my blog!!  Now is a great time to start advertising your shop/site for the holidays!

In case you were wondering, here is a little bit about my blog....

By the numbers:
Monthly Pageviews: 10,000-15,000+
Google Friend Connect: 623
{Public- 554 | Private- 102}
Twitter: 209
Facebook : 154+ { and growing!}

I have 1 large ad left for Octoberr for only $10 per month and 4 small ads left for $5 per month.
For more information click the ad/pr button at the top of the page.
Interested?  Contact me at

Have a great relaxing fall weekend!

Friday, September 23, 2011

September Sponsor...Red Egg Boutique!

You may have noticed another snazzy little ad on the side of my blog for Red Egg Boutique. Well I want to tell you a little about Lora, and I hope you taka a minute to visit her shop! 

Lora loves anything artsy and loves to redo old things from furniture to jewelry. She has been fascinated with Jewelry since she was a little girl, and especially  LOVES vintage jewelry! 

Lora is a hairdresser and have owned a salon for 22 years.  Her etsy store name comes from having red hair and the last name of Eggertz.. Hence the name "Red Egg Boutique" :)

If you like a jewelry piece but need small changes like adding a chain, changing length or pearl color, taking off something that you don't like on the piece, she would be happy to make the change for you!  

These are just two of my favorite pieces from her shop....

There are so many more great pieces, be sure to click over to her shop and take a look around!

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Jersey Shore...toddler style...

So besides singing ABC's and Wheels on the Bus in the car, we also like to listen, and sing to some party rock music.  We also like to fist pump.....

I hope you all had a great weekend and have a fantastic Monday.

Friday, September 16, 2011

1.   You should always take time to     read a book.  I am trying to find that time.

2.    Pumpkin Spice Lattes     make the world a happier place to be.

3.  I can hardly wait for   Our trip to Disney in 4 weeks!   .

4.    Saturday   is my favorite day of the week.

5.  Something totally dumb and ridiculous that I love is    fist pumping in the car with Jack....Jersey Shore, here we come!

6.  If I could, I would   buy a whole new wardrobe   .

7.  I rather like    techno music   .

I hope you are having a great Friday and have a great weekend planned.  I would love to hear what you're up to! We are getting family pictures done.  I can't wait to show them to you!

Join us at fill in the blank friday here!

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Give a little bit.....

Thanks to Walgreens for sponsoring my writing. Help Walgreens help others! Visit their Facebook page here to learn about their charitable partners and decide which cause Walgreens will donate to with a quick vote.

So I was listening to a radiothon while driving to work last week and it make me want to do something to help others.  There are so many amazing charities out there that do so much good for this community and this country.  My goal for the rest of this year is become involved in some way in a charitable organization.  In my research for one, I came across so is so hard to choose. This also gave me an idea to share some of these organizations with you.  I hope you find one that you would like to help or learn more about.

Children's Memorial Hospital

 For more than 125 years, Children's has relied on the support of donors and volunteers to help ensure that critically ill and injured children have access to the highest quality care. They truly are a great hospital with 100% of the donations going to help.  Their site lists all of the different ways you can help.  

Along that line there is an organization out of Children's Memorial that helps children with brain tumors.  It is a GREAT organization, and they have raised over $1,000,000 since they started in 2000.  Check out  The Young Associates Board for more information.  

Finally, check out Elyssa's Misson.  They offer hands-on support to area schools, religious and community organizations to help educate students, staff and parents on how to recognize those teens most at risk. Elyssa's Mission has adopted the SOS(Signs of Suicide) program that is a nationally recognized evidenced based program for teaching warning signs of depression, substance abuse and suicide. All services are donated.

I never knew just how many great organizations there out there to get involved in.  Even if you don't have the money to donate, your time is just as effective.  I would love to hear from you on any organizations you donate to, volunteer at, or just feel strongly about.  

Don't forget to help Walgreens help others! Visit their Facebook page here to learn about their charitable partners and decide which cause Walgreens will donate to with a quick vote. I was selected for this sponsorship by the Clever Girls Collective, which endorses Blog With Integrity, as I do.

Goodbyn Winners!!!!

I hope you all are having a great week! I wanted to announce the winners of the Goodbyn lunchboxes are 

#20 Brittany, and #1 Connie!  

Congrats! Please email me at

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Wordless(ish) Wednesday...

So we got Jack a Strider bike.  For those of you who don't know about them, you can visit their website here. Theret are no pedals, and teach kids to balance, which they say will have them skip training wheels all together.

Jack likes his...and his new Cars helmet.

The concentrating face.....
 I hope yours week is going great!

Tuesday, September 13, 2011


ok, so I saw this post on a girl and a glue gun, who got this from Crafty Soccer Mom, who got this from like 5 other people.  I liked it, and I decided to to it too.  Let me know if you decide to follow!

A. age: 34 (but I am in denial about it)
B. bed size: queen
C. chore you hate:dishes
D. dogs: one.  Our little love Lenny.

E. essential start to your day: a large coffee....skim milk and 2 sweet n low.
F. favorite color: blue...and tan (is tan really a color?)

G. gold or silver: Silver, although gold is making a comeback!.
H. height: 5 feet 6 inches.

I. instruments you play: piano...and soon I will learn the violin.

J. job title: Learning Behavior Specialist (fancy for Special Education Teacher)

K. kids: one.  hopefully more in the near future

L. live: near Chicago

M. maiden name: Grippo
yes, ryhmes with Hippo

N. nicknames: I really don't have any....lame I know.
O. overnight hospital stays: 1.  When I gave birth.
P. pet peeve: bad drivers

Q. quote: okay, I have like 1million.  Here are a few.

all  here on my pinterest board

R. righty or lefty: lefty.  Woo hoo!

S. siblings: 1 sister

(that's me on the left, and her on the right)
T. time you wake up: 5:10 am. .....if I had my way, it would be 8:10 am.
U. university attended: Northern Illinois, and UIC
V. vegetables you dislike: Califlower and carrots
W. what makes you run late: my better half....he likes to wait until the LAST minute to get ready.

X. x-rays you’ve had: for TB...I test positive.
Y. yummy food: anything Italian, chocolate, berries, apples, chips and salsa

Z. zoo animal favorite: seals, monkeys, and polar bears. 

Monday, September 12, 2011

Mompact Blog TILTY Cup Review and Giveaway #mompact

I am participating in the Mompact Blog Hop, with over 120 other bloggers. This event is HUGE! The purpose of this Blog Hop is to promote “moms supporting moms”. The item I am reviewing is the TILTY cup, the better sippy cup!

I am seriously so excited to be hosting this giveaway.  I have heard about the TILTY and see it is sold out everywhere.  Now I see why.  I think this is the perfect cup for your toddler and easily transitions them to "grown-up" cups.

TILTY's patent pending ergonomic design makes learning to drink easier and more comfortable.. TILTY keeps the liquid at an angle and allows it to flow to the spout with minimal effort so that your little one doesn't have to tilt his/her head back as far. TILTY makes finishing the last drops a cinch and creates habits that will help your baby transition from sippy cups to "grown-up" cups easier and quicker. TILTY comes with a snap-on lid and does not have a valve, which according to the American Dental Association is better for a toddler's dental development.

You can find out more about TILTY, here:
You can also win a set of 2 TILTTY cups.......enter below and good luck!

And please be sure to visit the next blog in the blog hop....Mommy's Minute!
NEXT Mompact Giveaway

Once again, this review and giveaway is part of the Mompact Blog Hop and you should visit the other 120 blogs to enter additional giveaways and return to to find the links, etc.
Disclosure: “I was provided with free products to review. I did not receive any other type of compensation. This is my honest review.”  Contest ends September 17th, 2011 at 11:59 pm.

Saturday, September 10, 2011

September Sponsor...Crumbles Cookies!

Welcome Crumbles Cookies as one of my sponsors!

Their bakery is a reflection of the passion for providing the quality of baked goods like those found in the corner shops of days gone by. They use the freshest ingredients such as those from local farmers markets. The pastries and confections at Crumbles are always made from scratch using favorite recipes. They want those that purchase from our bakery for themselves or as a gift, to have an exquisite taste experience!

♥Their Artisan Marshmallows have just been Featured 3/29/2011 in The online Specialty Food Magazine The Nibble♥
you can read The Review at:

My husband and I tried the Extreme Chocolate Cookies and my husband said "These are the best cookies I have ever had!"  After I got over the hurt feelings (just kidding), I agreed.  The cookies are perfect...crispy on the outside and soft on the inside.  So check them out and tell her I sent you!

Friday, September 9, 2011

Fill in the blank Friday...

So I ran across Fill in the Blank Friday and thought it was pretty cute, and decided to join.  I think you should join too.   You can here.

1.   Somewhere someone is     watching the Jersey Shore (can you tell what I am doing?)  

2.    Bloggers      is/are my muse.

3.  It would suck if    Coffee     was no more because,    I would just have to sleep all day

4.    Fall beer and cool walks   is/are my favorite thing(s) about today.

5.  Life is kind of like     an umbrella.  It can protect you or it can poke you in the eye .

6.  If I could have anything I wanted I would want  to give Jack a BIG back yard to run...and to take a trip around the world ( I can dream right?)

7.  A funny thing happened the other day...    Jack told me "Mama...I farted".   .

Join me and others for Fill in the Blank Friday at The little things we do!  Have a great weekend!

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

A (late) Wordless(ish) Wednesday....

Yeah...... I tried it.  Cheesy?  Maybe.  Does he have the cutest face ever? For Sure.

I hope you're having a great week.

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Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Welcome September Sponsor: Thank You in a Box!

You may have noticed a few new and fabulous looking buttons on my sidebar.  Please welcome one of my newest sponsors, Thank You in a box.....

Have you ever sat down to write a note, but couldn't find the right size envelope or first-class postage stamp or much less a black pen that worked? 

Writing a note of thanks or encouragement should not be that least that's what Amy & Brandon from  Thank You In A Box think! Consequently, they have simplified the art of penning your thoughts with their unique Thank You Boxes. Their eco-friendly boxes keep your custom cards & envelopes (with return address pre-printed), postage stamps and a pen all in one organized spot! 

These boxes make perfect (and original) gifts for anyone who wants to cultivate and attitude of gratitude........especially mommies-to-be, hard working moms, busy brides, birthday nieces and nephews, business owners and every other kind of thoughtful note writers. 

Brandon and Amy stumbled into the business of gratitude after getting married and having babies shortly after. Needless to say, they wrote a lot of thank you notes and saw the need to organize and simplify the 'giving of thanks'! Before they knew it, they had requests from family and friends to pass along these 'organized thank you kits' to those in similar situations...................and a business was born. Come and visit them at