'Jellycat Shaggy Dog Book' Review & Toy Giveaway!- CLOSED

Can I just tell you how excited I was to receive this too-cute-for-words stuffed animal/book from The Baby Habit for review? Not only is it squeezably soft, but the fact that it also doubles as a book makes this a fun and entertaining way to read to my little one! The baby just loves to shake it up and hear the sweet jingle sounds or play with it's crinkly-sounding paws; too cute!!! In my opinion, this is a great way to develop a love of books in your child early on- we love it!

And guess what? The Baby Habit is now offering one lucky reader the chance to win 1 Jellycat Toy of their choice ($22.00 or under) from their uber cool store!! YAY!! They also carry the cutest personalized baby clothes , personalized burp cloths, bibs and blankets as well as a cool selection of eco-friendly products.

Here's how to win:

1. Become one of our followers and leave a comment letting us know you've done so. If already a follower, let us know as well.

2. Go to www.thebabyhabit.com , pick out your favorite item and come back and tell us what it is!

Your name will then be entered into a drawing, and the winner will be chosen by random number generator! That's it!

Want extra entries??

- Add our button to your blog, myspace page etc.(found to the right) and leave us a comment with the link (each individual button post counts separately- e.g.) for 1 extra entry.

- Follow us on Twitter AND tweet about the giveaway. Comment with a link to your tweet for 2 extra entries.

- Make a blog post re: this giveaway, then leave a comment with the link to the article for 3 extra entries.

- Make a purchase from The Baby Habit for 5 extra entries!!

Have fun, and make sure to increase your chances of winning with the extra entry rules...

Contest ends September 15th, 2009, so let's go!!!


Fantastic Flickr Friday...What's Your Fave??

♥ 'I'm Not Happy'- Nathan_Leland

♥ 'Pouting Baby'- BubbSnugg

♥ 'Frown'- Lilyzhu

♥ 'My Frog'- Olive Star/Marta Locklear

♥ 'Zoe'- Roadflare1983

Aww, look at these pouty lil' faces!!! Which one do you heart the most?


'Try This Thursdays'- Melon Cooler

So we have one more big holiday before summer is 'officially' considered over. You guessed it- Labor Day! So if you're having a few guests over for dinner, this simple and light recipe from Country Living is not only eye-catching, but delicious as well!

2 cups of cantaloupe, cut into half-inch pieces and frozen
2 cups of honeydew melon, cut into half-inch pieces and frozen
1 cup of water
2 tbsp(s) sugar

Puree the melons: Place the frozen cantaloupe pieces, 1/2 cup water, and 1 tablespoon sugar into a blender and purée on high speed until fruit is smooth and pourable. Transfer to a bowl and keep chilled. Rinse the blender and repeat using the frozen honeydew, 1/2 cup water, and remaining sugar.

Assemble the cooler: Alternately layer about 1/3 cup of the puréed cantaloupe followed by the same amount of the honeydew melon into 2 large glasses. Repeat until all the purée is used and serve immediately.

I'd love to try this with watermelon as well! Mmmmm...


An Apple A Day...

My oldest son is getting ready to go back to school, which somehow makes me think of apples! Perhaps it's because when I was younger teachers would receive apples from students as gifts on TV- which makes me think of apple pie, which makes me think of apple martini's, which makes me...ooops, I'm rambling! Anyhoo, that inspired me to look for apple-inspired pieces for baby, and I found some cute things! Take a looksie!

♥ Fuji Apple Cloth Baby Shoes ($13.00)- www.starlightsound.etsy.com

♥ Apple Tree Tinker Square ($25.00)- www.mamamayi.etsy.com

♥ Apple Of My Eye Tee ($24.00)- www.planetpudge.etsy.com

♥ A Is For Apple Bib ($8.00)- www.hazelmay.etsy.com

♥ Lead picture courtesy of smh.com.au


And The Winner of the Melamine Snack Set Is....

Amy- author of the 'Live, Laugh, Love...Our Way' blogspot! Congratulations! Amy has up to 24 hours to claim her prize! And for all those who participated, thanks so much! And don't worry, we have a new contest coming this week, so be sure and check back!!!!


Fantastic Flickr Friday...What's Your Fave??

♥ 'Little Man, Big Chair'- Lunazhon

♥ 'Mirror, Mirror In My Hand'- Usually Blue

♥ 'Kaylie'- Fate Couture

♥ 'Bumble Bee Sofie'- Dpmaitim

I love to see babies play dress-up! Which one do you hear the most?


'Try This Thurdays'- Rose Petal Ice Cubes

Looking for simple way to add the "wow" factor to your party? Try adding rose petals to your ice cubes! Use them in an ice bucket to cool your drinks or display them in a pretty bowl surrounded by rose petals. If you want to serve them in your drinks, make sure they are absolutely chemical/pesticide free.

Here's what you'll need:

Rose petals
Ice cube tray(s)

1 Gather and gently rinse rose petals.

2.Boil water for 2 minutes to allow any air trapped inside of the water to escape. Let the water cool until room temperature. This ensures that the cubes are crystal-clear.

3. Place petals at the base of each individual compartment within an ice tray (or more trays if you have a large party).

4. Fill each compartment half full with the cooled boiled water and freeze.

5. After the water is frozen solid, fill each ice cube compartment the rest of the way to the top with the remaining boiled water.

6. Refreeze and allow them to remain in the freezer until you are ready to use them.

Voila!! Enjoy!


Mmmm, Cotton Candy!

Who doesn't love cotton candy? Especially when it's warm and fresh from spinning! When I was younger I'd eat it so much it's a wonder I have ANY teeth left!! I'm gonna see if I can talk my Congressman into declaring my birthday 'National Cotton Candy Day'! You can thank me later...

♥ Cotton Candy Heart Onesie ($10.50)- www.makenabrielle.etsy.com

♥ Pink Angora Booties ($50.00)- www.yomybooties.com

♥ Sweet As Candy Jumble Ball ($18.00)- www.woodponddesgns.etsy.com

♥ Cotton Candy Cupcakes- www.nm.com

♥ Lead picture- www.candyaddict.com


Cowgirl Cutie...

Sugar and spice and everything nice, huh? While that may be true, it seems that someone forgot about cowgirls! Boys aren't the only one's who like to put on cowboy boots and lasso ponies all while shooting from a water gun, are they? Get a gander of these sweet pieces... Happy Monday!

♥ 'Yippi Yi Yo Ki Yay' Organic Romper Tutu ($45.00)- www.whimsyranch.etsy.com

♥ Cowgirl Gift Set ($30.00)- www.sewaudrey.etsy.com

♥ Boutique Cowgirl Burp Set ($22.oo)- www.angelsinflight1.etsy.com

♥ Little Cowgirl Blanket ($35.00)- www.sewmelody.etsy.com

♥ 'Cowgirl Cool' Minky Bib ($7.00)- www.happybabeeandbeeyond.etsy.com

♥ Lead picture courtesy of petite_sphink's Flickr stream


You Can STILL Win This!!!

This melamine snack set from Accent Direct is so cute! I wonder how foolish I would look if I ate from this myself, that's how much I love it! The winner gets to choose from three colors, and your little one will love it! Click here to enter!