Thursday, August 26, 2010

Leap Frog Leapster Explorer - Review & Giveaway

By Jennifer (Double Duty Mommy) at 2:27 PM 1086 commented Links to this post
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Leap Frog has done it again, Leapster Explorer is the latest version of the original Leapster & Leapster 2.

NEW FEATURES INCLUDE:
  • touch screen capability
  • enhanced screen clarity
  • video capability - you can watch mini shows/movies/previews
  • Downloadable "leaplet apps"
  • (In the Fall) Camera adaptor
With a library of more than 40 games and activities includes cartridge games, downloadable learning apps (games, e-Books, videos, flash cards and more), a camera/video recorder and more, your child is sure to love this new enhanced handheld.
We were sent the pink & white Explorer & the "Disney Princess - Pop Up Story Adventures" cartridge game. Only for the Leapster Explorer the Disney Princess game comes with 7 mini-games that teach music and early reading. I love that it teaches letters, phonics skills, story comprehension and musical rhythm and pitch. It is Makenna's first year in Kindergarten so anything that can help her get ahead in her reading we'll try out.
Also, we soon found out it came pre-loaded with one of Makenna's favorite games which is sorta like the regular Leapster "Pet Pals" game.

What I love about the new Leapster Explorer is that it's thinner then the Leapster 2 that Makenna owns. The screen is a bit bigger as well so games and videos are seen a lot more clearly.

CONS:
Battery life doesn't last long AT ALL. We tried buying expensive batteries that are supposed to last a longer period of time but it didn't really make a difference. Browsing around I saw that Leap Frog now sells a recharging port for the Explorer so after purchasing that (our own money... it wasn't sent to us) it's made life (and our wallets) a lot better. No more ridiculous battery purchases after just a few Leapster Explorer uses.

The Explorer sells for $69.99.

Win a LEAPSTER EXPLORER in your choice color!

(Please read my tutorial on "How To Enter My Giveaways" if you are unsure about anything)
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#Win a @Leapfrog Leapster EXPLORER just in time for #backtoschool @mommaJWoww19 http://bit.ly/c5Dl10 (9/12) #giveaway
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5 entries – Blog about this giveaway. Blog post MUST include links back to Double Duty Mommy AND Miracle Blanket to count. Leave me the link to ur post in your comment. (Leave 5 separate comments)

NO BLOG??  5 entries - Post a FACEBOOK status update about this giveaway. Status MUST include links back to Double Duty Mommy AND Miracle Blanket to count. Leave me the link in your comment (ur page cant be private though :/ To get the link: Click on the time of your post and then copy the address bar link provided. CAN ONLY DO ONE: Blog post OR Facebook post!!!!)

**No other monetary compensation was received for this review - I was sent the product(s) to review at no cost to me. The views and opinions are strictly my own. Your results and views may be different.
Giveaway is open to USA & Canada ONLY. Giveaway will close on September 12th, 2010 at 9pm EST! Random.org will be used to choose the winner who will then have 48 hours to respond to my email before a new winner is chosen.**
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Saturday, August 21, 2010

"Showering Mommy & Baby" Giveaway Event! - D'Enfant Creations Diaper Cake - Review & Giveaway

By Jennifer (Double Duty Mommy) at 11:03 PM 215 commented Links to this post

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--Winner has been emailed. She has 48hrs to respond before a new winner is chosen-- 

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I've seen many diaper cakes and when it came to my baby shower I had no idea what kind I want or where I wanted it to come from. I did know I was looking for something girly, pink, and made with love and quality!
When I came across D'Enfant Creations I fell in love with the site.
In 2009 Edith didn't like the idea of just providing a box of diaper for her goddaughter was not good enough so she started D'Enfant Creations!

Whether it's a boy or a girl, this gift will be the sensation of any baby shower or will make any mom feel truly special and delighted.
When it came to deciding which cake I wanted It took me a while to decide. I finally settled with the 2-tier "It's a Girl" cake. I actually shouldn't say settled because it was a very difficult decision.

I was pleasantly surprised by the quality Edith puts into her cakes. I think it is such an awesome gift that is very usable and adorable. Any mom would be so lucky to receive one of these! I had a small get together for my baby shower and my cake being the center piece was definitely a hit at the party.
The great thing about Edith's cakes... they are affordable! There is no reason you wouldn't be able to provide a great give like this to a loved one. Just look at these other adorable cakes...

Also, Edith has now introduced CLOTH DIAPER cakes!! Yes, you heard me, a cloth diaper cake!

Cakes range from $15-$50 and can be purchased directly from the website.

You can win your very own 2 tier diaper cake!
(just diapers, no baby products. sorry)

(Please read my tutorial on "How To Enter My Giveaways" if you are unsure about anything)
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(Mandatory entry MUST be completed FIRST for any other entry to count!!!)

 1 entry - Follow me on Google Friend Connect AND Visit D'Enfant Creations and tell me which cake you'd love to have.

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1 entry – Follow me (mommaJWoww19) on Twitter.

1 entry – Tweet about this giveaway (Leave ur tweet hyperlink, please!!!):
#Win a 2-tier diaper cake from @EnfantCreations & @mommaJWoww19 http://bit.ly/aDeX71 (9/3) #giveaway #babyshower
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3 entries – Put my *NEW* blog button on your site. Leave me a link so I can find it. (Leave 3 separate comments)

3 entries - Put my *NEW* "Showering..." event button on your site. Leave me a link so I can find it. (Leave 3 separate comments)

5 entries – Blog about this giveaway. Blog post MUST include links back to Double Duty Mommy AND D'Enfant Creations to count. Leave me the link to ur post in your comment. (Leave 5 separate comments)

NO BLOG??  5 entries - Post a FACEBOOK status update about this giveaway. Status MUST include links back to Double Duty Mommy AND D'Enfant Creations to count. Leave me the link in your comment (ur page cant be private though :/ To get the link: Click on the time of your post and then copy the address bar link provided. CAN ONLY DO ONE: Blog post OR Facebook post!!!!)

Are you eligible for extra entries? You know who you are. Write "Extra entry 1", "Extra entry 2", etc.

**No other monetary compensation was received for this review - I was sent the product(s) to review at no cost to me. The views and opinions are strictly my own. Your results and views may be different.
Giveaway is open to USA ONLY. Giveaway will close on September 3rd, 2010 at 9pm EST! Random.org will be used to choose the winner who will then have 48 hours to respond to my email before a new winner is chosen.**
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"Showering Mommy & Baby" Giveaway Event! - Style Wipes - Review & Giveaway

By Jennifer (Double Duty Mommy) at 4:27 PM 257 commented Links to this post

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--Winner has been emailed. She has 48hrs to respond before a new winner is chosen-- 

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Aren't you tired of the plain old baby wipes case you have in your diaper bag? Sure it's just a case to carry around wet wipes for the dreaded diaper duty we must go through, but why when we spend so much time looking for the cutest diaper bag, cutest clothes, cutest stroller (and so much more) must we settle for something so plain.
When Heather contacted me to review her cases I instantly jumped at the opportunity. Her cases are handmade with unique fabrics and ribbons, making them perfect for a baby shower gift.

I was sent the "Grace In Pink" travel case to review. Besides being so cute and matching our diaper bag, I love how well made it is. I don't think I'll ever have to worry about the fabric or stitching coming off because of details that Heather puts into her cases are ones you can't look past.

Other cute cases like the large case like the "Uptown Girl" have a pretty black satin ribbon and button.
Of course there are lots of fabrics to choose from but Style Wipes also lets you customize the wipe case you want, so you will always be happy with your choice.

CONS:
I do like travel cases that have the top flap so you can just pull out one wipe at a time, but with the fabric covering this flap you of course have to open the case each time. A little detail that doesn't change the quality in the cases but if there were a way to still have the top opening then I'd love the case even more.

These adorably cute cases sell for $10 (for travel size) & $20 (for the large case)!

You can win a CUSTOM SET! That includes a 1 large & 1 travel size baby wipes cases!

(Please read my tutorial on "How To Enter My Giveaways" if you are unsure about anything)
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#Win a custom stylish baby wipes case from STYLE WIPES & @mommaJWoww19 http://bit.ly/coohtR (9/3) #giveaway #baby
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3 entries – Put my *NEW* blog button on your site. Leave me a link so I can find it. (Leave 3 separate comments)

3 entries - Put my *NEW* "Showering..." event button on your site. Leave me a link so I can find it. (Leave 3 separate comments)

5 entries – Blog about this giveaway. Blog post MUST include links back to Double Duty Mommy AND Style Wipes to count. Leave me the link to ur post in your comment. (Leave 5 separate comments)

NO BLOG??  5 entries - Post a FACEBOOK status update about this giveaway. Status MUST include links back to Double Duty Mommy AND Style Wipes to count. Leave me the link in your comment (ur page cant be private though :/ To get the link: Click on the time of your post and then copy the address bar link provided. CAN ONLY DO ONE: Blog post OR Facebook post!!!!)

Are you eligible for extra entries? You know who you are. Write "Extra entry 1", "Extra entry 2", etc.

**No other monetary compensation was received for this review - I was sent the product(s) to review at no cost to me. The views and opinions are strictly my own. Your results and views may be different.
Giveaway is open to USA ONLY. Giveaway will close on September 3rd, 2010 at 9pm EST! Random.org will be used to choose the winner who will then have 48 hours to respond to my email before a new winner is chosen.**

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Friday, August 20, 2010

"Showering Mommy & Baby" Giveaway Event! - Miracle Blanket - Review & Giveaway

By Jennifer (Double Duty Mommy) at 4:12 PM 285 commented Links to this post

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--Winner has been emailed. She has 48hrs to respond before a new winner is chosen-- 

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The Miracle Blanket truly is the gift of sleep! I have a few different types of swaddle blankets and wraps but Kendall always seems to wiggle her way out. I've noticed that even if she falls asleep swaddled her random sleepy twitches wake her up and we're back to square one, trying to get her back to sleep.

With the Miracle Blanket her arms so secure so they don't get loose. I love this wrap for lots of reasons but one of the main reasons is because Kendall having her arms out is what what tends to wake her up, with them being tight and wrapped up keeps her sleeping for so much longer.
With the Miracle Blanket she instantly falls sleep and stays asleep. The longest she's stayed asleep is 3 1/2 hours (her being 5 weeks old now) but that's better then her normal 1 1/2-2hours! So the Miracle Blanket giving John and I that extra 2 hours of sleep is truly a miracle.

Here are some benefits of the Miracle Blanket!
  • 100% Satisfaction Guarantee. If you don't absolutely love The Miracle Blanket, return it and we will refund your money - no questions asked!
  • Not to be confused with a baby wrap or a zip-up wearable blanket, the Miracle Blanket® is the only TRUE SWADDLING blanket successfully designed to help your baby sleep.
  • Stops or reduces fussiness. Helps baby sleep better, deeper and longer.
  • Makes breast feeding easier.
  • One size fits all. No adjustments - newborn to about 4 months.
  • Can't impede development of hips and knees. As baby grows, her legs extend beyond the tight portion of the wrap for free movement and joint development.
  • No extra material & breathable fabric. Limits the risk of overheating.
  • Simplicity of design. No confusing folding. Easy to use - even in the dark!
  • Won't unravel during restless sleep.
  • No knots, buttons, straps, Velcro, snaps, zippers, etc.
  • Helps your baby sleep on their back. Washington University Journal of Pediatrics studies prove even stomach-sleeping babies will sleep more comfortably on their backs if properly swaddled.
Although I don't breastfeed (since I'm an exclusive pumper), I do find it makes feeding easier. I change Kendall, get her jammies on, swaddle her up and feed. Sometimes I even find that she falls asleep TOO fast and wont finish eating so I have to wake her up, lol.
After she's done eating it has become an easy transition down next to me or in her bed.

CONS:
Honestly, there's only 1 thing I don't like so much about the wrap. When I'm dead tired, in the middle of the night, I find it so hard to change Kendall quickly since I have to completely unwrap her. The Miracle Blanket is long (so it wraps around Kendall about 3 times), plus with her feet in the pouch, and once I unwrap her she finds a way to get her hands out. So like I said, I have to start completely over and when I'm half asleep in the dark, it gets annoying to have to wrap her up again.

With that though, I still deal with it because we have been getting a couple extra (well needed!) hours of sleep out of Kendall when she's wrapped up. She LOVES being swaddled so as long as she'll let me, we will be using the Miracle Blanket on a daily/nightly basis!

Make you and your baby happy with some much needed sleep! The Miracle Blanket is just $29.95

Win your very own Miracle Blanket in your choice color!

(Please read my tutorial on "How To Enter My Giveaways" if you are unsure about anything)
(PS:: PLEASE be sure to include your email in EVERY entry!! I need to contact you if you win!)

 
(Mandatory entry MUST be completed FIRST for any other entry to count!!!)

 1 entry - Follow me on Google Friend Connect AND Visit Miracle Blanket & tell me which color you'd love to have.

(Please leave a separate comment for each additional entry.) 

2 entries "Like" Miracle Blanket on Facebook. ((Leave a post on the Miracle Blanket FB wall and tell them you're from doubledutymommy.com) (Leave 2 separate comments)

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2 entries"Like" Double Duty Mommy (facebook.com/doubledutymommy) on Facebook. (Leave 2 separate comments)

1 entry – Follow me (mommaJWoww19) on Twitter.

1 entry – Tweet about this giveaway (Leave ur tweet hyperlink, please!!!):
Need more sleep?! #Win a @MiracleBlanket from @mommaJWoww19 http://bit.ly/9mBg1i (9/2) #giveaway #baby
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2 entries – Subscribe to this blog via Email. (You must verify your subscription for these entry to count. I do check and I will delete your comment if my feed says "unverified") (Leave 2 separate comments)

2 entries – Vote for me on Top Baby Blogs and Top Mommy Blogs. Enter one separate comment for each site you vote on.
Vote For Use @ 
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(You may click each link THREE TIMES a day. AFTER a hour wait each time.
Then leave a separate comment each time.)

3 entries – Put my *NEW* blog button on your site. Leave me a link so I can find it. (Leave 3 separate comments)

3 entries - Put my *NEW* "Showering..." event button on your site. Leave me a link so I can find it. (Leave 3 separate comments)

5 entries – Blog about this giveaway. Blog post MUST include links back to Double Duty Mommy AND Miracle Blanket to count. Leave me the link to ur post in your comment. (Leave 5 separate comments)

NO BLOG??  5 entries - Post a FACEBOOK status update about this giveaway. Status MUST include links back to Double Duty Mommy AND Miracle Blanket to count. Leave me the link in your comment (ur page cant be private though :/ To get the link: Click on the time of your post and then copy the address bar link provided. CAN ONLY DO ONE: Blog post OR Facebook post!!!!)

Are you eligible for extra entries? You know who you are. Write "Extra entry 1", "Extra entry 2", etc.

**No other monetary compensation was received for this review - I was sent the product(s) to review at no cost to me. The views and opinions are strictly my own. Your results and views may be different.
Giveaway is open to USA & Canada ONLY. Giveaway will close on September 2nd, 2010 at 9pm EST! Random.org will be used to choose the winner who will then have 48 hours to respond to my email before a new winner is chosen.**
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