Sunday, October 30, 2011

itti bitti review and giveaway

By Jennifer (Double Duty Mommy) at 12:10 PM 83 commented Links to this post
Are you ready to Fall In Love... with Itti Bitti? The weather has definitely been changing in our neck of the woods and some even have snow on the ground even though it's not even Halloween yet.
If you've never felt an Itti Bitti then you are missing out and once you touch them you will fall in love with them.
The outer part of the diaper is a soft luxurious minky but yet it doesn't require a cover! What makes Itti Bitti unique is that each diaper (Bitti Tutto, Bitti Boo or Bitti D'Lish) comes with snap in inserts with color coordinated snaps in the diaper.
Ayannah
Just in time for the Fall Itti Bitti has release 4 new Limited Editon prints that you must get your hands on. they include the above Ayannah, the fun Carnivale, Ponder and Zebra! These LE prints are available for the Bitti Tutto and the Bitti D'Lish SIO and AIO.
We received the Bitti Tutto in Ayannah and like the other Itti Bitti diapers we own this one is just as soft and the fit is amazing.
Each Bitti Tutto comes with 3 inserts to mix and match 5 different ways in your diaper to get the perfect absorbency for your babe. The soaker pad are extremely thin that are 70% Bamboo and 30% Organic Cotton for amazing absorbency and protection against their little bums.
The Bitti Tutto is a one size diaper that fits newborn (8lbs) - a child.. yes child (44lbs!!). If you have a late potty trainer this diaper is perfect for them instead of buying disposable training pants since most cloth diapers don't fit toddlers/kids that are that big.

There are a lot of snaps involved with the Bitti Tutto so it's easy to get intimidated at first glace but because it's a one size diaper that fits from newborn it's necessary to have all the snaps. There are 4 snap down settings (5 including the "unsnap" choice) so you truely get the perfect fit no matter what the size of your babe. My daughter is 16 months old and I leave her diaper unsnapped. We still get a tight fit around the legs and I especially love the low rise since Kendall doesn't have a very long torso.

One feature you might love for your newborn or skinny baby is each Bitti Tutto has "hip snaps" (see stock picture above) on the inside so you can snap and tuck away those pesky side wings.

Have an active baby or breastfeeding... or both? Well the incredible power of the Poo Fence (again see stock picture above) has been sewn into each Itti Bitti diaper to help stop those messes from escaping out the sides or back of the diaper!
Although still semi-new to the states these nappies from Australia are becoming more and more popular because of the great features I mentioned and more. You can purchase the Bitti Tutto for around $27 or for the rest of October if you buy 4 you get one FREE at Kellyscloset.com.

Want to try the Itti Bitti before you buy? Enter to win one!!






**I was sent the product(s) free of charge by the company or PR representative. It has been used solely for the purpose of this honest review. The views are strictly 100% my own. Receiving the product did not influence me to produce a positive review**
Giveaway is open to USA and Canada only. It will end and close on November 11th @ 9:00pm EST. Any entries made after such time will not be counted and will be removed from the list. Winner will be contacted via email & will have 24 hours to respond. If winner does not respond their prize is then forfeited and a new winner will be selected.

Saturday, October 29, 2011

qcos kids review

By Jennifer (Double Duty Mommy) at 10:31 PM 2 commented Links to this post
I don't know about you but Christmas is coming way too fast for my comfort. I have definitely been good about shopping through-out the year but there are always last minute things I have to wait to purchase like clothes. Yes, I'm one of those Moms who buy clothes for their kids on Christmas.

As with other things in my life I have been trying to be more "green" and bring in as many organic things into our lives as possible. I have a new found love for organic clothes because the quality and softness just cannot be measured compared to the usual clothes I buy.

QCOS Kids online boutique is focused on quality, comfort and style for children. The majority of their products are made from organic materials and are of an exceptional quality.
I love this online boutique because some of the pieces you can't get in the states but are very popular in the Europe area. They carry clothes are are manufactured in the United States but also from South Africa and Australia so you will definitely be putting your kids in clothes that are you unique and very comfortable.
The prices are a bit high but you have to remember that you're buying organic and with that you get a better quality for your money and for your kids.
Check out QCOS Kids this holiday season if you're a green mama and want your kids to be walking in style.

free wendy's burgers! #hotnjuicy

By Jennifer (Double Duty Mommy) at 10:11 PM 0 commented Links to this post
Look at those. Tell me they don't look delicious!

If you haven't heard the news then let me tell you, Wendy's has a new cheeseburger and they are calling it Dave's Hot 'N Juicy.
Made with 100 percent fresh, never-frozen, North American beef without fillers, additives, preservatives or flavor boosters, Dave’s Hot ‘N Juicy Cheeseburger is Wendy’s thickest, hottest and juiciest hamburger ever. The beef's rich, mouth-watering taste is complemented by a warm, buttered, toasted bun for added flavor and texture, with a carefully-chosen assortment of fresh, high-quality toppings that make the flavor even more sumptuous. Of course, it also has the naturally square shape that consumers fondly associate with Wendy’s.

On Monday October 31st Orlando is part of a nationwide “Tour of America” stopping in 26 cities to distribute more than 37,000 free Hot ‘N Juicy cheeseburgers! I'll definitely be there to enjoy some family fun with trick or treating (if your kids are dressed in costume), yummy food and of course Wendy's Frosty!
I'm super excited because Wendy will be there to greet guests! No, not a random employee dressed up with pig tails the real Wendy Thomas will be stopping in to say hi!

If you want in on this fun family event see if your local Wendy's is a part of the Tour of America visit their Facebook page.
Also for more information you can always check out Wendys.com or follow on Twitter using hashtag #HotNJuicy.

Disclosure: I am being compensated for my time by Wendy's and The Motherhood, but the opinions and love for for this food are my own.

Friday, October 28, 2011

make your dishwasher run perfectly

By Jennifer (Double Duty Mommy) at 10:18 AM 0 commented Links to this post
Dishwashers are meant to make your life easier, but one of the things I find most frustrating is when you do a load of dishes and they come out dirtier than when you put them in. There are some pretty simple things though that can help you ensure that you get good cleans every time, or of course you can just go out and buy a new Bosch dishwasher.

One of the best, and simplest, things to do is just scrape and rinse your dishes carefully. Some people think you can just jam things into the dishwasher, but you need to rinse them and scrape off all the food – otherwise you’ll clog up your filter and cake your plates with grime that is hard to get off.

Another key thing is to ensure that your dishwasher is running at the highest possible temperature. The best way to do this is by running the hot water tap before you hit go on the machine. Also be sure to utilise the right cycle, and there’s no shame using the heavy load option.

If these options aren’t working you will need to do some work cleansing the dishwasher. First start out by emptying the filters which can become clogged with excess food. If that doesn’t work just toss a cup of vinegar into your empty dishwasher and run a normal cycle. This will break down old food particles that might be finding their way onto your dishes.

Failing all these options you need to start checking physical things like the water heater’s temperature and the seals of the washer. Anything beyond that and you may need to get a professional in to help you.

I don’t love doing the dishes, no one does, and my dishwasher is one of my favorite household appliances. When it doesn’t work it is an awful pain, so I use these cleaning methods to ensure that I can fix the problem quickly.

back on nutrisystem #nsnation

By Jennifer (Double Duty Mommy) at 9:23 AM 0 commented Links to this post
I have been off Nutrisystem for a month or two now and wow, I definitely fell off the wagon. I didn't keep up with my portion sizes or eating the right foods at all. I was getting seconds at dinner time, chips in between meals, fast food when I was out runing errands. I've been bad!

Well Nutrisystem has invited me to continue the program for an additional 4 months so I can't wait to blog about my progress and try new foods that I maybe didn't try my first go at the program. I am determined to learn how to eat correctly and stay healthy!

Wish me luck!

Thursday, October 27, 2011

couponing like a pro

By Jennifer (Double Duty Mommy) at 10:06 AM 4 commented Links to this post
With my new monthly meal plan idea I've noticed that if I'm trying to save money by not going to the store everyday then I should also look into coupons. I watch Extreme Couponing but I never really understood how those people save that much money.

I was recently talking to a friend and she was telling me how she coupons and might start a couponing class so I am definitely planning on being her 1st student. Before she has time to teach me though, I've been trying to teach myself. Here in Florida it's harder to coupon since stores won't double the coupon amount but that doesn't mean you can't save money, it's just more of a challenge.
There are tons of places online and even more coupon blogs to check out to find lots of deals and coupons around. Coupon Codes is a great resource to check out, especially if you're in Canada.

Yesterday I went shopping and usually I am happy to save $1 or $2 but I saved $25 yesterday! John was so happy to see our receipt that now he always wants me to find coupons.
I have every intention to clip as many coupons as I can to save as much as I can for my family. Discounts like Buy one Get one Free at Publix are always great especially if I can find a coupon on top of that price so I'll be looking out for those.

So please, give me some advice on couponing, point me in the right direction to the coupon blogs and sites you use!

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

orzo w/ sausage, peppers & tomatoes #gourmetcreations #cbias

By Jennifer (Double Duty Mommy) at 6:29 PM 6 commented Links to this post
So I've been doing this monthly meal plan thing for almost a week now and I love it! It has helped my sanity since I already know what we're having for dinner and I have all the ingredients in the house. Last night I made orzo with sausage, peppers and tomatoes.
I didn't use just any ol' sausage though, I used new Hillshire Farm Gourmet Creations Sausage. Can you say "yum"?
I found 4 different flavors at Walmart but went with the Sweet Italian style since I have to have sweet sausage and John is Italian so "that's all we can have in the house" haha. I've made a Google+ story to document my shopping experience so check it out! :)
Other options were Beef & Bacon, Beef & Jalapeno, and Chicken Apple.

Each flavor option is made with premium meats and no artificial flavors, no artifical colors or by-products. I hardely ever buy sausage because I never know what meat is actually in it. I was glad to purchase this sausage because the first ingredient was pork.
Slice (or chunk like I do) red peppers and soften in olive oil for a few minutes then set aside on a pate. In a medium saucepan, bring the chicken stock, water, and salt to a boil over high heat. Add the pasta and cook until tender, stirring occasionally, about 8 to 10 minutes is pretty perfect.

While the pasta is cooking: In a large skillet (I used the same one I cooked the peppers in), heat the oil over medium-high heat. Add the Gourmet Creations Sausage and saute until cooked through, about 4 minutes. Add the garlic and cook for 1 minute. Add the peppers, tomatoes (drained), and red pepper flakes, if using, and cook until heated through, about 2 minutes.

Drain the pasta, reserving about 1/2 cup of the liquid, and transfer to a large serving bowl. Add the sausage mixture, 1 tablespoon of the parsley, and season with salt and pepper, to taste. Toss well to combine all ingredients, adding reserved liquid, if needed, to loosen the pasta. Sprinkle with the remaining parsley. Serve.

INGREDIENTS
2 red bell peppers
1 pound orzo pasta
3 cups chicken stock
3 cups water
1 tablespoon salt
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 package (4 links) Hillshire Farm Gourmet Creations Sausage
1 clove garlic, minced
1 can fire roasted diced tomatoes
1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes, optional
2 tablespoons chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
Salt and freshly ground black pepper

This shop has been compensated as part of a social shopper insights study for Collective Bias #CBias. All opinions about the yummy sausage I tried are my own!

rent books and donate to cleft lip surgeries!

By Jennifer (Double Duty Mommy) at 11:43 AM 1 commented Links to this post
Even though school has already started I wanted to tell you about a great find I was introduced to. Hopefully it will help you or you can pass the information to a friend!

You never knew renting school books and cleft lip surgery could go hand in hand but now, they can!
CampusBookRentals.com has teamed up with Operation Smile which is an organization that gives life changing surgery to children whose families could not afford it otherwise.

Cleft lip is a congenital deformity caused by abnormal facial development during gestation. A cleft is a fissure or opening—a gap. It is the non-fusion of the body's natural structures that form before birth. Approximately 1 in 700 children born have a cleft lip and/or a cleft palate.


For every single book rented this year CampusBookRentals will donate a portion of the proceeds to Operation Smile with the goal of 1,000 lives changed which is $100,000!

You already have to get books for college so why not help out an amazing charity while doing it. CampusBookRentals has just recently outgrown their 4th warehouse and has put books in the hands of over 5,500 college students.
The renting process is simple.
1. Search for your book.
2.Rent your textbooks. (highlighting is ok!!)
3.Receive your textbooks - FREE shipping offered!
4.Return your textbooks - We Provide the Return Envelope and Shipping is FREE!!!

Even if you drop your class you can return your book hassle free with their 30 day money back guarantee! Plus, CampusBookRentals gives you a 15 day grace period to return your books just in case you have a late exam or missed classes. They really couldn't make your life easier.

There are different rental options to choose from, Semester (130 days), Quarter (85 days), Summer (55 days), or buying your book. Again, they have made everything extremely hassle free so you can focus on your studies.

So go ahead, make a difference in the world, get an education and rent your books from CampusBookRentals!

ordering flowers with interflora

By Jennifer (Double Duty Mommy) at 10:42 AM 0 commented Links to this post
We all know that long before the Internet if we wanted flowers we had to get dressed, drive to the florist, spend hours going through the ordering process and then it still had to be a local delivery so the flowers would be fresh.

Now there are flower ordering services online but a problem still arises if you want to send flowers over seas. Well, that's where Interflora comes in! If you want to send flowers to East UK you can go to Interflora.com and search for florists in Hull and have them delivered locally even though you are in the United States.
We have some family friends that live in England so come time for her anniversary or birthday I'll be looking for florists in York since she lives Clifton. I know she wouldn't be expecting a gift of fresh flowers from me since I'm in Florida so I love that Interflora gives us the option of ordering out of the country.

Interflora has taken all the hard work out of the ordering service so I was thinking that I would love to visit England one day and if I order flowers before hand then florists in Bradford could deliver my flowers to my hotel room to welcome me in style. Wouldn't that be a great welcome to a new place? I personally think these Autumn Rose bouquet is just exquist and perfect for this season.

I can't wait to surprise my friend April I only wish I could be there to see her face :)

sea world's halloween spooktacular 2011

By Jennifer (Double Duty Mommy) at 12:37 AM 3 commented Links to this post
Living in Orlando gives our family a lot of opportunity to check out a ton of fun stuff and although we may not experience Autumn like some states there are so many Halloween/Fall events to check out here so we are definitely not missing out on Autumn, believe me. Sea World brings Halloween to kids and parents alike every year for Sea World's Halloween Spooktacular event. Each weekend in October kids can come dressed up in their costume and Trick or Treat around the park while still enjoying all the fun and education that Sea World is known for.
This year my daughter (6 years old) went to check out the festivities with fellow blogging friend Lee from MySentimentExactlee.com and her 3 year old son.

After checking out the sting rays, dolphins and penguins they kids were eager to get their trick or treating on so we hit up the various stations around the park. You can't miss where the candy is because you will see big infalted tubs filled with goodies like Twizzler and Nerds!

You kids can take pictures with sea princesses, star fish and shell creatures all in this very UNspooky setting. Unlike other events at theme parks Sea World has created the perfect event just for kids to enjoy.
The bubble machines around the park give you a great "under water" feel and of course everyone loves playing with bubbles.


Once your kids are hyped up on all that yummy candy you can take them to Shamu's Happy Harbor where they can ride on rollercoasters, climb a huge boat and of course the net playground. Word to the wise if you're an adult, don't climb up here with your kids like I did! My legs and knees are still killing me!

We had such a great time at the Halloween Spooktacular! I think it's a great event for all ages since the little ones will still have an amazing time checking out all the fish and mammals.

Disclaimer: Lee received media tickets to attend this event and she invited me to tag along.

Monday, October 24, 2011

ring shopping

By Jennifer (Double Duty Mommy) at 12:28 PM 3 commented Links to this post
When my husband and I got married I was able to get my perfect ring but John didn't exactly get the ring he wanted. He likes his ring but shouldn't guys love their ring too?
For Christmas I was thinking about getting him another ring, which yes maybe sound weird to some people but for us it's not weird. If John bought me another "wedding" ring tomorrow that is better then my current one then I would switch it out and not think twice about it.

For us the ring in general isn't tied to our vows or that day, it's a symbol of it so buying a better one is definitely on the table.
Anyway, I don't know exactly what type he wants... I don't even think he knows but I did find some awesome black tungsten rings for men that I'm sure he will like.
I know he doesn't really like plain traditional looking rings and definitely not yellow gold (gross!). The price on the rings is affordable and I will enjoy giving him something that he loves wearing as appose to a ring he just has to wear.
*Does your husband love his wedding ring and would you ever buy him another one if he found a better one?

I have been debating what to get John for Christmas for a while so I think I have finally settled on something I know he won't be expecting and at a great price from MensTungstenOnline.com.

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

anniversary gifts

By Jennifer (Double Duty Mommy) at 11:12 AM 4 commented Links to this post
Holidays and special events are a big deal in my family but of course that just gives me so many more things to remember and worry about. Even if it's a friend's or family member's wedding anniversary we celebrate it with them and we give them a gift.

My parents wedding anniversary is coming up and I was thinking about some anniversary gifts to give them. I don't even know what this year marks on the calender of gifts a spouse should give one another but if it's diamond then uh yeah sorry guys I can't do that.

I know my step-mom loves flowers so maybe some fresh flowers would be great for her. Seriously just look at this hand-tied bouquet of 50 roses! How gorgeous and amazing would that be to receive. I might go with something else though because I would hate to upstage my dad with so many roses.

I absolutely love receiving flowers. The smell and the feeling of love flowers bring is just priceless. Plus, they always add a special something to the room they are in.
I still need to figure out something for my dad and I think going the "romantic gifts" route is a bit weird but something like these customized cupcakes would be nice for both of them to share, don't you think?

Who doesn't love cupcakes especially if you can see it was customized and not just filed out for just anyone to purchase. Yeah, I think I might do the cupcakes plus maybe a kitchen appliance for my step-mom. I hope I can order red velvet with cream cheese frosting or German Chocolate, both would be perfect for my parents to share.
Do you help your loved ones celebrate a special event like a anniversary? What have you gotten them, I would love ideas?

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

a guide to kids' beds for moms

By Jennifer (Double Duty Mommy) at 1:17 PM 5 commented Links to this post
Getting the perfect bed and mattress for your kid(s) is a big decision for mommies. Choose the right bed and your kids will sleep tight and fall asleep soundly every night. Choose a bad bed and you’re in for trouble - Especially if your kids are more comfortable in your bed than their own!

The first thing a mom needs to look at is the construction style of the bed and what wood it’s made out of. You should try to match the woods and the style to the rest of the house. Also ask your child what they like and don’t like. Involve them in the decision process and they’re more likely to love their own bed and want to sleep in it when it arrives.

If you have two kids, you might opt to get a bunk bed. For example, a full over full bunk bed (below) might be perfect if you have two older kids.
What do you do once you’ve received your bed? Well, the first option is of course to ask your spouse to do it. But what if your spouse isn’t around or doesn’t have the time/inclination to do it?

If you’re handy, you could try to build it yourself. It ain’t easy!! Most moms probably won’t want to do this. Fortunately, if you have trouble constructing the bed yourself, you can look on Craigslist.
There are plenty of people on Craigslist who will put together the whole thing for you for a measly $30 to $50. Just post under the “gigs” section and in a day or two you’ll be all set!

Finally you’re left with the mattress. Choosing the right mattress is just as important as choosing the right bed frame. A soft mattress might cost a little more money, but if it means better sleep for your kids, it’s probably worth the money.

That’s all there is to it! Choosing a bed might seem difficult at first, but when you really get into it it’s quite fun. Let your creative side flow!

Monday, October 17, 2011

aden & anais review and giveaway

By Jennifer (Double Duty Mommy) at 12:39 PM 64 commented Links to this post
In my preparation of trying for baby number 3 John has made it his right that we only buy boy stuff... for the time being since I know it's going to be another girl, lol.
I love shopping for baby so I'm all over it and one of my first things to look at are swaddle blankets. Kendall loved being swaddled so I hope #3 does too.
aden + anais muslin blankets are some of the most sought-after blankets around if you ask me.

Aden + anais wraps are the ultimate in breathability and softness. The fabric’s light, open weave allows a baby’s body temperature to regulate itself naturally, helping to reduce the risk of overheating.
They are gentle on baby’s skin and durable for everyday use even when baby isn't sleeping. What I love is that the more you wash the wraps, the softer they get.
Aden + anais wraps are extra large, measuring 47” x 47”, so that new and seasoned moms alike can swaddle babies of all sizes with ease. Of course even though the wraps are traditionally used for swaddling, each wrap can also be used as burp cloths, nursing and stroller covers, portable crib sheets, stroller and car seat liners, tummy time blankets, change table covers, and so much more.

We received the Little Man 4 pack and although the price is a little steep at $49.95 I just love how soft and comfy they are. I can put my mind at ease that in our hot summers baby won't over heat when swaddled.
I also LOVE how huge the blankets are. These are definitely not your normal swaddle blankets and they truly can be used for other things and when baby out grows the swaddle stage (around 6 months).

aden + anais is giving one lucky reader a 4 pack just like I received but in your choice color!! Just fill out the form below by leaving me a comment telling me what color you would choose if you won! It's that easy.






**I was sent the product(s) free of charge by the company or PR representative. It has been used solely for the purpose of this honest review. The views are strictly 100% my own. Receiving the product did not influence me to produce a positive review**
Giveaway is open to USA only. It will end and close on October 31st @ 9:00pm EST. Any entries made after such time will not be counted and will be removed from the list. Winner will be contacted via email & will have 24 hours to respond. If winner does not respond their prize is then forfeited and a new winner will be selected.

Friday, October 14, 2011

working from home

By Jennifer (Double Duty Mommy) at 9:49 PM 3 commented Links to this post
A lot of things have been happening with me lately and questions about how I work from home have come up.

Working from home hasn' always been a dream of mine but I'm happy to say I am doing it now! I love being able to be home with my girls and although this mommy definitely has her bad days and needs to get out of the house, I wouldn't change anything!

For those of you not being able to only work from home there are lots of options to make some extra cash. Avon, Tupperware, Pampered Chef, Candles, Cutco, ect. All can make you a pretty penny if you are dedicated to your work.
I heard a lot about this vector scam with Cutco but after some research I learn it's not true and you can earn money through them selling kitchen knives.

If being in sales isn't your thing then get your butt a blog and dedicate yourself to that. Blogs are HARD work but sooo fun. It's not just the money that makes blogging great, it's the friends you make, the things you write to get off your chest, it's also relaxing if you ask me.

There are tons of jobs in the world. You just have to find the perfect one for you and your family. Most importantly love what you do because if you don't then you won't be happy and all the extra money in the world doesn't make up for your happiness.

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

what is a hero? it's a mom!

By Jennifer (Double Duty Mommy) at 12:30 PM Links to this post
I've never really had a "hero" growing up. My mom wasn't my hero so I never knew what that was really like, to really look up to someone.
When I was pregant with my first daughter I had no idea what I was in for. Pregnancy came and went and so did my labor and delivery then all of a sudden I had an amazing 6 pound baby in my arms at just 20 years old. Quickly I found out that the baby becomes a 7 year old.

I really have no idea how 7 years has passed but what I do know is I have now become a hero to her. She looks up to me on a daily basis. I get hugs and kisses simply if I pay a board game with her. I understand that taking the time to just be with my daughter will stay with her forever.

A hero is defined in so many ways and I think most of us forget that what moms do on a daily basis is definitely in her hero category.
We are responsibily for a human being, to mold them into the future mothers, presidents, lawyers, teachers and an amazing contibution to community.

We drag our butts out of bed in the morning even though we wish we could sleep in till noon like we all love to do. It's a selfless act to be a mother and a very difficult one at that.

Now I have two daughters (two daughters that will be teenagers at the same time.. pray for me please) and I can only do my best to be the best role model and hero to my daughters. Already I see my youngest growing before my eyes. We went from newborn to 15 months old already.


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Tuesday, October 11, 2011

pottery barn kids halloween costume review

By Jennifer (Double Duty Mommy) at 11:09 AM 2 commented Links to this post
My oldest daughter is going to be 7 years old next month and believe me I've done my fair share of princess costume buying. Each year she's been some type of princess/fairy. This year M has decided to change it up and I'm kinda glad she did. Of course my Princess looks gorgeous as Tinkerbell, Snow White and Belle but to me that gets old after a while.

This year Pottery Barn Kids sent us their Puffy Unicorn costume because M fell in love instantly (high pitched screeches and all) when she saw it.

I mean just look how cute!! She loves the costume and matching treat bag (now sold out so it's not on the website anymore) because she has been obsessed with unicorns lately.

What I love, besides the cuteness? The quality of this costume is unlike any other. This three-dimensional costume is stuffed with polyester padding and sewn of fleece with cotton lining for warmth and comfort. The body suit and headpiece have Velcro closure so costume is easy to put on and take off. The headpiece is a little big (seriously it fits my head perfectly) but M hasn't complained about it and I know that she can grow into it.

One thing I have to mention about the construction of the headpiece is the attention to detail in the horn. It doesn't fall over or droop like I would except any other cheap costume to do. It stands straight up like it is suppose to.

This really is the softest costume I've ever felt and even though it's dry-clean only we love it.

Pottery Barn Kids seriously makes the most adorable baby costumes ever so I'm kinda sad I didn't look to them before getting K's costume.
How cute is this cupcake baby?!

If you're in the market for a Halloween costume for your kid then look to Pottery Barn Kids! They aren't the cheapest costumes around but you definitely get what you pay for and I know we can use this next year so it would be worth the $54.00, now on sale for $39.99 price tag. How many times have you purchased a cheap costume then complained about the quality? I know I have that's for sure, but this year, I wont be doing that... at least for M's costume.

Disclosure: I was sent the product(s) free of charge by the company or PR representative. It has been used solely for the purpose of this honest review. The views are strictly 100% my own. Receiving the product did not influence me to produce a positive review.

Sunday, October 9, 2011

get your vote on... please!!!!

By Jennifer (Double Duty Mommy) at 12:13 PM 20 commented Links to this post
Voting has started!! Please vote for my entry once a day from now - Oct 21st. If you dovote for me you can get 5 extra entries into any of my giveaways you want, DAILY!

Remember my Candy Corn bars with white chocolate frosting post? Yep. Please vote for me "Jennifer Mercurio" is how it's listed :)

please vote for my M&M's Recipe! http://mmsgetcorny.com/category/recipes/page/2/

Friday, October 7, 2011

maternity clothes shopping

By Jennifer (Double Duty Mommy) at 5:45 PM 9 commented Links to this post
Ok so no I am not preggo but maybe I will be soon, who knows. One thing I am still bad at it shopping for maternity clothes. I always window shop online and in the actual stores. I like to see what is new and cute and yes I even pick up a few things just to keep and have on hand, maybe even gift if a friend gets pregnant.

Moody Mama's has always been a favorite of mine (check out Here and here to see me in their clothes!) and Moody Mama's has dressed celebrities and is carried in high end maternity boutiques and stores like Nordstrom. I am super excited though because they recently launched a new line for WalMart! Yes, affordable amazing quality maternity clothes right in your back yard! Prices range from just $10 to $24 so I know all you thrifty mamas will be excited to hear that!

Currently Moody Mama's is only available online but if you order more then $45 you get FREE SHIPPING!!! So you can get a whole wardrobe for $100 and under which is just awesome to me.
I picked out a few of my favorite and they should be here next Friday!







Checking out using WalMart's Secure Checkout was super simple!

First thing first. My total! And yeah, Free shipping to my home!

Next I had to decide if I wanted to make an account or check out as a Guest. I chose Guest.


How do I want it shipped. FREE please! :)

Email address is needed.

Shipping address

LOVE that I can use PayPal to check out on WalMart.com!

My total with tax! So great for 5 maternity pieces that will be great gifts or for my future preggo belly!
 I seriously want you to look into shopping Moody Mama's on WalMart.com to get some fab clothes. They are super soft, comfy and who can beat those prices!
You can also check them out on Twitter and Facebook for news on pregnant celebrities, specials and new things coming up!

This shop has been compensated by Moody Mamas. All opinions about these amazing clothes are my own! :)