Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Baby Gear...Bloggy Name Change???

School was closed again today. This is our second day this week. We did get quite a bit of snow all together, but I think the drifting is what is really making things rough. We have been having very high winds here. The boys played outside quite a bit yesterday with some of the neighbor boys. They had a lot of fun. They brought their friends in to play for a while so they could all warm up and everything seemed fine. The boys were preoccupied so I was able to get a little housework done. Isn't it funny how you can actually get housework done when you have extra kids? Anyways, after the neighbors left we sat down for supper. My oldest became a little cranky and was crying a bit, which isn't like him. I knew immediately what this meant...he was getting sick. No, not another one sick at our house! We have been sick off and on since Halloween! Last week I took the youngest to the doctor and he was diagnosed with an upper respiratory infection, ear infection, and sore throat. He has been doing much better...until this morning! We wake up this morning and the youngest has a slight fever, the oldest has a high fever, is lightheaded, has a sore throat, and a runny nose. I gave them both some Motrin and so far the fevers have stayed away. The other 2 boys have been complaining of minor belly aches, lightheadedness, and are coughing just a bit. I'm just hoping we don't have another week of sickness ahead of us! We are doing all we can to stay warm, hydrated, and well rested. I'll keep you up to date on that.

So, while all of the boys are laying down watching tv QUIETLY (did you like how I put that all in capital letters, because that really doesn't happen much when you have a house full of Boys) anyways, while they are resting I decided to get online and look around for baby gear. Since a lot of our baby gear had been through so many children and we didn't know if we were going to have any more children we got rid of most of it, so I have been online browsing. I will let you all know if I find any really great deals anywhere. I would also love to hear the great deals you all are finding on your baby/child gear. You never know, I might even have some great giveaways coming up soon too!

I have also been looking at baby clothing. I know that it is early, but I would like to find one boy outfit and one girl outfit to take with me to the hospital for the hospital pictures. I can't help but start to look now. :)

Ok, one more thing I have on my mind is my blog name. I would really like to get everyone's opinion on that. Right now, as you all know, we are raisingmy4sons.com. If we are to have another boy I think I will make it raisingmy5sons.com (That will be easy!) But if we have a girl what should I have the name be? I would like to keep it simple and easy to remember, and not too long either.

Any suggestions???

Thanks everyone!

Electrolux and Kelly Ripa Host "Kelly's Cake Off For a Cause"


Kelly Ripa is at it again! She is doing something great for a great cause! This time Kelly has teamed up with Electrolux to help support Ovarian Cancer research. This latest campaign is called "Kelly's Cake Off For a Cause."

Kelly and accomplished master baker and cake decorator Buddy Valastro, from TLC's "Cake Boss," recently joined forces at a fun event to bake lavishly decorated cakes in support of The Ovarian Cancer Research Fund (OCRF). To add to the excitement, five teams of baking enthusiasts were invited to take part in Kelly's Cake Off, where they used what they learned from Kelly and the Cake Boss, to decorate their own cakes.

Although you might not get to taste these virtual masterpieces, you can still weigh in on the results! By visiting Kelly-Confidential, you can cast a vote for your favorite cake from Kelly's Cake Off.
For every vote cast, Electrolux will donate $1 to OCRF as part of its $500,000 commitment to help fight ovarian cancer! And since love is on everyone's mind these days, you can even decorate and send a special virtual cake to a friend, family member or someone you love. For every cake sent, Electrolux will donate another $1 to OCRF. Plus, Buddy's top cake decorating tips are available -- sure to inspire baking enthusiasts and novices alike.

If that's not enough to get you to click over, everyone who logs on to the site and sends a virtual cake will be automatically entered for a chance to win every baker's dream: a stylish new Induction Range from Electrolux.


(All information posted here was provided to me by Electrolux and MomSelect. I have not received anything other than a contest entry for posting this. I think this is a great cause and would like to help support it.)

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Eleven Shoes WINNER!!!!

The WINNER of the cute pair of Eleven Shoes of their choice is....

Lisa @ All That & A Box of Rocks!!!

Congrats Lisa!

Everyone be sure to enter for your chance to win a FREE 6 Pack of Potty Scotty Training Pants! If you don't need them sign up for someone that does! :)

Monday, February 8, 2010

Snow..Snow...MORE SNOW???



We got quite a bit of snow over the weekend. The roads are finally starting to get cleaned off and now the weather forecasters are predicting another 6-10 inches by Wed! Yikes!



The boys have been having great fun playing in the snow. I have been enjoying the beautiful trees and skies and have been going out and snapping LOTS of photos. This post is to share with you a little of what it looks like here. :)








Potty Scotty Potty Training Pants Review & Giveaway!!!


Recently we were sent a 6 pack of Potty Scotty padded training pants. I have been wanting to start potty training my 20 month old son, as I'm really hoping to not have 2 in diapers. I have never had 2 in diapers.

Our potty training hasn't been great this week due to the fact that my son has been sick. However, I have to tell you how he reacted when he saw his "big boy underpants." When I first showed him his new underpants I told him they were for big boys and that he isn't a baby anymore. We talked about the new baby coming (he loves babies) and about how diapers are for babies. I even had him throw one of his diapers away. (This is pretty much how I have started all of the boys. All of my boys were trained by 2 1/2.) The Potty Scotty padded training pants are so very cute! We put the first pair of training pants on and he wore them around for a couple of hours. I kept asking him if he had to potty and he would say yes, we would sit in the bathroom for a while, and then shortly after leaving the bathroom he would potty in his underpants. (Once again though, he hasn't been feeling well. I have backed off for a bit until he is better.) Back to my story...he peed in his little underpants the first time and I took them off of him and started to wash them out. As I go to throw them in the laundry hamper my son begins to cry. I mean, he was really crying too. I walk in to find him trying to climb into the hamper after these underpants! He absolutely LOVES the underpants! This is not the first time we have tried little underwear on him either. It's just the first time he has reacted this way. He was super excited when I pulled out the second pair and put them on him. I actually got a diaper out and a pair of the Potty Scotty training pants and he threw the diaper! I'm not saying that all kids are going to react this way to these underpants, but my son really loves them! He was even excited to show them to Daddy when Daddy arrived home from work that night! So, if you were to ask my 20 month old son his opinion of these training pants I'm sure you would get a thumbs up, maybe even 2!

I love the look and the feel of the Potty Scotty padded training pants. The only thing that I didn't like a whole lot was that they aren't completely waterproof, however, Potty Scotty does make a waterproof training pant as well that I think we may have to purchase and try out. You can also buy plastic-like underwear covers to place over the training pants to protect the outer clothing if you would like. The good thing about these underpants though is that your child can feel when they have an accident. I never really liked pull-ups because they reminded me of a diaper. They soak up enough and the child doesn't always realize they had the accident.

I'm excited to announce that Potty Scotty has offered to give away a FREE 6 pack of Potty Scotty or Potty Patty (if you have a little girl) padded training pants to one of my lucky winners!!!

*Mandatory entry must be completed for any entries to count.

MANDATORY ENTRY:
Visit Potty Scotty and then come back here and tell me one product you think you might like to try.

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Rules: Open to readers in the US. Giveaway ends Feb. 22,2010 at 11:59pm EST. The winner will be randomly chosen and will have 48 hours to respond. Thank you so much to the sponsor and good luck to everyone entering!

(Potty Scotty supplied me with a free 6 pack of Potty Scotty padded training pants to try and review. I was not paid to say any of these things, however the words written are my true opinion of the product. I only give honest reviews of products that I try. Thanks!)

Sunday, February 7, 2010

CSN stores baby blanket review...


Have you all had a chance to check out the huge selection of bar stools that CSN has to offer? I am amazed at how many different items CSN stores carry. There are actually over 200 stores all put into one. How cool is that? The prices are so very reasonable too, which is even better!

If you read my earlier post you know that CSN was kind enough to send me a free baby blanket to review. I was very excited because I have been looking for a baby blanket that matches my bedspread, which is a lot like my blog background. The coloring on the blanket was a little different than my bedspread, but not much. It will look so cute on the baby bed in the corner of my room! I love that this blanket is silky on one side and so very soft on both sides! It isn't too thick either, so my baby will be able to comfortably breathe and move around underneath. Overall I would have to give CSN stores an A+ when it comes to this super cute blanket! I will definitely recommend them to my friends and family, and actually have already started!

What are you waiting for? Go check them out yourselves!

(The blanket mentioned in above review was sent to me free of charge from CSN stores for me to review. I was not paid anything to say what you are reading here. I only give honest reviews of products that I try.)

Saturday, February 6, 2010

Q-Tips Baby Pack Winner...

The winner is.....

Sweetpea08!!!

Congrats! You have 48 hours to contact me to claim your prize. I just emailed you the details. :)