Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Love to Rearrange?

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Since I was a kid, I have always had a habit of rearranging furniture.  Sometimes for practical reasons, like making more space, and sometimes just for fun.  Now that I have my own house, the living room gets a new look on a regular basis.  Not to mention switching the bedrooms around- I’m still not sure which room to sleep in sometimes!  By the way, that is not my living room above, just my vision of when I have my beach house to rearrange!

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One project we’re always talking about is putting a hole in the wall between the kitchen and the living room.  Maybe a breakfast bar?  So of course I’ll need to shop around for seating that I can move around.  I love the tall wooden chairs that go with our pub table, but maybe I need to kick it up a notch and try out some modern bar stools.

If you haven’t tried moving men that go under the furniture to make it easy to move, you can pick some up at your local hardware store or department store.  You can push that furniture around as often as you like.  And now that I have my new floors in, rearranging is even easier.  Sometimes I simply mean to vacuum and then I figure it’s time for a change anyway. 

Any other Mommy Furniture Rearrangers out there? Smile

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* This is a sponsored post, with only honest opinions!

Friday, January 21, 2011

Blogs for Moms

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I’ve found some great blogs for moms out there, but I know there are so many more to discover. If you have a blog, whether you do contests and giveaways, reviews, give cooking tips, share ways to save money, or chat about your family, list it here!  If you know of some great blogs, please list those too!

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Win the 60 Day Slimdown from Lindsay Brin!

I’ve posted before about how much I love Lindsay’s videos.  I used them when I was pregnant and when I was on my way to losing the baby weight.  There are always options depending on what level you want to work out at, since three people do the exercises at different levels.  Lindsay is easy to listen to and is motivating without shouting or being tough.  Her new 60 Day SlimDown comes with 4 DVDs, a 60 day meal plan, fitness test and progress tracker.  They are 4 great DVDs!
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If you want it now, she’s offering a great deal to Mommy’s Idea readers!  Save 30% by using coupon code “60daydvd30” http://www.momsintofitness.com/dvds/dvds-lindsay-brin-60-day-slimdown.
A note from Lindsay, “If your readers want to connect with me and watch me get my body back after 2 babies and 4 IVFs they can visit my personal blog www.lindsaybrin.com. I will also be posting all my pregnancy weight gain woes since I am prego with baby #3.” 
Congrats Lindsay!!

Here’s how to enter . . .
1. You must be a subscriber or follower of Mommy’s Idea.  (1 entry- mandatory)
2. Visit Moms Into Fitness then come back here and tell us why you want to win this.  (1 entry)
3.. Be sure to leave your e-mail if you don't have a blogger ID.  Bloggers- you must have a public profile and listed e-mail for us to find you.


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T- Tweet about this giveaway- copy & paste the tweet below. (You can add an extra entry every day that you tweet it!) 2 entries per tweet
Win the 60 Day SlimDown from Lindsay Brin!  #giveaway http://www.mommysidea.com
Open to residents of the US.
Contest ends at 11:59 PM EST on Tuesday, February 1, 2011.
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* I received a product to review.

Monday, January 17, 2011

Sweet Baby Cakes ‘n More

Melissa at Sweet Baby Cakes ‘n More makes some adorable diaper cakes!  You’ll also find some great gifts for Mom, Dad, and Baby.  Find out a little bit about her and the business and check out some of her creations . . .
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Tell us a little about you . . .
My name is Melissa Lampugnano and I live in St. Augustine Florida with my 3 year old daughter. Life is hectic but fun to say the least. I work full time, raise my daughter, and try to grow my home business. Each having their challenges and joys.
What is your business and where can we find it?
Sweet Baby Cakes n More is an online store (www.sweetbabycakesnmore.com) that offers creative gifts for baby, mommy, and daddy. Our specialty would have to be our diaper cakes! Diaper Cakes are the perfect gift for a baby shower or as a centerpiece. They are cute, practical, and affordable. You can also find pre baby (mommy to be and daddy to be), baby gift baskets, diaper cupcakes, and others.
Is it mom-owned, invented, created . . .?
It is mom-owned and all the items on my site show my creative side being expressed. I created the site after I had my first child and was given a diaper cake as a congratulatory gift. I looked on the site that it was bought off of and thought, “Wow that is expensive”. I knew I could provide the same high quality unique product at a lower cost. I started experimenting and fell in love with the designing and creating of new ideas. I have been passionate about my products and business ever since I created my first diaper cake and I continue to strive for success in my venture.
A little about your entrepreneur journey so far?
It has not been easy to market and get my business profitable. I have a full time job and 3 year old daughter and my side business gets the time outside of these two. It’s my hobby. I try to be resourceful since I do not have the funds to market to the extent I would like. But I have found some great ways to market through research and other moms trying to do the same thing. Each sale or praise is a success in my journey and keeps me forging on to share my products with everyone.
Where else can people find you?
We can be found at: www.sweetbabycakesnmore.com
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/Diaper-Cakes-by-Sweet-Baby-Cakes-n-more/100352693358772?ref=sgm
Twitter: http://twitter.com/SweetBabyGifts
Blog: http://sweetbabycakesnmore.wordpress.com/
Anything else you’d like to share?
I love to network with other entrepreneur moms to share marketing and business ideas. I get very excited every time I reach out to someone or someone reaches out to me. My only hope is that I learn, grow, and prosper in my business and/or am able in some way to help others in theirs.
We are heavily involved in giving back to by donating products and profits to different charities - http://www.sweetbabycakesnmore.com/agoracart55/giving.php