Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Introducing... "The SqueeGees"!! Review & Giveaway!


Check out this new CD "Meet The SqueeGees"!

It's a combination of wonderful, sweet songs about green living, animal rescue and healthy eating.
Ever since we received this CD, it has been playing non-stop in our car. My girls love it and so do we. It's catchy and playful and is teaching them about having a healthy lifestyle. It has a very indie feeling to it which the hubby and I LOVE! It's not your typical children's CD that has the same tune over and over it again. It actually felt like we had one of our CDs playing but with lyrics to their level.

The SqueeGees set themselves apart from the traditional genre of children's music by creating meaningful music with themes such as saving our planet and healthy living that is fun, entertaining and playful.

"Meet The SqueeGees" CD is available exclusively at Target!

*GIVEAWAY*

I have 2 CDs to give away! The first 2 people that retweets a link to this post on Twitter OR post a link on their Facebook will win!

Make sure to tag @myMoMentss on Twitter OR
tag @my *MOM*ents on Facebook so I know that you did it. Leave a comment below letting me know as well.

For more information on The SqueeGees visit their website!

SnackTaxi: Review

Snack Taxi

Are you a parent that has to pick your children's lunch and snacks everyday? Are you tired of throwing away money on these plastic bags and polluting our environment?

Well, if you answered YES to any of these questions then what you need is a SnackTaxi!
Snack Sacks by Snack Taxi
These unique bags are lined with Nylon which makes it so easy to just throw it in the washer machine after each use. Do you know each year an estimated 500 billion to 1 trillion plastic bags are consumed worldwide. That's over 1 million each minute!! Plastic bags don't biodegrade, they just break down into smaller toxic bits which contaminates soil and waterways. This enters the food chain for many animals. Hundreds of thousands of animals die each year from eating these discarded plastic bags mistaken for food.
Sandwich Sacks by Snack Taxi
In effort to save money and help the environment, I have been using SnackTaxi to pack Lyla & Kalina's lunch and snacks when we go out. And will continue to do so when they are in school. These pouches come in many different sizes and patterns to choose from. Unlike the plastic bags, they don't rip or inherit different taste from what's in the bag. (For example: When a diaper is near one of the snacks in the plastic bag, automatically that snack tastes like a diaper, which resulted me to throw it out)

Save money and help save the world with SnackTaxi!





Shutterfly: Review

HO! HO! HO!

It's that most wonderful time of the year again! The Holidays are fast approaching us. Are you done all your shopping yet? Have some of you procrastinated like me and even started it??

This is one of the busiest time of the year. We are all running around like crazy trying to buy that one special gift for our loved ones. Not only do we have to worry about gifts, we also have to worry about sending out Christmas cards!!

Again, if you're anything like me, I'm always leaving it to last minute to get things done. Having 2 little girls, we have made a tradition to take them to get their pictures taken with Santa! I think it's safe to say most parents have this tradition as well. Then we have to worry which cards to pick, which photos to use, are they going to arrive on time? Etc.

Well, worry no more! Shutterfly.com is the place to go. I go to them for any special occasion, such as birthday party invitations, Christmas cards, you name it! They're quality is superb, they're prices are very reasonable, and they're shipping are always fast. I have never had an issue with them.

This year, I will be making my return for our Christmas cards. I usually like to use their photo cards. You can check out the different ones HERE!

Another item that I love and will be ordering from there again this year, are their Personalized Christmas Tags. It beats hand writing all those tags for those many gifts. They're super cute! Check it out to see all the different designs they have that best suit you!

The one special thing that I like about Shutterfly.com is their Religious Christmas Card section. We're all very religious and it's so nice to see a website offer this special section. Not only are you getting a really special card, but you can still add your photos to them! Amen on that!

So what are you waiting for? Head over to Shutterfly.com today and start ordering! They have a couple discounts going on right now that you don't want to miss!

Don't forget to follow Shutterfly on Facebook!

Happy Holidays!

-Natalie

Monday, November 15, 2010

I'M ALIVE AND BORING!!

Hellooooooo Everyone!

I'm Baaaaaaack! I can't believe it's been over a month and I haven't posted a thing. Sorry for the total MIA thing but I have been so busy lately. We're venturing off to new adventures in our lives, and mommyhood, and school it just added up to take up my entire time!! And to be completely honest, I haven't been in the mood to blog. But today, I feel so fresh and new and excited that I th0ught, "Why not?"

I'm still boring as usual. The hubby has been completely busy at work, which is a good thing, and I have been busy in my stay at home job. Because winter is fast approaching us, I have been away from the computer a bit and out doing stuff with my girls. We are soon going to be cooped up in the house (because going out when it's cold outside with 2 kids = no fun), I wanted to take advantage of the last few moments of nice weather. We have been doing storytime at Barnes & Noble about twice a week. WOW! I never thought my kids would sit still through 3-4 books in a row. Not only is educational and fun, but I feel like it's preparing them for school. It's great and they interact with other kids. We usually go to the one in Neshaminy Mall. Right after storytime we walk around and do lunch! I love it!

I have also been making a point to spend extra quality time with them because I decided it's time for me to go back to work. I know I'm going to have such a hard time when the time actually comes but I know it's best. In order for us to achieve some of our goals that we have set for our family, I should contribute. I don't think it's fair to put the whole responsibility on the hubs. Plus, the girls have been soooo attached to me lately that I think it will be good for them to start interacting with other kids in a school environment. It's a win-win situation for all with definitely some getting use to.

We also have been getting ready for our BIG holiday trip to Brazil!!! I'm sooo excited. I get to spend Christmas and New Year's with my family down there. It will be the first time for the girls to travel and be on an airplane which we are all nervous about. But I can't wait for my extended family to meet them. We are traveling with my parents and bro which will be extra hands to help out in the airports and such. It's a loooong trip. I've been going crazy because it's so much paperwork, passports, visas, and packing to do! It's going to be total hotness down there which means packing all summer clothes. Most of their summer clothes will not be fitting them in December which makes shopping for them when it's Fall/Winter time, very hard. Not only am I packing for the hubby and I, but now I have to add 2 kids to it! Can you imagine all the crap that I have to remember to pack?? Ugh! But it will all be worth it!!

School has been good. This semester is almost over! Thank God!! I never thought time management would be such an issue with online classes. But when you have 2 kids who needs your constant attention, it leaves me little with no time to actually get my work done. I try to keep my eye on the prize which is my degree. And although, my kids are the main focus of interference when it comes to my school work, they are my ultimate motivation to get it done.

Among the many other 384286874583 things that I have going on right now, I will try to get back into blogging. I have a couple products to promote that I have been slacking on...

The hubby and I have some exciting new things that we are working on that we still have to be hush hush about until....

Hopefully I will be able to share some with you soon!

Ok, this post is long enough and I have bored you enough. Until next time!

Thanks for reading!

Love,
Natalie

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

To My Mama

This is the cutest song ever! I want to dedicate this song to all of the mamas out there, especially mine!! I love you so much and you're my inspiration for everything! I hope one day Lyla & Kalina will have the relationship I have with my mom today. We're best friends, we talk on the phone at least 5 times a day! It's sad that because I didn't have a boy, I won't have a "mama" dance at their weddings while John will have 2!! I think it's totally ok for them to do a father/daughter dance followed by a mother/daughter dance ;o)

Keep up the good work to all the moms out there! And a special thank you to my mama for everything she has done and continues on doing...

I love you.



The First Chilean Miner Is Rescued

I'm so happy that the Chilien Miners are finally being rescued! I can't imagine going through what they went through. God bless each and one of them and their families.

This video brought tears to my eyes. It's a clip of the first Chilean miner being rescued and united with his family. It just broke my hear to see his son waiting for him...

Be thankful for your loved ones and tell them you love them every single day!


Sunday, October 10, 2010

NBC 10 Day @ Adventure Aquarium


NBC 10 and Adventure Aquarium are up to something fishy, and YOU’RE INVITED!

Come out to Adventure Aquarium on the Camden Waterfront on Sunday, October 10th for Adventure Aquarium’s “NBC 10 Day.” Admission tickets will be just $10.00 all day - a substantial savings! Guests of NBC 10 Day at Adventure Aquarium can also meet and get autographs from renowned members of the NBC 10 news team, who will be on-hand to help out with Adventure Aquarium’s live shows.

Enjoy a nice family day today for a great deal!!

Saturday, October 9, 2010

Preschool Talk

Take a look at my first "vlog"! I went to check out a school for Lyla and I tell you all about my experience here!



Have a great weekend!

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Tommee Tippee - Review & Giveaway!

If you're a parent then you must at least own a product from Tommee Tippee! And if you don't, then you must get on board ASAP!! Tommee Tippee provides you with exactly what you're looking for when it comes to feeding products. They are especially great when it comes time for you to transition the eating habits of your little ones. I've recently got a chance to review a few products from their Explora collection. See below:


 explora ® easi-mat - pink This is the Explora Easi-Mat. It has a non-slip and easy grip. Sticks to all flat surfaces. I use it with the Explora Weening Bowl which helps to hold it securely in place. It fits right in my diaper bag and it's so easy to clean. It's also BPA free! This has been perfect for us especially for Kalina. She started wanting to feed herself and have her own plate in front of her. The only problem is she grabs the plates or bowls and makes a huge mess. With this Easi-Mat, I don't have that problem any more! It's great!

 explora ® weaning bowls with lid & spoon x 2  - pink This is the Explora Weening Bowls (2) with lid & spoon. The spill proof lids are completely mess free! It's microwave, dishwasher and freezer safe. There's a cover for the spoon, which is great because we all know sometimes we just throw our spoons in the bag and they get lost and dirty. Also, BPA free! I have been using this with the Explora Easi-Mat. It's making our meal times so much more enjoyable in the house or on the go!


explora ® truly spill proof sippy cup x 2 - pink This is the Explora Truly Spill Proof Sippy Cups. They have an advance-flo technology for easy drinking. LOVE the hygiene cap to cover the spout. Sometimes I put their sippy cups on the side pockets of the diaper bag. I feel safe knowing that where my kids will be putting their mouths, is covered. And again, BPA free! It is truly non-spill and leak proof. Lyla was so excited when I gave her this sippy cup. Not only did she LOVE the girly, bright colors but I loved it even more how mess free these cups really were!

(All products are available in other colors. I happen to have 2 girls lol)

You must check out their other line of products as well. Since trying out these products, I have replaced most of my children's feeding products with Tommee Tippee. You can now find them throughout stores and online.

Tommee Tippee and I have teamed up to give one lucky reader a set of the Explora Truly Spill Proof Sippy Cups!! Exciting!!

So here's how to enter:

(Mandatory Entry) - Check out the Tommee Tippee website and leave a comment below on what other product you would like to have (make sure to include your name & e-mail address).

(Additional Individual Entries)

-Like Tommee Tippee on Facebook

-Like my *MOM*ents on Facebook

-Follow Tommee Tippee on Twitter

-Follow myMoMentss on Twitter

-Follow my blog through Google Friends Connect

-Share this post on Facebook and make sure to tag with my *MOM*ents

-Share this post on Twitter and make sure to tag with @myMoMentss

This giveaway will end on Thursday, October 21st at 11:59pm (est). A winner will be selected through random.org and announced on Friday, October 22nd. Winner must respond within 48 hours of the e-mail.

Thanks to Tommee Tippee for their awesome products and for providing me with this great giveaway!

Good Luck Mamas & Dadas!

-Natalie

Thursday, September 30, 2010

Free Cold Stone Ice Cream TODAY!

All month long, Cold Stone Creamery is helping make wishes come true for children with life-threatening medical conditions. Visit any Cold Stone Creamery store and show your support for the Make-A-Wish Foundation by purchasing a Make-A-Wish paper star for just a dollar!

Be a part of Kate's Wish
September 30 . 5-8pm
Receive Kate's Creation FREE

For more information and to find a participating store near you click HERE!


Make A Wish


Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Do you believe in signs?


Ever have one of those days where you're just daydreaming about the future? You sit there and you play out all of the goals you want to have for yourself and your family. Some are more realistic than others, but it's ok to dream right? To be so cliche, I believe that you can do and achieve anything that you set your mind to.

I'm one of those people that once I set a goal that I believe in so much and I'm motivated enough to go after it until I achieve it, then it's going to happen. Guarantee. For example, I decided to go back to school and get a degree. I won't give up, as hectic as my life can get, until I have that degree in my hands. Even if I'm still going to school by the time I'm 30!!

Anyway, I think it's safe to say when some of us make a big decision or is about to, we always look for secure sign, even if it's a little something, just to assure us that what we're doing is right. I take signs as little reminders from God. He is telling me to go further with it. I'm always praying for a little sign just to let me know this is where I'm supposed to be headed. The whole school, I totally got a sign for it and it has been great ever since. Recently, the hubby and I have been talking about some things. Some big decisions to make. One that can make a BIG difference in our lives. It's always hard to make such a decision that can impact all of us because now we have 2 little ones to think about too. Before when it was just me and him, we didn't care, we took all the chances we could. But now I have more people to consider...

So yesterday, we were talking about our options and things like that, nothing too serious, very unsure about some things. Then, I get a call from the hubby to check my email. He had sent me a picture from his phone. Under the picture he wrote, "Don't know if this is a sign or not but this was left at my table." All I can say is that my jaw dropped and I immediately called him. That picture was a total sign of the EXACT "subject" that we were talking about. I mean it couldn't been more clear. It really freaked me out, in a good way. He even said that he thought that was God reminding him of what he needed to do today.

Now I know I'm leaving everyone in suspense but I don't want to go into details of anything. I don't want to "jinx" it. I don't like to tell people what we're thinking about doing until everything goes right and it's done. But I can say, that one picture made my day because it was definitely a sign from God almost giving us His support on our decision.

(Don't worry, we're not talking about having another baby! lol)

Is it silly to believe in signs or look out for one? Has it ever happened to you? I would love to hear your stories...

Stay tuned, maybe BIG things will be happening in the Dempster household!!

-Natalie

*CLOSED* "Let's Hear it for The Laurie Berkner Band" DVD GIVEAWAY!! -Congrats to Heather S.!!

Get ready to jump, dance and sing along to the Laurie Berkner Band! This DVD compilation is packed with some of Laurie's most popular tunes, including music videos from her regular appearances on Jack's Big Music Show. Lyrical themes, interactive music and movement will promote creativity and help foster an appreciation for music. Plus, you have Moose and Zee as your hosts and showing you some of their videos as well!

We must've played our DVD at least 20 times already and we just got it yesterday! The girls thought it was so cool to see the videos of their favorite songs.

Who doesn't love The Laurie Berkner Band? People Magazine called her "The Queen of children's music."

Let's Hear It for The Laurie Berkner Band! includes:
"Who's That?"
"Victor Vito"
"Five Days Old"
"My Energy"
"I'm A Mess"
"In The Clouds"
"Pig On Her Head"
"The Cat Came Back"
"Farm Song (That's What I Did On The Farm)"
"I Really Love To Dance"
"I'm Me And You're You"
"Sneaks"
"I'm Not Perfect"
"Rocketship Run"
"Magic Box"
"Fast And Slow (The Rabbit And The Turtle)"

In honor of the DVD release TODAY (September 28th), The Laurie Berkner Band team and I are giving one random my *MOM*ents reader a free copy of "Let's Hear it for The Laurie Berkner Band"!!

Here's how to enter:


(Mandatory Entry) -Leave a comment below on your favorite LBB video (make sure to include your name & e-mail address)

(Additional Individual Entries)

-Like The Laurie Berkner Band on Facebook

-Like my *MOM*ents on Facebook

-Follow The Laurie Berkner Band on Twitter

-Follow myMoMentss on Twitter

-Follow my blog through Google Friends Connect

-Share this post on Facebook and make sure to tag with my *MOM*ents

-Share this post on Twitter and make sure to tag with @myMoMentss

This giveaway will end on Monday, October 18th at 11:59pm (est). A winner will be selected through random.org and announced on Tuesday, October 19th. Winner must respond within 48 hours of the e-mail.

For more information you can visit the official site for The Laurie Berkner Band!

Good Luck!





Monday, September 27, 2010

#1 Gift for Christmas this year is....?

Oh why, oh why can't I buy this in stores, online, catalogs, etc.?
It's HIGHLY needed for many people.
It should be a LIFE requirement.
It's the one gift that just keeps on giving...



COMMON SENSE!!

Seriously, if I could.. I would! This would be the one gift that everyone would just receive from me this year.

Note to People: GET IT! JUST GET IT!!!



Friday, September 24, 2010

Have I told you..lately..that I........

hate mornings! (By the way, did you read that title like the Rod Stewart song Have I Told You Lately That I Love You?) Cause that's how you were supposed to read it...

Anywho, I'm not typically a morning person. The hubby will let you know about that. I'm useless before 8am. At times when I go to bed late such as 2am and have to wake up at 6am, I feel great! But I don't know what it is about mornings that we just can't get along. I do like the fact that I can't sleep in any more either though. I feel like I can get a lot more done when I'm up early.

But I'm totally straying away from the whole point of this post. It's really to tell you that I did not have a great start to my day. To make a long story short, I was about to change Lyla's morning diaper and put her panties on (our normal morning routine). I realized that there was a lot more than what I bargain for in that diaper. She really wanted to continue to play instead of letting me change her. Once I laid her down I found out why....

As soon as I laid her down she put her index finger in her mouth and began to gag. I thought she was doing this to make herself throw up and show me how pissed off she was that I interrupted her play time. She began to throw up as I quickly stood her up. Throw up was ALL over the rug. It smelled sooo bad. I'll deal with poop any day, but I hate cleaning up vomit!! So now not only am I dealing with a poopy diaper but throw up on my floor! But that wasn't even the shocking part of it all. In the middle of her chewed up breakfast on the floor was a very shiny... can you guess??

A PENNY!! At first I thought she had swallowed it at some point in her lifetime and just now it decided to come out, but I realized that when I laid her down and she put her finger in her mouth and started choking, it was because she had a penny in her mouth!!! Ew! Here she was going about her morning sucking on a disgusting, dirty penny! I don't even know where she found it because we make sure to keep all loose change away from their reach.

So I threw her in the tub (not really threw but you know). She smelled so bad I couldn't just wipe her down. A few scrub-a-dub-dub later, she was shiny & clean, just like that penny.

It wasn't even 10am yet and that's what I had to deal with. BUT on a lighter note, Lyla has been awesome on the potty today! She went all day on the potty all by herself. She even took a nap in her panties and woke up dry! As soon as she got up she walked up to her potty and went! Proud moment!

Ok, enough ramblings! Off to run some errands!!

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Insert Clever Title Here

I sat here for about 5 minutes thinking of a clever title to call this post. I even googled a funny, tired title. Yup, just totally did that. But as tired as I am right now, my sense of humor just isn't sensing right now. The pic above is totally me right now, except I'm cuter. ;o)

I'm literally laying on my phone right now because it has not stopped ringing or me calling/texting ALL DAY! I think my phone wants to quit right now. I def. worked it overtime today. All thanks to the much planning for Kalina's 1st birthday party next weekend. From everyone RSVP-ing to me ordering stuff after stuff and cancelling stuff after stuff. All for a party she won't even remember lol. But it's all worth it!

Aside from all the party stuff, I also cleaned out the girls' closets. All clothes, toys, gadgets, books etc. that they no longer use or wear came flying down the steps.

This is what my couch looked like earlier today. That wasn't even all of it. That was only 3 bags of clothes lol. I have donated sooo much that this is what was left of the unwanted clothes. I actually had a couple people stop by today and bought some! I'm still going through toys, high chair, strollers, car seats, etc. So if you need/want any baby stuff, let me know! I want it ALL gone. Especially how Kalina's birthday is next week and I know we're going to be getting some presents that I need to make room for!

So that was that. I actually just cleaned up and straightened the living room up. The hubs working late tonight, so I was on mommy & daddy duty today. No break for me. I had to make dinner, feed, bathe and clean, so yeah I'm tired. I even decided to be a good student and sit in front of the computer and get some homework out of the way! I totally deserve a star for that one.

Ok, kids are asleep and the hubby just walked in with some Wawa! Hell yeah!! I told him to surprise me... I wonder what he got me...

Hope everyone has a good night!

Getting my net out and ready to catch some ZzZz's...right after Wawa of course!


Wednesday, September 15, 2010

A Mother's Touch


I could never understand what a mother's touch or a mother's instinct could really do, until I became a mother. It truly is a miracle what it can do. My first experience as a mom was right after Lyla was born. We haven't slept in 4 days because I was having contractions for that long. We were so tired that our last night at the hospital, John suggested that the nurses take her into the nursery and only bring her in for feeding, so we can have some kind of sleep. I really didn't want to do this because I would miss her too much. Plus, as a new mom I felt like I was trading my baby in for a few hours of sleep. But I knew we both needed some rest before heading home to do it all on our own. So I let them take her away into the nursery. Now I know they say a baby can only see a blurry 6 inches away but I swear as they rolled her out, she turned her head and looked right at me! I just broke down to tears as I saw her looking at me and wondering why I wasn't going with her. I just kept crying to the point John just said, let's bring her back in here if it will make you feel better. At that point, only 20 minutes went by and I got a phone call from the nurses asking if they could bring her back into the room. I asked them if there was something wrong and they simply replied that since she left the room she has not stopped crying. I told them ME TOO! Bring her back! As soon as she came back into the room, she fell asleep. Aw, she just missed her mama and I sure missed her...

Well, I came across this video and my little story is far from a miracle then this mother's. Kate Ogg gave birth to premature (27 weeks) twins. Emily made it just fine. But Jamie was pronounced dead after 20 minutes of the doctor's trying to revive him. The doctor's handed the lifeless little boy to his parents to say goodbye. Kate immediately took her shirt off and was skin to skin with her baby for 2 hours!! After 5 minutes of her holding him and caressing him and talking to him, he started moving. Doctors still did not give them hope because he claimed it was just a reflex. The baby's movements got stronger and stronger and eventually he even opened his eyes! Kate put a little bit of breastmilk on her finger and he began to suck. Doctors could not believe their eyes. This baby was not breathing nor he had a heartbeat but with his mother's touch and embrace, she brought him back to life.

That doesn't say much about science, huh? After a measly 20 minutes, the doctor's gave up! Seriously? Is that our cut off time to try to revive someone these days? Of course, a mother was patient enough to hold her son for 2 hours!! What if they cut her time off after a few minutes? This baby would've just sat there dead with no one paying attention to it while the parents mourned him and planned his funeral. Unreal. It goes to show that God is above all Science.

Take a moment and think about it. Kate did what was intended for all of us to do before science began to take over. And a miracle was born...

Here is the video for the full coverage. Please watch it, grab a tissue because if this doesn't bring a tear to your eyes I don't know what will....



Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Clothes Swap Party: Yay or Nay?

Ever heard of "One's girl's trash is another girl's treasure?"

We're all guilty in having clothes and other accessories in our closets that we haven't worn in months, some even years! There is always that one piece or pieces that you just can't bring yourself to get rid of. You always make an excuse such as, "Well, I was looking for that! or So what it's not in style any more, I can wear it around the house!" Let's be honest, we NEVER do!

I made a rule around here. If we haven't touched it, seen it, used it, missed it or worn it in a year, then we don't need it! This is where clutter comes from! Is your closet FULL but yet you stare at it for hours and still say, "I have nothing to wear!" ?? Well, then it's time for a change. This is exactly how I feel. I can't buy anything new because I have no room and I feel like my closet is full. But it's full of nothing I wear any more!! So another rule we have is, in order to buy a new one you get rid of an old one. This mainly applies to the hubby who has so many t-shirts, hoodies, and sneakers!! So if he sees one that he likes and wants, he can buy it as long as when we get home he donates an old one!

We've gotten rid of so much already. We donated bags FULL of clothes, shoes, and other accessories. But now that Fall/Winter is right around the corner, it's always a good time to go through your Spring/Summer stuff and get rid of it instead of storing it again for yet another season.

SOOO I'm thinking about having a Clothes Swap Party. I've heard about other people doing this and I thought, why not? It's a great way to get rid of something that one of your friends might like and instead of shopping and spend money, you swap! Not only will you feel good about putting your under utilized clothes and such to good use, but you will be recycling them as well! It's also a great way to hang out with your friends!

I would love to hear feedback on this and see if anyone has ever had one or been to one? Did you like or not? I know the goal is to have several people with different sizes. So what do you think?

Yay or Nay?

-Natalie

Fight Cancer...With ZUMBA!!

Everyone please come out to this event to help out! We all know that ZUMBA is so hot right now. So why not take a Zumba class for only $7 and still participate in a great cause!!


Veronica Bocchicchio (Zumba Instructor, mother of
Riley-7, Reagan -2) has been battling Melanoma
since ‘08. July 2010, the melanoma spread to her brain
and on August 4th Veronica had the tumor removed.
She is still having headaches, blurred vision, and needs
help with the medical bills that are now piling up.
Please help us to fight with her!

Everyone is welcome!!

Only a $7 minimum donation for 1.5 hours of Zumba Fun For A Cause!!!

When: Sunday, Sept. 19th
10:30am - 12:00pm

Where: Northeast Racquet Club
9379 Krewstown Road

Spread the word to all your friends and family! Together we can make a change and help Veronica!

**If you can not make it to the event, you can still make a donation!**

Here's how:

-Make checks payable to Cielo Butler

-Mail them to:
The Abinton Club
ATTN: Heather Ellis
300 Meetinghouse Road
Jenkintown, PA 19046


Thank you!!

L'il Angels Semi-Annual Kids Consignment & Community Event

It's that time again!! This weekend is Lower Bucks biggest Kids Community Event!! It's a 2 day community event that only happens twice a year, so you don't want to miss it!!

In addition to the HUGE consignment sale, a FREE Kids Community Event will be held on Saturday AM. Special appearances with "Mr. & Mrs. Mouse" (9-11 AM), the Reptile Show, Bensalem Police (Child IDs), local EMS/Fire Dept (Blood Pressure Screens), Caricature Artist, Balloon Twisting, Martial Arts Demo, & much more!!! Fun for the whole family! Refer to website for more information:www.lilangelsconsignment.com Come see why we were voted Philadelphia's Best Consignment Sale by ConsignmentMommies.com!


Where: Saint Ephrem's Marian Parish Center
5400 Hulmeville Road, Bensalem, PA 19020

When: Saturday,September 18th 7 AM-1 PM
Sunday, September 19th 8 AM-12 PM (50% off sale on most items)


So if you're looking for like new or gently used quality, name brand children's clothing or related items at a fraction of the original retail cost, come out to L'il Angels Consignment Event!

There are so much children's and maternity clothing, toys, furniture, baby equipment, and much more!!!

Not only that, but they offer FREE children's activities!! Make a family trip out of it! It's great for everyone!

This will be the second time I will be attending and the first time that I signed up to volunteer! I'm so excited and it's for a great cause!

Please don't hesitate to visit their website for more information!!


Hope to see you all there! If you spot me, come say hi!! ;o)

-Natalie


Monday, September 13, 2010

My Perfect Day

Ever had one of those days where EVERYTHING goes the way you planned or wanted to? That was my day yesterday! And it doesn't happen too often when you're a stay at home mom/student/wife/keep inserting titles here...

If you didn't know, yesterday was Grandparent's Day! My parents offered if they could take our girls to the mall and hang out with them. Now, normally John and I go along with them because wherever our girls are, we are too! No matter who's with them we're always there because we like to hang out as a family. But due to the clutter that has been swallowing our house in whole, we decided to let them go with my parents and meet up with them once we were done.

It broke my heart to have them say goodbye to me and drive away. Ok, I know I know. I'm so dramatic. They were only going to the mall with my parents for a few hours!! But they are never without me, unless I really need to run an errand or go to an appointment without them.

Anyway, so we got A LOT done in the house. We got to spend some time together just laying around, watching t.v. and then we got ready to go out. It's amazing how quickly we can get ready without interruptions and without having to worry about diaper bag, outfits, bottles, etc.

For the first time in a long time, we took the hubby's car. We're always in my SUV with the girls because of the carseats, so it was nice to be just the 2 of us in his convertible. It felt like those pre-mama days. We decided to stop and grab something to eat since my parents ate with the girls. Hubby decided for sushi.

We went to OOKA! OH-EM-GEE! At first I was hesitant to even go to eat because it had been 3 hours already without my babies and we were supposed to meet them at the mall but the thought of eating at a restaurant just the hubs and I and I would get to eat my food right when it came out, while it was still hot and just sit there and have an adult conversation, sold me in!

Can I just tell you how AMAAAZING OOKA is?? We had a little trouble ordering at first because it's not everyday we go to a sushi restaurant ya know? But we ordered an appetizer, an entree and some sushi! It was sooo delicious. I don't know if it was the fact that we were starving or how excited we were to be just us, but everything was sooo good. My mouth is watering just thinking about that sushi.

Here's what we ordered:

Appetizer: Gyoza- Pan fried pork dumpling (so yummy)
Entree: Teriyaki Chicken which comes with rice, mizo soup and garden salad. (awesome, hubby loves that dressing!)
Lobster Dynamite Roll- fresh lobster, avocado and mango covered with spicy tuna and sweet chili sauce. (this was the best everrrrr!)

Everything came out fresh and fast and it was the perfect portion amount. It was reasonable and so cute inside. Even the mints they give you with your bill was good! Our bill was only $50 with tip! Can't beat that!

By now, the mall was closed and the girls were getting tired so we just decided to meet them back at the house. On our way home, we stopped at Sprinkles Ice Cream Parlor for some amazing ice cream! It was sooo good!

Loved getting back to reality and to our girls. They had an amazing fun-filled day and got spoiled rotten with my parents! They went to bed right away, leaving the rest of the night for the hubby and I to relax.

I couldn't ask for a better day. Although we missed our girls terribly and were talking about them all day, it was nice to have a date again with my love.


Thursday, September 2, 2010

Kourtney Kardashian picked ME!

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LOOK AT WHAT I WON!!

Not the baby of course, but that would be Kourtney Kardashian's adorable little man Mason! But that cute playmat! She hosted a giveaway on her blog for a Skip Hop playspot and bedding set and I entered it. I soooo did not think I would win because she received over 900 entries and there was only going to be 3 winners!!

I'm a huge fan of the Kardashian shows so every now and then I stop by their blogs. I happened to see that she was giving this super chic playmat away and didn't hesitate to enter it. All you had to do was to leave a comment about your favorite childhood toy. So I did, not thinking for a chance I would be selected. Did I mention she received over 900 entries and I was picked along with 2 other winners? So cool! Look how cute they are and they come in different colors too! Plus, I won a bedding set as well. I researched them and the playmat alone is $79! The bedding sets are about $300! Talk about a nice win!

You can click HERE to read more about it through Kourtney's blog!

-Natalie


Tuesday, August 31, 2010

PLEASE VOTE!


Regis & Kelly are having this contest right now and Lyla is one of their finalists!!
I'm so excited about this!

PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE VOTE FOR HER!!!!!

I know I have been asking everyone to vote for her in the past (Yo Gabba Gabba Contest) but this is serious stuff!

Her video actually played during the show today and Regis & Kelly were trying to do the spoon trick themselves! So exciting!

Ok, so here is what you do! Voting only takes place today, so you must vote!!

  1. Click on the link: http://bventertainment.go.com/tv/buenavista/regisandkelly/contests/wildandwacky/vote.html
  2. Register for the site (it only takes a second people)
  3. There are 2 categories. She is on the 2nd one called "Talented Tots". You must vote for a random act in the 1st category to get to hers. Once you do that her category will show up and her video will be right there to vote under "Lyla Dempster, Philadelphia PA".
  4. If you have more than one email please keep voting or just make one up! haha
Please help her win her category! Once she does they might have voting again to select the ultimate winner, so you know I will be bugging you again!

THANK YOU EVERYONE WHO HAS BEEN VOTING OR WHO HAVE VOTED! PLEASE REPOST THIS ON YOUR BLOG, EMAIL, FACEBOOK, TWITTER, ANYTHING!!!

-Natalie aka. One Proud Mama

Monday, August 30, 2010

*CLOSED* YumYum Bubblegum Necklace: Review & Giveaway - Congrats to Norma!



YumYum Bubblegum Boutique sells beautiful, handstamped, silver jewelry. You can choose to personalize it by adding a special text or name. You can even make it more unique by adding a birthstone, pearls, beads, etc.
SQUARE DOUBLE DISC NECKLACEHANDSTAMPED STERLING SILVER STAR DISC PENDANT NECKLACE WITH MINI PEARL ACCENTHANDSTAMPED OXIDIZED 3/4 INCH COPPER DISC INITIAL EARRINGS WITH HAMMERED EDGES

They have so much to choose from! You can personalize your own necklace, bracelet, ring, earrings, you name it!


I was lucky to receive my very own personalized sterling silver handstamped double disc charm necklace!
Look how cute this is! I had Lyla in scripted on the big disc to represent her big sister role and Kalina on the little one to represent her little sisterness. LOL

I'm IN LOVE with this! Since I've received it, it has not come off my neck. It's so cute and dainty. I have had many people come up to me and say how much they liked it and want one! This item will make for a great, special gift for someone! It's very unique!

YumYum Bubblegum and I are teaming up to give you a chance to WIN this item ($3o value)! Personalized to your liking of course!

Here's how to enter:

Mandatory Entry: Visit YumYum Boutique and tell me what other item you would like to own and leave a comment below with your Name & Email.

Additional Entries:
  1. Like my *MOM*ents on Facebook
  2. Like YumYum Bubblegum on Facebook
  3. Follow my *MOM*ents on Twitter
  4. Follow my blog through Google Friends Connect
  5. Subscribe to my Blog via Email
  6. Share this post on Facebook (Make sure to tag my *MOM*ents)
  7. Tweet about this giveaway (Make sure to tag @MyMoMentss)
  8. Purchase something from YumYumBubblegum (5 entries)
Make sure to leave individual comments for each to increase your chance to win!

Contest will end Monday, September 6th at 11:59pm (EST). A random winner will be chosen on Tuesday, September 7th!

Prize is provided by YumYum Bubblegum. This giveaway is open to those with a mailing address in the US.



Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Here's Your Chance to Win Yo Gabba Gabba Live! Tickets


Ok, listen up everyone! If you are a Yo Gabba Gabba fan or one of my readers, you should now know that they are running a Cool Tricks Contest. Of course I immediately entered Lyla doing her Spoon Trick! She was actually in 1st place for a while. Now she's in 4th!!! WTF!

ANYWAY, I want to give you guys a chance to win tickets to the Gabba concert here in Philly on August 29th. How you ask? Ok, I'll tell you...

We already have tickets, I've only been bragging about it for months now. As I said before we got her the VIP package for her birthday, which is TODAY!! Woo-Hoo!! Ok, back to the point, so the contest winner will receive 4 tickets vip style to the show plus other goodies. One of them that interests me the most is the winner's video will be played at the show for all to see! Winning the tickets won't make difference to me because I already bought them. But I would love to see her face watching her video on the big screen. It would be PRICELESS!

SOOO if Lyla's video wins the contest I will have the tickets to give away to someone who really wants/needs them!

Here's what you can do: VOTE FOR LYLA!! Get on the Team Lyla bandwagon! You can vote every 24 hours! Every time you vote, leave me a comment below telling me you voted. Please include your Name & Email Address. You can increase your chance to win by telling ALL of your friends & family to vote as well. If they're not interested in the tickets themselves, they can still vote for Lyla and nominate YOU as the winner.

EXAMPLE: If "PERSON A" have kids and want to win the tickets and have voted already, any of their peoples can vote and leave a comment below telling me they voted for Lyla and are nominating "PERSON A" to win the tickets!

I will randomly select a winner! So the more times you vote and the more people you get to vote too and nominate you, the more chances you have of winning.

By Lyla winning you are too! So remember, Lyla MUST win for the Philly area! They are having many winners, one for each city they are touring in. So let's represent Philly! The concert is this Sunday, and I believe the contest for (Philly) will end on Friday. IF Lyla's video win, we will give out the tickets to one lucky Lyla's voter!

It's so quick and easy. All you have to do is click HERE to vote!

So spread the word.

Also, there is another video on there of a little boy, Alex, doing the belly roll. He is so adorable and it's his 3rd birthday tomorrow. They are trying to win for the California show! Please show him some love and vote for him too HERE!

THANK YOU TO EVERYONE WHO HAS VOTED SO FAR AND ARE REPOSTING ON FACEBOOK AND TWITTER. LYLA IS ALMOST AT 600 VIEWS ON YOUTUBE IN A MATTER OF DAYS!!

Love,
Natalie

Friday, August 20, 2010

Annoying People

This was me last night!

I just wanted to give a shout out to 2 people who annoyed me last night. After a long night the night before and a long day to follow I still had to go out and run some errands. Let's just say I only attacked 1 of the 3 stores I had to go to.

My first shout out goes to the very anti-social Staples employee! We didn't get to the store until 8pm. I needed a few things for me to get started on Kalina's 1st birthday invitations. I knew exactly what I wanted. The hubby was hanging out with the girls so I can pace through the store quickly. I got stuck on 2 items. First, I had a paper question. This employee was so monotone to answer me that I felt like I was prying information out of him. I had to almost drag him to the paper isle to show him what I was talking about. By now, it's almost closing time and all I needed was some damn adhesive magnets! I know they had it because I was smart enough to check the website before going there. I'm searching the entire store for ANYONE who works there. Anyone? Anyyyyyone? (echoooo) Nothing! I finally found someone wearing a Staples shirt and who is it?? Mr. Personality himself once again. He looked at me like I just spoke in another language. He finally told me to go to isle 5, which by the by I had just came from. As I'm making my way there his personality decides to come out and tell my daughter to put whatever she takes off the shelves to put back because he had just organized that isle. UMMM...OK! Dude, she's like 2! And long and behold, I found my adhesive magnets on isle 6 ALL BY MYSELF! Thank you very much! I made a point to go back to Mr. Personality and tell him that. Good night!

My second shout out goes to the lady at Wendy's! I wanted to get the girls something to eat since they had an early dinner so Lyla requested nuggets. Kalina was already freaking out in her car seat just because that's what she likes to do now... There was ONE car in front of us who were already getting their food. The lady at the drive thru window just decided to take her good old time and talk to her fellow co-workers and not make an attempt to take our order. We actually had to beep the horn to get her attention. After all of that with kids waiting very impatiently for their late snack, she proceeds to tell us they ran of nuggets for the night. (Insert car tire screeching here)

So I just wanted to give those 2 a wonderful shout out and thank them for their wonderful customer service. I think you picked the right career for you! Keep up the good work!

-Natalie

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I'm a stay at home mom to 2 beautiful girls, Lyla and Kalina. In this blog I just want to share with you my everyday, precious moments as a Mom. I also want to provide you with reviews and giveaways!