Sunday, December 26, 2010

Baby Boy Gift Basket

This gift basket was made for a mom-to-be who is expecting a baby boy.

It contains a cute bib, 2 diaper shirts with a 3-pack of matching socks and little pants, a pair of shoes, Aveeno Baby Soothing Relief Creamy Wash and Aveeno Baby Lotion.


I wrapped it in tulle and tied it with a matching ribbon.


Monday, December 20, 2010

Wooden Shape Sorting Clock


One of my friends came over for a visit and brought my little girl a gift. It was a Melissa & Doug Wooden Shape Sorting Clock. The shape sorting clock indicates that the toy is for those 3 and over, and my little girl was only 18 months at the time. We opened it for her to play with anyway, and I was surprised at how much she loved it!

The clock contains different colored blocks that are numbered and each a different shape. In the centre is an hour and a minute hand to teach the child how to tell time. At first, it was diffucult for my 18 month to put the shapes in the correct spot, but about a month later, she was able to match all the blocks to the spaces in the clock. Now she just has to catch onto the numbers and colors!

I am happy that my friend introduced me to the Melissa & Doug line of toys as they are colorful, high quality and highly educational. The wooden shape sorting clock alone helps me to teach my child the different colors, shapes, numbers and how to tell time.

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Thanksgiving Floral Arrangement

My sister used this beautiful floral arrangement for the Thanksgiving Dinner Centrepiece. It really brightened up the table and I really love the pumpkin pot the flowers are in.

Sunday, December 5, 2010

Simple Diaper Cake

This is a simple diaper cake that was given to a friend for her baby's first birthday. She only wanted diapers as gifts for the baby so this was a creative way to give her diapers. It is made out of size three diapers instead of the newborn size since the baby is obviously bigger now.

BabyLegs Leg Warmers

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Baby Food

I'm always looking for new recipes to try and I came across http://www.wholesomebabyfood.com/.
That's just what it is, a great site that offers recipes for wholesome baby food.

My 9 month old loves Baby Mum Mum crackers and since I have always been a fan of homemade, the teething biscuit recipes interested me most. Most of the biscuit recipes call for ingredients that I typically have in my kitchen so I was excited to be able to try one immediately. There are even recipes that do not contain egg or wheat.

I decided to take the simple route and choose the very easy Eggless Baby Cereal Cookies.
(Maggie from wholesomebabyfood.com has given me permission to share this quick recipe)

All I needed was:

1 cup of flour
1 cup of baby cereal and
1 cup of juice

I mixed them in a bowl, rolled out the dough and cut the dough out into little shapes. The cookies were then baked for 20-30 minutes at 350 F. (It was closer to 30 minutes in my oven, but as they always say.....oven temperatures vary)

The dough was very sticky and soft as mentioned at the end of the recipe so I took their advice and added a little more flour. I also baked the biscuits on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper so the bicuits were easily removed after baking.

My baby enjoyed a few homebaked biscuits for the first time and I look forward to trying more of the recipes soon!

Please comment and let us know if you have tried any of the recipes at http://www.wholesomebabyfood.com/ or if you have other tips and recipes for feeding baby.

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Pampers Gifts to Grow Code

I will be posting Pampers Gifts to grow codes here and there just for fun. If you use the code, please leave a message in the comments section as a courtesy to others. Thanks! Check back soon for more freebies and fun ideas!

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

It's a 1st Birthday Party!

I had a 1st birthday party for my little girl, and thought I would share some photos. Since her birthday was at the end of April, I chose a garden theme.
Here is the birthday banner, which was colorful and fun!




Above is one of the flower poms I made. I also made a yellow and light pink one, but didn't really get great pictures of them all together. That's the challenge of hosting a party I think.....trying to get nice pictures among other things. :)
This is the cake which I really wanted to make, but my husband didn't want me to. He thought we should try to keep things simple by ordering a cake. The top layer was mango flavor with raspberry filling and the bottom was vanilla with a vanilla and strawberry filling.


Last time we had a party, all of our little neices chose cupcakes over cake, so I had to make a small cupcake tower. Couldn't help myself! I discovered that one of them only likes the icing, so next time, I will probably fill a cupcake cup with just icing and no cake just for her. ;)

I made mini cookies as well, decorated with royal icing and colorful sanding sugar.

This is a springtime sugar cookie house that I have been wanting to make for a very long time. I finally got to make it, and can't wait to make another one!

Last but not least, favors! I found these pretty pink boxes and had to have them. They were actually perfect, because I was able to put cookies in them for the adults and BabyLegs in them for the little ones!

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Etsy Shopping!

I was browsing around on Etsy which I am sure most of you also love doing and I came across a shop called Come Shop Pink Lemonade. I like it because the prices are so reasonable and the shipping seems to be a flat rate which is always a bonus!

There is also a variety of items which is great if you like to purchase a few different items from a single shop. I thought the bangle (pictured above) would look great with a little black dress or even some jeans.
I really like this top because it`s so pretty and girly. Also love the colors!

I had to include this Set of 2 trendy baby burp cloths, because I love anything damask and polka dots. (The polka dot burp cloth is underneath the damask one)
Feel free to comment about your favorite Etsy shop as well!
Happy Shopping!


Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Winner of the Hamsa Healing Giveaway


Thank you all for visiting Margie's Etsy shop, HamsaHealing. She has many wonderful items and offers FREE shipping within the U.S and Canada. She also ships all over the world! If you are an Etsy member, please feel free to "heart" her shop. I also want to give a big thank you to Margie for sponsoring this giveaway!

Now for the winner! It is comment #39, Beauty Vibes!

Margie will be contacting you shortly via email so that she can send you your prize. Congratulations!




Thursday, April 1, 2010

Giveaway from Hamsa Healing

I'm having another giveaway already! This is because the wonderful and cheerful Margie who has a lovely shop on Etsy is sponsoring this giveaway. Her shop has many great items which I will let you discover on your own. Here is the interview with Margie, and instructions on how to enter the giveaway.

Name: Margie

Shop Name: Hamsa Healing

Shop Link: http://www.etsy.com/shop/hamsahealing

Location: Open Road, U.S.A (I've been traveling for about 3 years now and am currently RVing in the Southern states)

Ships To: Anywhere on earth!

Favorite Materials: yarn, essential oils, crystals, vintage books


What do you offer in your shop?


Right now I LOVE to make fingerless gloves! I don't know why buy I am drawn toward making 2 of things that match :) I am also really into alternative healing and medicine so I really enjoy putting together healing kits that include aromatherapy, color therapy and crystal therapy. I also have my Master's in Information Science from Syracuse U so I absolutely love looking for old books and books about crafting!

What are some benefits to using your products?

All of my products are either healing or earth friendly. So by using my products you are helping yourself, helping the Earth and ultimately helping humanity as a whole! It's all about LOVE, baby!

What inspires you?

Nature, life, love, healing, spirituality, meditation, people, Earth!

What is your favorite item from your shop?

I would have to say that my favorite items are my healing kits. I made one for my Grandpa when he had cancer about 10 years ago (he died in 2001). He absolutely loved my idea and then I just started making more for the people in my life. Others became interested in my healing kits so I decided to share them with the world!

Anything else you would like to tell us?
I love to twitter! Follow me: http://twitter.com/hamsahealing
My website where you can learn about me and my healing arts: http://hamsahealing.info
And check out my blog about my travels: http://cyberhippiegypsies.blogspot.com/

The winner of this giveaway will get their choice of $27 worth of product from HamsaHealing

To enter, all you have to do is visit Margie's Shop and leave a comment about which item(s) you would like to have.

If you would like an additional entry:

Follow this blog (1 extra entry, if you already follow, go ahead and give yourself an extra entry!)

Tweet about this giveaway (Please remember to include, http://apamperedbaby.blogspot.com/ in the tweet)

Make a purchase from HamsaHealing (3 extra entries)

Please leave an additional comment for each extra entry that you are eligible for.

This giveaway closes on Monday April, 12, 2010 at 9pm. (CONTEST CLOSED)

Good luck!

Friday, March 26, 2010

Winner of the Clip it Up Ribbon Organizer

This was a very fun giveaway and I really enjoyed reading the comments as I love scrapbooking and making things just as much.

The winner of the amazing Clip It Up Ribbon Organizer is comment #65!

Congratulations to Melody who made Comment #65, which was drawn at http://www.random.org/.

The results of the draw can be seen here.
http://www.random.org/draws/details/?draw=1753

Thank you to everyone who entered! I will be holding my very first Etsy Giveaway sponsored by HamsaHealing very soon so please remember to visit again!

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

My Favorite Crafty Storage Items: Part Three.....a Giveaway!

There are so many fun storage items that I had a hard time deciding which one to give away. I was going to choose either this Desktop Organizer, which I really like, or the Desktop Carousel which I enjoy using, but I am such a ribbon fanatic!

That is why I am giving away this Clip It Up Ribbon Organizer. Keep in mind that it is the really long one.....3 feet long! (Also, ribbon is not included) So.....if you are not a crazy ribbon fanatic like me, you may prefer to have a different prize which we can discuss if you feel like entering anyways, and you happen to win. :) More details on this fabulous ribbon organizer here.



To enter, all you have to do is leave a comment with a tip on how to get organized or let us know what your favorite hobby is.

If you would like an additional entry:

-Follow this blog (1 extra entry, if you already follow,go ahead and give yourself an extra entry!)

-Tweet about this giveaway (1 extra entry) *Please remember to mention http://www.apamperedbaby.blogspot.com/ in the entry*

-Blog about this giveaway (3 extra entries) **A quick mention with a link to this post will do just fine, unless you want to go all out, that's great too!*

Please leave an extra comment for each additional entry that you are eligible for.

This giveaway closes on Thursday, March 25th, 2010 at 9pm. The winner will be chosen at random.org and announced here. (CONTEST CLOSED)

Good luck and happy crafting!

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

My Favorite Crafty Storage Items: Part Two

What else did I need to get my craft room organized? This table from Ikea of course. I purchased this a few years ago and believe it or not, they still have it at the store, but it costs less than it did when I got it! I'm not too disappointed about it because I have gotten a lot of use out of it and am still using it now. I must show you the table without all of my stuff on it though, because you can hardly see the top of it otherwise. I love this table because it is big, very sturdy and there are panels in the middle that can be removed to make it smaller......something I don't think I'll need to do anytime soon, but useful if ever necessary. I put my Cricut Expressions Machine right in the middle of it and used to keep the cartridges on the table as well, but as you'll see below, I have a new spot for those now. For some reason when I use my Cricut, I end up with paper everywhere and the table gets covered which is why it's much better that I don't keep things on there that can be lost amongst the paper piles.


I also got this Desktop Carousel a few months ago. I was at a local scrapbooking shop and they had one on each of the tables in their lovely crop area. I thought it would help me get organized so I got one and it's great for storing my scissors, markers, adhesives and other handy tools.

I couldn't resist getting these shelves as well. They fit neatly under my table which is perfect!

This is what I put in them so far:

1. Embellishments

2. Stickers

3. Punches

4. Cricut Cartridges

5. Miscellaneous Items

6. Paper Packs

7. Little Spools of Pretty Ribbon
8. More Cricut Cartridges (ones that haven't been opened yet!)

9. Loose Scrapbook Paper

10. Cardstock Paper Pads
I think I still need to get some pretty baskets to put on top of these shelves to organize some miscellaneous items that I have floating around.
That's it for now. Be sure to check back for part 3 of this post as I will be doing a crafty storage giveaway!

Friday, February 19, 2010

My Favorite Crafty Storage Items: Part One

Getting baby's room organized is important, but lets take a break and do something for mom! Organizing your craft area isn't always easy, but it helps if you have wonderful storage organizers. It also helps if you can stop yourself from buying all of the amazing items that you just "must have"! My weakness in this department is ribbon, which is why the first item I purchased for my craft room was a ribbon organizer. I looked around for a while and ended up with this:

Kind of messy still I know, but it's an improvement from spools of ribbon all over the place. I really like this ribbon organizer of mine and have had it for over a year now, however, I still have enough ribbon to fill another one of these. I am not going to buy another one because I have discovered a new one that I would love to have!

Patty has been scrapbooking and crafting for 30 years and worked really hard to create this amazing ribbon holder. It holds 275 spools of ribbon and can fit into a cupboard! She is offering a retractable scissor accessory that goes on the side of the ribbon holder as a bonus with purchase. The retractable scissor accessory screws onto the side of the ribbon holder and your scissors go on the end of a chain which can reach across the full length of holder. You also receive a CD with step by step instructions. *Please note that the shippng price listed is the maximum that it would be. Depending on where you are, it could possibly be lower so if you are thinking about ordering one, contact Patty and she'll let you know how much shipping will cost.
If you're not as fanatic as I am about ribbon and may need a smaller ribbon holder, Patty has come up with one that holds half the amount of ribbon as the original holder she currently has in her store. It will be available in the next week or so. She also has stunning handmade cards in her shop and adds 2 new ones each week.
Part Two of this post is going to feature some more crafty storage items and in Part Three there will be a giveaway. Check back to see what it may be!



Saturday, February 6, 2010

Winner of the Pretty Boutique Hair Bow Giveaway

So we all agree that babies smell great, they're cute, cuddly and have amazing skin! Now it's time to announce the winner of the hair bows and headbands giveaway.


Nicole, who entered comment #18 is the lucky winner as chosen at random.org.


The results of the drawing can be seen here, http://www.random.org/draws/details/?draw=1467


Thank you to everyone who participated and please feel free to comment on what you would like to see in the next giveaway!

Friday, January 29, 2010

Pretty Boutique Hair Bow Giveaway

I love all the pretty hairbows and crochet headbands that I often see on those adorable little babies and toddlers so I am giving away 2 of them to one lucky reader!

I first purchased a set for my little girls for Christmas photos and have been hooked ever since. I bought some Valentine's Day and Easter colored ones recently and was sure to get an extra set to give away. Of course Valentine's Day is fast approaching so the headbands may not get to the winner on time, which is why the pink one is more of an all season/anytime hairbow. The hairbows are each on their very own clip and can be removed from the crochet headbands to be worn alone as well.

To enter, all you have to do is leave a comment and tell us what your favorite thing is about babies or toddlers!

If you would like to enter more than once:
-Subscribe or Follow this blog (1 extra entry)
-Tweet about this giveaway (1 extra entry) **Please remember to include http://www.apamperedbaby.blogspot.com/ in the tweet*
-Blog about this giveaway (3 extra entries) **A quick mention in a short post is totally fine, but if you want to go all out, that's great too!

Please leave a comment for each additional entry that you are eligible for.

This giveaway closes on February 5, 2010 at 7pm. The winner will be chosen at random.org and announced here. (Contest CLOSED)

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