PRK Products Inc. “Organizing Moms & Dads Around the World” Product Review

Being a busy mom of 3 kids 5 and under means that I find all means necessary to keep my house and my life as organized as possible; well, being an extreme “Type A” personality doesn’t help much either. To know me, is to know that I am extremely organized, so much so that if a friend were to describe me, “organized” would be one of the top 3 descriptors. The more control I have over my house the better I feel. Being organized makes things easily accessible and thus makes my life easier. Therefore, I am always on the lookout for products that help with organization. Recently, I was contacted by the fine folks at PRK Products, Inc to try out 2 of their handy dandy baby products: the universal baby bottle and sippy cup organizer and the universal baby food jar organizer.

The PRK Products were designed by a busy mother of triplets out of necessity, so you know they are as useful as useful can possibly be. Both the universal baby bottle and sippy cup organizer and the universal baby food jar organizer are dishwasher safe, BPA & Phthalate Free and can be stored in the cupboard, freezer or refrigerator.

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After: I have my counters back!

The universal baby bottle and sippy cup organizer is a wonderful product that grows with you; first as a bottle organizer and then as a sippy cup organizer when your child is done with bottles. What I appreciated most about this product was that it was able to adjust in size to accommodate my various sizes of bottles and sippy cups as not only do I have a newborn with small baby bottles but a toddler with sippy cups. The only disadvantage I found about the baby bottle and sippy cup organizer was that it did not fit into my munchkin sized shelves, but as the problem solver that I am, I moved around a few things and placed the baby bottle and sippy cup organizer in the food pantry instead. The organizer can be loaded from the back and is able to hold up to 12 baby bottles. The included storage basket was a fabulous place to store all of the bottle nipples and extra binkies.

The baby bottle organizer in the food pantry

The universal baby food jar organizer is my new favorite baby product on Earth. As I do make the majority of my children’s baby food when they start on solid foods, I love that this food jar organizer can go into the refrigerator. Then, when I purchase baby food jars I can put the baby food jar organizer in the cupboard and still keep everything neat and tidy. The shelf on top is super handy in space saving too. The baby food organizer comes with 2 different sizes of sides that can be stored underneath when not in use. That way, this organizer can be used with all 3 stages of standard baby food jars.

The Universal Baby Food Jar Organizer

The Universal Baby Bottle & Sippy Cup Organizer

So now that you’ve fallen in love with these products, I know you need to know where to purchase them!

You can learn more about PRK Products Inc. here.
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This is not a compensated post. I received PRK Products to facilitate this review. All opinions are my own, and I know you think my opinions are awesome.

‘Wookie the Chew’ by James Hance – Review and Giveaway #jameshance

Every once in a great while an artist emerges that has the ability to capture our hearts along with our imagination; with childlike wonder, technical skill and plenty of whimsy, British born artist James Hance is creating magic with his original star wars inspired artwork. To own a piece of James Hance work is to own a piece of your geeky childhood but with a new twist.

James Hance calls his original artwork “Relentlessly Cheerful Art”, which let me tell you, it truly is. I cannot express to you enough how much I love his quirky creativity and his sense of whimsy. I was fortunate enough to be chosen to review his work and I squealed like a school girl and jumped at the opportunity.
I chose 3 prints, 1 for each of my kids. ‘Little Rebels’ for my daughter, ‘A Most Bold Adventure’ for my youngest son and ‘The Dark Starry Knight’ for my oldest son. I adore them and I cannot wait to frame them to put them in each of their bedrooms.

Not only is the very talented James Hance artistically gifted, he also knows how to write adorable, endearing stories. “Wookie the Chew  – The House At Chew Corner” is an adorable tale about Wookie the Chew whom is inspired by A.A. Milne’s Winnie the Pooh and his quest for bobaberries (instead of honey). 

My very favorite part of the book is when Wookie the Chew was chased by flyfighters (instead of bees) after disturbing their hive in the giant tree (pictured on the left)This book is adorable and something your children will love. My son adores this story and can easily identify the similarities and quirky differences between Wookie the Chew and Winnie the Pooh. 

To see the entire line of James Hance art prints, limited edition prints, Originals and even t-shirts log on here.

What’s the best yet? YOU (yeah! you!) have the chance to win (5) Five James Hance prints of your very own! Yes! Five!! Not only that, you will also receive your very own copy of the book “Wookie the Chew – The House At Chew Corner” Written & Illustrated by James Hance .

Giveaway 
To enter to win (5) Five James Hance art prints and a copy of the book “Wookie the Chew – The House At Chew Corner”:
Please log on HERE and leave a comment on this post below with your favorite (5) Five prints.
This giveaway is open until 7/13/2012 11:59 PST. One winner will be chosen at random using random.org and will be notified via email. The winner will have 48 hours to respond before the prize is forfeited and awarded to someone else. Giveaway open to U.S. Residents only.

For additional entries you can: Please leave a separate comment for each additional entry

1. “Like”  Art & Things & That By James Hance on Facebook. Let me know you did this by saying so in the comments section. Please leave a separate comment for each additional entry.

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3. Follow Desiree Eaglin on Twitter. You won’t regret it. Let me know you did this by saying so in the comments section. Please leave a separate comment for each additional entry.

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This is not a compensated post. I was honored to accept James Hance prints for review purposes and a copy of the book Wookie the Chew-The House At Chew Corner. All opinions are my own and I know you think my opinions are awesome.

Stremicks Heritage Organic Milk *Giveaway for So Cal Residents*

Do your kids drink a ton of milk? I know mine do, we go through a gallon of milk every other day-we’re milk o’ holics around here! One of the biggest ways I can provide healthy nutrition for my crazy yolkels is by purchasing certified organic milk.

Why organic milk you ask? And what is the difference anyway?

Simply put organic milk is just better for you. Organic milk comes from cows that produce milk without the use of antibiotics or synthetic hormones in order to artificially promote milk production and without the use of pesticides on the natural feed and grass on which the cows graze. In other words, those milkin’ cows eat healthy and produce milk naturally!

Stremicks Heritage Organic Milk is a company with a family orientated motto-provide the best quality products with integrity and geniune care. They have over 30 years of providing top quality dairy products! Stremicks Heritage Organic Milk has a long shelf life too, which is extra special for organic products. They use a special flash heating and cooling technology that makes their ultra-pasteurized milk stays fresh and healthy up to three times longer than other milk products. Check out their store locator here to try it for yourself!

Giveaway (open to Southern California Residents only): Giveaway now closed

To enter to win (4) coupons for 64 oz Stremicks Heritage Organic Milk please leave a comment below (you can say anything you’d like in your comment. Like how pretty you think I am…or how cute my blog is…or how funny I am…or how cute my kids are…your choice). By 6/22/2012 at 12pm PST. This giveaway is open to Southern California residents only. One winner will be chosen by random using random.org and will be notified via email. Thank you for entering and good luck!

For additional entries you can:

1. Like Stremicks Heritage Organic Milk on Facebook.  Let me know you did this by saying so in the comments section.

2. Follow Stremicks Heritage Organic Milk on Twitter. Let me know you did this by saying so in the comments section.

3. Follow ME on Twittter. You won’t regret it. Let me know you did this by saying so in the comments section.

This is not a compensated post. I received coupons for Stremicks Heritage Organic Milk for review purposes. We drank that good stuff up in no time flat. 

This Giveaway is now closed. 

Mollee won with this comment via random.org: 

“I think you are beautiful and all 3 of your little monkeys!!! Xo now lets win some milk!!”

Congratulations Mollee and thank you all for entering!


It’s a Summer Strawberry Bonanza at Panera Bread! *Giveaway*

You know right after you’ve had a baby how you can easily feel the walls caving in and you can get a mad case of cabin fever? Regularly, the kids and I are pretty active and there isn’t a day that goes by that we don’t have something planned. Since this is my 3rd baby my husband and I have smartened up and we know how to deal with my cabin fever crabbiness. So in an attempt to heed this feeling I took son #1 on a mother and son lunch date last week to Panera bread to check out their summer strawberry menu items while my husband stayed home with the younger kids.

My son and I had a really great time and ordered everything we wanted to share between us. My son felt special and loved the “family style” lunch we had. He had fun critiquing the food and choosing his favorites too.

Strawberry Poppyseed & Chicken Salad. Credit: Panera Bread

Panera Bread is working hard in making your summer extra sweet with their new Strawberry filled menu items such as
Strawberry, Poppy seed & Chicken Salad – is made with romaine lettuce, all natural chicken, crunchy pecans all topped with fresh strawberries. The poppyseed dressing is sweet and tasty too! I was a little apprehensive about this salad at first, since I’m not a big fan of sweet and savory mixed in one dish, but I was extremely surprised at the deliciousness of this salad! It’s my new favorite!
Strawberry Smoothie – is made with Stonyfield Farm organic low fat vanilla yogurt that has been boosted with ginseng and topped with fresh strawberries. This is the only strawberry menu item we did not try.
Strawberry Granola Parfait – is made with Stonyfield Farm organic low fat vanilla yogurt and topped with sweet, fresh strawberries and maple butter pecan granola. This was my son’s favorite strawberry menu item. The granola was super delicious too.
Strawberries and Cream Scone – Super moist and delicious, made with white chocolate chips and dried infused strawberry bits in a cream-based scone. Super yummy, almost like a do-nut. I couldn’t taste the strawberries too much, although I didn’t get much of the scone before my son ate it all anyway.

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My lunch date

For more information and to find a Panera Bread near you, log on here.
You can also find Panera Bread on Facebook!

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The fine folks at Panera bread have offered you, my fabulous and beautiful readers a chance to win your very own Panera Bread gift card worth $10.

To enter this giveaway, please leave a comment below by June 14th at 12pm PST with which Strawberry menu item you would like to try.

Thank you and good luck!

This giveaway is open to US residents only please, only one entry per person. One winner will be chosen at random using random.org and will be notified via email.

I received a gift card to Panera Bread to facilitate this review, I was not compensated in any other way. All opinions are of my own and I know, you think my opinions are awesome.

 

Update: Giveaway is now closed. Raised by Culture is the winner! Comment selected by random.org “Strawberry Poppyseed Chicken Salad looks yummy! I would love to try it!” Congratulations!

Veggie Recipe fun with Country Crock! #veggieworld #spon

This post is sponsored by Country Crock. I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls Collective, and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.

Thankfully, I am the mother of two kids that absolutely adore vegetables. No, seriously I am! My kids will pass up any sort of meat for a platter full of steamed broccoli any day. To me, parenting and more specifically feeding young children is all about expectations. If you expect your toddler to only nosh on certain “kid friendly” foods then they will. Maybe it’s that theory or maybe I’ve just been blessed with somewhat abnormal children, but there isn’t a vegetable my children will pass up at the dinner table.
What do I serve their vegetables with you ask? Well, Country Crock Original spread of course! I love that Country Crock spread is a healthy alternative to butter. Country Crock has 70% less saturated fat than butter and 30% fewer calories! My kids love their vegetables with a little dabble of Country Crock on top.
Country Crock is a family orientated company that is striving to bring the family together over healthy and nutritious meals. They have launched an amazing website that is  full of really great ideas for moms to serve vegetables that will fly off the plate because they taste so good with Country Crock. You can go and check it out for yourself here.
The amazing folks at Country Crock have even created a free online cookbook titled The Clare Crespo Cookbook that is whimsical and fun example of how to serve vegetables that kids will love. Clare Crespo believes that nutrition can spark the imagination and be delicious at the same time. There are tons of really cute recipes to have fun with vegetables with where the vegetables are not hidden-they are the center attraction. Why not serve up dinner tonight with a potato baseball or bowl full of peas and thank you?  I did and my kids looooved it! So much in fact, that my food photo shoot was cut short because my daughter wanted to eat my veggie props!

Here I was trying to get a picture of the Clare Crespo recipe for “Peas and Thank You” which I think is totally adorable and such a fun way to serve heart-shaped carrots:

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That was only the 2nd shot I was able to take…And I was spotted:

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You can't stage this kind of cheesiness. Copyright: Desiree Eaglin

I think it’s safe to say that you can take my word on the fact that my kids love their vegetables! Ha!

We are a huge baseball loving family. Our weekends are full of baseball games, parties and practices, so of course I had to give the “Out of the Park Baseball” a go. It’s mashed potatoes and red peppers! Such a cute idea! Perfecting the red pepper laces were quite a chore however, but I am so happy with how it came out:

"Out of the park baseball" Copyright: Desiree Eaglin

Copyright: Desiree Eaglin

I hope this post and the Clare Crespo Cookbook have inspired you to serve up some of your very own whimsical and fun veggie recipes!

Are you looking for quick and simple tips and recipes to make serving veggies more fun? Download the free Clare Crespo Cookbook here for fun and whimsical recipes your family is sure to love!

I am a Deep Cleaning Diva, are you?

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This post is sponsored by Pine-Sol® Clean & Disinfect with Pine-Sol®: The Powerful Scent of Clean.” I was compensated for this post as a member of Clever Girls Collective, but the content is all my own.

Those of you that know me in real life know that I am a HUGE clean freak. If I’m not trying to meet writing deadlines for the blogs I contribute to, or taking my kids on yet another Southern California DayTripping adventure-then I am at home cleaning my house like a crazy person. I like having the type of clean house that if a friend were to drop by unannounced, it would be OK.  Would there still be toys strewn about? Well, I mean, of course we are human after all. However, all of the counters would be clean, windows spotless and the floors would be clean enough to eat off of.

Was I always like a 1950’s domestic goddess you ask? Well, of course not. I have discovered over the last 5 years of being a stay at home mom that having a clean house makes me feel better. Of course it is a lot of work and sometimes that work seems never-ending but I have found that if I get the kids involved then cleaning can actually be fun. Yes! Fun! We turn the radio up really high and we sing and dance while we clean too. Each of my children has their own broom and dust pan and I even have extra dusters for them to use. Sure, sometimes they make a bigger mess than they actually achieve at cleaning, but they’re learning the value of having a presentable, clean house and teamwork all in one.
My second favorite aspect of being pregnant is the nesting instinct (my first is the eating, eating, eating instinct-boy o’ boy eating this much is fun). My house has been extra sparkling clean lately. When I go on one of my frequent maniacal nesting rampages then even the tools I use to clean to get the house clean. The mop gets a washing, the duster handles get cleaned and even the broom get a sudsy bath. There’s no better way to clean than having clean tools to clean with I say!

Pine-Sol is not only a fantastic multi-surface (that means counters, floors, tables and brooms) that cuts through grease and grime, it smells great too! The Powerful Scent of Pine-Sol Clean is what attracts me to purchase it as my #1 household cleaner.

The awesome people of Pine-Sol are looking for you-my fellow maniacal cleaning friends to enter their “Deep Clean Diva” contest going on now. Pine-Sol is offering a prize of $5,000 and a trip to San Francisco to one lucky winner. And I know you girls are clean freaks just like I am-so go check it out and enter for a chance to win that $5,000!

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Wittlebee – Children’s Clothing Club

As a modern stay at home mom, my life is all about doing as much as possible as quickly and efficiently as possible. Well, I mean…ideally. To help me achieve this ideal lifestyle, I look for products and services that are reliable, safe and convenient. I was contacted by Wittlebee recently to try out their children’s clothing club.
What is Wittlebee you ask? Wittlebee is a rapidly growing in popularity monthly children’s clothing club that specializes in the basics for children up to 5 years old (or a size 6). You can log on to Wittlebee now to start building your very own personalized box of clothing. In your quest to build a perfect box, Wittlebee will ask you questions which include size, colors your children wear most, clothing type, childs personality type, climate and even clothing style. Then, like clockwork every month a personalized box of children’s clothing containing approximately 8 pieces will arrive at your door. Better yet-the clothing will be from popular brand name clothing manufacturers like Baby Gap and American Apparel. Sounds amazing right?

Our box. Copyright: Desiree Eaglin

Let me tell you exactly why I fell in love with Wittlebee.

Convenient
When I had just one child and that child was well-behaved compared to his nightmare sister, we went shopping every week at our leisure. His closet was stocked full of good quality clothing that I was able to find at markdown prices because I had the time and I had the patience. Then, the nightmare (aka my daughter) was born and shopping became a chore. A really, really big chore. No longer was I able to find quality clothing at markdown prices, I had to resort to whatever was closest to me on the rack at whatever price is was marked at because I had 2.5 seconds to find something before a clothing rack got pulled down or piles of once folded clothing got trampled on. I miss the days of decently dressed children.
Wittlebee is offering a very unique, reliable, safe and convenient service to mothers like me everywhere. Once a month, Wittlebee sends out a personalized package of quality, adorable and clean clothing directly to your home. You choose the size and any specifications and you leave it up to their talented staff to gather the clothing for you. Easy peasy!

The basics. Copyright: Desiree Eaglin

Fun
My favorite feature of Wittlebee is literally how fun it is. I loved “grab bags” as a child and I loooove surprises as an adult. Wittlebee is the updated adult version of a “grab bag” for your children’s clothing. You don’t know exactly what you’re going to get, but you know you’ll love everything they chose for your children. It’s like getting a surprise birthday gift once a month (well, you know-a gift for your kids which is still almost as fun to receive as us moms). I want to continue my Wittlebee service just for this fun aspect of it.

Little did they know, she loves Hello Kitty. Copyright: Desiree Eaglin

Affordable
Wittlebee monthly clothing club costs a mere: $39.99 a month. Between the time you save and the stress relief of not having to hassle at the store, Wittlebee monthly clothing club pays for itself.

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A Different Style in their closets
Um, I am a little particular-most especially when it comes to what my children wear. So, my son’s closet is basically full of the same kind of shirt. He literally has 20 of the same polo (in different color and pattern of course) and the same type of collared button downs. I have a hard time finding clothing for him that I like, so when I do find something I buy it in every color and size. Family and friends are always hesitant to buy my children clothing because of just how particular I am.
I LOVE that Wittlebee brought something new for my children to wear. Our box was split down the middle of boys size 5t and girls size 18-24 months. I love each and every article of clothing that they chose to give us. The clothing Wittlebee chose was a breath of fresh air in my children’s otherwise tired and stale closets.

Do me a favor and try Wittlebee out for yourselves. I guarantee you’ll love it. And in fact, so does Wittlebee. They have a 100% satisfaction guarantee! You can also stop or pause your monthly service at any time too. Flexibility with no pressure whatsoever!

For more information about Wittlebee, please log on here.

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I received a complimentary box of children’s clothing from Wittlebee for review purposes. I was not compensated in any other way. All opinions are my own and I know…you think my opinions are awesome.