Saturday, December 31, 2011

Extraordinary Organization, Interior Spaces, Crafts Blog - http://transformationsyoucansee.blogspot.com

Check out my friend's awesome blog, Transformations (http://transformationsyoucansee.blogspot.com), who blogs about "transforming" the ordinary into the extraordinary.  Her blog focuses mainly on organization, interior spaces, and crafts.  So far, she has shared quite a few crafty and fabulous ideas and I'm sure there's plenty more to come.  I love all her creative transformations (examples below)!  Happy 2012!




Wednesday, December 14, 2011

2011 Holiday Gift Guide - GIVEAWAY - What To Expect Series 3 Books (2 WINNERS)! (CLOSED)




WhatToExpect.com is the online version of the "What To Expect When You're Expecting" series of books.  This online community has the 2nd largest audience of pregnant women online, backed by an entire bookshelf of bestselling books.  It all started with the book What To Expect When You're Expecting by Heidi Murkoff, with millions of copies sold.  From there, the What To Expect (WTE) brand flourished giving birth to many other resources.  New books were added to the series - What To Expect Before You're Expecting, Eating Well When You're Expecting, What To Expect The First Year, What To Expect The Second Year, and even What To Expect Kids series.  The WTE books are published in over 30 languages.  In 2005, the WTE brand hit the Internet with WhatToExpect.com.  In 2009, WTE went mobile with the WTE Pregnancy Tracker, the WTE Period and Fertility Tracker, the WTE My Baby's Name (baby name finder), and the WTE Baby Tracker (first year tracker).  In addition, the What To Expect Foundation (a non-profit organization) was created to help underserved families expect healthy pregnancies, safe deliveries, and healthy, happy babies.  The What To Expect series has been described as the pregnancy bible.


 What To Expect When You're Expecting - 4th Edition has helped me tremendously throughout my pregnancy.  Being the anal person that I am and a first time pregger, I had so many questions and just wanted to do everything perfect, making sure I was on the right track.  I have found the week-to-week fetal development section in each of the monthly chapters to be very informative.  Most importantly, the book has guided me to a healthy pregnancy and delivery.  The pregnancy guide reassuringly answers questions from the planning stage throughout postpartum.  There are 7 parts to the book with 23 chapters in total.  Each chapter includes Your Baby This Month, What You May Be Feeling, What You Can Expect at Your Prenatal Visits, and What You May Be Wondering About.
  • Part 1 - First Things First
    • Chapter 1 - Before You Conceive 
    • Chapter 2 - Are You Pregnant?
    • Chapter 3 - Your Pregnancy Profile
    • Chapter 4 - Your Pregnancy Lifestyle
    • Chapter 5 - Nine Months of Eating Well
  • Part 2 - Nine Months & Counting
    • Chapter 6 - The First Month
    • Chapter 7 - The Second Month
    • Chapter 8 - The Third Month
    • Chapter 9 - The Fourth Month
    • Chapter 10 - The Fifth Month
    • Chapter 11 - The Sixth Month
    • Chapter 12 - The Seventh Month
    • Chapter 13 - The Eighth Month
    • Chapter 14 - The Ninth Month
    • Chapter 15 - Labor and Delivery
  • Part 3 - Twins, Triplets & More
    • Chapter 16 - Expecting More Than One
  • Part 4 - After the Baby Is Born
    • Chapter 17 - Postpartum:  The First Week
    • Chapter 18 - Postpartum:  The First 6 Weeks
  • Part 5 - For Dads
    • Chapter 19 - Fathers Are Expectant, Too
  • Part 6 - Staying Healthy When You're Expecting
    • Chapter 20 - If You Get Sick
    • Chapter 21 - If You Have a Chronic Condition
  • Part 7 - The Complicated Pregnancy
    • Chapter 22 - Managing a Complicated Pregnancy
    • Chapter 23 - Coping with Pregnancy Loss
What To Expect The First Year - 2nd Edition has also helped me considerably as a new parent.  Like the What To Expect When You're Expecting, the month-by-month guide on baby's growth and development were very resourceful for me.  But, I especially appreciate the First Aid Do's and Don'ts with the chapter's pages highlighted on top for easy access.  And, I also like the ready reference in the back of the book on Common Childhood Infections listing the disease/season/susceptibility followed by its symptoms, cause/transmission/incubation/duration, call the doctor/treatment/diet, and prevention/recurrence/complications.  This book contains 4 parts with a total of 25 chapters.  Each Month's chapter includes What Your Baby May Be Doing, What You Can Expect at This Month's Checkup, Feeding Your Baby, and What You May Be Concerned About.

  • Part 1 - The First Year
    • Chapter 1 - Get Ready, Get Set
    • Chapter 2 - Buying for Baby
    • Chapter 3 - Breastfeeding Basic
    • Chapter 4 - Your Newborn
    • Chapter 5 - The First Month
    • Chapter 6 - The Second Month
    • Chapter 7 - The Third Month
    • Chapter 8 - The Fourth Month
    • Chapter 9 - The Fifth Month
    • Chapter 10 - The Sixth Month
    • Chapter 11 - The Seventh Month
    • Chapter 12 - The Eighth Month
    • Chapter 13 - The Ninth Month
    • Chapter 14 - The Tenth Month
    • Chapter 15 - The Eleventh Month
    • Chapter 16 - The Twelfth Month
  • Part 2 - Of Special Concern
    • Chapter 17 - A Baby for All Seasons
    • Chapter 18 - When Baby is Sick
    • Chapter 19 - First Aid Do's and Don'ts
    • Chapter 20 - The Low-Birthweight Baby
    • Chapter 21 - The Special Needs Baby
    • Chapter 22 - The Adopted Baby
  • Part 3 - For the Family
    • Chapter 23 - For Mom:  Enjoying the First Year
    • Chapter 24 - Becoming a Father
    • Chapter 25 - From Only Child to Older Child
  • Part 4 - Ready Reference
    • Baby's First Recipes
    • Common Home Remedies
    • Common Childhood Infections
What To Expect The Second Year is currently my guide to help raise Baby Hsu through his toddler years.  Like the What To Expect The First Year, I rely on Treating Toddler Injuries, also with the chapter's pages highlighted on top to locate easily, when an unexpected boo-boo happens.  This book contains 15 chapters total.
  • Chapter 1 - Your Toddler on the Grow
  • Chapter 2 - Your Toddler, Head-to-Toe
  • Chapter 3 - Your Toddler on the Go
  • Chapter 4 - Feeding
  • Chapter 5 - Sleeping
  • Chapter 6 - Behavior
  • Chapter 7 - Disciplining Your Toddler
  • Chapter 8 - Talking
  • Chapter 9 - Learning
  • Chapter 10 - Playing and Making Friends
  • Chapter 11 - Traveling with Your Toddler
  • Chapter 12 - Keeping Your Toddler Healthy
  • Chapter 13 - Second Your Safety
  • Chapter 14 - Treating Toddler Injuries
  • Chapter 15 - Developmental Disorders 
With Baby Hsu being my #1 concern, the What To Expect series are my go-to guide for his welfare.  The WTE books make very resourceful and thoughtful gifts (baby shower, birthday, Christmas, etc.) to expectant parents and parents of babies and toddlers (HSUper Parents-Approved)!

BUY IT!  The What To Expect When You're Expecting - 4th Edition may be purchased for $12.95, What To Expect The First Year - 2nd Edition for $11.95, and What To Expect The Second Year for $11.35 at WhatToExpect.com.

WIN IT!  What To Expect has generously offered their series of 3 books (What To Expect When You're Expecting - 4th Edition, What To Expect The First Year - 2nd Edition, and What To Expect The Second Year) to 2 lucky HSUper Parents readers!

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

2011 Holiday Gift Guide - Kidorable Dinosaur Towel Review




Kidorable, conceived in 1997 from the minds and hearts of Liping and Jonathan Domsky, offers functional and fun children apparel and accessories.  Known especially for their rainwear, Kidorable delights in transforming everyday wear into products that excites the imagination of the children.  Their product line includes backpacks, bookends, hanger sets, knit gloves, knit hats, knit scarves, rain coats, rain boots, towels, and umbrellas.  A variety of styles offered are Ballerina, Butterfly, Dinosaur, Dragon Knight, Fairy, Fireman, Frog, Ladybug, Lotus, Lucky Cat, Mermaid, Pirate, Space Hero, and The English Roses Collection by  Madonna.  Kidorable also carries a My First Collection for babies.


Kidorable's Dinosaur Towel is part of The Dinosaur Collection.  The child wrapped in this towel will definitely be roaring away as the dinosaur comes to life.  The green towel features a hood as the dinosaur's head with eyes and a row of sharp, white teeth.  Along the body are bony plates and spikes.  To finish off the dinosaur's body are its hands and feet, along with its tail.  The absorbent, soft cotton towel is available in sizes S (up to 2 years) and M (age 3 to 6 years).

Want to find what gifts kids love?  Take the Kidorable Holiday Gift Buying Quiz.  It's fun, quick and easy, and educational.  Kidorable's Dinosaur Towel makes an enjoyable Christmas gift (HSUper Parents-Approved)! 

BUY IT!  The Dinosaur Towel may be purchased for $33.00 at Kidorable.  

Stay current with Kidorable on Facebook and @Kidorable on Twitter.

Disclaimer:  This review has not been monetarily compensated and is based on the views and opinions of myself.  Please note that the opinions reflected in this post have not been influenced by the sponsor in any way.  However, for review purposes, I do accept and will keep the products reviewed.

Monday, December 12, 2011

SwaddleDesigns Discount Code (Expires 12/14)




SwaddleDesigns is currently offering 20% off on all regularly price items (use code:  MERRY11).  Also, free shipping is offered on orders $75+ in continental USA.  Hurry, the offer ends 12/14/2011.

Happy shopping!

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

2011 Holiday Gift Guide - Kidorable Dragon Knight Collection Rainwear Review




Kidorable, conceived in 1997 from the minds and hearts of Liping and Jonathan Domsky, offers functional and fun children apparel and accessories.  Known especially for their rainwear, Kidorable delights in transforming everyday wear into products that excites the imagination of the children.  Their product line includes backpacks, bookends, hanger sets, knit gloves, knit hats, knit scarves, rain coats, rain boots, towels, and umbrellas.  A variety of styles offered are Ballerina, Butterfly, Dinosaur, Dragon Knight, Fairy, Fireman, Frog, Ladybug, Lotus, Lucky Cat, Mermaid, Pirate, Space Hero, and The English Roses Collection by  Madonna.  Kidorable also carries a My First Collection for babies.


Kidorable has launched another exciting new collection - Dragon Knight!  While the girls can play princesses, the boys may let their imaginations run wild as brave knights.  The theme colors for the collection are steel grey and dark green - very masculine.  The Dragon Knight Rain Coat is made from a new material, PU (polyurethane), which is softer and lighter than PVC.  A valiant knight is seen on the bottom right corner fighting a dragon on the bottom left corner of the rain coat.  The matching helmet on the hood completes the knight's armor.  Like all of Kidorable's rain coats, it comes with a matching hanger.  The rain coat is available in sizes My First (1T, 12-18 months), 2T, 3T, 4T, 4/5, 5/6, and 6/6X.  The Dragon Knight Rain Boots, made from natural rubber, are steel grey with textures that look like a castle's wall.  When the boots are placed together, it paints a picture of a knight galloping on his horse to fight off a fire-blowing dragon.  The rain boots are available in sizes My First (size 5), children's sizes 6-13, and even adult sizes 1 and 2.  The Dragon Knight Umbrella, made of 100% nylon, is animated with the face of a dragon blowing out fire and with protruding horns and wings on top of the umbrella.  A castle motif runs around the bottom of the umbrella.  The sword handle is pretty creative where the umbrella can actually act as a sword when closed.

Kidorable's Dragon Knight Collection makes an entertaining Christmas gift for kids (HSUper Parents-Approved)!

BUY IT!  The Dragon Knight Rain Coat may be purchased for $36.00, Dragon Knight Rain Boots for $29.00, and Dragon Knight Umbrella for $13.50 at Kidorable.  Kidorable currently has a promotion for a free Dragon Knight umbrella with an order over $20.00 (use promo code DRAGON7, expires December 11, 2011).  Be sure to add the Dragon Knight umbrella to your cart first.

Stay current with Kidorable on Facebook and @Kidorable on Twitter.

Disclaimer:  This review has not been monetarily compensated and is based on the views and opinions of myself.  Please note that the opinions reflected in this post have not been influenced by the sponsor in any way.  However, for review purposes, I do accept and will keep the products reviewed.