Thursday, April 26, 2012

GIVEAWAY - Ahmelie Amy Butler Organic Baby/Child Hooded Towel! (CLOSED)

Ahmelie"unique mix with a common thread", specializes in modern handmade essentials made from high quality, designer fabrics like Amy Butler, Heather Bailey, Ty Pennington, Valori Wells, and more.  At Ahmelie, you may find a variety of unique handmade goodies and DIY supplies from accessories to Amy Butler bagsblankets and swaddlersburp clothsDivine Twinefabric by-the-yardFREE designer patternshooded towels, sewing patterns and Sizzix tools.  All of her products are handmade with love.  

Ahmelie's Amy Butler Organic Watermelon Hooded Baby/Child Bath Beach Pool Towel is simply stunning!  Made from 100% cotton (with 10% organic cotton), the hooded towel is generously sized at approximately 31" x 56", which gives plenty of room to grow with the child.  It's a quality and super absorbent hooded towel that is perfect for use at home, at the pool, or at the beach.  A nice touch to the hooded towel is the fabric trim along the hood (with Ahmelie's logo) and a design trim along the edges of the towel.  This gorgeous design is from the designer Amy Butler for Welspun. 

Ahmelie hooded towels are hands down one of the BEST and MOST STYLISH hooded towels for babies and children (HSUper Parents-Approved)!

WIN IT!  Ahmelie has generously offered a stylish Hooded Towel to a lucky HSUper Parents reader!

BUY IT!  Ahmelie Amy Butler Organic Watermelon Hooded Baby/Child Bath Beach Pool Towel may be purchased for $32.00.  Ahmelie is currently offering 10% off (use coupon code HSUPER10) to be used at or

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Wednesday, April 25, 2012

GIVEAWAY - Kana Kid's Taffeta Flower Vest or Tie and Suspender Shirt! (CLOSED)

Kana was created by Jeriza Peralta (co-founder and designer) based on the inspiration to start a children's clothing line after having three children.  She saw firsthand what the children's market was lacking - easily accessible cool clothes for kids with style!  The name Kana is "anak" backwards, which means "child" in Tagalog (native language in the Philippines where Jeriza was born).  Kana's vision is defined by the New York City lifestyle as well as a reflection of the fashion vibe of people who inhibit the eclectic city; combining the posh and chic looks of the upper West Side with the trendy and artsy looks seen in downtown SoHo.

I love layers and an outfit is complete when topped off with a stylish vest!  One of my favorites from the boys collection is the Puffy Leather Vest.  It is an urban faux-leather vest fully lined with black and white plaid lining.  The vest is made from 72% TEC, 20% polyester, and 8% PU with lining made from 100% cotton.  I love how it has a double collar look, where the outer collar can be folded down and the inner collar standing up.  I also love the look of the vest when unzipped, the black and white plaid lining contrasts with the black vest.  The Puffy Leather Vest may also be zipped up with buttons to finish off the rad look.  One of my favorites from the girls collection is the Taffeta Flower Vest.  The vest is made from 100% cotton with 100% polyester lining in purple.  The uniqueness of this vest is that the entire vest is covered with flowers front and back - great for a formal look or a cute and casual look.  
Note:  the vest is a bit big on Baby Hsu because I chose a larger size

Baby Hsu is one "cool" looking boy living in the city in Kana's Puffy Leather Vest and our next baby (hopefully a baby girl) will definitely be a fashionista in Kana's Taffeta Flower Vest (HSUper Parents-Approved)!

BUY IT!  Kana's Taffeta Flower Vest may be purchased for $30.50 and the Puffy Leather Vest for $55.50.

WIN IT!  Kana has generously offered a Taffeta Flower Vest or a Tie and Suspender Shirt (both pictured above) to a lucky HSUper Parents reader!

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Saturday, April 21, 2012

Wholesale Halloween Costumes - Brutus Adult Costume Review

Wholesale Halloween Costumes is your year-round source for adult costumes, kids costumes, accessories and makeup, masks, wigs, hats, props and decorations, and even pet and mascot costumes.  They offer over 4,000 different costumes and accessories in the latest styles and from the hottest licenses including, Disney, Marvel, Nickelodeon, Star Wars, Barbie and many others.  In addition, they carry a huge selection of seasonal holiday costumes, not just for Halloween.  Wholesale Halloween Costumes offers costumes at wholesale prices.

The Adult Popeyes Brutus Costume is one of the many costumes for a man they carry, which will be Hubby's costume for Halloween 2012!  The costume includes a black polo shirt with padded muscle arms, yellow pants with a thin elastic waistband, blue belt, beard with an elastic band, and an adjustable blue sailors cap.  It only comes in one standard size, which fits most up to 6 feet tall, 200 lb.  This costume is comfortable enough to last the entire night of trick-or-treating and costume parading with Baby Hsu and I.  Here is Hubby on the left photo below, practicing his mean Brutus look. 

Hubby will be taking Baby Hsu trick-or-treating this year as a big and mean Brutus in Wholesale Halloween Costumes' Adult Popeyes Brutus Costume (HSUper Parents-Approved)! 

Stay current with Wholesale Halloween Costumes on Facebook and @WHCostumes on Twitter.

BUY IT!  The Adult Popeyes Brutus Costume may be purchased for $34.90 on their site.

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.

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Independent Living Bullion - Petunia Pickle Bottom Boxy Backpack Giveaway

Independent Living Bullion is hosting an awesome giveaway for a chance to win a Petunia Pickle Bottom Boxy Backpack in your choice of style!  Good luck!

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Thursday, April 12, 2012

The Ultimate Blog Party 2012 #UBP12

Ultimate Blog Party 2012

Welcome and thanks for stopping by!  Thank you 5 Minutes for Mom for hosting another awesome Ultimate Blog Party 2012!  I am a stay-at-home mom to a nineteen month old baby boy, residing in sunny Southern California.  We just recently visited Maui as a family and it was fabulous!  It was very relaxing - mostly stayed by the hotel's pool and Kaanapali Beach (Baby Hsu loves playing in the water).  We enjoyed scrumptious meals at Mama's Fish House, Lahaina Grill, and Hali'limaile General Store - super yummy!  The Old Lahaina Lu'au was also fun.  I enjoy shopping, traveling, and dining (especially trying out new restaurants).  Most importantly, I love sharing all the outstanding products I have reviewed with you all!

Currently, I am struggling in the disciplinary department with our son.  Any suggestions?  Next, will be potty training.  I am totally dreading it.

Party on!  Let me know if you follow and I'll happily follow you back.  Happy UBP12!    

Be sure to also check out my current giveaways (all Rafflecopter entries):

BabyBjorn Feeding Prize Package (ends 4/29)
Ahmelie Hooded Towel coming soon...
Kana (stylish kid's apparel) Taffeta Flower Vest or Tie and Suspender Shirt coming soon...

Saturday, April 7, 2012

Happy Easter!

Ahmelie Hooded Towel (hands down one of the BEST & MOST STYLISH hooded towel)

"If you declare with your mouth, "Jesus is Lord," and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.  For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you profess your faith and are saved." 
(Romans 10:9-10)


Thursday, April 5, 2012

GIVEAWAY - BabyBjorn Feeding Prize Package (Smock, Bib, Plate and Spoon, and Cup)! (CLOSED)

BabyBjorn was started in 1961 by Bjorn Jakobson and remains a Swedish family company with products found all over the world.  In 1973, BabyBjorn introduced the first baby carrier - "Hjärtenära (Close to the Heart)".  In addition to baby carriers, BabyBjorn offers a line of bouncers, kitchen, bath, and sleep products.  BabyBjorn continues to improve their products in close collaboration with medical experts and parents of small children.  Their products undergo a rigorous testing to make sure it comply with their high demands of safety, quality, and design.  BabyBjorn strives to simplify everyday life for you and your little child - "happy baby, happy parents".

Once again, BabyBjorn does not disappoint with their feeding products!  The Eat and Play Smock protects your child's clothing from mealtimes, painting, helping in the kitchen, and other messy scenarios.  The smock is made of 50% polyester and 50% polyurethane (textiles tested and approved in accordance with Oeko-Tex Standard 100, class 1 for baby products) with a liquid-repellant material that is machine-washable and easy to wipe off.  The fabric is soft and breathable, which will allow your child to move freely.  Designed to fit children ages 8 months to 3 years, there are two buttons on the back and elastic at the wrists for  a good fit.  Colors are available in red, pink, green, and blue.  Currently, BabyBjorn's Eat and Play Smock is perfect for mealtimes because Baby Hsu always spills food and drinks all over himself and uses his sleeves to wipe his mouth.  I'm sure in the future, the smock will be handy when he wants to start painting, crafting, and becoming my kitchen helper.

The Soft Bib has a scooped bottom (aka spill pocket) to catch the food that "misses" your baby's mouth.  The bib is made from polypropylene (PP) and thermoplastic elastomer (TPE), which complies with the safety standards for plastics in Europe (EEC) and US (FDA).  Designed to fit children ages 4 months and up, the soft beaded neckband ring has an adjustable snap with neck measurements of 7.5-12 inches.  The bib may easily be cleaned by wiping with a damp cloth or rinsing under running water and is dishwasher-safe (however, avoid placing it near the heating coil).  The hole on the upper right corner allows for the bib to be hung up.  Colors are available in ocean blue, sunflower, bright red, pink, and spring green.  At first, I wasn't too sure about the neckband because it seemed hard and uncomfortable.  After trying it on Baby Hsu, he's quite comfortable enjoying his meal.  BabyBjorn's Soft Bib is also perfect for mealtimes (which can be worn over the smock), catching all of Baby Hsu's oatmeal, rice, mac-n-cheese, watermelons, pears, and juice that got away from his mouth.

The Plate and Spoon make it easy for children to be independent by feeding themselves.  Made of polypropylene (PP) and thermoplastic elastomer (TPE) with the inner plate made of acrylonitrile butadiene styrene (ABS), the plate and spoon are microwave-safe (max 90°C) and dishwasher-safe (avoid placing near heating coil).  Measured at 8 x 1.5 x 8 inches, the three-leaf clover shape of the plate helps the child scoop up food onto the spoon, while the spoon is compatible with the plate with an arch on the back of the spoon's handle that prevents the spoon from slipping into the plate.  The plate's rubber base prevents it from sliding around and off the table.  Colors are available in bright red, pink, spring green, and ocean blue.  Baby Hsu feels more confident and not as frustrated with feeding himself with BabyBjorn's Plate and Spoon.

The Cup is a great baby's first cup recommended from 8 months and up.  Made of polypropylene (PP) and thermoplastic elastomer (TPE), the cup holds 100ml/3.4 fl oz with graduated markings in ml and oz.  It is dishwasher, microwave, and freezer safe.  The cup's rubber base allows for it to be firmly placed on the table with a rim on the bottom's outer edge to prevent from being knocked over.  The cup is easy to grip for small hands and soft against baby's lips with a rounded rim.  Colors are available in bright red, spring green, pink, and blue.  BabyBjorn's Cup is a good size for Baby Hsu to drink his water and juice from his highchair.  We know that a child sitting in a highchair does not have much room to maneuver a cup to his/her mouth.   

Most importantly, their products are BPA and PVC free - safe plastic products.

Baby Hsu is ready for clean and self-fed mealtimes with BabyBjorn's Eat and Play Smock, Soft Bib, Plate and Spoon, and Cup (HSUper Parents-Approved)!

BUY IT!  BabyBjorn's Eat and Play Smock may be purchased for $29.95, Soft Bib for $11.95, Plate and Spoon for $23.00, and the Cup for $14.95 on,,, and many other online retailers.  You may also find their products at a store near you (here).

WIN IT!  BabyBjorn has generously offered a feeding prize package (smock, bib, plate and spoon, and cup) to a lucky HSUper Parents reader!

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

GIVEAWAY - SwaddleDesigns Angry Birds Bodysuit and Bird OR Marquisette Swaddling Blanket! (CLOSED)

SwaddleDesigns® is introducing the Angry Birds Baby Collection!

Angry Birds have found happiness with SwaddleDesigns baby products!  We are honored that Rovio chose SwaddleDesigns to manufacture Angry Birds Baby items based on our high quality products.

Angry Birds by Rovio is a phenomenally popular game.  Angry Birds is the fastest growing brand in the world with over 600 million downloads.  Boys, girls, men, women, grandmas and grandpas – all love playing Angry Birds.  The game is entertaining to people of all ages, genders and geographies.

SwaddleDesigns was founded by Lynette Damir, RN, Designer and Mom in 2002, and SwaddleDesigns was the first company to introduce the large square swaddling blanket to the US and many countries around the world.  SwaddleDesigns is known for their premium quality fabric, fabulous colors and prints, decorative edge, and the innovative 123 Swaddle® instructional label that helps new parents master the art of swaddling. SwaddleDesigns blankets come in a variety of weights and are perfect for many uses such as a privacy throw for breastfeeding moms, a tummy time play mat, a cover over the stroller as well as swaddling.

The Ultimate Receiving Blanket® is a lightweight premium cotton flannel blanket – for moderate to cooler environmental temperatures.

The Marquisette Swaddling Blanket® is a very lightweight openweave high quality cotton blanket – for warmer environmental temperatures.

Angry Birds by Rovio is a phenomenally popular game.  Angry Birds is the fastest growing brand in the world with over 600 million downloads.  Little boys and girls, teens, men, women, grandmas and grandpas – all love playing Angry Birds.  The game is entertaining to people of all ages, genders and geographies, and is fun for family members to play together during snuggle time.

Angry Birds is just one of the many collections SwaddleDesigns offers.  We have many new exciting new prints and a variety of blankets and other products for 2012!

Learn "How to Swaddle" on SwaddleDesigns' website, where you may also find more information regarding sleeping environments and the benefits of swaddling.

Fan of Angry Birds?  Baby Hsu sure is.  Well, it seems like he is from the photo below sporting SwaddleDesigns Angry Birds - Short Sleeve Bodysuit - 3 Inch Red Bird and Angry Birds - Marquisette Swaddling Blanket.  Being a skinny boy, I actually squeezed him into the  bodysuit (size 6-12 months) without snapping the bottoms.  The bodysuit is made from a soft and stretchy 100% cotton knit with high quality snaps.  The SwaddleDesigns logo is shown above the left leg opening.  I like how the bodysuit is outlined with a bold red that matches the red bird in the center.  The bodysuit is available in sizes 3-6 months and 6-12 months.  The 46 x 46 marquisette swaddling blanket is a lightweight, breathable, open weave blanket suitable for warmer weather.  A signature of SwaddleDesigns' swaddling blankets is the easy to follow swaddling instructions sewn to the edge of the blanket.  The swaddling blanket may also be used for sunshield, tummy time, privacy throw for breastfeeding, light stroller blanket, and other uses.  Although, Baby Hsu has outgrown the swaddling stage, I still use the marquisette swaddling blanket for his naps, in the stroller, and even as a changing station when we're out.  It's cute how the red birds are "flying" all over the swaddling blanket.

SwaddleDesigns Angry Birds Bodysuit and Marquisette Swaddling Blanket make an extraordinary gift for parents that are fans of Angry Birds (HSUper Parents-Approved)!

BUY IT!  SwaddleDesigns Angry Birds - Short Sleeve Bodysuit - 3 Inch Red Bird may be purchased on their site for $15.00 and the Angry Birds - Marquisette Swaddling Blanket - Red Bird may be purchased for $20.00.

WIN IT!  SwaddleDesigns has generously offered winner's choice of Angry Birds Bodysuit and Bird or Angry Birds Marquisette Swaddling Blanket to a lucky HSUper Parents reader!

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Tuesday, April 3, 2012

GIVEAWAY - 30 Party Invitations From Tiny Prints! (CLOSED)

Tiny Prints offer high quality products like chic photo cards, holiday cards, invitations, announcements, personalized stationary, gifts, and photo books.  The company first started out specializing in unique baby stationary and has now boomed into an online retailer of stylish designs for every occasion, including wedding and business stationary with the launch of Wedding Paper Divas and Tiny Prints Corporate.  Tiny Prints offers a large selection of baby shower invitations to select from (view here), with each card reviewed by their professional team of designers and etiquette experts.

For Baby Hsu's baby shower, it was a "girls only" shower because the guys are always so bored and uncomfortable at these events (based on a survey of several gentlemen friends). I had planned the entire baby shower because I simply did not want to bother any of my girlfriends, but rather to have them attend and enjoy the festivities.  Being a first time mom-to-be, I did not have a little one demanding most of my time.  Therefore, I was able to make my own baby shower invitations with leftover cardstock from our wedding invitations and decorated the invitations with animal stickers and "It's a Boy" ribbons.  My lady friends and family enjoyed a scrumptious Saturday all-you-can-eat champagne brunch at a restaurant with a fabulous view of the city.  The beautiful morning started out with decorating my party's area with balloons and a string of Baby Hsu's onesies (with the help of my husband and family).  My favors served also as placecards, which were colorful baby bottles filled with candy.  As guests started trickling in, I was able to chat with them.  When the majority of guests arrived, everyone headed straight to the buffet.  During the meal, some of my girlfriends had prepared baby shower games.  One of the games was to estimate how large my waist was with a piece of yarn.  So, the guest who had the yarn closest to the length of my yarn that I used to measure my belly was the winner.  I actually forgot what were the other games played.  The baby shower ended with gift opening.  Everyone "oohed and ahhed" each gift that I opened because baby items are just so darn cute.  Here is a photo from Baby Hsu's baby shower in 2010 with my cousins (I was tired and you can tell from this photo).

Hopefully, we will be able to send out a stylish Tiny Prints baby shower invitation this year or next (HSUper Parents-Approved)!  (wink wink)

WIN IT!  Tiny Prints has generously offered 30 Party Invitations to a lucky HSUper Parents reader!

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