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Saturday, February 7, 2009

Style That Gives Back

I am so excited to be sharing Me to We with you! They make the best clothes AND they give back! 50% of their profit to be exact. WOW! I've been loving my hoodie from Me to We, especially on these cold winter days! The quality is phenomenal! This is my "one and only" hoodie now.

Me to We: [Responsible Style] provides better clothes for a better world to socially responsible consumers and companies that want to make a difference through their purchasing habits. Customers can choose from fashionable, high quality apparel for men and women that is produced under fundamentally ethical, sweatshop-free conditions, using environmentally friendly fabrics including 100% organic cotton, bamboo and recycled polyester. Oh, once you feel the organic cotton, you won't want anything else. I didn't know this but bamboo is naturally anti-bacterial which means you can wear these clothes for days odor-free.

Me to We: [Responsible Style] gives fifty percent of it's profit directly to Free The Children to support development projects in rural and impoverished areas around the globe. I love it - hip, trendy clothes for a great cause!

Free The Children is the world's largest network of children helping children through education, with more than one million youth involved in their innovative education and development programs in 45 countries. Since it's beginning in 1995, Free The Children has built more than 500 schools, implemented alternative income projects helping more than 23,500 women, shipped $15 million dollars in essential medical supplies to 40 countries, provided healthcare centers and community funding helping 512,500 people and they've helped 138,500 people by providing access to clean water and improved sanitation.

Please visit www.metowestyle.com for more information.

Friday, February 6, 2009

Wearing Your Newborn by Emily Tripp at The Sling Shack

Wearing your Newborn

One of my favorite smells in the whole entire world is the smell of a newborn babe. My baby is almost nine months old and as I type these words I can still smell what he smelled like when he was a wee one just home from the hospital. If you are a mum like me you want to bottle that newborn goodness up and put a cap on it. Since we can’t really do this and since each day we have with that little baby is precious time, wearing your baby is a way to cherish those moments that fly by so quickly.

Baby wearing is becoming more popular with each passing day and why wouldn’t it because it has so many benefits. Benefits of wearing your newborn or preemie include: being able to get things done while holding your little one close to you, making it an easier transition for baby from womb to world, helps baby with physical development, great way to help burn the butter, and helps baby feel secure and loved.

I loved wearing my newborn baby in a stretchy wrap like the Moby Wrap or the Sleepy Wrap. They were held so close to my heart and I loved the comfort of a wrap. Newborn babies also love to be held in the cradle position in a pouch sling or a ring sling. Slings make it easier to nurse as well.

The newborn days go by so fast. Make sure you are doing something about cherishing each moment that you have with your baby. If you haven’t tried it, slingin’ is a great way to love your babe.

Click here for more great tips from The Sling Shack!

Thursday, February 5, 2009

Kushies Giveaway For Baby

Kushies makes award-winning, innovative, high quality baby products and accessories for newborns to toddlers.

Kushies® Zolo® toys encourage self-expression, build self-confidence, and inspire the imagination. Inspired by EQ, the Theory of Emotional Intelligence, and with the guidance of child development experts, the ZQ™ approach nurtures emotional self-confidence while fostering cognitive and physical growth. Zolo®’s progressive design stimulates the recruitment of a greater variety of brain cells than traditional baby products, which helps to create a more open-minded, flexible thinker. Kushies® Zolo® toy line is the recipient of numerous awards and recognition from an array of global organizations and media outlets.
Along with their array of toys, Kushies also offers:
  • Organic baby bedding - made from 100% organic cotton
  • Kushies Easy Fold Baby Bed - portable bed that folds easily and fits into a suitcase
  • Swaddling Blanket - perfect gift idea for any new mom
  • Baby essentials - cloth diapers, changing pads, nursing accessories, blankets and bedding
Kushies Bibs are fabulous and funky super-chic baby bibs along with a new rib neck bib. The environmentally friendly waterproof bibs are lead, phthalate, PVC and BPA free. Rinse and hang dry. Check out Kushies 350+ superior baby products including stylish layette by visiting www.kushiesonline.com.
Use code: amm10 to get 10% off your order!
Giveaway: One lucky winner will receive the Zolo Hugbug. Post a comment telling me who you'd like to win this for. Please be sure to leave your email address so I can contact you. Ends 3/2/09.

Every Baby Needs a Kickin' Coaster!

From First Years, Kickin' Coaster is the latest and greatest new baby product at Learning Curve (http://learningcurve.com)!

This seat is the first of its kind and supports baby's growth in the first months. The kick plate creates a natural back-and-forth glide exercise - ideal for a baby's developing motor skills, and uses a very natural motion for baby.

The Kickin' Coaster is designed to keep baby active with physical activity and along with engaging visuals and interactive lights and sounds. The seat also offers a stationary setting, perfect for soothing a baby to sleep with vibrations.

Kickin' Coaster Features:
  • two seats in one: a soothing infant seat, and an active play seat
  • baby-activated glide helps develop core and leg muscles...while having fun!
  • twinkle lights for visual tracking
  • soothing vibrations
  • eight adjustable positions
  • two bouncy characters for visual fun
  • removeable infant head support included
  • multi-level volume control
  • removable teether rattle for infant play
  • two types of music: soothing and playful, with six songs in all
  • age range: from birth, up to 25 lbs
  • requires one D and three AA batteries, not included

  • Please visit http://learningcurve.com for more information.

    Trebimbi for baby Giveaway

    Trebimbi brings the party to mealtime with fun and stylish tableware for children! My niece, Isabelle fell in love with her new set! She has the Trebimbi Club Set and it's helped make their family mealtime a bit more pleasureful. Isabelle has been a picky eater, and for a while, she really showed now interest in eating at all. My sister was growing concerned until we tried the new set from Trebimbi. It was like a miracle! Isabelle gets so excited about using her new tableware every time they sit down to eat. I think it makes her feel like a "big girl" to have her very own dishes.

    Founded by Sandra Rivadossi in the early 70's, Rivadossi is known throughout the world as a design leader and trendsetter in colored handled flatware. The company uses state of the art technologies and materials for its products known for innovative design and superior quality and durability.

    Trebimbi offers the following tableware and cutlery sets:

    Cutlery Sets - all of which connect together. Made of stainless steel and heat resistant plastic handles, each Trebimbi cutlery set contains a fork, spoon and knife with smiling faces ready for conversation and are designed to easily snap together and take apart. Mix and match colors are also available for added fun!
    • Trebimbi - connected with t-shirts design
    • Trebimbi click - connect brick by brick
    • Gnam - connect by hole in the tummy
    • Jungle - held in place with a ring
    • Puppets - puppet arms connect

    Tableware sets
    • Trebimbi Party Set - features a kidney shaped bowl, smiley cup and cheery cutlery. Cutlery easily fastens onto the plate and sides of the cup to keep easily in reach and organized.
    • Puppet Club Set - bowl, mug, egg/condiment holder in addition to the cutlery set. Utensils easily lock together like a string of paper dolls making them ideal for storage.

    All Trebimbi sets are dishwasher safe and come attractively packaged making them a perfect gift idea. Trebimbi is available for purchase at www.kiwikidsgear.com. Get 10% off your order with code: ammtre!!

    Giveaway: One lucky winner will receive a Trebimbi cutlery set. Post a comment telling me who you would like to win this for. Please be sure to leave your email address so I can contact you. Ends 3/2/09.

    Disney On Ice

    Every little princess (mommies too!) will want to see Disney on Ice this year! Haley and I are so delighted to have the opportunity to go this year! I also have a special promotion to pass along to any and all Michigan moms that want to see the show this year. This will be our first experience ever and I'm just as thrilled as she is. It must the "princess" and "happily ever after" thing. Gosh, I wonder if I'll ever grow out of that? Hmm.

    This magical Disney fantasy on Ice features four favorite Disney stories as Disney on Ice Presents Worlds of Fantasy. Thrill to high-speed stunts as Lightning McQueen, Mater and the crew from Cars race across the ice. Dive into The Little Mermaids enchanted undersea kingdom and experience the Circle of Life with The Lion King. Enter into the magical world of Pixie Hollow with Tinker Bell and all her fairy friends as they make their world premier on ice. All of you favorite Disney moments come to life at Disney on Ice presents Worlds of Fantasy with dazzling skating, special effects and beloved characters certain to create a lifetime of memories.

    gowns at the Disney Princess As a special bonus you can come and see a Disney princess and a dazzling display of gorgeousPre-Show starting an hour before show time. This is complimentary to all ticket holders.

    I'm anxious to share this experience and pictures from the show with you! Check out www.ticketmaster.com for show times in your areas.

    Disney on Ice presents World of Fantasy will be coming to the Palace of Auburn Hills on Feb. 25 through March 1, 2009. There are various show times. Click on the link here to check them out.
    As a special savings you can get 4 tickets for $44!!!! Use code: CHEER4 when purchasing to get in on this great deal! I hope to see you at the show!

    Wednesday, February 4, 2009

    Baby Wearing with The Sling Shack

    Baby Wearing At It's Best

    Baby wearing has been practiced around the world for centuries. The benefits of wearing your baby are more than just ease of transport. It creates a maternal bond and babies are more calm and at ease. It's also great for moms that breastfeed.

    Theslingshack.com has so many great products to offer along with great information and tips for baby wearing and other topics. The Sling Shack was started by my cousin, Emily, who I have always admired. She's a wonderful mother to her two sons and has had the experience to try all of the products that she sells. She wouldn't offer her products to you if she didn't believe in them herself!

    Great products from The Sling Shack include:
    Beana Baby Ring Sling
    bumGenius Cloth Diapers
    Klean Kanteen
    Kozy Carrier Mei Tai
    Moby Wrap
    Mod Mum Pouch Sling
    Sleepy Wrap

    I have invited Emily as a guest writer for All American Mommy. Emily is an awesome woman and wonderful mother with a great sense of humor! Look for her story coming up in the next month.

    Visit Emily's sweet shoppe and blog at theslingshack.com!

    PlainTales Stories on CD

    I love, love, love stories on audio! It reminds me of when I was a little girl. My sister Sarah and I shared a room much of our childhood years and we still talk about the story that we always listened to on audio. Back then (you know, in the dinosaur ages) it was on cassette tape. We would listen to that story every night before bed.

    Now you can share classic stories with your child on CD. PlainTales will be releasing PlainTales First Tales and PlainTales Explorers, available March 10. These are great for the car, at home, discman or anywhere!

    PlainTales, written by writer, entrepreneur and father Brian Keairns, was started with the mission of providing great audio stories for children and their parents, believing that hearing the world's best stories read aloud is a great way for youngsters to develop language and thinking skills, all while being thoroughly entertained. Fables, fairy tales and original stories inspire, educate and encourage creative thinking, and the ones featured in the PlainTales series are chosen for their rich language, cultural significance and pure enjoyment.

    PlainTales First Tales collection includes The Gingerbread Boy, the clever Billy Goats Gruff, Frog Prince, Little Red Hen and the Bremen Town Musicians. This is perfect for the littlest listener with a run time of 48 minutes.

    PlainTales Explorers collection includes Animal Tales: Raccoon, Bear and Coyote, Johnny Appleseed and other American Legends. This CD has a run time of 67 minutes.

    Fantasy Classics, Other PlainTale CD's include PlainTales Classics, PlainTalesPlainTales Literary Classics and PlainTales Adventure Classics.

    Great lives begin with great stories! PlainTales CD's have a suggested retail of $14.95 and are available of purchase at www.plaintales.com.

    Tuesday, February 3, 2009

    Child to Cherish Giveaway

    Every child is a child to cherish! If you're looking for the perfect gift for baby or baby shower gift, Child to Cherish will definitely have something for you! They offer unique keepsake gifts that every child and parent will cherish. I've always been one to buy gifts for Haley or other children that they could keep into adulthood or place in their "baby box". Something special and unique.

    Gifts from Child to Cherish are special gifts and some can be personalized too. These items are available in the finest children's specialty stores and gift shops worldwide. Each item in the Child to Cherish collection is designed to capture precious moments in time to preserve the innocence of a child.

    Child to Cherish collection includes timeless treasures such as Block to Grow On, Handprint Tower of Time, personalized piggy and elephant banks with matching frames, gifts for grandma, welcome baby gifts, gift basket sets, adorable plush selection, holiday gifts, crayon apron and so much more. Please visit www.childtocherish.com to check it out!

    You can take advantage of 10% off at www.childtocherish.com with code: amm!

    Giveaway: Child to Cherish is sponsoring a giveaway of the elephant bank pictured here. Post a comment telling me who you'd like to win this for. Please be sure to leave your email address so I can contact you. Ends 3/1/09.

    Top Pick Kids DVD's Giveaway

    On February 10,2009 these 3 new releases from Hit Entertainment will be hitting the shelves in stores nationwide. Your child will be able to check out Thomas' fresh new look, wacky animal antics with Shaun The Sheep and leap into Spring with Hit Favorites! Kids are going to love these new releases!

    Thomas and Friends has been making tracks to great destinations for nearly 65 years with classic stories from the Island of Sodor. Teaching timeless life lessons such as discovery, friendship and cooperation, the Thomas and Friends animated series invites children to enter a world of imagination through the tracks of a train and the words to a story. The series introduces a new look with the first-ever Thomas DVD enhanced with CGI animation. You'll see Thomas, James, Gordon, Percy, Emily, Henry, Sir Topham Hatt and all the Island of Sodor friends with fuller facial expressions and movements while people come to life like never before.

    All aboard for six new adventures in Thomas and Friends: Railway Friends. Filled with charming characters and heroic displays of loyalty, responsibility and friendship, this DVD will be a treasured addition to your home library. Episodes include: Best Friends, The Party Surprise, Gordon Takes A Shortcut, Thomas Puts The Brakes On, Saved You! and Excellent Emily. Also special features and a bonus episode. Total run time is 46 minutes. You can order a copy in advance at amazon.com.

    Shaun the Sheep is one of my faves! Shaun the Sheep and his flock are ba-aa-ack in the new collection of hilarious episodes. From the Academy Award-winning creators of Wallace and Gromit come more wild and wooly adventures from your favorite barnyard animals. Sometimes it's shear madness, but it's always fleecy fun.

    Full episodes of Shaun the Sheep are available only on DVD. Shaun the Sheep: Back in the Ba-a-ath DVD features eight hilarious episodes.
    Shape Up with Shaun - Shaun puts Shirley the Sheep on an exercise regime.
    Bathtime - Shaun and the flock go on a mission to try and get hot water for their sheep dip.
    Fetching - Bitzer, distracted by a fetching female dog, misses the flock's rampage through the farmhouse, so it's up to Shaun to intervene.
    Take Away - The sheep go on a mission to the local pizzeria disguised as a human being.
    Still Life - The farmer takes up oil painting but during a break, the flock investigates.
    Scrumping - The flock begs for apples from the Naughty Pigs' yard, but after several attempts, a war breaks out.
    Stick With Me - Bitzer glues the Farmer's broken glasses back together, but when the flock gets its hooves on the tube of glue, things get very sticky!
    The Kite - A kite blows into the field and gets stuck in a tree, so it's up to Shaun and the flock to get it down.
    Plus a special Sing-a-long with Shaun.

    Please visit http://hitentertainment.com/ for more information.

    Oh, Here Comes Spring! Hit Favorites: Here Comes Spring is a colorful new collection of spring-themed episodes featuring childhood favorites Barney, Thomas and Friends, Bob the Builder, Fireman Sam, Kipper and Fifi and the Flowertots.

    Thomas & Friends - In Thomas Sets Sail, Thomas is asked to collect the mayor's new sailboat and deliver it to the harbor. But strong winds send the affable engine on a wild and disastrous ride along the island.

    Barney and Friends - In the Big Garden, Barney teaches his friends how to grow fruits and vegetables in the garden.

    Fifi and the Flowertots - In Flowertot Rainbow, Fifi's plan to wow Violet with a colorful display that goes awry when she forgets to water her flowers. What is she going to give Violet now?

    Bob the Builder - In Roley's Flat Garden, Mr. Bentley is designing a new botanical garden. Join Bob and Roley as they work together to get the job done!

    Fireman Sam - In Fit for Nothing, the firefighters are training hard to appear in the Wales Fittest Firefighters calendar. It's a competition to see just who it the fittest.

    Kipper - In The Butterfly, Kipper finds a butterfly who loves the color purple. He traps it in a jam jar but realizes that it shouldn't be kept captive and eventually sets it free.

    Bonus episode: Roary Sees Red from the all-new Roary the Racing Car TV series.

    Run time: 62 minutes

    Here Comes Spring Giveaway: Hit Favorites: Here Comes Spring DVD. Post a comment telling me who you'd like to win this for. Please be sure to leave your email address so I can contact you. Ends 2/26/09.

    Monday, February 2, 2009

    Everything Baby

    This week at All American Mommy it's going to be ALL about baby! I've got some great baby products to share with you along with some awesome giveaways too!

    Every baby deserves good sleep in a safe, comfortable and natural environment. Natural Mat offers the best, high quality, 100% natural organic crib mattresses and crib linen for babies.

    Natural Mat products are handmade in the heart of the West Country in Devonshire, England, using the finest natural and raw organic materials. Their product line includes a selection of pure natural fiber mattresses, a mattress protector and organic bed linen.

    Natural Mat offers the very best organic bedding available for baby! Natural Mat products are available for purchase at www.goores.com. Take advantage of a 10% discount by using promo code: ammnm!

    Protect-A-Bub sunshades easily attach to carriers, car seats, strollers, joggers and carriers providing over 98% protection from the sun's rays. If you're tired of propping blankets to protect your little bub, you'll absolutely love Protect-A-Bub. These also make wonderful baby shower gifts!

    Protect-A-Bub's sun protective product line also includes children's swimsuits for UPF 50+ protection, sun cape and sun hats. They also offer a complete line of rain covers.

    Protect-A-Bub Car Seat Sunshade Features:

    UPF 50+

    Fits all forward and rear facing car seats

    No Canopy required

    Adjustable seat flaps

    Ties easily to any car seat

    Protect-A-Bub Classic Sunshade Features:

    UPF 50+

    Protects against 98% of the sun’s UVA and UVB rays

    Breathable fabric and mesh side vents promote air circulation

    Easily ties to any canopied stroller, carriage, jogger and car seat stroller combo

    Can be left attached while stroller is folded

    Included compact fabric storage bag

    Get 10% off your order at www.protectabub.com by using promo code: protectyourbub!

    Picci makes the most beautiful baby bedding I've ever seen! Picci offers a variety of styles made from the finest Italian fabrics.

    The Picci collection is renowned for the highest quality, all natural fabrics manufactured with expert Italian workmanship. All of Picci's bedding and nursery accessories are designed and handcrafted in Florence, Italy.

    Picci offers 15 distinctive sets of infant bedding and accessories in four collections: cotton, silk, contemporary and 100% organic. Each coordinating line includes window valances, crib crowns, toy bags, changing pads, bassinets, musical mobiles, cradle sets, diaper stacks, pillows, baskets, lamp shades, laundry hampers and receiving blankets. Bedding sets include bumper, quilt, fitted sheet and dust ruffle. Please visit www.picci.com for more information.

    Picci is available for purchase at www.goores.com. Get 10% off by using promo code: aampic!

    Only Mutsy provides the best in baby mobility! Now baby can ride and sit in style and comfort. All American Mommy has chosen Mutsy as our "top pick" line for baby. Their complete line of strollers and feeding chairs are just simply the best. Check out the style! I love it!

    Designed to meet the needs of today's modern and mobile parent, the Mutsy collection's unique modular system offers flexibility for all lifestyles. Their distinctive "from birth to early childhood" products include strollers, a high chair, baby rocker, and an array of baby essential and accessories. And check this out: the distinctive Mutsy system allows you to easily design or modify a transport mode. Various components such as a travel cot (bassinet), a stroller seat, a car seat, and a Funseat for toddlers fit into Mutsy's clean and modern frames with an intelligent click mechanism. This system is used on the babysitter chasis as well, so the stroller seat can be clicked in to make a rocker. The dinner tray can replace the front bumper bar for snack and mealtime, and the diaper bag can be attached to the back of the seat or the stroller handle for hands-free access.

    Mutsy's exceptional 2009 collection includes:

    Mutsy Slider - designed to offer Mutsy's signiture style in a new, more convenient and compact system. The Slider features a high quality fabric with sophisticated look on it's unique two-part frame.

    Mutsy 4Rider - featuring Mutsy's signiture modern profile with edgy, single-spoke wheels.

    Mutsy 4Rider Light - superior features of the 4Rider in a lighter weight version.

    Mutsy 4Rider "Next" - 4Rider with the addition of a luxurious leather handle.

    Mutsy Spider - revolutionary in design technology with an eye-catching three wheel design and all the benefits of a light weight buggy.

    Mutsy Grow-Up! - the most stylish seat at the table for baby. This cushy booster seat allows baby to sit in an adult size chair safely with it's clever harness.

    Mutsy Easy Grow - evolutionary high chair that grows with baby. This innovative chair brings life to a home's interior and gives a child a safe and comfortable place at the table.

    Mutsy Babysitter - a convenient and portable lightweight aluminum stand which allows Mutsy's stroller seat to become a baby rocker.

    Musty Funseat/Funseat bag - allows older toddlers to test the roads with its handlebar which allows them to steer and ride along. The oversized Funseat bag provide ample room for baby's gear.

    Mutsy products are designed to allow your child to grow with each piece which means they will last for years and years. With superb quality, flexibility and unprecedented style, you just can't go wrong with Mutsy!

    Please visit www.mutsy.com for more information and color choices. Get 10% off on anything Mutsy by shopping at www.goores.com and use promo code: aammu.