BIG NEWS from The Veltoro Family!

Baby Announcement

Just wanted to share our happy news with all of you - Mr. V. and I are expecting a baby GIRL this summer! I'm still a little in shock since I really believed we were going to have another boy. My husband's family is ALL boys so this came as a big surprise!  I feel so blessed! Special thanks to Camille for helping me with this photo!  I saw a similar idea on Pinterest once and hoped someday we'd be able to have a baby girl announcement like this - little party shoes and all! I still can't ... ...continue reading

Luxurious Bed Sheets from Cariloha Bamboo Review & Giveaway!


A few weeks ago, my husband found a crazy great Cyber Monday deal on a King size memory foam mattress and (after checking in with me), bought it on a whim!  While he was probably only thinking about the bed and the deal, my mind went into high-speed logistic-mode, thinking of all the things I had to do to make this work!  With just the right timing, I needed to sell our Queen size mattress and bed frame, or at least get them out of the house just when the new mattress arrived, figure out what to ... ...continue reading

HUGE Soothe and Play Giveaway thanks to Medi-Pals!


Welcome to the Soothe and Play Giveaway, generously sponsored by Medi-Pals! Having a sick infant or child can be emotional for both the child and caregiver, and that's why Medi-Pals created their kid-friendly medication dispensers. Available in 3 fun characters, Medi-Pals dispensers are familiar and fun for the infant, easy for the caregiver to use, and they always ensure that the child is getting the accurate dosage of medicine. Also, Medi-Pals are made in the USA!  Thrifty Nifty Mommy ... ...continue reading

NEW Evenflo Feeding products (including tinted glass bottles) are hitting the shelves!

Evenflo feeding

I received a lovely package from Evenflo Feeding the other day. I knew a few new products would be coming to market and I was thrilled with what I unwrapped!  Not only do the new products look awesome, they're so reasonably priced! Included in my package (which was sent at no cost to me) were: Evenflo Feeding Tilty™ TripleFlo Cup-  a new sippy cup for toddlers Evenflo Feeding Advanced Milk Storage Bags Evenflo Feeding Classic + Tinted Glass Vented Bottles (4 fluid ounce and 8 fluid ... ...continue reading

How to create the ultimate home cleaning kit, plus a GIVEAWAY for an Amazon Gift Card and Clean Ones!

home cleaning kit

I've teamed up with Clean Ones for this post.  I've mentioned this before, but I'll say it again - my husband is a neat freak. He truly appreciates a clean house, so I've perfected my cleaning routine over the years and have a go-to stash of items (organized of course!) that I depend on to keep our house tidy.  In fact, when my friends buy new homes, I usually bring "cleaning caddy" stocked with my favorite items to them as a housewarming gift. Here's what makes up my ultimate home cleaning ... ...continue reading

Valentine’s Day Gifts for a Date Night In: Unique Presents

personalization mall 2

I've teamed up with Personalization Mall for this post. Some years, we make big Valentine's Day plans and we really paint the town.  Other years, it is just not realistic that we even make it out of the house!  Since we'll likely have a 1-week old baby at home when Valentine's rolls around, this is going to be one of those years where we make it a Date Night at Home, but that doesn't mean that the holiday has to go unnoticed!  Personalization Mall has dozens and dozens of personalized Valentine ... ...continue reading

Mamas & Papas Urbo2 Stroller Review – plus a giveaway for a Cold Weather Plus Footmuff!

mamas & papas Urbo2

It's no secret that I adore strollers.  My husband asks me all the time, "When will your hunt for the perfect stroller end?".  Normally, I tell him that I see no end in sight.  After all, I've been pushing around different strollers for two and a half years now, and while all of them have their merits, it's hard to find one stroller that has every single feature you're looking for.  When I laid eyes on the Mamas & Papas Urbo stroller a few years ago, it definitely caught my attention.  It ... ...continue reading

Win a Mamas & Papas Armadillo Flip Stroller!


Thanks to your awesome voting, my blogging friend Janessa at Thrifty Nifty Mommy won the Mamas & Papas Armadillo Flip photo contest! Here's her winning picture: That means that she gets to give away a brand new Flip to one lucky reader! Not familiar with the Flip? Read her Armadillo Flip review here. This giveaway is open to residents of the US who are 18 years of age or older. It will end at 11:59pm EST on 2/6/15. Please note, Mamas and Papas and Thrifty Nifty Mommy would LOVE ... ...continue reading

Enter to win a Step2 Extreme Coaster! 24 hours only!


Goodbye purple, orange, and green. Hello grey, blue, and green! Step2 has updated the Extreme Coaster colors. What do you think? Enter for your chance to win an Extreme Coaster for the #FanFriday giveaway! Entries accepted now through 11:59PM ET tonight. --> The winner will be announced here on the Step2 Facebook page and contacted via email on Monday, January 26, 2015. Giveaway open to residents of the 48 contiguous US states, 18+.   ... ...continue reading

Valentine’s Day with See’s Candies Review & Giveaway!


Nothing says "Happy Valentine's Day" like a bouquet of flowers and a box of chocolates!  I could get chocolates for Valentine's Day every year for the rest of my life and never complain.  Especially chocolates from See's Candies!  I'm becoming such a See's frequenter that I could probably identify most of their chocolates from the box and I find myself recommending favorites to my friends and family.  Actually, I'm really excited to do just that since we received a box at no cost to facilitate ... ...continue reading

Strange Magic Activity Sheets – FREE printables!

Strange Magic

  Strange Magic will be opening in theaters January 23rd!   To celebrate the upcoming release, I've got some fun family activity sheets for you!  These sheets are perfect for printing at home to share with your kids.  I know my little guy is going to love the Memory Game!  He's actually getting pretty good at it, and it will help him recognize the characters once we see the film.  Be sure to click on the link to print out the full PDF so you get a nice, crisp image.  They will print on ... ...continue reading

DIY cute and clever kids Valentines!

kids Valentines

My little guy is in preschool this year, so it's time for us to start preparing for Valentine's Day since he'll be exchanging Valentines  with his classmates.  I have such fond memories of receiving Valentines from my childhood friends in my elementary school years (confession: I still have most of them).  Each year, my school would have us create a little "mailbox" out of paper plates or a cardboard box and we'd get to personalize it.  This was my favorite part since it was like craft time on ... ...continue reading

I’m heading to Hollywood for the McFarland USA Event! #McFarlandUSAEvent!

McFarland USA

A few weeks ago, I got offered an AMAZING opportunity. I've been telling you all about the upcoming Disney movies that are slated to hit theaters in 2015, and I happened to mention that Kevin Costner was one of my favorite actors.  WELL, the universe (or a few of the wonderful people at Disney Studios) heard me and I've been invited to attend the #McFarlandUSAEvent in Los Angeles from February 5th to 8th! Not only will the trip include the film release of "McFarland, USA" - where I'll meet ... ...continue reading

Game day appetizers and finger foods!

game day appetizers

  I love, love, love game day! Spending 6.5 years at the University of Florida will do that to a person. Football is a HUGE deal and game days are the highlight of the week.  I spent countless Saturdays tailgating before home games and hosting get-togethers for away games.  I came to realize that game day celebrations only need a few things to be fun and successful - a space to watch the game, good drinks, and good food.  It doesn't need to be fancy - just good old fashioned comfort food ... ...continue reading

Tips for throwing the perfect game day party, plus a giveaway from Fisher Nut Exactly + Costco!

Game day party

Are you gearing up for the big game?  You know.... the Super Bowl!  My husband and I are big football fans.  We really love NCAA football, but we never miss a chance to celebrate the biggest NFL game of the year.  I used to throw some amazing tailgate parties in my college years, but we've matured a little since then (and threw a kid into the mix), so our parties have changed just a bit.  Today, I'm sharing some of my top tips for throwing a perfect game day party. Set the scene:  You don't ... ...continue reading