Baby Jogger Summit X3 Review and Giveaway!

Baby Jogger Summit X3

As a family who likes to stay active, a quality jogging stroller was on our must-haves when we compiled our list of baby essentials.  We received a great jogging stroller when our little guy was born, but after 2 years and many, many miles, it has seen better days.  Since I'm training for a the St. Jude Memphis Marathon weekend, where I'll be raising money for the kids of St. Jude, I knew I wanted the top of the line jogging stroller to make training a little easier on me.  That's when ... ...continue reading

Make Roar Happen {And a Signed Katy Perry Guitar Giveaway!}

Win Katy Perry

*Thanks to Janessa from Thrifty Nifty Mommy for sharing this post with me. All opinions are hers.* It was my 10th and 11th grade English teach, Mrs. Schultz, who really fostered my love of writing. We were assigned many essays and she was great to encourage our individuality and strengths when proofing and grading them. Her class was my toughest, and I worked hard to earn my "A". Her high expectations really pushed me to learn, grow, and become the writer that I am today. In fact, if it wasn't ... ...continue reading

A Review of The Bouqs: Flowers from a Volcano


I'm a such a sucker for fresh flowers!  Most holidays and birthdays, I tell my husband that a bouquet of flowers is all I want.  When we were newly married, I would budget $5 every month to buy something pretty and fresh so that we could cheer up our basement apartment, and it must of been then that I really started loving the idea of always having flowers in the home.  Sure, they are short-lived, eventually die, and can get definitely get pricey, but there is nothing quite like a big bunch of ... ...continue reading

Piggy Paint Flash Giveaway Winner!


Ready to see who won the Piggy Paint Flash Giveaway? Just check below for your name! If you love these giveaways, please help us by entering! Our reach is down on Facebook and fewer and fewer people are seeing our posts. Each and every "like", comment, and share helps so much more than you know!   The lucky winner of this giveaway is Tina Bell! Congrats!  Please send me a direct message on Facebook with your name, mailing address, and email address so that I can ship your prize to ... ...continue reading

Step2 Neat & Tidy Cottage II #Giveaway! Enter to win this awesome playhouse!

Step2 Neat & Tidy Cottage II

A few weeks ago, I showed you how I personalized our Step2 Neat & Tidy Cottage II for our little guy.  I love the way it turned out, and my little one LOVES his new playhouse.  If you're bummed out that you didn't win my giveaway, Step2 is giving you a second chance! As a Step2 Ambassador, Thrifty Nifty Mommy also had the opportunity to review the Neat & Tidy Cottage II. This realistic playhouse will look great in any backyard because of its charming exterior that resembles stone and ... ...continue reading

Win a Baby Moses Basket from Tadpoles! Review & Giveaway

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I am over the moon excited to have a newborn again!  We still have a long time to go, so I'm really enjoying this time that I have to get things in order.  One of the things on our list was to find a small and lightweight bassinet, and I'm so glad to have connected with Tadpoles, since they have a darling collection of Moses Baskets that are just exactly what we were looking for!  I borrowed sweet baby E for some pictures, and she really stole the show, didn't she?! At no cost to ... ...continue reading

Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Cheesecake Recipe!


I've been making my husband a cheesecake every year for his birthday, and each year is a new variation.  We've tried double chocolate cheesecakes, cherry cheesecakes, and chocolate mouse cheesecakes, but I've never tried a cookie dough cheesecake, so I thought now would be a good time to whip one up!  You'll really be surprised by how easy this recipe is, and how quickly you can put it together. 1 pkg. (13 oz.) of chocolate/cream cookies, or about 36 Oreos 4 oz. of butter, melted 3 cream ... ...continue reading

Enter to win all NEW items from Babyville Boutique! #Giveaway!

Babyville Boutique

I know you've seen me post about Babyville Boutique many times now, and you may have even seen the adorable craft I made from Babyville Boutique PUL and appliques.  I just adore Babyville Boutique and that's why I'm SO excited to give you a peek at some of their newest products, PLUS you'll have the chance to win them before you can buy them! Some might associate Babyville Boutique products with infants, toddlers, and kids, but Babyville recognizes that your "baby" might not be an a human baby ... ...continue reading

Memory Box Stories – App Review {PLUS, a $100 Amazon Gift Card Giveaway!}

Memory Box App

This is a review and sponsored giveaway on behalf of Memory Box. When my son was born, I imagined that I'd keep the best baby book EVER.  I bought one with lots of spots for photographs and room to hand write my thoughts and his milestone dates, but I never really followed through with recording.  I have tons {and tons} of photos of him on my various DSLR camera cards and my smart phone, but have printed only a tiny fraction of them.  They sort of just "exist" there in space, ready if I need ... ...continue reading

Review & Giveaway from Séraphine Maternity & Nursing Clothes!

Seraphine Maternity

What a great month it has been, celebrating Breastfeeding Month!  I've loved all the positive things I've seen in the media that support this decision that so many mother make, and I'm so happy to support Séraphine in promoting their maternity and nursing clothes!  A few weeks ago, I decided enough was enough, and I pulled out my dusty box of maternity clothes.  I was pretty disappointed.  I remember these clothes being much cuter and stylish several years ago!  Now, they just look stretched, ... ...continue reading

Sunscreen Bands {Helping You Stay Safe in the Sun}

Sunscreen Bands Giveaway Image

Special thanks to Orin from Thrifty Nifty Mommy for sharing this guest review and giveaway for Sunscreen Bands. All opinions are his. Now that we are smack in the middle of summer, the sun is the paradox we have to deal with. Without the sun, none of us would be here. All life relies on the sun in one way or another. No light, no life. But, if you spend too much time in the sun without adequate protection, you can increase your chances of skin cancer and therein lies the paradox. That which ... ...continue reading

Makeup Brush or Paint Brush Roll-Up Tutorial #DIY


I love to paint!  Do you remember the egg shell garden and wooden pennant banner?  There are oh so many more painting projects coming up here on Viva Veltoro!  Just wait until I show you some painted peg dolls and my kitchen table!  After several years of painting projects, I have a handful of brushes and no good way of storing them.  I've been keeping them in a Pringles can since I left home.  This week I decided a paint brush roll-up would be just the ticket. The first step is to round ... ...continue reading

HIPSTER winner + a special offer for Kickstarter backers!

Hipster Baby Carrier

  Ready to see who the winner of the HIPSTER baby carrier is? Before I announce the winner, I just wanted to remind you that HIPSTER is still in the midst of a super successful Kickstarter campaign where you can get a HIPSTER with a super $40 discount, plus lots of free accessories (pacifier clip, travel foldable bag, extender belt) and FREE shipping. HIPSTERs will start shipping in October so you've still got plenty of time to order one in the color of your choice! Head over to visit ... ...continue reading

Mamas & Papas Babyplay – Tummy Time Playmat

Mamas & Papas Giveaway

*Thank you to Janessa from Thrifty Nifty Mommy for this guest review.* You all know how much I love the Mamas & Papas brand, and today I'm excited to tell you all about their Babyplay Tummy Time Play Mat! Mamas & Papas designed the Babyplay line to stimulate baby's key senses, including sight, touch and sound. Their floor toys and playmats are packed with fun hidden features for your little one to discover, while also helping to promote gross motor skills through tummy time and physical ... ...continue reading

Win an Altego Backpack in the Back to School Giveaway Hop!


Welcome to the Back 2 School Giveaway Hop! Make sure to stop over at The Review Wire to enter to win a Back to School Prize Pack valued at $98, that includes Star Wars Workbooks from Workman Publishing, Clothing from French Toast, a Backpack from TerraCycle and Character Tapes from Duck Tape Brands. After you enter my giveaway make sure to stop over to enter to win this Grand Prize at The Review Wire! So...who's excited!?!  My toddlers aren't attending school yet, and I'm not teaching this ... ...continue reading