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Things to do With Plastic Easter Eggs

Easter is here again. We have had a lot going on lately and I am just now getting around to thinking about Easter related activities. Sadly, I think Kelsey being in preschool is making me lazy. Aubrey doesn’t doo much so there isn’t really a lot of need to come up with too many ideas. I am not even sure we’ll be dyeing eggs at this point and we decided to get classy and go out for brunch on Easter with the Easter Bunny. However, I did spend an hour helping to stuff 650 eggs with other moms today.

The most fun the girls have been having with the plastic eggs we have around the house is just playing with them as is. Kelsey, the 3 year old, enjoys organizing and sorting them. Aubrey, the 7 month old, likes to dump the carton of them out and mouth on them when she finally catches one.

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I found someone selling a bag of plastic eggs for $2 a few months ago and made a capital and lower case matching game with some of them when I was working on letter recognition with Kelsey. I also made some with numbers on them – one half has a numeral and the other half has the corresponding number of dots, from 1 to 12.

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For Easter morning, I already have some books and hair bows for baskets but I am also planning to stuff eggs with the pieces of a puzzle since Kelsey is into puzzles right now. I have a feeling, however, she is going to wonder where the candy is.

Check out Blogging Mamas for lots of great Easter themed ideas: Click here

We are going pretty low key this year but we’ll still have a good time. It is Aubrey’s first Easter so we had to have a little fun with it. Happy Easter from our family to yours.

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Quick and Easy Bows for Spring

Between wanting to take some 6 month photos, a trip to Disney, and Easter, I have been busy making a few bows. Here are some quick and easy bows to make to match any outfit and occasion.

Basic Bow with Bottlecap Center

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Thanks to I Like Big Freebies, Kelsey is going to end up with a whole bunch of bows with some of her favorite characters (you should check out their Facebook page to see the gorgeous bows people are making). She has almost every character you can think of and a bunch of popular themes available for you to print for free and use. I found 25 flattened bottlecaps and clear stickers on eBay for about $5.00 to use these with.

Finally, I found this tutorial for a quick bow when I was making bows for all the girls in my daughters’ preschool class. It’s so easy to do, I have just kept making them. You can pick up a spool of 1.5″ width ribbon fairly inexpensively with Michael’s or JoAnn’s coupons and sales. Or, if you are just making 1 bow in a particular, look for the “by the yard” section of ribbon if you don’t want to have extra ribbon around.

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Ribbon Flower

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This is still one of the most popular posts on Domesticating Michelle. These ribbon flowers are pretty easy and quick to make and you can make them any color or color combination you can think of. They are also great for making multiple bows. You don’t have to use anything in the center but I think it gives it a finished look. A button, a rhinestone, a patch, or even a bottlecap can be used.

My instructions for covering an alligator clip are on this post, too.

 

 

Deals and Steals – April 12, 2014

OxiClean Liquid Laundry Detergent and Extreme Power Crystals Dishwasher Detergent
Click here for a $2.00 off coupon for laundry and here for a $1.00 off coupon for dishwasher detergent! I recently received a free bottle of each to try in exchange for reviewing the product. You can get free products, too, by joining www.Smiley360.com.

 

Alaway Antihistamine Eye Drops

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Click the picture above for a $2.00 off coupon.

 

Avery – Free templates
Have a celebration coming up? Click here for free templates for all sorts of occasions and events!

 

York Photo – $2 Mugs!

 

Plan ahead for Mother’s Day, Father’s Day or end of the school year by creating a mug here for just $2 (plus shipping).

 

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Get your first outfit 50% off! Click here for to see what new styles your child may enjoy.

 

Glow Bug Cloth Diaper 25,000 Likes Giveaway
Help me win some Glow Bug diapers to giveaway and donate! If I win I’ll giveaway 5 and donate 20 to a diaper bank. Click here for my link. While you are at it, enter to win a Glow Bug diaper for yourself!
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Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 Lite Giveaway! Sponsored by Heroes of the City Kids App

My 3 year old has been having a great time playing with the Heroes of the City Kids App. Be sure to check out my review and enter to win a Heroes of the City Prize Pack here!

 

Welcome to the Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 Giveaway!

Open Internationally

 

April 1st – 21st, 2014

Prize

One lucky winner will win a 

Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 Lite -7.0-8GB

{ARV $149.99}

Sponsored By:

Ruda Ett DVD AB Publications’  Heroes of the City Kids App

Available for FREE at iTunes &  GooglePlay

Hosted By:

So Simply Stephanie

Co-Hosted By:

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A special thanks to Ruda Ett DVD AB Publications, the creators of the Heroes of the City Kids App, for their generosity in sponsoring this event!

About the Heroes of the City App for Kids:

An all-in-one, safe and fun children’s application.This is a perfect app for children 2-6 year. The app includes more than six hours of entertaining movies and nine exciting games!The content is fully adapted to the target audience and is based on the popular television series Heroes of the City.

Features: 

More than six hours of entertaining movies!

Nine exciting games!

Air Play function for your Apple TV!

Collect trophies to unlock your own secret surprise!

One full movie episode, 3 games and a music video for free.

Languages: 

Give your children their first contact with a new language; it is possible to switch between multiple languages. The app includes English, Swedish, Russian, Polish, Thai, Korean, Dutch, Italian, Czech and Hungarian languages.

Also be sure to check out So Simply Stephanie’s Heroes of the City App Review  and Domesticating Michelle’s review and prize pack giveaway.

Download the Heroes of the City App for FREE!

Available at iTunes &  GooglePlay

 

Plus, receive additional entries into the giveaway when you post your review!

 

 Giveaway

The great folks Ruda Ett DVD AB Publications will be giving

 one lucky winner a 

Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 Lite – 7.0 – 8GB

{ARV $149.99}

 

Open Internationally

Ends April 21st, 2014at 11:59pm CST

 

To Enter Complete Entries Via the Rafflecopter Below

Be sure to download the app &

share your review on iTunes and/or GooglePlay 

for additional entries! 

All entries will be verified. 

Please use  hashtag #HotCSTG in your review. 

 

RULES/DISCLOSURE: Void where prohibited. Must be of legal age to enter. This blog did not receive compensation to participate in this giveaway. Ruda Ett DVD AB Publications will be responsible for prize fulfillment and shipment. A single winner will be randomly chosen via the Rafflecopter widget and notified via email. The winner will have 48 hours to respond to the notification with their shipping address or a new winner will be chosen. Winner’s information will be shared with Ruda Ett DVD AB Publications for the purpose of prize shipment. The winner will also be announced on SoSimplyStephanie.com. Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and other social media outlets and website platforms are not associated with this giveaway, do not endorse and are not responsible for this giveaway in anyway. Downloading and reviewing this app is not required to win, but greatly appreciated. If you have any questions please feel free to contact Stephanie at sosimplystephanie@gmail.com.

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Heroes of the City Kids App Review and Giveaway!

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I am always on the look out for fun games that hopefully have some skill-building component to them to load on to my phone. As much as I want Kelsey to play with real toys, there are some times when it is handy to have something available all the time. (It will especially be helpful on our upcoming trip to Florida, I’m sure.) I was recently given a copy of the Heroes of the City Kids App by Rute Ett DVD AB to review as well as a Heroes of the City pack which included a book, DVD, and toys of two of the characters.

Heroes of the City is a television cartoon about rescue vehicles in a small town where everyone can be a hero! Follow the fantastically exciting adventures along with friends in town.  Meet Paulie Police Car and Fiona Fire Engine as they help the townspeople find thieves, put out fires, and solve one of the many mysteries that happen in the otherwise quiet town. You will also get to know Calamity Crow, the most unlucky bird in town. Emphasizing friendship, Heroes of the City contains a great deal of warmth and what may be accomplished by helping each other. The cartoon is primarily targeted at children age 3 – 7.

Kelsey has been asking for “that car movie” as she calls it and has been enjoying the book, as well.

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About the Heroes of the City Kids App:

An all-in-one, safe and fun children’s application.This is a perfect app for children 2-6 year. The app includes more than six hours of entertaining movies and nine exciting games! The content is fully adapted to the target audience and is based on the popular television series Heroes of the City.

Features: 

More than six hours of entertaining movies!

Nine exciting games!

Air Play function for your Apple TV!

Collect trophies to unlock your own secret surprise!

One full movie episode, 3 games and a music video for free.

Languages: 

Give your children their first contact with a new language; it is possible to switch between multiple languages. The app includes English, Swedish, Russian, Polish, Thai, Korean, Dutch, Italian, Czech and Hungarian languages.

For the most part, my daughter has been interested in the games and asks daily to play at least one of the games on the phone. Overall, I feel comfortable letting her play with all of these games. Most of them were easy enough for her to figure out herself and she can play them with little direction. She can even go between the games easily on her own. Some of them are a little trickier to play but I think that means that this app has something to offer a wide range of ages. When I was checking out the games after I downloaded it, I caught myself playing one of the games for a few minutes, so even adults can have fun with this one, too.

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Among the games there is a painting game, a puzzle game, a matching game, a game where the player has to direct a fire hose, and even one where the player selects portions of a train track to get the train from point A to point B. Some basically just require tapping the screen, others swiping and all feature the Heroes of the City characters. The movies are nice to watch and straight forward. They are a good introduction to the characters, as well.

Heroes of the City App Games

Try it for yourself! Find the Heroes of the City Kids App in the iTunes AppStore and GooglePlay for FREE. “Like” them on Facebook and follow them on Twitter to learn more about them. They will be releasing a Heroes of the City Baby App later this month.

You can see what Heroes of the City is about on their YouTube channel, too.

Check out the Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 Lite Giveaway to learn more about the Heroes of the City App and how to win a Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 Lite. The folks over at Heroes of the City have been gracious enough to offer you the chance to win a prize pack with a Heroes of the City book, DVD and toys. Contest ends April 21, 2014, 11:59pm. Winner has 24 hours to claim prize. Domesticating Michelle is not responsible for prize fulfillment.

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*If you are a blogger and interested in reviewing the Heroes of the City Kids App, please email me at domesticatingmichelle.com for more information.*

 

 

Check Out My Royal Fluff! Diaper Review and Honor the Earth Giveaway Blog Hop

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Earth day is upon us and what is a cuter reminder then this little one that we all need to do what we can to love the Earth a little more? One of the benefits to cloth diapering is decreasing your contribution to landfills plus using less of all the oil and chemicals that go into producing disposable diapers. In the spirit of Earth Day, the Great Cloth Diaper Change started in 2011 to help bring awareness to cloth diapering. The Great Cloth Diaper Change is an attempt to have the Guinness Book of World Records most number of babies being changed into a cloth diaper at one time. So, at 11:00 AM on April 26, 2014 I will be changing my baby at the Dayton, Ohio location. You can see if there is a location near you by visiting The Great Cloth Diaper Change. I have been at the St. Petersburg, Florida location the past two years and had a great time. Royal Fluff has also been gracious enough to send us some products for our event.

I was recently sent a Royal Fluff One Size Pocket Diaper to review. Overall, it is a great diaper. A simple design with a few helpful features, it has something to offer everyone. First off, Royal Fluff has a selection of vibrant colors and cute boy, girl and neutral prints. The PUL fabric outside is soft and soft and the inside is made of soft fleece with no PUL on the inside. It came with a very fluffy microfiber insert that goes inside the cover and you are ready to go. I haven’t had issues with leaks and it has contained at least one messy diaper on my 13 lb, 6 month old. It has been easy to clean and has come out soft every time.

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It has a wide flap in the front, accommodating a double row of waist snaps – I have personally really started liking this style. It feels like the front flaps are reinforced with extra layers of PUL so there should be no issues with the fabric overtime. There are three rows of sizing for the raise so, including completely unsnapped, there are four sizing options that I have no doubt will fit 9-32 lbs. Royal Fluff diapers are wider through the diaper than some of the other brands I have tried. This may provide a better fit for some babies; I have not had any problems getting a secure fit nor do I feel it bunches too much. It has fit nicely under regular clothing. Another benefit to this wider cut is there is a little more room for an extra insert so this would make a good nap or overnight option.

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Like Royal Fluff says:

Baby’s bum deserves nothing short of the royal treatment. Eco-friendly, money saving and ridiculously darling, this reusable pocket diaper caters to that cute behind. Every petite prince and princess will love its fleecy soft interior and ultra-comfortable trim fit. But better yet, this diaper is 100% waterproof and breathable, too! It’s equipped with durable snaps that offer several sizing options. Simply slip the included insert into the pocket or rest it inside the diaper and when it becomes soiled, toss both the insert and diaper in the wash.

Learn more about Royal Fluff Cloth Diapers and their other products and packages on their website and use the discount code royalLOVE20 for 20% off.  “Like” them on Facebook, and follow them on Twitter and tell them Domesticating Michelle sent you. Royal Fluff Cloth Diapers wants you to have a chance to try a diaper, too! Just enter the giveaway through the link below for your chance to win a diaper. Giveaway ends 4/22/2014, 11:59pm.

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*I was given a one-size pocket diaper to review. All opinions are my own. Domesticating Michelle is not responsible for prize fulfillment.*

 

Honor the Earth Giveaway

 

Welcome to the Honor the Earth Giveaway Hop, hosted by Happy Mothering, Easy Green Mom and Brittleby’s Corner through the Green Moms Network! Each of the participating blogs is offering a prize package to help you Honor the Earth for Earth Day! While Earth Day comes just once a year, we want to give you ideas on how you can care for the environment every day. Now that you have entered my giveaway, be sure to hop around and enter all of the other giveaways here!

Be sure to enter the grand prize giveaway! One winner will receive a BAD Blankie from Nest Bedding, 3 books from Little Pickle Press and a set of DVDs from NCircle – that’s a $156 value! A second winner will receive a Toter Composter and a $50 BuyGreen.com gift card – that’s a $279 value! Enter here.

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This contest will run through February April 22, 2014 at 8:59 pm PST (11:59 pm EST). The winner will be chosen the following day and announced on Domesticating Michelle. No purchase necessary. US entries only. Must be 18 years or older to win. The sponsors provided me with free samples of these products to review, and I was under no obligation to review them if I so chose. Nor was I under any obligation to write a positive review or sponsor a product giveaway in return for the free product. This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook. You understand that you are providing your information to Domesticating Michelle and not to Facebook. Please note that Domesticating Michelle, Happy Mothering, Easy Green Mom, Brittleby’s Corner, the Green Moms Network and the Naturally Beautiful event bloggers are not responsible for sponsors that do not fulfill their prizes. We have represented each sponsor with the expectation they will fulfill their prize and in a timely manner. We will contact the sponsor regarding your prize(s). The sponsors, in most cases, are shipping their items to you directly. I will make every effort to assist you obtaining your prize. If there is an issue with a sponsor, please notify the blog you won a prize from within 4-6 weeks for assistance, after that we may be unable to assist you.

 

Glow Bug Cloth Diaper Review and Giveaway PLUS Showered With Love Giveaway Hop!

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I am happy to bring you a review and giveaway of Glow Bug Cloth Diapers and connect you to the Showered With Love Giveaway Hop. I have been wanting to get my hands on a Glow Bug Cloth Diaper for some time now. I have been curious to see what all the 360° Gusset design was all about. This diaper has some bells and whistles but they make for a very functional diaper with lots of style. They are a great choice for someone just starting to cloth diaper since they are sold in packages of 12 and 24 through the website. In one stop you’ll get enough well made diapers in adorable, unique prints to take you from birth to potty training.

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Let’s discuss some of the features this diaper has. First, there is the 360° Gusset design. I waited until my daughter had a nice, messy potty episode to sit down and write this review. I am delighted to report the 360 did its job and most of the mess was inside the gusset, now where near coming to the edge of the diaper and the possibility of it coming out.

The inside layer is made of SlimDry fabric which is thin but seems to do the job of transferring the liquid through to the insert but staying comfortable against baby’s skin. I liked the addition of waterproof fabric to the inside of the flaps and the front of the diaper. As a result, I have not had any issues with liquid wicking off the diaper and on to clothing. I also think it helps to reinforce the areas of the snaps.

Speaking of snaps, this diaper is loaded with them. That makes it a little noisy in the wash but they all have a purpose. There are two rows of snaps on the closure flap in addition to a cross over set to get a nice snug fit on the smallest of babies. The hip snap helps the diaper stay nice and secure on my wiggly baby. There are four rows of snaps for the rise adjustment giving you lots of options for a great fit at any stage. I think this versatility is going to give this diaper staying power in my rotation. We just moved down the rise shortly after taking these pictures of my 13 lb, 5 month old. I wanted to see if they would still fit even the latest of potty trained toddlers and enlisted my 33 lb, 3 year old to try it, too (she is potty trained already so didn’t field test the diaper). I think I may have been able to take the rise up one so you can see this will fit a variety of body types.

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Glow Bug Cloth Diapers come with a snap in microfiber insert, hence the snap you see right in the middle of the front of the diaper. There are also two pockets, one in front and one in back. Although I wish the inside material was cut a little longer to accommodate the bunching of the fabric. As you can see above, there is a chance the microfiber insert can touch baby’s skin at the back pocket opening if you are not careful to pull the material over it to close the gap. While it has been a slight difference getting these stuffed to be ready to wear, it has been a snap to prepare them to be washed. Literally, just unsnap the microfiber insert and toss in the pail. With the two openings, the insert has come out in the wash on its own every time. Sometimes, every little bit helps.

You will definitely want to check out their newest collections, Picnic Party and Road Trip on their website. Plus, they are unveiling their newest collection, Earth Fest very soon! Each 12 count package also comes with a wetbag. “Like” them on Facebook, follow them on Twitter, and sign up for their newsletter to learn about great new offers, contests and more. Want to know more about Glow Bug Diapers, visit here.

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Giveaway Prize:

Want to try your luck? Enter to win a Glow Bug Cloth Diaper and HALO SleepSack Swaddle at the following link. Winner gets to choose girl, boy or neutral print and it’s open to US and Canada. I will be providing a HALO 100% Cotton SleepSack Swaddle, in Sage, Newborn  to bring this prize to a $29 value! Contest ends April 15, 2014, 11:59pm.

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Just because the people at Glow Bug Cloth Diapers are that great they are donating a diaper to be raffled at the Dayton, Ohio location of The Great Cloth Diaper Change. Visit their website to find a location near you and sign up today. Besides participating in a fun awareness event, you may leave with some great prizes! Glow Bug also has some great information on the benefits of cloth diapering versus disposables.

 

Showered with Love

Welcome to the [2nd Annual] Showered With Love Event hosted by the Blogging Mamas Network!

We all know that April Showers bring May Flowers, but did you know that some of your favorite bloggers have come together throw a huge Shower of our own – a virtual Baby Shower! The Showered with Love Event will run from April 1-15, giving you plenty of time to enter all of the great giveaways, in the linky (Click here), including the Grand Prize of a Combi Catalyst Travel System!

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You can also find the other giveaways through  {Blogging Mamas/SEBG}’s board Showered with Love Giveaways on Pinterest.

So Easy Being Green, Viva Veltoro, the Blogging Mamas Network, and the Showered with Love participating bloggers are not responsible for sponsors who do not fulfill prize obligations.

 

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