Friday, October 7, 2011

A Change and A Break...

I finally decided to make the switch from blogspot to a custom domain.. No need to worry.. You will be redirected to my custom domain from my old posts, but if you have Life With Two Boys bookmarked you might want to consider changing it to the new link to make it a little easier on you... Here it is: http://www.lifewithtwoboys.com/

That being said.. I'm going to be taking a little break the rest of the day as well as this weekend from posting and finishing up etsy week to get all my ducks in a row. I will be back Monday with the rest of the etsy posts as well as all new reviews and giveaways next week... Thanks for reading and have a great weekend!!!

Kidtoons Spookley the Square Pumpkin Prize Pack Giveaway *Closed*


This month Kidtoons is proud to present: Spookley the Square Pumpkin! 

October is National Bullying Prevention Month and Spookley the Square Pumpkin has been named the official Spokes-Pumpkin through a partnership with PACER Center. PACER, a national organization based in Minneapolis, Minn., works to expand opportunities and enhance the quality of life of all children and young adults, including those with any disability, and their families, based on the concept of parents helping parents . "The culture of bullying won't end until people across the country take action and show children and teens that they care," says Julie Hertzog, director of PACER's National Bullying Prevention Center, which sponsors the month. "We love the way Spookley touches the heart and the mind with his message of tolerance and acceptance."

Synopsis: In a world where "the only good pumpkins are round pumpkins," Spookley the Square Pumpkin is often teased by the other pumpkins because of his square shape. Soon, Spookley is befriended by Edgar, Allan and Poe, three hilarious spiders, who convince Spookley that, square or not, he has a right to be the "Pick of the Patch" on Halloween. A square pumpkin the "Pick of the Patch"? Not if mean round pumpkins Big Tom and Little Tom can help it. These two bullies tease and taunt Spookley because of his square roots. Although he is encouraged to continue to become the "Pick of the Patch" by kindly Jack Scarecrow and his bat sidekicks, Boris and Bella, Spookley isn't sure he has what it takes until a mighty storm threatens to destroy the entire patch. As the storm rolls the round pumpkins across the patch towards a raging river below, Spookley's square shape helps him save the day. Spookley realizes "it's fine to be round while the weather is fair, but there are times it's better to be a square!"

Etsy Week: Ever After Design Studio Review and Giveaway *Closed*

As I've mentioned a million times I'm all about personalized things for my boys and this next etsy shop really has some great personalized items. Ever After Design Studio offers hand painted piggy banks, pencil boxes, tool boxes, pull carts, lunch boxes, storage lockers, and tons of other items too! All of which can be painted with a different theme, in different colors, and even have your childs name added to it.


If you're not looking for something for your children, Ever After Design Studio specializes in a variety of printed items such as invitations including birthday, bridal shower, baby shower, and Halloween, as well as birth announcements, save the dates, thank you cards, menus, and holiday cards. Ever After Design Studio also offers really neat silhouettes and hand painted art.

For this review we were sent a personalized large treasure chest for the boys. I had it personalized with a pirate theme and even had both of their names added. I'm very pleased with the size, it's perfect to hold a few stuffed animals and not take up too much space! The detail of the personalization is amazing.. It's hard to believe that everything is hand painted!

(Enter to win the crown here)

You can purchase your own personalized large treasure chest from Ever After Design Studio for only $25.. Trust me, you will not be disappointed!

**Win It**
One lucky Life With Two Boys reader will win a personalized treasure chest lunch box and placemat from Ever After Design Studio.


To enter just use the Rafflecopter form below.. Be sure to do the mandatory entry or any extra entries will not count!

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Get ready for the release of Monte Carlo on DVD!

Monte Carlo  
Available on Blu-ray and DVD October 18th

Synopsis: Bon Voyage! Take a journey across the ocean with a trio of friends who make front page headlines when a dream trip turns into a hilarious case of mistaken identity. The delightful jet-setting comedy MONTE CARLO arrives on Blu-ray and DVD on October 18th. Produced by Academy Award®-winner Nicole Kidman* (Moulin Rouge, The Stepford Wives), MONTE CARLO will take you on a fanciful ride through the picturesque sights of Europe - with three charming girls in tow!

Actress and pop sensation Selena Gomez (Ramona and Beezus, “Wizards of Waverly Place”) lights up the screen as Grace, a high-spirited high school graduate looking forward to a vacation in Paris with her best friend Emma (Katie Cassidy, “Melrose Place”), and stepsister Meg (Leighton Meester, “Gossip Girl”). Just as the girls think their trip is ruined when their hyperactive tour guide leaves them behind, Grace is mistaken for a wealthy socialite and the trio is whisked away to Monte Carlo for a thrilling week of glitz, glam, and unforgettable fun.

Etsy Week: EeeBeeDee Mini Puzzle Plush Review and Giveaway *Closed*

If you're looking for a unique handmade gift you should definitely check out EeeBeeDee. Emily, owner of EeeBeeDee, specializes in handmade plush creations including puzzles, toast, owls, and candy to name a few.

We were sent a mini plush puzzle to review and to say it's unique would be a bit of an understatement.. It's like something I've never seen before. The boys love it though!  It's a plush puzzle that can actually be put together. Each piece has a face and a personality making it a pretty cool toy.
All of EeeBeeDee's plush puzzles are one of a kind pieces. They are made from felt and hand stitched and embroidered. The puzzle we received is very well made and seems to be very durable. You can purchase a super mini plush puzzle (which is slightly smaller than the mini) for $16 right now on etsy.

**Win It**
One Life With Two Boys reader will win a mini plush puzzle similar to the one I received.

To enter just use the Rafflecopter form below.. Be sure to do the mandatory entry or any extra entries will not count!

Etsy Week: BAM Crafty Mommas Chalkboard Mat Review and Giveaway *Closed*

When it comes to gifts for my boys and my niece and nephews I like to think outside the box and get them them things that really let them use their imagination. Toys are great, but sometimes it's the simple things like coloring books and crayons or chalkboards. I got really excited the day I came across these chalkboard mats from BAM Crafty Mommas and knew I had to feature them this week.


Chalkboard mats are such a neat idea to have to take along to restaurants, doctors offices, while going on vacation, or even just to use at your kitchen table. Each chalkboard mat has two elastic loops, a smaller one to hold a piece of chalk, and a larger one to roll the mat up so you can throw it in your purse or diaper bag and take on the go.

Along with the chalkboard mats, BAM Crafty Mommas also offer premade scrapbooks, paper and fabric party banners, reusable coffee cozy's/sleeves, baby bibs, and blankets and burp cloths. All of which are handmade.

(Love this coffee cozy!)

We received two of the chalkboard mats for review and Brayden and Trevor love them. They especially love the cool guitar and dinosaur fabric designs on the back! I like that when they're all done drawing they can easily erase their pictures and start over again without wasting a million sheets of paper. You can purchase your own chalkboard mats with several different fabrics to choose from for only $8.

**Win It**
One lucky Life With Two boys reader will win 2 chalkboard mats in their choice of fabrics.

To enter just use the Rafflecopter form below.. Be sure to do the mandatory entry or any extra entries will not count!

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Blogging Buddies Thursday Blog Hop (week 10)



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Welcome to blogging buddies thursday blog hop hosted by Life With Two Boys and Get In Shape And Save!

We'd love for you to spread the word about this hop by adding the blog hop button to your blog, tweeting about it, and/or "liking" this post.

Etsy Week: Angela Ingram Hand Carved Votive Review and Giveaway *Closed*

I was on the search for the perfect fall decor when I came across this hand carved leaf votive candle holder from Angela Ingram. It's such a cute candle holder for your home or to give as a gift.


Along with the leaf votive holder, Angela Ingram also offers yarn bowls, personalized mugs and vases, spoon rests, jewelry holders, and all sorts of other hand throw porcelain items. Whether you're shopping for the knitter, coffee drinker, or even the party thrower you're sure to find the perfect gift at Angela Ingram's etsy shop!


I think what I love best about everything in Angela Ingram's shop is that no two items are exactly the same because they are hand made. There's no two identical leaves on the votive holder and no two mugs will be exact, though they are made to look like they belong in the same "family" and can be made to have the same design.

You can purchase a hand carved leaf votive holder for $12. Because they are hand made to order, they do take a little longer to arrive, but in my opinion they are well worth it!

**Win It**
One reader will win a Hand Carved Leaf Votive Candle Holder similar to the one I received for the review.

To enter just use the Rafflecopter form below.. Be sure to do the mandatory entry or any extra entries will not count!

Etsy Week: The Lazy Owl Felt Crown Review and Giveaway *Closed*

The Lazy Owl is a really neat etsy store that offers felt crowns and masks, nature and super kid capes, and even party packages. I fell in love with their crowns and knew I wanted to feature them during Etsy Week. What little kid doesn't want to dress up like a prince or princess? You can even have them personalized with a number for their Birthdays!


The Lazy Owl has traditional princess crowns with jewels, stars, numbers, rocket ship, and even Buzz Lightyear crowns. For this review we went with a traditional crown with blue stars, very simple yet adorable! I didn't have it personalized because Brayden and Trevor are sharing it but I love that you can add a name or number to a crown for your little prince or princess.


All of the crowns from The Lazy Owl are fully adjustable with a velcro closure to fit most childrens heads. Made from eco-friendly felt they're very durable and can be used for many years to come. Prices range from $15 to $18 depending on the amount of details. Visit The Lazy Owl today to purchase your own felt crown, or if you are a California reader you can purchase these items locally at Eco In Chico (Chico, CA) and Eco In Paradise (Paradise, CA).

**Win It**
One Life With Two Boys reader will win a personalized felt crown from The Lazy Owl.

To enter just use the Rafflecopter form below.. Be sure to do the mandatory entry or any extra entries will not count!

Etsy Week: PretzelMania Gourmet Pretzels Review and Giveaway *Closed*

It always amazes me when i come across a person that has such a passion for what they do that they put so much of their heart into their work. Stel, owner of PretzelMania is that type of person.. I have personally never met her but have gotten to know her a little through emails back and forth and I can tell how much she loves what she does when it comes to her business.

PretzelMania offers gourmet pretzels that are made fresh to order, hand-dipped, hand-cut and carefully packaged just for you by Stel. We were sent a few samples from each of the collections which include the Cookie Car Collection, Candy Dish Collection, Knot Collection, and Chocolate Covered Oreos.

Everything was delicious but our favorite was definitely the Cookie Jar Collection which is a single large knot pretzel filled with cookie dough and topped with numerous amounts of toppings.. Look at the mouthwatering photos below to see what i'm talking about:



Check out PretzelMania today to purchase your very own handmade gourmet pretzels. Plus, for a 25% off code "like" PretzelMania on Facebook and leave a comment on their wall saying that Life With Two Boys sent you.

**Win It**
One Life With Two Boys reader will win a 10 piece sample package of the Cookie Jar Collection from PretzelMania.

To enter just use the Rafflecopter form below.. Be sure to do the mandatory entry or any extra entries will not count!

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Etsy Week: Jen's Specialty Cake Pops Review and Giveaway *Closed*

    

Jen's Specialty Cake Pops offers a variety of homemade cake pops including several different flavors and varieties as well as edible image cake pops and pie pops! Jen's cake pops are not round like most cake pops, instead their flat which makes them a little unique. 

We were sent a 1/2 dozen fall sampler to review. The flavors we got to try were pumpkin spice, nutella, pecan pie, cranberry streusel, Halloween cookies n' cream, and an apple pie pop. All of the flavors we tried were delicious and had a great texture. The apple pie pop was very good, but I wish it had more filling. I would have to say my favorite of the six we tried was the pumpkin spice, it tastes exactly like pumpkin pie... Which I love!!

You can purchase a dozen cake pop sampler from Jen's Specialty Cake Pops for $30 plush shipping. With 48 flavors to choose from I'm sure you'll find something to suit your taste buds.

**Win It**
Jen has offered a 1 dozen mixed fall cake pops sampler to one Life With Two Boys reader.

To enter just use the Rafflecopter form below.. Be sure to do the mandatory entry or any extra entries will not count!

Etsy Week: Yellow Horse Art Studio Stuffed Animals Review and Giveaway *Closed*


While browsing etsy one day I saw this really cute platypus from Yellow Horse Art Studio and thought about how much my boys love Perry the Platypus from Phineas and Ferb and what a great idea it would be to get them a stuffed Perry.. So I contacted Anneke, owner of Yellow Horse Art Studio and asked if she'd be able to make a teal platypus that looked liked Perry. She was delighted to make a custom platypus for my boys.


Yellow Horse Art Studio offers all sorts of handmade stuffed animals including horses, owls, bunnies, dragons, and turtles, to name a few. They also offer custom designs of their stuffed animals in which you choose the main fabric as well as the accent fabric and then they will send you pictures of the finished product for approval before sending it off to you... This is a perfect idea for getting you child their favorite animal in their favorite color, or like in our case, to make it look like a favorite cartoon character.

My boys absolutely love their stuffed Perry the Platypus! The fleece is super soft so they can cuddle with him, and he's durable enough to handle my rough boys. You can purchase your own custom platypus for $18 on etsy.

**Win It**
Anneke, owner of Yellow Horse Art Studio, has offered a $20 gift certificate to purchase anything in her shop.

To enter just use the Rafflecopter form below.. Be sure to do the mandatory entry or any extra entries will not count!

Monday, October 3, 2011

Etsy Week: Just a Mama Car Caddy Review and GC Giveaway *Closed*

I've mentioned before that my boys love Hot Wheels and Matchbox cars, especially Trevor. He likes to grab handfuls of them on the way out the door so he can play with them in the car and while shopping. Usually I'm stuck with several loose cars in my purse at the end of the day but thanks to Just a Mama I've found the perfect solution.. A car caddy!

Just a Mama offers car, train, super hero and even Zhu Zhu caddy's as well as headbands, diaper clutches, and personalized shirts and onesies in her etsy shop. With two boys I could make use out of any of the caddy's she makes but I especially love the car caddy's. 

Similar to a crayon roll, a car caddy has 6 little pockets and a velcro strap to secure it when rolled. When rolled it's the perfect size to throw in your purse or diaper bag to take along to restaurants, doctors offices, airports, etc... and pull it out when your little guy(s) gets bored!


Trevor loves his new car caddy and I'm sure your little guy will too! You can purchase a handmade car caddy from Just a Mama for $18 and for an extra $3.99 you can personalize it with your childs name.

**Win It**
One Life With Two Boys reader will win a $20 gift certificate to purchase anything from Just a Mama's etsy shop.

To enter just use the Rafflecopter form below.. Be sure to do the mandatory entry or any extra entries will not count!

Etsy Week: Maranda Lee Handbags Review and Giveaway *Closed*


I have had a purse obsession for as long as I can remember and since I became a mom I've been searching for the perfect "Mom bag" that doesn't really look like a "Mom bag". Guess what... After 5 years of searching I've finally found one thanks to Maranda Lee and her Hot Mama Handbags!

Maranda Lee offers several different handbags that are functional and stylish. Not only are they perfect for the hip mom on the go but also the college student, and any other woman that's looking for a fully functional and durable purse as well as matching accessories!!

I received the Large Emma Bag made with Morning Glory fabric, lined with Wallflower Cherry from Amy Butler. This bag is amazing! The first thing I noticed with this bag is just the beauty of the fabric, inside and out, as well as the detail and care that was put into it. The Large Emma Bag is the perfect size for me to carry around my necessities as well as Trevor's diapers, wipes, sippy cups, and even a couple toys with room to spare. 


**Buy It**
You can purchase your very own Emma Bag at Maranda Lee's etsy shop for $80.. For a 10% discount use code twoboys10 at checkout!

**Win It**
Maranda has very generously offered one Life With Two Boys reader their very own Large Emma Bag in their choice of fabric!

Etsy Week: Pookaberry Candles Review and Giveaway *Closed*


There is nothing better than walking into a home and smelling a fresh baked pie or cake.. Unfortunately for me i'm not much of a baker so my solution is bakery treat scented candles! Pookaberry Candles offers a unique selection of handcrafted soy wax candles as well as wax dipped bears, and bath & body products.

I was browsing pookaberrys one day and just fell in love with their selection of candles.. Most of which don't even look like candles, like this one for example:


Seriously, just looking at some of these candles makes me feel like I gained 10 pounds (haha). But really, these candles are amazing. There's so much detail that goes into each and every Pookaberry Candle, it's almost a shame to burn them. I was sent a pumpkin pie candle to review and it smells as good as it looks. I've had it burning almost every day since I got it and it really gets me into the fall spirit!

Purchase an all natural soy wax candle today from Pookaberry Candles. Prices vary from $4 on up.

**Win It**
Pookaberrys has very generously offered a 4 oz. pumpkin pie candle and a "BOO" pumpkin buttercream scented ghost candle to one lucky winner.

Sunday, October 2, 2011

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