Stolen Moments…

Lately I feel like anything that isn’t directly related to the day-to-day operations of my family or my job is sort of a guilty pleasure. Included in this, in case you haven’t noticed, is blogging. By the time I sit down at night, any and all witty posts I’ve composed in my head are gone.

Anyway, blogging still has it’s perks, some of which I can pass on to you. Today is a prime example….awhile back I got a preview of Yanni’s new project, Yanni Voices. Yanni? You ask. Yes, Yanni. These days I’m finding Yanni most relaxing, and most adult. That’s the best way to explain it.

Yanni Voices is a new endeavor, putting lyrics and voices to music. I couldn’t really imagine it, but I have to say, it’s really good. Check out the sound here: Yanni Voices. There are no nursery rhymes, no songs about dinosaurs, no hand clapping–enjoy!

Bugaloo Baby Shoes

I remember discovering the world of soft-soled shoes for babies in the spring of 2006. I don’t know how long they were around before I discovered them, I just knew that all the hip babies had them. I wanted my baby to have them. Then I found out that “the” leather slip ons for babies cost as much as I usually spend on shoes for myself. So I picked up a pair of store-brand knock offs and left it at that.

A few weeks ago, I discovered Bugaloo Kids and I am thrilled to tell every one of you all about them. Bugaloo Kids sells adorable, sturdy soft soled shoes that will knock your socks off (pun intended). Bugaloo is run by Heidi Wells, a designer with fashion and common sense. You have to love a company that states, “Quality baby shoes should cost under $20.”
The sheer number of soft and supple choices are rather overwhelming, even for the baby boys in your life. Lions, pirates, sneakers….so many choices, such little feet.
Heidi sent me a pair of the froggy shoes for Junior to try out and they are fabulous in oh-so-many-ways. Junior rocks the footless sleeper, due to his the length of his legs and his feet, so he will be wearing these shoes all winter long. They fit his very long foot, and try as he might, he’s yet to kick them off.
As if bringing affordable, adorable baby shoes wasn’t enough of a noble mission, 5% of every sale goes to International Justice Mission, an organization that fights human trafficking (for really startling statistics and what you can do to help, check out IJM’s homepage).
Go check out all of the styles at Bugaloo–a baby in your life will thank you. Don’t you think that Junior’s big smile says, “thank you, Mom!” ? I do! (and could shopping for a baby’s first Christmas be made any easier? I mean, really….)

Sweet Treat #2


Are you exhausted from entering giveaways yet?? It’s only Tuesday, so pace yourself!!

Anyway, today I’m adding a giveaway… one that is for a very special cause. I don’t think I’ve mentioned them much, but I have a group of good friends through a Cooking Light Supper Club. We met each other right around September 2001. For the past seven years, we’ve been meeting every so often to, well, eat. Most notably, homemade, fabulous, gourmet low-fat fare. Oh, and dessert. There is always dessert.

This giveaway is dedicated to one of my fellow supper-clubbers who has been recently diagnosed with bone marrow cancer. She’s starting treatment, and her prognosis is good, but she’s going to need help to get through it. So, the club gathered to eat….and to brainstorm. We are selling this fabulous homemade chocolate scented heart shaped soaps in time for Valentine’s Day…and I bought a few to giveaway!!

I am giving away 1 heart shaped box with three chocolate scented soaps–perfect for a chocoholic or that special someone.

If you are interested in purchasing a soap (or three) click here (this goes to another blog post for now, it will eventually link to our up and coming Etsy store!)

To enter this giveaway, please leave me a comment and an email if it’s not linked to your profile….comments will close Friday around 5pm EST and a winner will be announced shortly there after. One entry per person please, US residents only (sorry!)

Oh! And while you are here, please check out my other giveaway, which closes Thursday night!