Switchcrafted: The Story of the Switch Witches of Halloween {GIVEAWAY}

Tuesday, October 14th, 2014

G and I spent a wonderful morning together yesterday! Days with just mommy and me time are few and far between. We filled our day with a coffee date, consignment shopping, Greek food for lunch, and a fun, whimsical book signing. This mama sure loved her Gyro and Gigi sure loved meeting a new friend – Audrey Kinsman, author of Switchcrafted: The Story of the Switch Witches of Halloween.

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After spending a few days reading Switchcrafted and playing with the Switch Witch toy, Gigi has since declared that she would like to be WITCH for Halloween this year! Not a desired Disney Princess, a WITCH. My 8 Aunts {who’s ancestors hail from Salem, MA} will be thrilled! Anything Witch themed is very popular in our family this time of the year, my Aunts and Mother live for the Witch season. Sorry Aunties, Gigi is thinking more along the lines of the adorable, orange haired pretty above for a costume this year, not the spell casting evilness of centuries past. And if we can get away from the princesses for just a little bit, I’m all over it!

Halloween costumes aside, we did have the ultimate pleasure of meeting Audrey Kinsman yesterday morning, complete with a reading of this uniquely clever tale. Audrey, along with Pam Hatcher, takes the tradition of eating Halloween candy for WEEKS after trick or treating to a whole new much more healthier level.  Our family is all about making NEW traditions, for any occasion, and we have thoroughly embraced this one.

Step aside Santa, it’s not your turn yet. The Switch Witch comes first, we’ve got some candy to get! – The Blakes

Without giving the whole story away, cause really…you are going to want to get this book and keepsake for your family, here’s a sneak peak:

“Witches do not eat candy, although some may try. However, candy is the only fuel that makes a Witchy broom fly!”

“So the Witches make deals with only good girls and boys, “If you leave us your candy, we will Switchcraft it for toys!”

“Remember that only good kids can trade, so be on your best behavior and a Switchcraft will be made.”

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The recent press contact on the release of this charming book said it best by comparing it to “Elf on the Shelf” but for Halloween. As parents, I know we all try to limit the amount of sugar our kids eat all year round. During this season, it’s extremely hard! Halloween is all about the magic…and this story, along with the Switch Witch and her enticing “trade” of candy for toys, brings forth memory making magic minus the dreaded sugar high!

G and I are truly in love with Switchcrafted: The Story of the Switch Witches of Halloween and again were thrilled we had the opportunity to meet with Audrey yesterday. We now have a signed book to treasure for years to come and a Switch Witch of our own {named Ariel – of course} to start a new Halloween tradition. If Ariel the Witch can get these 4 kids to behave, she may have to stay around all.year.long!


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About the Authors:

Audrey Kinsman is the author and creator of Halloween’s newest tradition Switchcrafted: The Story of the Switch Witches of Halloween (available September, 2014). A proud mother of two young boys, Kinsman struggled with finding a solution to the piles of candy that her two sons collected while trick-or-treating in 2013. An inspiration on a cross-country flight lead to the creation of the Switchcrafted: The Story of the Switch Witches of Halloween.

A graduate of Cornell University and the University of Southern California, Kinsman currently works in finance. She is an active member of the Rocky Mountain Chapter of the Young Presidents Organization and became a Certified Sommelier in 2006. Kinsman currently resides in Denver, CO with her husband and two sons. She loves to cook, ski and spend time with her family.

Pam Hatcher has built a successful career developing products for the wholesale gift industry and launching them to market. She is excited to share the vision for Switchcrafted: The Story of the Switch Witches of Halloween (available September, 2014) with parents across the country.

After graduating from the University of Arkansas Hatcher co-founded Inviting Company, a wholesale invitation and paper company that she then sold to in 2012. She currently is an executive for a line of gift and stationery products, and is also an active member of the Rocky Mountain Chapter of the Young Presidents Organization. Hatcher lives in Denver, CO with her husband and two sons. She is an avid reader, loves food, wine and art, and will find any excuse to spend time outdoors.

GIVEAWAY:  One lucky winner will receive the Switchcrafted book & witch set! Simply fill out the form below to enter, good luck to all!

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Ju-Ju-Be Bags {GIVEAWAY}

Thursday, October 2nd, 2014

Ever been to a “display shower” before? Let me just say, for those of you {like me} who are over the baby stage {and not looking back} or the ones that have not entered the baby stage yet, a baby shower with the endless hours of opening gifts can be taxing! My SIL’s first baby shower is this weekend and she’s requested a “display shower”:

Please bring your gift unwrapped

It will be displayed for all to see. 

That way we’ll have more time to socialize

And chit chat with the mom-to-be!

Less work and money to spend on gift wrap for the guest, and more time to truly enjoy family and friends for the mommy! Plus, it’s a great way for you to get creative with your gift! My SIL will be writing for us as our new maternity and baby editor. Her shower is the best place to get her started on her new blogging experience! Guess what we’re using as an awesome display “gift bag” at the shower for all to see and droll over? One of the newest, most beautiful Ju-Ju-Be diaper bags!


Meet the Legacy line. Oh so gorgeous and modern!



Mixing and matching bold designs with striking, and timeless, white and black creations, makes for an array of bags and accessories perfect for any new mommy…and beyond! We’ve adored Ju-Ju-Be diaper bags before and what we love most of all is the opportunity to use the bags well beyond baby. Since the style of the Legacy collection is so trendy, you can drop the “diaper” in diaper bag and just enjoy your BAG no matter where your next daily adventure takes you! But trust me, when using a Ju-Ju-Be bag as a diaper bag, you will not be disappointed!


The above is the bag myself and my SIL have gotten to sample over the last few weeks. Hello Legacy Super Be! The description of this bag uses the word SUPER numerous times and we know why! It’s a large and in charge bag with room for EVERYTHING! Gorgeous is another word I would use over and over again…it’s such a classic, beautiful design. So bold and eye-popping, with compartments ready and waiting for bottles, bibs, diapers and wipes, and so very much more:

    • Ultra light.
    • Tote straps have a 12-inch drop.
    • Zippered closure on top keeps your stuff inside
    • 2 interior mesh pockets and 1 extra long interior zippered pocket
    • Extra long key clip in main interior of tote.
    • 3 exterior pockets on the front
    • Large back pocket has snap closure and is perfect for magazines, folders or papers.
    • Teflon® … fabric protector helps repel stains.
    • Agion® … natural antimicrobial treatment inhibits and reduces the growth of odor-causing bacteria, mold, and mildew.
    • Smart Pockets … get organized!
    • Light-Colored Linings … you can actually see what’s inside; it’s not just a big black hole in there.
    • Machine Washable … air dry.

Also, Happy October everyone! Welcome to Breast Cancer Awareness Month! Take a peek at the Pink Pinwheels collection to support a wonderful cause this month!



GIVEAWAY – Win a Legacy Super Be bag just like ours! Simply fill out the form below to enter! Good luck to all!

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Great Brain Boosters For Baby

Monday, September 29th, 2014

Great Brain Boosters For Baby

Babies can grow up at an alarming rate (and not just physically!). Their brain, along with their five senses, need the right kind of stimulation for proper development. Some parents start as early as the pregnancy stage by listening to classical music and taking pediatrician-recommended supplements. Once baby is born, however, you should continue to stimulate their mental, visual, auditory, and tactile capabilities with these simple but effective daily brain-boosters.

Talk to your baby all the time

Conversing with your baby in a soothing voice is a great way to bond with them. It’s also highly effective in building language skills and word association. You can read stories out loud with your baby, or simply “narrate” things you do regularly, such as describing the colors during outside strolls, or the texture of certain objects. Doing these will also aid you in developing baby’s visual, auditory, and tactile senses.

However, talking constantly in a loud, intimidating voice must be avoided. Many people are inclined to think that this is a form of discipline, but it will only create negative associations for your baby, and hinder learning progress.

Sing, dance, clap

Let the no-holds-barred silliness help you with your baby’s brain growth. Every chance you get, sing and dance for baby, with or without music. You can also clap along to nursery rhymes and encourage them to do the same. It will help stimulate your child’s coordination skills and spark creativity at an early age.

Regularly provide all baby necessities and comforts

When your baby’s needs and comforts are met regularly, you are providing them with an environment conducive to learning. A baby who’s hungry constantly needs diaper changing, is uncomfortable with the temperature and noise levels in the room, and who’s generally miserable will not be able to learn anything new.

Take baby out for walks

Invest in a durable and comfortable stroller that you can use to take your baby out for daily strolls. Choose one with a sun-protection canopy a reliable safety harness, and durable wheels so you can focus on stimulating your baby’s senses outdoors. Point out trees, interesting cloud formation, and outdoor vignettes that can pique their interest. You can also bring baby to a place that’s filled with nice, aromatic smells, such as a bakeshop or a field of flowers.

Give your child gentle massages

Stimulating by touch, paired with talking in a calm voice, have been proven to aid baby with positive association. Many parents practice baby yoga on their little ones, but tactile development can be as easy as rubbing baby’s legs and arms with a gentle massage oil, and simply rocking them in your arms to sleep.

Get age-appropriate toys

Newborns and babies under a year old can appreciate a softly padded jungle gym. These typically come with playmats they can lie down on, and dangling soft toys of different textures which they can grasp or look at. Some can be installed on cribs and playpens, and can play music. As baby grows, toys usually become more colorful and educational. Soft building blocks and things that run on wheels can help with baby’s brain growth and sensory development.

Before buying a new toy, make sure to look up reviews to see if they are age-appropriate, and meet safety standards. Always be on the lookout for toy recalls so you can avoid those that pose safety and health hazards.

About Shira Stein and PishPoshBaby:
Shira Stein is the lead Mom Rep at online parenting gear company, She drives many of the company’s product selections based on experience, testing and customer feedback. The dream of PishPoshBaby was born out of a desire to find the more reliable baby products and advice available to real moms just like you. Their high-quality online store supplies facts and advice to parents who are completely lost in the whirlwind of baby gear. Visit their site at to see their entire product line and follow their blog. You can also “LIKE” them on Facebook and follow them on Twitter @pishposhbaby, Pinterest, and Instagram.
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Infanteenie Beenie

Monday, September 15th, 2014

The end of 2014 – beginning of 2015 seems to be the year of the baby boys for our family and friends! When I had Gracie, everyone was having girls. NOW, everyone is having boys…or so it seems! There are so many early 2015 babies already blessing our lives and we could not be more excited to add new itty bitty family and friends to the mix. The best part for me = SHOPPING!

Now that babies are behind me, no more children to be had in this house, I’ve started thoroughly enjoying {more than I use to} shopping and creating fabulous baby gifts for those around me. Today we have the PERFECT hospital gift or add-on baby shower gift. Even little boys need a little pampering bling added to those boring hospital hats. Now, with Infanteenie Beenie, the first thing that new babe puts on for those first pictures can be ever so stylish and adorable!



These sweet little creations STAY PUT on baby’s head, whether there’s a head full of hair or none at all. They are the most ideal little hats for those first days in the hospital, the first days home, and of course those first photo shoots! So unique and clever, what an excellent way to spread the love of the new baby…and her.his style and flair!

Of course the little girl designs of Infanteenie Beenies are divine as well, SO MUCH PINK, I just love it!

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So many beauties to pick from, as soon as you find out what the baby will be, your first purchase should be one of these newborn hospital hats to have on hand for the big day! Again, next time you head to the hospital to meet another infant…here’s a gift to give! Mommy and Daddy will love the memories you are about to give them!

HUGE shout out to my SIL and our newest bundle of joy on the way…due January 2015, A BOY is on his way to give our hearts even more to love!

BabyElan {daily} Sample Disclosure: The opinions expressed above are honest, accurate, and not encouraged anyway by monetary donations. A sample free of charge was received from Celebrity Baby Trend ExpertRachel Florio-Urso.

Eco-Teether Crib Rail Cover from Babee Talk

Friday, August 22nd, 2014

If you’re little one is in a crib or you’re expecting, you may be looking for the perfect crib bumper or cover for you. With the recommendations to not use a crib bumper due to the safety of baby, you might be looking for a good alternative. Many parents get concerned once your little one can climb up and put their mouths on the crib rail. What if I told you Babee Talk has a new product that is both stylish AND practical?

Babee Talk’s new Eco-Teeth Crib Rail is made with 100% natural, Non-GMO, and contains NO chemicals! Babee Talk is committed to producing quality ingredients, working closely with farmers  who’s crops contain NO GMO’s, pesticides, herbicides, or insecstides to maintain honest and healthy ingredients for your little one.



The Eco-Teether Crib Rail Cover comes in two different stylish patterns in yellow or pink – perfect for a girl nursery, boy, or gender  neutral if you’re having a surprise! I am absolutely in love with these adorable, modern, and chic patterns – aren’t you!?







I love that I can rely on a company who cares about the health and safety of my child. I feel like it’s so hard to find a company who stays true to who they say they are, and I love how Babee Talk produces quality products and is honest about how and where they’re made. Our babies deserve the best and I trust the quality of these products!

This would make the perfect and stylish baby shower gift for any lucky little newbie on the way! Join Babee Talk on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Instagram to check out more “drool-worth” products, too!

BabyElan {daily} Sample Disclosure: The opinions expressed above are honest, accurate, and not encouraged anyway by monetary donations. A sample free of charge was received from said company, as stated within the editorial.