OXO Tot #FirstBites {GIVEAWAY}

Friday, July 18th, 2014

What is that one “baby” product that you are still using, long after said baby is now a toddler or preschooler? For me…that product would be a baby food making machine! For two out of the four children, I made baby food 100% of the time for the first year, until table food was introduced. But, I would always make too much and have to freeze a large portion of it. Let me tell you a little secret for those of you trying to eat healthy and manage life at the same time (especially if there’s a baby in the picture as well) – use the frozen, pureed baby food in the freezer for yourself as well!

A frozen cube of pureed sweet potato mixed with apricot in your morning smoothie is divine! Pureed spinach, green beans with a hint of apples and cinnamon blended into your afternoon power shake…perfection! Not only is baby eating all the right things, you are too and nothing goes to waste!


Gracie is 3 and still enjoys pureed food from time to time. A quick snack, as a side dish with dinner, and definitively when breakfast is on the run. We are now enjoying the baby food making process all over again with our 6 month old niece SJ. I will never tire of making wholesome meals from scratch, no matter the age of the child!

And this time around, we have OXO Tot products to use, enjoy, and praise! The Baby & Toddler collection over at OXO is truly amazing! Everything you need to feed your young one with ease of use, all BPA, phthalate and PVC free.

One of our favorite baby food making recipes that I still make and freeze for my morning smoothies is a mixture of an abundant garden veggie in our back yard and popular fruit that is affordable all year long! Zucchini & apples. With a dash of cinnamon.


- Wash and peel the zucchini
- cut lengthwise and scoop the seeds out
- shred the rest and put aside
- Wash and peel the apples
- Cut into cubes
- Blend together until your desired texture
- Sprinkle in the desired amount of cinnamon, we use a very small dash
- Blend a bit more and DONE!

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Daddy & Co./My Life As A Dad Celeb Dad Gift Pack {FATHER’S DAY GIVEAWAY!!!!}

Wednesday, May 28th, 2014

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As the end of May is approaching, Father’s Day is right around the corner and you may be looking for the perfect way to celebrate DAD this year! Daddy & Co. has a fun giveaway JUST for dad this Father’s Day! They’ve partnered up with My Life As A Dad to offer a sweet Celeb Daddy Gift Pack giveaway to one lucky winner!!

My Life As A Dad (MLAAD) is the first show of its kind to delve into the lives of celebrity and professional athlete dads and highlights their journey to daddy hood.  The show features personal interviews, kid jam sessions, and games, along with advice, discovery, and emotional messages direct from celebrity and professional athletes that you know. MLAAD gets their answers to important questions, such as how they feel about being a dad, their parenting philosophies, how they balance their family life with their professional life and, in some cases, how they relate their unique upbringing to being a dad today. You’ll find out what their favorite activity to engage with their child is; their best piece of parenting advice, and even their first thought following their child’s birth.

The series features interviews with the likes of actor/comedian Tom Arnold, Dancing with the Stars winner J.R. Martinez, NCIS Los Angeles’ Eric Christian Olsen, Witchblade’s Will Yun Lee, and many more!


Do YOU want to celebrate Dad this Father’s Day!? Check out this fun clip from “My Life As A Dad” and learn more about the celeb dad’s who are a part of the show!  They all have some pretty sweet and amazing things to say about life as a dad!

Tom Arnold on why it’s okay to make mistakes;

”Relax. Babies don’t break so easy…You are going to make mistakes. I know I’ve made mistakes.”

We all know parents can’t get it perfect every time. Think your dad has any stories where he can relate to J.R. Martinez’ funny confession??

“There were a couple times when I put the diaper on backwards!”


Do you have a sweet tradition to share? Does your dad do something sweet you can always count on? Eric Christian Olsen from NCIS shares a sweet story about how he’s carrying on the traditions his father did while he was a kid;

“When I was a little kid my dad always read to us, and my mom would read to us every night. We started that tradition now, so we put these little earbuds on the belly and I read Goodnight Moon every single night.”


Why not celebrate dad and those fun, memorable moments with this awesome celeb dadd gift pack!? We’ve partnered up with Forever’s Like a Dream once again to offer this to one of our lucky readers!! Enter to win one below!

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Looksugar {GIVEAWAY}

Monday, May 19th, 2014

Removable vinyl wall decals are a great DIY interior decorating option. There are many different fun decals that can be placed in the kitchen, playroom, bedroom, and even in the laundry room. You can now find awesome chalkboard decals that are perfect for your kids playroom! I love the variety you can find at Looksugar*.

Looksugar* has chalkboard planners, chalkboard decals, wall decals and more. Their chalkboard decals range from adorable dinosaurs, robots, whales, and even a map of the continents! We were sent some decals to review and the kids love them!

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The Dinosaur Chalkboard decal is 21″W x 22″H, but custom sizes are also available. The decal is removable (not reusable) and will not leave any sticky residue on your walls. This is the perfect solution for decorating apartments and other rentals! The chalkboard decals work great with regular chalk or with chalk markers- which leaves way less mess! We have colored chalk markers, which are what we used for the hearts above.


The decals peel off laminated paper and stick to the walls. You do have to be careful when peeling off the laminate, because the decal will tear if it gets stuck to itself. A peeling tool is sent with the decals, and I highly recommend using and reading instructions! My daughter was helping me install the world decal and part of Europe was destroyed. We were able to somewhat fix it, but you do need to be careful! The vinyl is very durable, but it still is possible to tear.

Looksugar Robot

The Robot Decal is one of my favorites. He also comes with 8 bolts. He is 22″ x 15″ and is the perfect size for little notes! Chalkboard decals range from $38-$45.

All Looksugar* decals can be customized and they also have a custom order option! Looksugar* would like to give one lucky BabyElan reader a chalkboard decal of their choice! Simply fill out the entry form below and good luck!

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Charlotte, NC Exclusive Mother’s Day GIVEAWAY!!

Wednesday, April 30th, 2014

We are so very excited and honored to offer all of our Charlotte area readers one exciting addition to our fabulous Mother’s Day Giveaway!! Our dear friends over at Michelle Neira Photography so graciously donated a photo session to one lucky local winner!

In order to really make this special for one lucky local mom, we wanted to let YOU nominate a mom you love for this very special photo session! We thought in honor of Mother’s Day, why not let you nominate a friend, co-worker, sister, or your own mother to win this photo session and honor her this Mother’s Day!?

It’s so simple to do! All you have to do is follow the directions in the Rafflecopter Form below. Leave us a comment and let us know who you would like to nominate and why they deserve it – we can’t wait to read your sweet notes about the special mom in your life you want to honor!

Michelle’s work is just darling and we know you will love the beautiful shots she captures of you!

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Mother’s Day GIVEAWAY!!

Wednesday, April 30th, 2014

My good friend over at Forever’s Like A Dream and I decided to join forces this Mother’s Day. Since we are both busy mom’s on the go, we wanted to do something to celebrate our readers this Mother’s Day and boy do we have a treat for YOU!

We have put together ONE BIG FABULOUS PACKAGE for ONE LUCKY WINNER to take home some of these amazing prizes from some awesome companies we absolutely adore!

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Since it’s so important for mom’s to pamper themselves every now and then and take care of themselves too, we have a package filled with fun work out gear, shoes, housewares, beauty gift sets, & so much more – - plus a fun little package for the little ones in your life, too!

To learn more about each of these companies and the fab products they offer, over the next few weeks, Dana and I will both be featuring some of these products so you can learn more. Stay tuned, because you’ll want to check out what they all have to offer and what YOU could be winning for yourself!

Get to know these brands and get excited… because, we can’t wait to let one lucky reader of BabyElan {Daily} & Forever’s Like a Dream get pampered like you deserve! Enter via the Rafflecopter form below!

What will you win!?


yoga pants

Danskin Logo

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Lindsay Phillips

a pair of their adorable switch flops!


Basq Skincare

It’s a Small World gift set in pink OR blue


Cozy Cover

Cozy Cover’s Easy Seat

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Fitness Flower

Your choice of Bathroom Begonia or Office Orchid


Erin Condren

Island Fleur Gift Set



$25 Amazon Giftcard

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Squeeze’Ems Reusable Food Pouches



Inflatable Booster Seat – Neon yellow

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Jessica London

Striped Top

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Difrax logo


Your choice of pan from the I LOVE Cooking Collection



FlipBelt in color of your choice

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yoga mat

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AND – - if you’re in Charlotte, NC – check out this AWESOME and super generous giveaway from our very dear friend, Michelle Neira Photography!!!

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