A Modern Day Fairy Tale: 2013

Saturday, December 28, 2013

Homemade Baby Food Pouches Made Easy with the Infantino Squeeze Station

**Product received for review.

At four months old, my little miss is not quite ready to start baby food yet, but I know that that time will be here before we know it and when it does, I plan to make her baby food at home. I like the idea of knowing exactly where her food comes from, what's in it, when it was made, etc. But as a family that does a lot of traveling to visit grandparents, we don't want to miss out on the on the go convenience that squeeze pouches offer...and with the Infantino Fresh Squeezed collection, we don't have to!!

For this review, I received the Fresh Squeezed Squeeze Station, 50-pack squeeze pouches and a reusable squeeze pouch. These are just a few of the products in this collection that make creating your own baby food pouches easy and convenient.


So, how does it work?

It's very easy. First, start with your homemade puree. (You can use the Peppy Puree or Steam & Smush from the collection, or whatever your preference may be.) The pouches are hung securely in the squeeze stations, and screwed into the filling tube. Then add your puree into the tube, and use the press to push down into the pouch. Unscrew the pouch and add the cap and you're done! It is incredibly easy to use and takes the hassle and mess out of filling your own pouches.


Once you've made your pouches, you can store in the fridge for two days, or make in bulk and freeze for up to two months. These are wonderful for throwing into the diaper bag when you're out and about. In my opinion, they are much more convenient than carrying around jars of food. And when baby is big enough to self feed they can help to reduce some of that mess too. The pouches are great quality and fairly inexpensive for refills. But if you'd prefer to go with an option to reduce the waste, the reusable pouches are a great option too!!

Overall, I was really happy with the Squeeze Station. It was easy to use, convenient and fairly budget friendly. The only real downfall I found for me personally was that the filling tubes were a bit difficult to clean...However, I would say that is probably more so because we do not have a bottle brush. I'm certain it will be much easier once we have one, or for those that have a dishwasher!

If you would like to see more of the wonderful products in the Fresh Squeezed collection, visit the links below:

Visit the Website.
Like Infantino on Facebook.
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Do you make your baby's food yourself? Why did you make that choice? What are your favorite purees to make? And how would the Infantino Squeeze Station make it easier for you?

Disclosure: I received the products mentioned above in exchange for my honest review. All thoughts and opinions are 100% my own.

Thursday, December 26, 2013

Cute as a Button {Buttons Cloth Diaper Review & Giveaway}

**Product received for review.
For most, it seems the decision to cloth diaper is typically based on one of two primary reasons- the amount of money to be saved by using cloth diapers or that they are more environmentally friendly-no chemicals and less waste. But for some, the cuteness of cloth diapers-while not necessarily the key factor- also plays a deciding role. Today I am excited to share with you a diaper that I personally think happens to be one of the cutest in the market- Buttons Diapers.





For this review, I received a diaper cover in lavender, daytime diaper insert, and nighttime doubler insert.

Design, Fit & Functionality:

Buttons Diapers are a two-in-one system featuring a waterproof cover and snap in inserts. The covers feature two layers of soft, easy to wipe PUL. My first thought upon feeling the cover was that the quality was wonderful. Unlike some diapers I've seen where the PUL seems quite thin, these are thicker and feel as though they would do better to prevent leaks. The cover also features double gussets on the legs to further prevent leaks and for a better fit. It seems one of the more common fit issues many face with cloth diapers is around the legs, so this is a great feature. They are one size, fitting babies from 9-35 pounds. They fit our 4 month old very well!!






The inserts have 4 layers of absorbent microfiber and a top layer of fleece to go next to baby's skin. They are quite thick and absorbent, but still offer a trim fit. They have two size options- small for babies 9-20 pounds and large for 20-35 pounds. This helps to provide a great amount of absorbency, while still maintaining that trimmer fit. The inserts snap in conveniently to keep it from sliding around. For nighttime diapers the doubler is perfect- adding 6 more layers of microfiber! These can be snapped to the insert as well as the insert. Because these do not have a fleece layer, they can only be used in addition to the insert. Using both does make the diaper quite bulky, but for those nighttime diapers that can actually last through the night, that doesn't bother me at all. We have very few diapers that work well for overnight, and this is certainly among them. 



 This particular type of system with covers and inserts happens to be one of my favorites. I like that the cover can just be wiped down and insert switched out...meaning less laundry & faster drying time, more budget friendly and when traveling, they tend to take up less room. But I also like versatility, so I decided to try out some of the inserts I'd already had with the Buttons cover. Though the Buttons inserts certainly work best because of the snap in feature, I found that the other inserts worked really well too. Or if you're more of a prefold and cover person, the Buttons cover serves as a great cover for that too. (I even tried the doubler in a pocket and found it worked well for that too.) I do love the Buttons inserts myself, but I love that I can mix and match a bit too, since we all know that not all insert/diaper combos work for all babies.

Style:

As mentioned above, I personally think that Buttons Diapers happen to be one of the cutest options out there. They are quite simple- no fancy patterns or prints, but the colors are beautiful-not too bright, but not too light either. I love the lavender we received, but would love some of the others as well- particularly Pebble. This seems like a wonderful gender neutral color, and I just love it. But the cutest part of all? The sweet little button embroidered on the tush! So simple, yet so absolutely adorable. I love it.


Price:

One of the things that I love about this type of system is that they are very budget friendly...and Buttons is no different. The covers cost just $11, inserts $3.50 and doublers $5. Because you can change out just the insert if baby has only peed (or mess is contained in the insert only), you can purchase fewer covers, with more inserts. The quality of these covers are amazing, and the price is cheaper than many others I've seen. These are a great option for anybody, and really could fit any budget! It is recommended to have 8-10 covers, 18-24 daytime inserts and 2-3 nighttime inserts, which makes for an investment of around $240! Considering the amount you would spend on disposables, that's a huge savings. The only real downfall cost-wise is that you would have to buy new inserts once baby outgrows the small size, but the size range is quite broad and the savings is still tremendous.



Overall, we were thrilled with Buttons Diapers. They are high quality, great price, ridiculously cute and worked really well for my daughter. To learn more about Buttons, visit the links below:

Visit the Website.
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And one very lucky winner is going to win a Buttons diaper cover and two daytime inserts in their choice of size and color!! Enter using the Rafflecopter form below.


Winner will be contacted via e-mail after giveaway ends, and will have 48 hours to respond before a new winner is chosen. One entry per household, winning entry will be verified. Odds of winning depend on valid entries received. A Modern Day Fairy Tale is not responsible for prize delivery.
Disclosure: I received the product mentioned above in exchange for my honest review. All thoughts and opinions are 100% my own.

Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Saturday, December 21, 2013

To Grandmother's House We Go: Tips for Holiday Travels

As a military family, we live far from family and have had to travel MANY times to go home for the holidays and throughout the year. Traveling with infants? It's a topic we are all too familiar with. If you have plans to travel for Christmas this week, be sure to check out my post on the Brica blog for my personal tips to make traveling with little ones easier.




I wish you all a wonderful Christmas and safe travels!

Friday, December 20, 2013

On the Go with Tiny Love's Takealong Bouncer {A Gift Guide Review & Giveaway}

**Product received for review.**

Like many other families out there, this time of year brings a lot of traveling for our family...and traveling with a new baby can be quite a headache. Am I packing enough for baby to wear? How often will I be able to do laundry? Where will baby sleep? What will baby play with? Where will baby sit? And how on earth am I going to fit all of these baby needs into the car!? If you're visiting family that already has a baby, or keeps some baby gear handy for grandbabies, that's one worry down- but for many of us, we have to bring it ourselves. For that, Tiny Love's new Takelong Bouncer is absolutely perfect!




Now, I'll be honest- we've tried several bouncers/swings/etc for our little miss, and hadn't really been able to find one that she enjoyed. Some had toys, some played music, others offered vibration...but after a few minutes, she'd want out. So, while I was excited to try out another bouncer for those times when I just cannot be holding or wearing my sweet girl, I wasn't extremely hopeful either. This bouncer was quite simple- no bells or whistles, no toy bar, no music...but immediately after putting Finley in it, she was content...excited even! I honestly could not tell you what it is she likes about this over others we've tried, I can only assume it's just more comfortable for her. She loves sitting in it and mommy can actually get a little more done!!



Aside from baby's preference though, what really sets this bouncer apart is the portability. It folds up compactly and even comes with a carrying bag, making traveling super easy. When we go home for the holidays (or anytime), our car is usually packed full, so we need something like this that will squeeze easily into the trunk without any added bulk. It's even great for shorter trips, parties, etc where you might need somewhere for baby to sit for a bit without dragging in huge amounts of gear. And let's be honest, baby gear can take up a ton of room...sometimes I feel like our house is being overrun by it all. When this bouncer isn't in use, I can fold it up without taking up a ton of room-making it ideal for those with limited space as well. And it's incredibly quick and easy to fold and unfold.





Overall, we absolutely love the Tiny Love Takealong Bouncer, and recommend it to anyone looking for a great bouncer- rather you intend to travel or not- it's a great product to have! And it's just one of the many wonderful products that Tiny Love has to offer! You can see more from Tiny Love and connect at the links below:

Visit the Website.
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Follow on Twitter.

And one very lucky reader will win a Takealong Bouncer of their own! Enter using the Rafflecopter form below:

a Rafflecopter giveaway


Winner will be contacted via e-mail after giveaway ends, and will have 48 hours to respond before a new winner is chosen. One entry per household, winning entry will be verified. Odds of winning depend on valid entries received. A Modern Day Fairy Tale is not responsible for prize delivery.
Disclosure: I received the above mentioned product in exchange for my honest review. All thoughts and opinions are 100% my own. 

Thursday, December 19, 2013

Finley Grace, Four Months.



(Big brother took our 4 month sticker and stuck it to sister's window, so no official 4 month photo!)
  • It's hard to believe that our sweet girl is four months old today!
  • Her 4 month appointment is not until after the holidays so no official weight just yet...if I were to guess I'd guess she's likely somewhere between 13-15 pounds! She's certainly growing fast!
  • Right now she is still in 3-6 months clothes, but seems like she may be outgrowing those before long.
  • She still is making lots of cooing noises and other little random noises with her mouth..so fun to listen to her find her voice!
  • She has started laughing as well...not huge laughs just yet, but still sweet to see!
  • She can now roll from her tummy to back, and is super close to getting back to belly figured out as well.
  • She is starting to show a slight interest in toys, and honestly seems to be drawn to the color pink. Her favorite toy seems to be Follow Me Fiona (in the picture above), which I find really neat since Finley and Fiona both come from the Gailic 'Fionn'.

    Our sweet girl is the happiest, most easy-going baby in the world! We could not be more lucky. She is growing and learning quickly, and though we wish it would go slower, we are enjoying watching her grow! We cannot wait to celebrate her very first Christmas!!

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Deck The Halls with Treetopia {A Review}

** Product received for review.

It's no secret that I absolutely, positively love Christmas, and everything that goes along with it. The music, the movies, the food...and of course, the decorations! We tend to start our decorating early, and honestly would probably keep it up year round if my husband would agree to it. There is something so magical and beautiful about the festive decor this time of year. So, when Treetopia offered to send me two of their Biltmore Pine Wreaths with Lights to review, I was thrilled and jumped at the chance.

Haven't heard of Treetopia yet? Here's a little information from their website:


Here at Treetopia™, we offer the widest selection of colorful and camera-worthy Christmas trees. In fact, our trees have been seen on the sets of some of your favorite shows, like Good Morning America, and have caught the attention of celebrities like Rachael Ray. Just because we give our customers a product that is fun doesn’t mean we skimp on quality. Every tree, from our  to our , is made from the finest materials around. We even offer a 5-year warranty on all non-clearance foliage, and a 2-year warranty on lights. Forget the cheap, colorful junk of Christmases past; purchasing a Treetopia tree is an investment in many chic holidays to come. 

And don’t think the only holiday we’re talking about is Christmas. From Halloween to Easter and any self-proclaimed holiday or celebration in between, we have you covered. Our premium colorful Christmas trees are sure to delight and impress guests with their high-quality, vibrant hues. Don’t worry—we also have an impressive selection of good ol’ fashioned green artificial Christmas trees when only that classic look will do. So, whether it’s a sassy, classy, sweet, or funky tree you’re looking for, you’ve come to the right place.




While Christmas trees are obviously what Treetopia is best known for, they offer lots of other great holiday decor as well. And all of it is absolutely gorgeous! The wreaths we received are even more lovely in person than they were on the website. They feature two types of pine cones, realistic berries and a combination of pine and spruce needles...it honestly looks as though it could be made of real foliage! Simple, yet gorgeous. The gold bow is absolutely stunning and a great classic look, but if gold's not your style, it is removable so you can customize it to your liking. And the lights are gorgeous as well...and my absolute favorite feature- when one light goes out, the rest remain lit!! There is nothing more annoying than trying to find the one broken light, so this is a huge plus. Overall, I absolutely love the Biltmore Pine Wreath and found it to be the perfect addition to our holiday decor.



If you're looking for some gorgeous, high quality Christmas decor- Treetopia is sure to have you covered. You can find out more and see everything they have to offer at the links below:

Shop The Website.
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Disclosure: I received the product mentioned above in exchange for my honest review. All thoughts and opinions are 100% my own.

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

A Gift For Him: Wahl Lithium Ion Clippers {A Holiday Gift Guide Review}

**Product received for review.

Men are hard to shop for, aren't they? Even after nearly 7 years of marriage, finding the perfect gift for my husband is still a challenge. But one thing that I know will always be a hit in our household is a good pair of clippers! And for that, Wahl has us covered.



Being military, my husband has to keep his hair very short, which means hair cuts are done every Sunday night. For a long time, that meant trips to the barber shop- which took a lot of time and a lot of money. So a few years ago, he made the decision to just do it himself at home. We also keep our son's hair quite short, cutting his hair about once a month or so and again doing so at home. With the frequent haircuts given in our household, a good set of clippers are an absolutely necessity. So when Wahl agreed to send me their Lithium Ion Clippers for review, I was thrilled. Here is a bit of info on these clippers:




Powered by lithium ion technology, the clipper outperforms standard Wahl rechargeable clippers by providing up to two times the run time, clocking in at one hour and 40 minutes on a full charge. This eliminates the need for frequent recharging, and provides a versatile solution for people that prefer to cut hair outside in locations such as the garage or patio. It also provides:
  • 50 percent more power than standard Wahl magnetic motor clippers to avoid snagging, pulling and uneven cutting
  • 15 minute quick charge for over 12 minutes of use, enough for a complete haircut
  • Only three hours for a full charge
  • Includes full-size detail trimmer in kit
The Lithium Ion clipper kit is a premium product that exemplifies Wahl’s innovation, quality and performance. The kit includes Wahl’s easy-to-use guide comb system and a handful of accessories to make home haircutting a breeze. It also includes a trimmer unit for quick upkeep around the ears and neckline. All Wahl clippers and trimmers feature finely ground and detailed blades for superior performance and one pass cutting.

The Lithium Ion also offers a sleek design and handle that fits nicely into the hand and clean-up is easy with a clipper body and head that permit rinse cleaning. It is also designed from durable chrome to help extend the life of the product, and offers a five-year warranty.
For us, these clippers are absolutely perfect. I love that they are rechargeable, and have a longer run time...that means we can do both my husband's and my son's haircuts back to back without having to charge. And unlike other clippers we've used in the past, they don't require being plugged during use- a huge plus for us since we have only one incoveniently placed outlet in our bathroom. They offer many length options that are easy to use, and work wonderfully on both my boys. I also love the included trimmer for ears, neckline, etc. It truly has everything you need for a great haircut at home. And they are from a brand that we absolutely trust to provide high quality, long lasting products (my mother in law has a pair of Wahl clippers that have to be at least over 20 years old that we recently had to use on our son- and they still worked great!) And at $69.99, a great deal too...in our household, that's just two months of haircuts at the barber shop- saving us a TON of money!

More information about Wahl clipper kits is available at www.wahlhaircuts.com.





Disclosure: I received the above mentioned product in exchange for my honest review. All thoughts and opinions are 100% my own.

Monday, December 16, 2013

Home for the Holidays with Hickory Farms {A Review & Giveaway}

**Product received for review.


Welcome to the Home for the Holidays Giveaway Hop, hosted by So Easy Being Green and Viva Veltoro!
We are right in the middle of the Holiday Season, stockings are hung by the Fireplace, the smell of an Evergreen fills your Home... I've teamed up with a great group of bloggers that want to fill your home with even more! The Home for the Holidays Giveaways are all centered around the perfect products for your home - whether it's decorative gifts or appliances, each blogger has something for your home!
While you're hopping around to each, be sure to enter to win the Grand Prize for this Event too! A wonderful prize package worth $1,000 to include a Sebo X4 Upright Vacuum from from Allergy Buyers Club, a 5x8 Mohawk Rug {of Winner's Choice}, and a $75 Gift Certificate to WallsNeedLove.com.
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When I think of 'Home for the Holidays', my mind goes straight to the kitchen. It is the heart of the home isn't it? And that seems to be even more true during this time of the year. Delicious holiday meals, baking cookies for Santa, homemade sweets- it all centers around the kitchen. For many, like my cheese-loving husband, the holidays are made even better with a wonderful cheese and meat tray. For that, Hickory Farms has you covered with their delicious collection of gourmet gift sets.

For this review, I received their Cheddar Flight with Salami Gift Set. This gift set includes:

-5 Oz Apple Smoked Cheddar With Paprika 
-5 Oz Smoked Garlic Cheddar 
-5 Oz Classic Cheddar 
-5 Oz 3 Year Aged Cheddar 
-7 Oz Dry Aged Salami



The gift set comes beautifully packaged, and is shipped with ice packs to ensure it arrives fresh. It also includes a fact sheet about the cheese included and suggests some pairings that would go great with each. Not only would this set make a delicious appetizer for all the Christmas meals, but it's the perfect gift for just about anyone on your list- the foodie, the one who has everything they want/need, the one you don't really know well enough to know what to get them- in my opinion, you can't go wrong with a tasty gift set. And let me tell you, they are tasty!! We're all big cheese fans in my household, and all of these were absolutely delicious. I don't eat meat myself, but my boys do...and the salami went over well with them too!

In my husband's family, one of the traditions we have every year is a Dirty Santa game. Each year we bring in a male gift and a female gift. We then draw numbers, and in order pick gifts from the pile and unwrap to show everyone what it was. The next person up can either choose a new gift, or steal a gift from someone else. This continues until everyone has gotten their gift. It's a ton of fun, but trying to choose a gift that anyone and everyone would love can be a challenge. These Hickory Farms gift sets would be absolutely perfect...and there are many more options available to fit ANY budget!

Want to find out where you can purchase locally, or order online? Check out the links below:



And one very lucky reader is going to win a gift set of their own. Enter using the Rafflecopter form below.




Winner will be contacted via e-mail after giveaway ends, and will have 48 hours to respond before a new winner is chosen. One entry per household, winning entry will be verified. Odds of winning depend on valid entries received. A Modern Day Fairy Tale is not responsible for prize delivery. 
Viva Veltoro, So Easy Being Green, the Blogging Mamas Network, and the Home for the Holidays participating bloggers are not responsible for sponsors who do not fulfill prize obligations.

Disclosure: I received the product mentioned above in exchange for my honest review. All thoughts and opinions are 100% my own.

Saturday, December 14, 2013

A Gift That Gives Back: Hard Rock Imagine Collection {A Holiday Gift Guide Review}

*Product received for review.*
The Christmas season is all about giving. Giving gifts or giving back, the Hard Rock's 2013 Imagine There's No Hunger Campaign makes it easy to do both, with their selection of wonderful products benefiting WhyHunger. Did you know that  1.4 billion people live below the poverty line, 820 million people are undernourished, and 16,000 children die from hunger-related causes every day? If you could do your part to help no child go hungry, why wouldn't you? And with these products you can do so in style. For this review, I received the four products being sold for this cause:




  • Men’s T-Shirt** - Inspired by John Lennon’s song IMAGINE, this chocolate cotton jersey tee features a Hard Rock logo and a peace hand with John Lennon’s signature.  ($26)
  • Scarf** - This vibrant four-color scarf is made of woven rayon and features John Lennon’s signature with the words “Imagine There’s No Hunger.”  ($18)
  • Pin* - This 3D antique gold base metal pin features a peace hand with the words “Imagine There’s No Hunger” vertically placed down the side, along with John Lennon’s signature and the Hard Rock Cafe logo.  ($12)
  • Bracelet *-  Available in violet, blue and orange, this bracelet is made of woven thread with a brushed silver guitar pick charm embossed with the words “Imagine There’s No Hunger” and the Hard Rock Logo.  ($2 or more donation)
 *100% of net proceeds will be donated to WhyHunger**15% of net revenue will be donated to WhyHunger


About WhyHungerWhyHunger is a leader in building the movement to end hunger and poverty by connecting people to nutritious, affordable food and by supporting grassroots solutions that inspire self-reliance and community empowerment. Founded in 1975 by the late Harry Chapin & current Executive Director Bill Ayres, WhyHunger works to put an end to hunger suffered by 49 million Americans and nearly 1 billion people worldwide. WhyHunger’s main programs include the National Hunger Hotline 1-866-3-HUNGRY, which refers individuals in need of emergency food assistance to soup kitchens, food banks, government nutrition programs & community organizations in their neighborhoods; the Grassroots Action Network, which provides information, networking opportunities, capacity building & access to over 8,000 anti-hunger & poverty community organizations across the United States and around the world; and Artists Against Hunger & Poverty which is supported by Bruce Springsteen, Michael McDonald, Chicago, Earth Wind & Fire, Joss Stone, Darryl McDaniels, Jackson Browne, O.A.R, and many others. For more information visit www.whyhunger.org.


These items are the perfect gift for the music lover on your Christmas list. They are high quality, inexpensive, stylish and support a wonderful cause. For me, that person is my husband and 'Imagine' happens to be a song he loves as well (who doesn't!?). He's a band t-shirt and jeans kinda guy, so the tee is right up his alley. For me, I love the scarf. Seeing the pictures online, I honestly wasn't sure I would- I'm not a particular fan of clothing with logos on them- but the colors are absolutely stunning, and once it's on, you don't even notice the writing too much. I've honestly been looking for excuses to wear it (and thankfully with all the colors in it, it matches a lot!) The pin and bracelet are perfect stocking stuffers, and both benefit the cause 100%! If you're looking for the perfect, budget friendly gift that gives back, these are a great place to start.

You can share your Imagine experiences by posting messages, photos and videos at the links below, using the hashtag #IMAGINENOHUNGER.
Hard Rock on Facebook.
Hard Rock on Twitter.

To learn more or to purchase All Imagine There's No Hunger merchandise visit your local Hard Rock Cafe, Hotel or Casino, or go online at www.hardrock.com.




Disclosure: I received the above mentioned products in exchange for my honest review. All thoughts and opinions are 100% my own.

Friday, December 13, 2013

A Gift for Mom from Vintage Pearl {A Holiday Gift Guide Giveaway}

**Product received for review.
If you're like me, you work so hard throughout the holiday season making sure everyone else in the family has the perfect gift under the tree that you neglect to think about what you want. So for this Holiday Gift Guide review and giveaway, I'm focusing on Mom with a fabulous giveaway from The Vintage Pearl.
I, like most moms, love nothing more in this world than my kids. I love showing them off. I love talking about them. I love being with them. I truly just love being a mom. So gifts that show that off? Absolutely perfect. And no one has anything better for that than The Vintage Pearl:

The Vintage Pearl creates unique custom hand stamped jewelry, gifts and keepsakes in our studio in Tulsa, Oklahoma. We use sterling silver, freshwater pearls and birthstone crystals in our meaningful creations. Each piece is handmade and can be personalized with name charms, initials or a special phrase just for you, making every piece a true one-of-a-kind!




For this review, The Vintage Pearl was kind enough to send me the God Gave Me You Necklace, personalized with my children's names. This necklace is absolutely gorgeous online, but once it arrived in person, I was even more stunned by how absolutely stunning it is. The design is beautiful, the quality is amazing and most importantly it reflects my love for my little ones perfectly. This has become my go to necklace and I find myself wearing it nearly daily. So gorgeous and sentimental. 
I could not think of a more perfect gift. 

This is only one of the many gorgeous options available from The Vintage Pearl. With so many amazing styles to choose from, you are sure to find one you love for yourself or a loved one (we know grandmas like to show off their grandbabies as well). They even offer items for men and keepsake gifts as well. Everything is customizeable making it the perfect gift. They also offer 'a la carte' items...so if you add a child later on, you can just add on a new charm- a feature I love!
Want one of these gorgeous necklaces for yourself? You can connect with The Vintage Pearl at the links below:


They are also giving you a chance to win a $50 gift code to put towards anything on their site! Enter using the Rafflecopter form below.



**Prize will not be received before Christmas.**Winner will be contacted via e-mail after giveaway ends, and will have 48 hours to respond before a new winner is chosen. One entry per household, winning entry will be verified. Odds of winning depend on valid entries received. A Modern Day Fairy Tale is not responsible for prize delivery.

Thursday, December 12, 2013

You've Decided to Cloth Diaper...Now What? {A Thanks Mama Review & Giveaway}

**Product received for review.

The easy part is done- you've made the decision to cloth diaper...Now comes the fun part, building up your diaper stash! You've searched the web, asked cloth diapering friends and researched until you're blue in the face trying to figure out which diapers are the best and have come up with a million different answers. The reality is every baby is different, just as every diaper is different and so what works perfectly for one may be horrible on another. The best thing to do is try a little bit of everything before deciding. And to make that easy- Thanks Mama offers some wonderful sampler packs to get you started.



Thanksmama.com is family owned and operated natural baby store. They offer a great selection of cloth diapering products, potty training pants, swim diapers, natural baby care products, baby carriers, bibs, toys, nursery furniture and bedding, strollers and much more. They look for innovative products that are good for the baby and the environment and they never forget that most families are on a budget. That’s why Thanks Mama offers the Lowest Prices, Free Shipping on orders over $60 within USA, 90 days easy returns; Buy Safe Guarantee and Price Guarantee. Thanks Mama does ship worldwide!

Thanksmama.com is dedicated to bringing the best cloth diapers, training pants and swim diapers on the market at the best value. They have many cloth diaper packages that have volume discounts built in, many come with complementary products and make shopping for cloth diapers in bulk easy. Cloth diapers for parents that are new to cloth are also available; they are great for trying different types and brands of cloth diapers. Thanks Mama has knowledgeable customer service that would be happy to help with any questions or concerns. 

If you want to be up to date on everything cloth diapers, know about current promotions, want to read and participate in discussions about natural parenting, modern family fun and challenges, green living; not to mention participate in weekly Giveaways, Sweepstakes, Twitter Parties and Contests, follow Thanks Mama on Facebook, Twitter, Blog, Pinterest or Google +.

For this review, Thanks Mama was kind enough to send me their Favorite Easy To Use Cloth Diaper Sampler. This sampler features two pocket diapers that are very popular in the cloth diapering world. Pocket diapers are a great option for many- easier to use that flats and covers, but still allowing to adjust absorbency for nighttime diapers or heavy wetters. Included in my sampler was a Bumgenius 4.0 in Dazzle and a Fuzzibunz Perfect Size in Candy Apple. I was already familiar with and loved both brands (the majority of our stash is Flips & Fuzzibunz One Size Elite), but had never tried these particular styles.


The Fuzzibunz Perfect Size was in many ways like the One Size Elite we already have. Both feature a stay dry layer for baby's skin, waterproof outer layer and microfiber inserts. The biggest difference being that the perfect size does not offer rise adjustments. The perfect size also includes only one insert, sized to fit. Typically, I tend to prefer one size diapers, but I actually discovered that compared to the OS of the same brand, I actually prefer this. It was a much trimmer fit and just seemed to work better for our little miss. I actually even went with the medium size even though our little miss is 2 pounds shy of the minimum weight of 15 pounds. Still, it works well now and I know will be even better once she's a bit bigger.




The Bumgenius 4.0 is a one size pocket diaper that fits babies from 7 pounds to 35 pounds. They include both a one size insert and a newborn insert. The newborn insert is perfect by itself for smaller babies, and serves as a great doubler for nighttime diapers for bigger babies. I love the unique snap down feature of the one size insert, allowing for the perfect fit, regardless of rise. And it works wonderfully. If you've wondered why Bumgenius is among the most popular brands in the cloth diapering world, it's because they truly are great diapers...for our girl, they have one of the best fits, offer plenty of absorbency and just work really well. The 4.0 is no different!

Overall, we were happy with both diapers in the sampler and loved being able to try out two great diapers for our daughter. And this is only one of the sampler options available at Thanks Mama. All are wonderful and feature great diapers, giving you options of gender, closure type and size. They allow you to try out different styles, and when you find a style you love...you can buy those from Thanks Mama too!! (Not to mention all your other natural baby needs!) To see everything Thanks Mama has to offer, check out the links below and be sure to use the code '5off' for $5 your purchase of $50 or more:

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And one very lucky winner is going to win a $25 gift code for Thanks Mama. You can purchase your own sampler, a different cloth diaper, baby carrier...whatever you'd like! Enter using the Rafflecopter form below.

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Winner will be contacted via e-mail after giveaway ends, and will have 48 hours to respond before a new winner is chosen. One entry per household, winning entry will be verified. Odds of winning depend on valid entries received. A Modern Day Fairy Tale is not responsible for prize delivery.

Disclosure: I received the above mentioned product in exchange for my honest review. All thoughts and opinions are 100% my own. 

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

A Gift for the Little Gentleman from MudPuddles & Ruffles {A Holiday Gift Guide Giveaway}

**Product received for review.

If you're looking for accessories for your little girl- all you have to do is take a quick look around Etsy and you will be overwhelmed by all the adorable options out there...but when it comes to boys (especially slightly older boys like my son), it seems the options are much fewer! So for today's Holiday Gift Guide review and giveaway, I'm excited to share with you an adorable little Etsy shop that has a little something for the boys as well-MudPuddles & Ruffles.



A few weeks back, I shared on my personal Facebook that Shaun had insisted on wearing holiday themed clothing to school, but that his selections were limited. That's when I was contacted by a friend of mine and owner of MudPuddles & Ruffles asking if we'd like a few holiday bowties for my little man to review. I was thrilled! After taking a look around her shop, I was immediately in love! She offers a little bit of everything- bowties, banners, handmade crayons and more...but my favorite were certainly the bowties! We received two for review and they are both ADORABLE!!




The bows we received were both pin-style closure, but they can be purchased in alligator style clip as well. The pin style were perfect for Shaun at six years old, but with a smaller (more wiggly) child, you might find the clip style to be a better option. I love how easy they were to use and that they could really be worn with any top. They are beautifully made with lots of fun color options to choose from- both holiday and not. Don't see a print you like? Ask about custom orders! The possibilities are endless. Shaun and I both love his new bow ties- how handsome is he!?



We also received a sampling of some of the fun handmade crayon options available. These are recycled crayons formed into a variety of fun shapes. With my son's love of Christmas- the holiday shapes are sure to be a hit, but all are absolutely adorable and great quality. These are ideal for stocking stuffers or party favors for your little one...or even just because!

There are just an example of all the great items available through MudPuddles & Ruffles. To see more, please visit the links below:

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And one lucky reader will win a $20 gift code to spend on anything in the shop! Will you buy a bowtie? Some crayons? Enter using the Rafflecopter form below.






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**Prize will not arrive before Christmas**
Winner will be contacted via e-mail after giveaway ends, and will have 48 hours to respond before a new winner is chosen. One entry per household, winning entry will be verified. Odds of winning depend on valid entries received. A Modern Day Fairy Tale is not responsible for prize delivery.

Disclosure: I received the above mentioned product in exchange for my honest review. All thoughts and opinions are 100% my own. 

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

The Perfect Holiday Accessories with Ooh La Leggies {A Holiday Gift Guide Review}

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I think by now those who've been following for awhile know that I absolutely adore baby leg warmers. And If there is anything we love more for our baby girl, it's ruffles. Super cute, girly leg warmers WITH ruffles? I want them all!! So naturally when I discovered Ooh La Leggies I was absolutely in love. 



Ooh La Leggies features an adorable selection of ruffled leg warmers for little girls. For this review they were kind enough to send me two selections from their holiday collection- Mistletoe Green Ruffled Leg Warmers and Holly Jolly Ruffled Leg Warmers.



Leg warmers are great for many reasons. First of all they're extremely convenient. How many times a day do you have to change your baby's diaper? Removing pants over and over and over again can become tiresome- especially if you have a squirmy baby. With leg warmers, no need to undress- unsnap the onesie, change the diaper, snap onesie and done. So easy. They also pack easily and compactly in the diaper bag for changes when you're out and about. When baby starts crawling, they protect their little legs. But perhaps my absolute favorite thing about leg warmers? They are sooo cute!! (Especially with cloth diapers, in my opinion.) And Ooh La Leggies are made even cuter with their adorable ruffle bottoms. Both sets are absolutely perfect  for the holiday season and the Mistletoe Green can even be worn all year round!!






Ooh La Leggies are one size leg warmers, approximately 12-14 inches long and best fitting infants/children 6 months-10 years. Naturally with such a broad size range they will fit quite differently, but their website features a convenient sizing guide that tells how it is likely to fit your child based on their size. Personally, I love that there is such a wide range. Babies grow so quickly and we're constantly having to buy new clothes...with leg warmers, they still fit, just differently, making them quite cost effective as well. Despite Finley being not quite 4 months old, a few months under the suggested age range for these particularly leg warmers, we found that aside from being a bit long, they really fit her chubby little legs quite well already. (For size reference, she is in size 3-6 months clothing and has short, chubby legs.)




Whether you're looking for leg warmers for the holidays, or all year round- Ooh La Leggies has you covered with their adorable designs. They're high quality, adorable and affordable too. To see everything they have to offer, you can check out the links below:



Disclosure: I received the product mentioned above in exchange for my honest review. All thoughts and opinions are 100% my own.

Monday, December 9, 2013

Construct & Customize Your Own Transformers with #ConstructBots {A Holiday Gift Guide Review #sponsored}

This post is a sponsored review written for Hasbro and Mom It Forward Blogger Network. All thoughts and opinions are 100% my own.

Like many kids his age, my son loves constructing things. Buildings, logos, movie theaters, you name it...he'll build it. He also enjoys Transformers. So, a Transformers toy that you can build yourself is absolutely perfect for him...and that is just what you get with the new Transformers Construct-Bots!!



Haven't heard of the Transformers Construct-Bots? This is a unique, new line of toys from Transformers that allows kids to use their creativity to construct, convert and customize their very own Transformers! Each figure includes robot armor, lots of weapons, and accessory parts. Kids can create the iconic Transformers characters they already know and love like Optimus Prime or Bumblebee. Or they can create their own, one of a kind custom creation- all parts between figures are interchangeable and allow children's imaginations to run wild when creating their own Transformer! They can keep it simple- a mere swapping out of the head- or mix it up completely- parts can be used nearly anywhere. The possibilities are endless!



For this review, my son received the Transformers WheelJack Contruct-Bot and I'll be honest, I don't know who was more excited- my son or my husband. (What can I say, I married a big kid!) They could not wait to put it together! My son is on the younger side of the recommended age for this toy (six years old) and I will say that I'm not sure he'd have had the patience to put it together on his own- he likes to be moving constantly- but Daddy was more than happy to step in and help him out. It truly was a great activity that they could enjoy together.

After it was all put together, my son was instantly drawn in. A little something to know about my little guy- even toys he likes-with the exception of a select few- don't tend to hold his attention for more than a few minutes at a time. Typically, he'll play a few minutes, run off, do something else, then maybe come back. The boy is constantly moving. So you can imagine my surprise when he actually continuously played with his Transformers Construct-Bot for 20-25 minutes, and has continued to play with it daily-carrying it around when he's doing other things as well. I'm not sure what it was that drew him in so much- perhaps the excitement of Transformers, mixed in with that love of making your own creation? Regardless, we're always on the hunt for toys that he will actually play with, so this mama was absolutely thrilled!




Like all Transformers, the Construct-Bots convert from vehicle to robot- without taking it apart! My son personally prefers to keep them as robots, and would not let them be switched for photos, but I assure it, it works well as both!

As much fun as my son had with just ONE Construct-Bots figure, more is even better! As mentioned above, all parts are interchangeable between characters and can be mixed and matched to allow your child endless hours of fun, creating fun and unique new characters. Having a child with Autism, we're always on the lookout for toys that will inspire him to be creative- and construction toys of any kind are of course great, but I love the fun spin of these figures! As an added benefit, if you have a child like mine who seems to lose these small pieces, you can just swap out a part from another toy so it can still be used! (Having had to toss out similar toys for this reason, this is a HUGE plus for our family!)



Overall, my son absolutely loved his Construct-Bots figure-as did his daddy! I can certainly see us buying more in the future! If you have a little one in your life who loves Transformers or building toys, these are a must see for them! You can find out more and connect at the links below:



Disclosure: I received the above mentioned product in exchange for review. All thoughts are 100% my own.