baby products

Grandparent must haves for the newborn @thebabycubby #ad

Grandparents always like to spoil their grandkids! If you know any grandparents looking for great gifts and a one stop shop to buy all those gifts check out Baby

The Baby Cubby is not just another baby store. It is a great resource for parents and grandparents whether it’s to find that must have gift or to be a resource for the journey of parenthood.  The Cubby Community Blog is an excellent resource for lots of different gift ideas, parenting tips and guidance.

The Baby Cubby is for every parent out there who has ever felt overwhelmed or discouraged about becoming a parent.It is a site that is encouraging, inspiring, and fun to shop too and just wants to remind parents how amazing they are and how important their role is. The best site to shop for the best and safest baby gear with price match everyday – even amazon –and it offers free shipping nationwide over $49.

So take a look at their site and we found the best must haves for newborn gifts 0-6 months –perfect for grandparents to give the new baby. Be sure to look through the site as there are many different options to choose from. Here are some newborn suggestions trendymommies has for grandparents to gift:

  • Nursery – The Owlet Vitals Monitor stays up all night so parents don’t have to. You can rest easy at night since the Owlet monitor will alert you when your baby’s oxygen level and or heart rate drop below normal allowing you enough time to get the help you need
  • Gear – MZ Wallace Chelsea – Scarlet Red Bedford diaper bag, $295.00. New moms have your mom buy you a bag that does not look like a diaper bag!  Small enough for everyday use, but large enough to carry everything, the Scarlet Red Bedford Chelsea has an exterior zippered pocket, a crossbody strap, and long, comfortable shoulder straps in a bright, fun color.
  • Feeding- Teethers have come a long way and moms don’t have time to get dressed and pack everything! Get dressed and throw on this Mama and Little Lexi Silicone Teething Necklace – Black Licorice, $25.00. It dresses up any outfit!
  • Play – from books to stuffed animals grandma and grandpa – pick out any of these for a sweet gift
  • Clothes – there are so many styles and colors to choose from but we LOVED this little box of sox!  Stance Socks Girls Chicklet Box, $30.00and the reinforced heel and toe will make everybody happy. They also have a boy box too!
Get great gear, gadgets and a great selection @thebabycubby

Get great gear, gadgets and a great selection @thebabycubby

Disclosure: I was compensated for this sponsored blog post. All opinions in this post are my own.


A new kind of protective smart phone case @LoopyCases #StoptheDrop #ad

I have a drawer full of iphone cases. Each time I buy one I think…this is it…this is the case that I will love and it will protect my phone and be awesome. So really that is not the case for most cases!  That is why I was so glad loopy cases sent me a phone case to test out and review. It is so unlike any other protective phone case ever.

How many times has your phone slipped out of your hands?  Thanks to loopy cases that will not happen again. You’re in the loop with this very functional case which allows you to reach your entire screen, carry multiple items at once and you can even run with your phone in your hand without worrying about it dropping. There is a loop attached to the case that you slip your finger through….how creative! The loop even acts as a kickstand to watch videos and movies. It comes in many different colors and there is no bulk – for both iphones and Samsung devices.

This new case design all came about as a simple way to protect your phone – by not dropping it in the first place. The company calls it pro-active protection. I think it’s a great idea and love it. One handed use at its best – perfect for those on the go, hurrying around – hello moms -  this is your new favorite case.

You have to try it for yourself. readers use code SHAREME for 15% off.

Disclosure:  Loopy Cases sent me a phone case to test out. All opinions in this post are my own.

Get in the Loop with @LoopyCases

Get in the Loop with @LoopyCases


Birthday Parties, Events, Toys

Saving on Birthday Party Gifts – top 5 list

Each school year the girls are invited to a ton of birthday parties!  What do families with many children do? What are the cost effective ways to save on Birthday party gifts?  Annmarie sat down with New England Cable News to talk about this topic!

Here are the top 5 ways to save and gift ideas from


1.  Make a plan each September -  write down your birthday gift needs and start shopping – look for buy one get one free toys, stock up on board games – all ages love a good board or card game (hello apples to apples). Board games are also usually on sale around Christmas time so stock up on multiple games then. You can even buy a smaller card game and add a gift card to the gift bag.

2.  Think seasonal – buy fun summer items at the end of the season and gift them for winter birthdays. A nice tote bag filled with sunglasses, a towel and a t shirt is a nice way to remember summer.

3.  Use your retail reward cards for savings – we love CVS and their extra care program – collect and save your extra bucks – it’s money to buy gifts!  CVS is a one stop shop for kids gifts 10 dollars and 5 dollars and under and for small toys, hair accessories, candy, cards and art supplies.

4.  Buy art supplies in bulk – cute note books, personalized note cards and a nice pencil set coupled with a gift card makes a nice gift. Discount retailers have note books in multiples so divide up and package nicely. Use the tote bags at Michael’s crafts for the packaging of the gift!  Kids can decorate it themselves!

5.  Save on tissue paper and gift bags – you can reuse gift bags and buy tissue paper at the dollar store. Stock up and save on these items so you have them and are not running around at the last minute and spending 5 dollars on a gift bag and tissue!

Happy Shopping!

Birthday Party!

Birthday Party!



Travel goals #travelgoals

It’s September and that means back to school, routine and chaos! I am sure many of you are not even thinking about a vacation or traveling! However as parents we run around a lot with our kids and sometimes taking time off and planning a vacation is not always easy. BUT even if it’s a day trip, a quick visit to another city or a full blown trip around the world, getting away can be fun! We do love our weekend day trips to Boston and each year I map out where I would like to go on vacation. This year the kids want to go back to Florida (it is nice when you have friends you can stay with) as well as take a trip to San Francisco. Of course on my list is to take a trip to Italy and France! What are your travel goals this year?

Enjoying the sites in Boston from the car! #travel #travelblogger

Enjoying the sites in Boston from the car! #travel #travelblogger

body wash, shampoo

@SheaMoisture beauty products A review: #amillionwaystoshea

I like safe and effective beauty products and test out a lot of products. I love the Shea Moisture line and the company history is interesting, the products smell great and they work. Plus they are a natural, organic and a sustainably-produced line. Not all products can say that!  AND 10 % Of the Shea Moisture community commerce sales go to women-led business to support local communities where the ingredients come from.

Their web site says they strive to be sulfate free, paraben free and are tested on people not animals. The products in the Shea Moisture line use some pretty unique ingredients gathered from around the world and the background of this beauty line is interesting. Sofi Tucker started selling Shea Nuts at the village market in Bonthe, Sierra Leone in 1912. By age 19, the widowed mother of four was selling Shea Butter, African Black Soap and her homemade hair and skin preparations all over the countryside. This legacy continues today. Here are a few of the items I tested out.

The SheaMoisture Fruit Fusion Coconut Water Collection smells so good! The shampoo and conditioner is enriched with Fruit Infused Coconut Water, Imbe Oil and Certified organic Shea Butter (that is ethically sourced from seven women’s co-ops in Northern Ghana) A nice weightless formulation that gives a bit of boost to my hair!

The 10-in-1 Renewal System is great for older hair (lol…ok moms in their 30’s and 40’s!) The antioxidant-rich collection helps to perfect and renew vibrancy to dull, lackluster hair. I use this as a special treat for my hair. It is sulfate-free has anti-aging benefits (no more frizz), color protection and your hair is super soft!

I love the bars of soap and body lotion too. The superfruit organic complex bar soap has Shea and Mango Butter and the superfruit complex of Raspberry Ketone, Goji, Acai and Guava extracts to nourish skin. I do notice when I use this that my skin is much smoother and it also lathers very well. Check out all their products as they have something for everyone. In fact they have a new web app #amillionwaystoshea in which you can upload a photo and answer some questions on which product is best for you!

Disclosure: Shea Moisture sent me the items above to test out and review. All opinions in this blog post are my own.

Shea Moisture

safe, healthy beauty products from Shea Moisture

safe, healthy beauty products from Shea Moisture

make-up, Uncategorized

All you need in your make-up bag @janeiredale #mineral #ad

I am always looking for products that are easy to use and multi-functional products are always nice too!  That is why I love Jane Iredale’s products. The mineral make-up line has been around a while but always comes out with innovative products. The company sent me several items to test out and review and here are the results.

You know when you are on the go and need a touch up but don’t want to bring the eye shadow, liner and applicator, etc. – well Jane Iredale has this mystikol eye which is a  liner/shadow all in one and it is great. It is compact and creates a soft, smoky eye effect. Great colors too in a slim, eyeliner design.

How many of us use SPF on our hands??? Well you should and that is why I like this staple in my make-up bag. Hand Drink is the item to keep in your car too- it is a hand cream with an SPF 15 and is ultra hydrating. I liked the smell of it – like roses but it is a bit strong – my kids didn’t like.

I never have individual eye shadows in my make-up bag as it takes up too much room!  Jane Iredale’s naturally matte eye shadow kit is perfect for gals on the go as it includes five blendable shades and the colors are so light but look very nice. Plus it is a very slim case so perfect for on the go.

Lip Fixation  is my go to product. It is a lip stain on one end and a gloss on the other. It really is the only product that stays on my lips! I have had several of these over the years actually and finally got to test out a color that is new to me -Cherish – which is a bubblegum pink and sheer frosted gloss. I make it lighter or darker depending on the lip liner I use. Plus with this you always have gloss with you.



I always admire the Jane Iredale packaging and the Sugar & Butter Lip Exfoliator/Plumper comes in a cute little gold case!  It is lip exfoliator/plumper duo and is an on the go lifesaver. No need for any lip balm when you wake up in the morning use the exfoliator and then wipe and immediately put on the plumper and you are set to go!

Now to go empty out all my old make-up and replace with the new Jane Iredale make-up.

Disclosure: The company sent me the above products to test out. All opinions in this blog post are my own.

Jane Iredale fun, new make-up

Must have make-up from Jane Iredale

self tanner

Looking to extend that natural sun-kissed glow? Try @beautisol #ad

Well for us in the northeast summer is over but that does not mean your tan has to fade!  I am always one to use a great spf and then a self-tanner too for a bit of color. I have tried a lot of self-tanners over the years and am always looking for a natural, safe line. One that I just discovered is beautisol. It smells great and is cruelty free and vegan formulated without parabens.

I tested out the Medium Self-Tanning Mousse. What I liked is that it is lightweight, quick drying and offers a natural sun kissed glow. No orange at all. This is the best self-tanner I have tried in a while (and I have tried everything from lotions to gradual to spray tanning) and it lasts.

It does have a nice sent which most of the self-tanning products on the market do not. Their website says, “Beautisol’s odor eliminating fragrance technology, PURE SCENT, helps to neutralize the unpleasant processing odors that self-tanners are famous for by up to 80%.” and I agree – no weird smell.

I love how all products are PETA certified and are free of parabens, propylene glycol, sodium laurel and laureth sulfate. They have a line of other lotions, exfoliating mitts and application mitts – check them out!

Disclosure: The company sent me the mousse to test out. All opinions in this blog post are my own.

beautysol self tanner - quick, easy and no self tan odor!

beautisol self tanner – quick, easy and no self tan odor!


chocolate, Products

@harborsweetslaunchesGather chocolate

Gather, The newest purpose-driven chocolate by Salem based Harbor Sweet launches today!

This small batch chocolate line will support a cause critical to the environment: protecting honeybees. The chocolate comes in a beautiful package presented with six distinct taste experiences unified by dark chocolate and a subtle note of local wildflower honey.

The taste and combination of the chocolate and the honey is unlike any other chocolate I have tasted (and I eat a lot of cholate!) What is also nice about this chocolate is a portion of sales will be donated to the Pollinator Partnership which is a 501c3 NGO that educates and advocates best beekeeping practices for honeybee protection.

The honeycomb shaped box showcases six individually shaped honey-infused chocolates including three truffles: caramelized honey, pomegranate molasses and sour cherry and three dark chocolate: cashew caramel, coconut cluster and sesame crunch. They almost look too pretty to eat!  But of course once you have one you will eat the whole box.  The six piece box is $12.50 and the 12-piece box is 18.50. Perfect for holiday gift giving or a hostess gift –Instead of brining wine to a social gathering bring a box of Gather and you will be the hit of the party! Harbor Sweets has been producing handcrafted artisan chocolates from its historic red brick building in Salem and is sold online here and at fine gourmet grocers and gift shops.

New chocolate from harbor sweets called Gather

New chocolate from harbor sweets called Gather

Disclosure:  Harbor Sweets sent me a box of Gather to taste and review. All opinions in this blog post are my own.



Events, Red Sox

Get your @RedSox bobbleheads #Giveaway and Fun @fenwaypark events #LegoDay #RedSoxMoms

Looking for a nice summer night out? Check out the special events at Fenway Park. Also, if you can tell me what your favorite thing to do near Fenway (besides watching the game of course) you will be entered to win a Jason Varitek bobblehead or Wally & Tessie bobblehead!

Here are some fun things to do with the family this last week of August. On Monday, August 29 “Catch ‘em All” night is a fun event for kids and families to capture all the characters around Fenway and battle in the gym. Your ticket will include a custom map serving as a Poké -map of the park and a limited edition Fenway gym badge. Special Ticket Required and here is the link

On Wednesday, August 31 It’s “Wally Piggy Bank” Promo Item where Fans age 14 and under will receive a Wally Piggy Bank. (Presented By Hood)

The Red Sox and LEGO Systems, Inc. are proud to announce the first LEGO® Day at Fenway Park on Wednesday, August 31 at 1:35 pm when the Red Sox face the Tampa Bay Rays. The purchase of a game ticket through this special offer also includes a limited edition Red Sox themed player build, made with LEGO bricks. Additionally, this ticket package will include access to the pre-game LEGO Build Experience in the Kids Concourse from 11:00am-1:35pm. A life-sized Red Sox player LEGO model for fans to see and take pictures with be a special site! Tickets are limited to the first 2,000 guests who order through this special offer. Special Ticket Required and here is the link:

Disclosure: I am part of the Red Sox Moms initiative and as such I am treated to special events and a game or two as part of the campaign.