Saturday, April 19, 2014

Q is for Queen, A to Z Challenge

Today is brought to you by the letter Q. 

Lately I have been spending my evenings watching Netflix while the little one dozes off to sleep. I was hooked on the Borgias ( the Jeremy Irons version) and then when I finished that I tried the other version, and couldn't get into it. Next was The Tudors. 

I try pretty hard not to go look everything up historically, and since my English history is pretty weak, I was able to keep the mystery alive.. I knew Henry the 8th had a bazillion wives, and I kind of remember something about Anne Boleyn getting her head chopped but that was about it.

It made me really feel sad for the sad state of women in that time. Although we still have a long way to go as women, I feel pretty confident that MOST women that will be crowned a Queen these days will have very little risk of publicly having their head ending up in a royal basket. (now there are some conspiracy types that may dispute this, but work with me here..) 

I felt sad that the lack of male heirs was at least the partial downfall of these women. Clearly now we know that in fact the MALE is the one that contributes that little section of DNA, so blaming the woman is fruitless. ( there are still those that do but I doubt they will be beheaded for it either. Divorce is a thing now..)

Besides this bearing male heirs, their lives seem pretty dull. Sure they got better food and such compared to the average person, but they were stuck with the ladylike pursuits.. gossip.. drama.  It doesn't sound as glamorous as a Disney movie might have you think. The way they are portrayed in the Tudors, they didn't even get to care for their children. 

Now being the King.. that is a whole other post. Since we are past K, we may have to wait until next year.. lol.


Giveaway of Build-A-Bear $25 Gift Card

I don't know about you, but we love Build-a-Bears around here. My daughter has a few of them that were given out as promo items at a Phoenix Coyotes hockey game awhile back. They have little jerseys and a puck and are super cute. My daughter calls him Puck of course and it is very cute- I would love to add a few more to our collection of stuffed animals!



 

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Rarity is a My Little Pony unicorn - she is gorgeous with her thick eyelashes and beautiful cape! She is one of the main characters at My Little Pony Friendship is Magic - she is Sweetie Belle's older sister and works as a seamstress in her shop at Ponyville and she represents generosity. 
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And the little Unicorn next to her? Sweetie Belle - one of the Mini Cutie Mark Crusaders.





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Friday, April 18, 2014

Weekend deals at One Kings Lane

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Weekend Sales at One Kings Lane
This weekend's sales include a trio of sales that will have something for everyone's bedroom, big ideas for small spaces, deals on fun-filled delights and a whole day of Easter sales celebrations.

THURSDAY SALES at One Kings Lane
Sales are all about the bedroom — kids, guests, and yours. Time to make your sleeping den an inspired place where dreams are made.


Make It Magical for Kids at One Kings Lane
Add enchantment to a kid's room with this assortment of hip art, furniture and more.

Welcome Guests with Color at One Kings Lane
Welcome your guests into your home with bright hues and bold patterns to liven up their dreams and celebrate their repose.

Escape Without Leaving Home at One Kings Lane
Create the perfect oasis for lazy days and restful nights with this collection of bedroom furniture and decor. 


FRIDAY SALES at One Kings Lane
Small spaces are the focus of Friday's sales: the cabin, the garden shop and the cabana. Take a look at how to outfit minimally but with big style.



The Garden Shop at One Kings Lane
Here are all of the perfect tools and outdoor accents to make your green thumb shine this season. 

The Contemporary Cabin at One Kings Lane
A mixture of furniture, rugs, mirrors and more to create the comfort of a cabin retreat with the sleek style of an urban loft. 

Cabana Chic at One Kings Lane
Accessories that capture the cabana carefree style that define the warmer months. 


SATURDAY SALES at One Kings Lane
Fun comes in all shapes and sizes, and this collection of sales highlights the best that summer, our furry friends and childhood has to offer.




Jax & Bones at One Kings Lane
Come feel the love in this irresistible selection of doggie beds, toys, and accessories, all proudly made in the USA.

Summer is Coming at One Kings Lane
Welcome the sunshine with this enticing collection of outdoor furniture and accessories to create the idyllic poolside retreat.

Artisanal: Dolls for All Seasons at One Kings Lane
A collection of wonderfully whimsical rag dolls made from cashmere, remnants of antique and vintage textiles, by the lovely and talented Jess Brown.


SUNDAY SALES at One Kings Lane
Celebrate the season of spring with this trio of incredible deals in our Easter Blowout Sales.

Easter Blowout — B&B at One Kings Lane
Bringing together the best in the bedroom and the kitchen to create your very own B&B flavored sale.

Easter Blowout — Pillows and Throws at One Kings Lane
Cozy and comfortable are available at incredible prices so you can spread warmth around to all that you love.

Easter Blowout — Travel at One Kings Lane
This sale of travel-inspired items will drive you to hit the road, hop a plane or catch a train off into a new faraway adventur

50% Off NHL Gear Today Only

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Well, my team is not in the playoffs, but that doesn't mean we can't all enjoy a coupon for some new NHL gear- check out the selection over at Reebok!

It's playoff time everyone! I have the magic ticket to you to be looking like the greatest fan out there, a 50% off code for your next Reebok Official NHL Gear purchase: HOCKEY101. Head on over to the site using below link and get yourself that jersey you've been dying to get or pick it up for your loved one! The smile on their face is worth every penny.
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P is for Press.. WordPress, A to Z Challenge

Ok- I fudged that one a little, but it is on my mind. I have been madly setting up my new blog over at http://www.itzybellababy.com/ and have been having a wild ride!

I have my own domain, courtesy of Bluehost and I am pretty pleased.

I have been pretty spoiled with Blogger. I will not lie, it is pretty easy to set up a quick and dirty blog that suits some needs, but for the long run, it seems Wordpress is the way to go. 

I have a lot more options there, and I will own my site and domain. I am thinking that I will be keeping this blog though, just for a bit to see if there are maybe 2 paths to go on at the same time. It can't hurt to diversify right? Plus we don't want to leave http://aliasadog.blogspot.com/ on her own do we? 

Of course I can just take the dog blog with me.. maybe I will. Lol.

So Wordpress- so many things to learn. SO many new plugins to use to enhance the reader's and my experience. I think I could spend days just playing and trying new stuff. 

Have you thought about ditching your blogspot or other freebie site for a fancy one? What was your experience?

Craftsy's BIG Easter Sale: Up to 75% Off !


Craftsy's BIG Easter Sale: Up to 75% Off !
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There is so much more hopping your way this weekend! Craftsy is giving up to 75% off of all fabric, yarn and project kits! This sale is only during Easter weekend (Friday 4/18 - Monday 4/21 at 11:59pm MDT), so be sure to jump on it quick or you will miss it.


Not into fabric? Well check out yarn!




Craftsy

Thursday, April 17, 2014

O is for Outside, A to Z Challenge

Living in Phoenix, we don't get to be outside for as much time as I would like. The sun is brutal, the heat is worse, and I am a wimp.

I also find the number of bees very disturbing at the moment. I swell up a bit when I am stung, and I am terrified that my daughter will be allergic too. At her age, it can be so deadly.

I am also terrified of the Africanized bees that are common at this time of year. They swarm in yards around here and will attack with little provocation. These attacks are rare, knock on wood, but who wants to be the ONE that happens?

In fact, they regularly swarm in a parking lot where I used to work. It would happen several times every year in the spring, and the bee man would just say- wait til they leave.. nothing to do.. blech. I always dreaded that the car would be mine..

At night, we have mosquitos. These I suspect are from the neighbor's pool. We have called the county several times over the years, but they seem to have little interest in eliminating the issue.

We will put up our baby pool in a few weeks, under the shade, but we will generally swim in the evening with citronella on. Smoky. Not that great, but better than bee attacks. It is also cooler.

Maybe someday we will live somewhere a little more outside friendly. I want my daughter to be a little treehugger too!

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

ModCloth’s ‘Spring-Time to Shine’ Contest- win a $50 gift certificate

FTC Disclosure Statement: This post contains affiliate links and I will be compensated if you make a purchase after clicking on my links. 

Mid Century Fashion - Sleek It Out Dress in Cobalt

Are you picturing someone from Mad Men wearing this dress? I am. Feels like someone should throw a viewing party on a Sunday night, serve martinis and this dress will be in the house..or I will just stay home and drink martinis anyway.. I dunno.. either way- check out the offering below from Modcloth. They have got a great idea for you to share your fashion!


Share your spring style with ModCloth’s ‘Spring-Time to Shine’ Contest, and you could win a $50 gift certificate! 

Entering is simple -- just snap a photo of yourself in your freshest spring ensemble and upload to the Style Gallery

Outfits do not need to feature ModCloth (although it is encouraged!), and users can submit as many entries as their hearts desire. Two winners will be chosen and featured by ModCloth. 

This contest is open to both domestic and international applications through 1 pm PT on 4/28. 

Please see the blog for more details. Good luck!

Three things people say you might not need for a baby, but I disagree

There are millions of products on the market for babies. It can be maddening trying to decide what to buy, especially if you are on a budget.

Here are a few things that many people say you don't need. We found that we did, and we were glad we got them.



1. Prince Lionheart Warmies Wipes Warmer





To this day, my daughter cringes when we change her diaper with something cold or room temperature. I do the bulk of my diaper changes near a sink with warm water, but back in the day, she was changed a lot in the bedroom and this was very important to keeping her calm during a diaper change. I don't like cold stuff on my lady bits, why would she?


2.BabyHawk Mei Tai Organic Baby Carrier, Black Floral Silhouette





I didn't know anything about babywearing before I took some classes at a birth center ( from my fabulous Doula.) We had no idea how important this was going to be for us. We wore our daughter quite a bit when she was an infant. She was fussy and wouldn't ever really sleep in a crib. She would always fall asleep in her Babyhawk. Even as a 2 year old she loves going "on back" with daddy. If you haven't tried one of these- do it. You will not be sorry! Ours goes to 40 pounds, so we have a long way to go.

3.HALO SleepSack 100% Cotton Wearable Blanket, Baby Blue, Large




When we first had the baby, she wouldn't really sleep anywhere but on us and in her car seat (not a suggested practice.) When we finally got her to sleep in a cosleeper around 6 months or so, it was always cold in the house. Putting on footed jammies and such is nice, but we found that another layer was needed. We found that these sleep sacks were the ticket. It is a wearable blanket. No risk of suffocating or tangling in blankets with these. Easy to get in and out of, and soft. They come in summer weights and winter weights and loads of colors.  We had several and loved them!

What are some things that you were told were unneeded that ended up saving your sanity?

Wordless Wednesday 4/16/14

Today's Wordless Wednesday is brought to you by a fabulous cake.

My man bakes all the cakes around here. He has grand ideas and shops for supplies and we are never without an inspirational cake for our family events.

We have cake pans for a few seasons- a cathedral for Christmas, a heart pan for Valentine's Day, skulls and pumpkins for Halloween, a bunny for Easter... but a toddler's birthday this year required a ship.

We COULD have purchased an expensive pan and made something, like this

Nordic Ware Pro Cast Pirate Ship Cake Pan




but instead, he came up with this idea, and it was fabulous.