Archives for March 2010

Hot Locks: In Home Review Party

This past week, my girls and their friends got the opportunity from Mom Select and Hot Locks to try out a new toy at a party in our home! At first I was intimidated by the thought of 10 little girls running all over my home… but it turned out to be a really good time!

The Hot Locks dolls are all dressed if fashion forward styles, however I didn’t find any of them to inappropriate as you sometimes do with dolls these days. They have brightly colored, abnormally long, silky hair. (Except for one named Nahla… she had a fun sort of afro that was great for using up all the clippies in!)

As far as the play went… the girls all loved that the dolls came with their own brushes and clips. They also loved the hair extension clips as well. Some of the girls began clipping hair extensions into their own hair! It was adorable.

Some of the pitfalls we ran into… The salon playset was a hit… however… the chair was sort of tiny and unstable, so the dolls would fall out. The braid machine was difficult for the age group I was working with (4 and 5’s). I even had a token 8 year old who quickly became frustrated. One of the moms took some time to sit down and test it out. She had a great time with it and the girls loved the results… but I recommend you try the braid machine with older girls.

All in all we had an amazing time. The dolls were a hit and everyone went home happy! The girls voted their favorite doll to be Lilly. She had a frog hot on her head!

Thank you Mom Select and Hot Locks for allowing us to be a part of your test run!

Disclaimer: I was not paid by Mom Select or Hot Locks for my opinion. This review was based on my own experiences. I was given product to use for this review… but it in no way swayed my views.

Mom It Forward AZ and The PBP

On Friday, March 26th, The AZ chapter of Mom It Forward met up with a group called The Peanut Butter Plan. The group meets once a month to make peanut butter and jelly sandwiches for homeless people all across the valley. Adventures ensued…

To find a MIF chapter in your area… Click here.

To find a PBP chapter in your area… Click here.

Tonight on Sew Krazy: Crayon Roll

First of all… I’d like to send the healing power of love to our good friend @shibaguyz. Shannon isn’t feeling well and won’t be able to make the show tonight. Be fear not… He will return!

Tonight we are going to improvise and make a crayon roll! Here’s what you need:

3 – 13 x 5 inch pieces of coordinating fabric (one for the back, one for the front, one for the pocket)
1 – 13 x 5 inch piece of fusible interfacing
1 – ponytail holder
1 – button

I used this tutorial for reference.

See you at 10pm EST on MomTV!

Owl Tutorial From 3/18 Sew Krazy!

I promised to post the tutorial I used for the Owl project on March 18th’s Sew Krazy.

Initially… I got the idea from Sevi Designs.

Sevi has linked up to this tutorial!


Give Back With Hershey’s #BetterBasket!

Welcome to my post for the Hershey’s #BetterBasket Blog Hop! I’m writing this post to help raise money for The Children’s Miracle Network and to spread the word about paying it forward!

Earlier this week, I was able to participate in the Hershey’s Better Basket campaign and give the baskets to a family in my community that could use them. Now Hershey is allowing YOU to give back too!

Hershey’s will donate $10 for every blog that participates in the Hershey’s Better Basket Blog Hop!

(See the rules below)

I am passing on a virtual Hershey’s Better Basket to my closest group of bloggy friends in hopes that they will jump on board and post too!

Cheryl at The Budge Bunch, Michele at Scraps of My Geek Life, Fiona at Bantering Blonde, Karrie at Momma ‘Tudes, Carissa at My Everyday Miracles, Jen at A Busy Mommy and Jen Hinton at Keep It Classy.

Friends… Readers… Bloggers… Take a look at the rules below. Create a post and pass on a virtual basket to your friends and be sure to link it to the meme!


* Create a blog post of giving a virtual Easter Basket to another blogger

* Link back to person who gave you an Easter Basket.

* Let each person you are giving a Virtual Easter Basket know you have given them
a Basket.

* Leave your link at where you can also find the official rules of this #betterbasket blog hop and more information about Better Basket with Hershey’s.

* Hershey’s is donating 10$ per each blog participating to the Better Basket BlogHop to Children’s Miracle Network (up to total of $5,000 by blog posts written by April 4th, 2010).

* Please note that only one blog post by each blog url will count towards the


Hershey’s #BetterBasket

It’s Easter and I was able to participate in an amazing campaign with Hershey’s called #BetterBasket! Twenty bloggers, including me, we asked to head to our local Wal-Mart and check out some of the limited edition holiday candies by Hershey. Some of these candies are exclusive to Wal-Mart!

We purchased baskets, toys, and plenty of Hershey’s candy to fill our baskets! Each blogger was then asked to donate the baskets to his or her community. We created 3 baskets and will be giving them to a local family that could use an Easter blessing.

Here is our Whrrl Story if you’re interested!

I will be posting a special #betterbasket post today that will explain how YOU can get involved and raise money for The Children’s Miracle Network!


The Fine Print: Although I was not paid to write this post… Hershey compensated my shopping trip for Easter Basket supplies.