Construction Eating Utensils Review

Construction utensils. Yes, three of them and so cute. The set consists of a fork, spoon, and a pusher. We found them at Construtive Eating. I couldn’t resist, I just had to know more about these unique utensils. So, I contacted Jackie Malcolm, the creator, to give me a little insight as to how she came up with these fun items.

Jackie told us that these items were created as a result of her middle child, a boy, who was going through his construction phase. Jackie stated, “It was just one of those middle of the night ideas. Our third child was still very young and we spent many wakeful night hours just laying in bed, sleepless and thinking. It just dawned on me that construction machine utensils would really tickle his fancy”.

Jackie stated that her husband was an engineer, so he fine tuned the designs after local stores expressed an interest.

Constructive Eating has added a matching plate to their collection. I had the opportunity to review the plate, and I found the orange color stimulating. It’s divided into 4 section and contains a place to hold the fork, spoon and pusher. The bottom of the plate contains rubber, which keeps the plate from sliding. This is a great concept. The plate is a great buy at $14.95.

I absolutely love the utensils. The set consists of a fork, spoon and a pusher and the construction is superb. The construction is important to me, because my 18 month old grandson believes everything is made to be thrown. He’s learning to feed himself, so I thought this set would be perfect. When I gave him the spoon, he immediately pointed to his dump truck. He loves it. I carry it in my diaper bag now. He loves to eat his ice cream off it when we’re out and about. He also uses the fork for his corn, mac and cheese and Cheerios. Yes, he uses it for Cheerios too.

Be warned, these utensils are so cute your toddler won’t want to share. My grandson’s cousin visited and wanted to use his spoon at breakfast. Oh my, let the fun begin. Xavier wasn’t happy about sharing, so guess who will be buying a set of utensils for visiting cousins in the near future? The set is $19.95 and is available in pink and green.

I highly recommend this feeding set for a birthday or Christmas gift or a fun way to get your toddler to eat. We would love to know your thoughts on this set, so please leave us a comment.

Baby Jamz Review

This old man, he played one he played knick-knack on my thumb, With a knick-knack paddywhack, give a dog a bone, This old man came rolling home. You know the words to the song, but I bet you’ve never heard them with the rhythm and rhyme that Baby Jamz use. These babies get their groove on, holler.
After checking out this CD, I purchased it for my grandson. Baby Jamz is a creation of Solange Knowles and her father Matthew Knowles. In case you don’t know, Solange is Beyonce Knowles little sister. She has an adorable little boy named Julez, so she decided to take her talents in the baby/toddler direction. She created a Hip Hop CD of nursery rhymes, which engages babies and toddlers. My grandson loves it. I’ll be purchasing Volume II to place in his Easter basket. Now I’m not a fan of Hip Hop, but this CD has flavor. I found myself dancing to This Old Man along with my grandson, and I have to say I thoroughly enjoyed it.
Baby Jamz features 4 friends, Julez, Simon, Carlos, and the gorgeous Jasmine. They are so cute. They can be found on a variety of Baby Jamz products, including a Dance Mat, Master Mix Chair, and their CDs to name a few. I love the CD. It includes Twinkle Twinkle Little Star, The Wheels on the Bus, Hush Little Baby, and Old McDonald’s among others. At 18 months, my grandson listens to the entire CD.
Check out Baby Jamz and tell us which products you like, and your favorite Baby Jamz friend. We would love to know your opinion on these great products.

Little Chickie Onesie Give Away

I’m going to run with scissors! A mother’s worst night mare, but so cute on this onesie. I could see my 18 month old grandson wearing this. It’s adorable and the products are made with 100% organic cotton. We found it at Little Chickie’s Wear, and guess what they have more.


Other favorites are I Toot Toot, Give Me Milk, and I Am The Frosting. These sayings/designs can be printed on t-shirts as well as hats. Gwen, the owner, uses papers from around the world, paints, and gems to create the whimsical art that is printed on clothing for both boys and girls.


I love seeing little chubby legs sticking out from onesies. I’m always searching for something unique and Little Chickie Wear has them. I also like the fact that I can order these cute designs on t-shirts. I love dressing my grandson in tees and jeans. The onesie and hat would make a nice baby shower gift, birthday or Christmas gift too.

Little Chickie Wear has a onesie or tee waiting for you. Here’s how you can win. Visit Little Chickie Wear and tell us your favorite design. We will randomly select a winner from the comments. The winner will have 3 days to respond to the notification. Failure to respond in 3 days will result in disqualification. This contest will end at mid-night on May 5, 2009.

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Is This Water Blue Enough For You?

I need a vacation, and I’ve decided that I’m going to lay on this beach and enjoy the blue water in June. I own a condo in this building, top floor, far right facing the ocean, and I can’t wait to utilize it this year. I don’t always use it, there’s either something going on or I want to head elsewhere. It’s been on my mind recently, so I’m taking that as a sign that I need to pack my bags and make use of it.
My condo is approximately 1 hour from Orlando and 1 hour from Fort Lauderdale. A 2 – 3 day cruise to the Bahamas while I’m there is sealing the deal for me. My doctor told me that I need to relax. High blood pressure runs in my family and I’m borderline. He said I just need to spend time around the pool or on the beach and just let my stress go. I have a tendency to need a vacation when I come back from a vacation. I love to take pictures, so I spend time running around site seeing and snapping pictures as well as finding activies for everyone to enjoy. I’ve decided to take the doctor up on his advice this year. I’m going on vacation with a suitcase full of books, sunscreen and a wireless card for my laptop instead of my camera. .
I’m also going without kids and my man, woo hoo. Do I feel guilty? A little, but that too shall subside. I have to admit it’s looking pretty good to me. I’m going to sleep late, eat when I want and shop as long as I want. I’m making reservations for a Spa Day too. A full body massage, facial, manicure and pedicure are on my list.
I vacationed by myself several years ago, and I loved it. I felt so rested and peaceful when I returned. I missed my family, but no screaming kids, no worrying about dinner, doing laundry or piles of dishes soon replaced the ache for my family. I’m learning that I should be able to take time for me and not feel guilty. There are 365 days in a year, I should be able to take 7 of those days for myself.
I’ve found over the course of the years that I pour everything that I am and everything that I have into everyone else and everything else, and at times I came up exhausted. There was a time in my life when I would not have allowed the thought of me vacationing alone to enter my mine. As I’ve gotten older I’ve become much more independent, and as a result fears have disappeared and my priorities have changed. I’m learning to take care of me.
If you find me MIA for a week in June, you know where I am.

Tom Cruise’s Spaghetti

Ingredients:Makes 4 servings
  • 1/2 inch olive oil (for frying pan)
  • 2 cloves minced garlic
  • 1 chopped onion
  • 8 to 12 thick slices Italian bacon
  • 4 eggs
  • 2 packages spaghetti
  • 2 cups grated parmesan cheese
In a frying pan, combine 1/2 inch of olive oil, 2 cloves of minced garlic, one chopped onion and the Italian bacon cut into small squares. Let simmer for about a half-hour, being careful not to let the oil get to a boiling point.In a bowl, beat 4 eggs with lots of salt and fresh ground pepper.Bring a pan of salted water to a boil. Cook both packages of spaghetti until al dente, drain and immediately add egg mixture to pasta. The eggs are actually cooked by the pasta. (Make sure the eggs are thoroughly cooked before proceeding.) Stir the egg mixture until it is well mixed. Pour in the mixture from the frying pan and stir. Finish with the parmesan cheese and serve!
I plan to serve this dish tomorrow for a luncheon that I’m having.  A salad and bread will be served as well.  I hope you enjoy this recipe as much as I’m going to.

Quotable Sunday

It’s Quotable Sunday. I love quotes, and I thank Toni at A Daily of Toni for creating the opportunity to share a few of my favorite quotes. This week I decided to focus on Success. I chose Success because I’ve had to make a decision regarding my mother, placing her in a Nursing Home temporarily for rehabilitation. I lost my father 10 years ago.

I’ve spent hours this week-end thinking about who I am, where I’ve been, and where I intend to go. I looked at the pictures of my beautiful daughter and grandson, my most precious possessions.  I know that my mother and father are the foundation of my Success. How else could I end up here from where I came from.  They never stopped encouraging, supporting or loving me, and that has truly been the reasons for my success. Here’s to you Mom and Dad:

No matter what accomplishments you make, somebody helped you.
Althea Gibson

If you have achieved any level of success, then pour it into someone else. Success is not success without a successor.
Jesse Jackson

Most people search high and wide for the keys to success. If they only knew, the key to their dreams lies within.
Heram Cain

I just try to be the best I can be and hope that is the best ever.
Tiger Woods

There is in this world no such force as the force of a person determined to rise. The human soul cannot be permanently chained.
W.E.B. Dubois

You’re not obligated to win. You’re obligated to keep trying to do the best you can every day.
Marian Wright Edelman

I try to do the right thing at the right time. They may just be little things, but usually they make the difference between winning and losing.
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

I’ve always believed that if you put in the work, the results will come. I don’t do things half-heartedly. Because I know if I do, then I can expect half-hearted results.
Michael Jordan

The first quote by Althea Gibson and the last by Michael Jordon are my favorites. Leave us a comment and let us know your favorite Success Quote. We would also like to know who has been a major contributor to your success. Be sure to visit A Daily Dose of Toni for quotes.

Lunch With A Friend

I had lunch this week with friend at one of my favorite restaurants, The Bavarian Inn. I absolutely this place. It’s a local restaurant that specializes in German crusine, but they have the best crab cakes and whipped potatoes. The decor is wonderful and they have a great view of their chalets, which have great paintings.


While having lunch with a friend a question crossed my mind. Have you found that food tastes better when you’re enjoying it with a good friend? I’ve taken a look at my friendships over the last few months, and I have few people that I consider a friend. Now to some that may not be a good thing, but to me it shows that I’ve matured and I’ve learned that you can only have a few friends. I have associates, but I can count my true friends on 1 hand.

The majority of them have been in my life for a long time. They’ve stood by me through marriage, motherhood, divorce and now my current relationship. They were there to hold me and wipe my tears when I lost my father to cancer. They’ve fixed soup when I was sick and vowed to take care of my daughter if anything ever happened to me. They’ve stood by me when I’ve made a complete fool out of myself and said things that I later regretted. They’ve stood by me when I’ve made brilliant decisions and not so brilliant decisions. At every turn of my life, they’ve been there. These people have made my life easier with a kind word, a hug, or a pat on the back. These are the people who I call my friends.

What’s your definition of a friend? Leave us comment and tell us about your friendships.

Lunch Tote Give Away

Is this not adorable! Say good bye to the little brown bag, you can carry your lunch in style. We found this fabulous tote at Tote Town. Not only do they have great lunch totes, you can find bible cases, garment bags, diaper bags and cosmetics bags. They also monogram or you have the option of personalizing the item with your name.
The laptop bags caught my eye too. The colors are fun and bright. They’re perfect for Today’s Woman. I travel, and leaving my laptop behind is not an option. These laptop bags would be so much easier for me to get through the airports than my bag on wheels. I would make a line of people behind me so happy if I would leave that piece of luggage at home, lol. This grandma gives Tote Town 3 snaps and a booty shake. If you’re looking for a great baby shower gift, you must check out their diaper bags. They’re trendy and the prices are great.

Tote Town is giving one of our readers a Lunch Tote. You get to choose your favorite. Don’t you love these sponsors. I guarantee you will receive lots of compliments on this fabulous find. Here’s how you can win: Visit www.totetown.com. Leave us a comment on your favorite lunch tote. Be sure to browse the other bags while you’re there. These bags will make great gifts.

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Sylvan 3rd Grade Books Give Away

As my readers know, Giggles & Sugar Kisses is an advocate of reading. In order to read, you must have a good concept of reading comprehension, vocabulary and spelling. Good reading skills start at home and at an early age. As a lover of books, I started my daughter reading by taking her to the library and later joining book clubs and visiting book fairs.

I decided that I would promote more books on my blog in 2009 and encourage parents to start reading and working with their children early to ensure a successful future. I believe we as adults should be examples for our children.

I was thrilled when Meg Rushton, Associate Publicist, from Random House asked me to review 3rd and 4th grade vocabulary/spelling activity and exercise books on my blog. I decided to use my niece and nephew to test the books. Both are in the 3rd grade.

They both enjoyed the activities and both did well. The books allow children to check their answers, they have Check It, the answers on various pages. What’s interesting is my niece is in a private school and getting a first rate education. Her tuition is more per year than some people’s salary. Her environment is small classes and unlimited attention from her teachers. My nephew attends a public school with classes of 20 – 25 other children and limited attention from his teachers.

My nephew did well because he receives unlimited attention at home and is encouraged to spend time reading, doing his home work daily, and being challenged with activitiy books and computer games that support education.

The books we tested are used by Sylvan Learning. Sylvan has been in business for thirty years and is a trusted partner with parents across the country. Their workbooks are fun, feature activities, stories, and games for all ages. Students have proven that they can develop skills needed to achieve the highest academic levels by using their books.

We’re giving away two 3rd Grade workbooks, Reading Comprehension and Vocabulary Success. You could be a winner. Here’s how: Visit Sylvan Learning and browse their site. Leave a comment on what books would benefit your children and a valid email address. Give Away ends April 1, 2009 at midnight and open to US Residents 18+ only. Posts with invalid email addresses will be disqualified.

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Baby Dipper Bowl Give Away

Need to free up a hand when you feed your infant? Wish the bowl didn’t move when your toddler eats? The Baby Dipper Bowl is your answer. Barbara Schwartz holds the patent on this ingenious invention and owns http://www.babydipper.com/

I was excited when Barabar asked me to review The Baby Dipper Bowl. We’re always on the look out for products that make make life easier for mom. When I received the set, I was impressed. I love the color of the bowl and the shape was well thought out. The shape helps with placing the food onto the spoon and the spoon rests in the bowl easily. Great concept if you have the baby in your arms rather than the high chair, which happens often when visiting friends or grandma.

The spoon is contoured with a contrasting handle in yellow. This is a great stimulation for baby. The bowl has a non-slip base to help prevent sliding. This benefit is two-fold, great bonus for mom keeping the bowl stationary while feeding baby and a great bonus for toddlers learning to feed themselves.

The bowl is great for cereal or apple sauce for infants and toddler’s fruits or spaghetti. This set would be a great practical baby shower or new baby gift for a first time mother too. The Baby Dipper Bowl gets two snaps and a booty shake. It goes in grandma’s bag for sure.

One of our readers will be the recipient of The Baby Dipper Bowl too. How awesome is that! The packaging is very nice, it’s ready for gift giving when received. Here’s how you can win? Visit The Baby Dipper Bowl and let us know what you like about the set. Please leave a valid email address. Posts with invalid addresses will be disqualified Give Away will end April 1, 2009 at mid-night and is open to US and Canada Residents 18+ only.

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