Personalized Placemat Give Away

Is this party table fabulous or what? It’s set with placemats from a boutique named Lilybella. Lilybella is listed on my Top 100 Urbane Baby Boutique Sites and this table shows why.

I fell in love with the Choo Choo placemats at Lilybella and we’re sure our Bloggy Give Away visitors will too. My grandson was turning 1 and had just started eating finger foods. I thought how perfect to use when he’s visiting. He loves for Gran to put his finger foods on her coffee table. He likes to walk around and pick up a piece when he wants it. We chose the Choo Choo placemat, personalized with my grandson’s name, and we love it. It’s a quality product and easy to clean. I just tuck it in a drawer with my other placemats when he’s finished. This placemat is fabulicious! It gets 3 snaps, a booty shake and goes in Grandma’s bag for sure!

Lilybella has a variety of placemats and other gifts that are perfect for a birthday, baby shower or Christmas gift. The placemats just happen to be my favorite. Lilybella has the Pretty Princess Line, Perfect Kitty, Dino Tracks, and Fluttering Flower. They also have drink ware that would perfect with the placemats. I will be ordering the personalized Pretty Princess placemat for one of my niece’s Christmas gift. She’s 2.

Lilybella has offered a personalized placemat to one of our readers. Don’t you love it! You could be a winner, here’s how: Visit Lilybella and let us know which placemat you gave a booty shake. You could win it. We will select a winner from our posts, and Lilybella will send your favorite placemat directly to you.

Give Away ends November 25, 2008 and is open to US Residents 18+ only. Winner will have 3 days to respond to notification or they will be disqualified. Posts with invalid email addresses will be disqualified. If you subscribe or you are a current subscriber, you may enter twice. If you subscribe to both the blog and newsletter at Giggles & Sugar Kisses, you may enter three times. Get those booties shaking and hop over to Lilybella.

For more Bloggy Give Aways click here. Good Luck!
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Bloggy Give Away – Babycakes Clutch Give Away

We’ve found the most adorable diaper bags, mother/daughter totes, and laptop bags at Babycakes Boutique. We thought our Bloggy Give Away visitors would want to know about these great finds too. These bags will make great baby shower, new baby, birthday or Christmas gifts. The quality is superb. I had the pleasure of receiving the clutch shown above. It is soooo cute. It’s great to use when you only need to take a few items like keys, credit cards, or your license to run errands. It’s also great for a few diapers and wipes. Grandma loves finding posh items. This little number is fun and the fabric is funky. It definitely gets 3 snaps, a booty shake and goes in the Grandma bag.

Debbie, the owner of Babycakes, has proven herself to be a very talented lady. Debbie started sewing when she was 9. Can you believe it. The bags and accessories at Babycakes Boutique are all handmade. The detail and craftsmanship shows in each product. She has a diverse selection of fabrics too. I have my eye on one of the messenger bags. It would be great for grandma’s new Toshiba Satellite, lol.

You can win a clutch for yourself. Here’s how: visit Babycakes Boutique and browse around. Leave us a comment on which bag peaked your interest. If you’re a current subscriber or you subscribe to our blog, you can enter twice. Subcribe to Giggles & Sugar Kisses newsletter and you can enter three times.

This give away is open to US and Canada residents 18+. Give Away ends mid-night November 1, 2008. Posts with invalid email addresses will be disqualified. Winner will have 3 days to respond to our notification. Failure to respond will result in another winner being selected. For more Bloggy Give Aways click here. Have fun browsing and good luck!post signature

Bloggy Give Away – Child ID Bracelet

Do you worry about losing your child when you’re shopping or at an amusement park? Most parents do and we giving our Bloggy Giveaway visitors a chance to win this Child ID Kit.

My grandson is walking now, and his safety has crossed my mind more than once during the last month. Most recently last week when my daughter was shopping for a birthday gift for a party they were attending. Instead of putting him in a shopping cart she decided to let him walk with her. Once inside the store, she found it difficult to shop and keep her eye on him. Duh!Sometimes mother has to let her learn things the hard way, but my grandchild’s safety is not where I want to teach her a lesson or allow her to learn on her own. I thought to myself, what if she was alone and he wondered off. I imagined a clerk on the intercom announcing that they had a baby boy who was wearing jeans, white Niki’s and a green polo shirt at the front desk. Let me tell you, that thought didn’t set well with Grandma.

I remembered a child safety kit that had been offered to Giggles & Sugar Kisses as a Give Away, and I decided this was the pefect time to list the kit on my blog. Kay Green, Owner of My Precious Child, offers several Child Safety kits that we thought you should know about. I really like the kit that includes 8 products: ID cards, Medical Release Cards, Shoe Stickers, Car Seat ID Card, Luggage Tag ID Cards, and more. This Child Safety Pack is the winner of the 2006 Parent to Parent Adding Wisdom Award. The only award program to be honored by Disney. Kay’s site states that 90% of missing pets have an ID, but only 2% of missing kids have IDs. What’s wrong with this picture?

Please join Kay and I in ensuring that your child is safe all year. Here’s how: visit My Precious Child and take a look at the Child Safety products. Return to our blog and leave us a comment on the safety kits. In return, My Precious Child will offer a Safety Kit to one of our readers.

Subscribe to our blog, and you may enter this Give Away twice. List this great Give Away on your blog with a link back to us and you may enter three times. Give Away is open to USA, Canada, UK, Australia and New Zealand residents 18+ and ends November 1, 2008 at mid-night. Winner will have 3 days to respond to the notification. Safety Kit will be shipped directly from My Precious Child.
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Blog Awards

I’ve received a blog award by Jess at Nothing But Purple. Thanks Jess! This is my first blog award and I’m excited. The blog is awarded for blog content and design. I love that others find my blog charming and they recognize that I have strived to create a diverse blog that everyone will enjoy.


Here’s the meaning of the award: ‘“This blog invests and believes, in ‘proximity’ [meaning, that blogging makes us ‘close’ – being close through proxy] “They are all charming blogs, and the majority of them aim to show the marvels of friendship; there are persons who are not interested when we give them a prize, and then they help to cut these bows; do we want that they are cut, or that they propagate?”Then let’s try to give more attention to them!”

As the recipient of this award, I must select at least 8 bloggers whose blog content and design are worthy of the Blog Academy Award. Once I make my selection, I must visit their blogs and leave a comment to notify them that they have been awarded the Blog Academy Award. Here are my selections:

Oh My Baby
Sassy Pink Boutique
A Wrestling Addicted Mom

Mommy’s Idea
Peyton’s Mamasita
The Momma Hood
My Sippy Cup Runneth Over
A Cowboy’s Wife

I’m heading over to the listed blogs to notify them of their Blog Academy Award! Be sure to visit them.

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Teen Beauty Queen Arrested

What a beautiful young lady. She’s Miss Teen Louisiana. It seems that Miss Louisiana has curves in all the right places, but a dent in her head. According to Fox News, Lindsey Evans and a few friends were arrested for leaving a restaurant without paying their bill. Lindsey forgot her purse, duh, and decided to return to the restaurant to retrieve it. She and her friends were arrested.

The bill was $46.07. Miss Louisiana was also booked for possession of marijuana that was found in her purse. This young lady is 18, so this could leave a permanent mark on her record.

After I read the story, I wondered what goes through our youth’s mind. At 18 you know that your actions are wrong. Why would you ruin your life for $46.07? My heart goes out to her parents most of all. From the photos on her web page, they have invested a great deal of love, energy, time, and money into this young lady so she could have a successful life. To have to retrieve her from jail had to be heart breaking.

This a case of beauty and no brains if I have ever seen one. Let me know your thoughts.

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Wordless Wednesday

Fall Has Arrived
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MJennings Designs Is Stamping!


MJennings Designs is stamping. That’s right Melissa Jennings has added a new product to her jewelry line. We checked it out, and it’s adorable. The above picture shows her son’s name. The design is simple, but each piece is unique. Melissa can stamp a name, date and or a phrase of your choice! The charms can be placed on a rubber or leather cord. I love the necklace.  I’m picturing it with my grandson’s name.  Nice Christmas gift for Gran, lol.  She can also create earrings or bracelets. The price for this piece starts at $15.00 and up. You can check out Melissa’s new designs at MJenningsdesigns.com.

Keep creating this beautiful numbers Melissa!  We love them.

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Is Your Child A Domestic Violence Victim?

Is your teen involved in an abusive relationship? Have you talked to your teen about domestic violence? I talked to my daughter during her teen years because I never wanted to make the assumption that she would never allow herself to be abused.

Violence among our youth is real. They’re violent on the streets, in the schools, and in their relationships. An article caught my eye several days ago, which validates this fact. Rhode Island is requiring public middle and high schools to add dating violence as a part of their health class.

The Lindsay Ann Burke Act, pictured, is behind this mandate. Lindsay Burke was 23 when she was killed at the hands of her abusive boyfriend. He cut her throat and left her to die. Her mother stated that she saw trouble in her daughter’s relationship. Her boyfriend was very controlling. Unfortunately, many women young and old don’t recognize they are being abused. Lindsay’s mother stated that education in the school would have helped her daughter recognize that her relationship was dangerous. Schools teach students to not do drugs, drink or have unprotected sex; however, domestic violence is not taught. Reading this article reminded me of my daughter’s teenage dating years. She had been visiting her boyfriend whom I disliked, but I couldn’t figure out why. There was something about him that unnerved me. I had mentioned this fact to my daughter again and again. She thought that I was being an over protective mother and no one would ever be good enough for her at least by my standards.

We were having one of our mother daughter talks one night, and she stated that she was asked by her boyfriend’s mother if he had ever hit her. I froze. I felt ill, dizzy as if I was having an out of body experience. Somehow I managed to repeat what she had said to ensure that I had heard her correctly. I had. She had just validated my thoughts of him, I knew than my instincts about him were right. I explained to my daughter that she needed to end that relationship and end it immediately. No mother would ask that question of her son unless she knew that he was capable. I could see the wheels turning in her head. Mind you she was 16 at the time. I further explained that I had 7 brothers and my mother, her grandmother, would never ask that question about any of her 7 sons. Something was wrong! I prayed that she would end the relationship. I continued to ask questions and remain as close to the situation as I could without pushing her away from me. I talked about books that I had read about abusive relationships. Two came to mind, The Burning Bed and Shattered Dreams. At that time there was no internet access, so my knowledge of domestic violence was limited and so were domestic violence resources. I had previously confided in a friend about my feelings toward my daughter’s boyfriend. She too believed that I was over reacting. On the surface he was well mannered, a high school track and basket ball star, and handsome. He was a teenage girl’s dream. After I discussed my conversation with my daughter with my friend, only than did she take my instincts seriously. Ladies please don’t assume that your daughters will remove themselves from abusive situations. If you have teen daughters, educate yourself and if you see signs help them take action. Abuse knows no limits. Thankfully my daughter left for college, out of state, shortly thereafter and the relationship faded. She is now married to a wonderful young man who adores her. Lindsey Burke was not as fortunate. I believe teaching domestic violence in our schools is a great idea. Let me know your thoughts.

Ambajam

Cupcake anyone?  You can find this adorable shirt and other hip and cute onesies, trendy baby & toddler t-shirts and pants, baby blankets, quilts, and more at Ambajam.  Ambajam invited Giggles & Sugar Kisses to review this cupcake shirt and their froggie pants. You must know they are both adorable.

We were able to test the quality of the shirt at my grandson’s first birthday party. Boy, did he put it to a test. We decided not to allow him to wear the froggie pants at the party. It was being held outside and we didn’t want him rolling or crawling in the grass while wearing them. This was a jean kind of day, lol. We also thought we had made a mistake by allowing him to wear the shirt at his party. Instead of sticking his fingers into the cake, he decided to dive into the cake (see photo below). The cake contained orange, brown and red icing. We thought the shirt was ruined. After the party, I instructed my daughter to soak it in cold water with a little Tide. It washed up beautifully.

The froggie pants are just as adorable and durable. The fabric is a stretch corduroy fabric in a yummy chocolate. They’re trimmed with a hip chocolate dot fabric and embroidered with a cute little froggie on the leg. The shirt and pants get 3 snaps, a booty shake and they go into grandma’s bag. We have our eye on the shirt with the little elephant for Christmas. You can’t go wrong with a purchase from Ambajam! We encourage you to check out their site for your next gift.

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Wordless Wednesday

A Big Bug!

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