From babies first breath, to their first roll, Pampers Swaddlers was there. And now Pampers’ softest diaper ever is available through size 5, for many more firsts to come!
My boys recently celebrated an important first -- their first birthday and first cupcake!! Take a look at the cute mess that resulted all while in Swaddlers and bow-ties :)
For more great Pampers prizes, be sure and participate in their upcoming @Pampers #SwaddlersFirsts Twitter Party on Thursday, December 5th at 9 p.m. EST. You can RSVP here.
You can also win here too! Pampers provided me with the following Celebrating Firsts Prize Pack Bundle Giveaway. Good luck!
- Baby’s First Friend Plush Doll
- Baby’s First Tooth and First Curl Treasure Box
- Baby’s First Words Book
- Baby’s First Steps Push Toy
- Pampers Swaddlers
This post was made possible by Double Duty Divas and Pampers. I was provided the featured product free of charge to facilitate my review, but all opinions are 100% mine.
Posted by Tara Settembre on Monday, December 2, 2013 |
Now that our bellies are full from Thanksgiving, I thought this would be a good time to post some lighter cooking tips.
Cooking Light's contributing editor, Allison Fishman Task, recently went on a round trip crisscrossing the country in search of the country's favorite regional foods and lightening them for healthier eating in her new cookbook: Lighten Up, America!
Allison shows the reader how to take classic regional recipes and make them lighter and healthier with a few simple substitutions and smart cooking techniques. Cooking Light Editor Scott Mowbray sums it up best in his intro to the book by saying these recipes are "classic flavors served up for a healthier generation."
I was able to chat with Allison via e-mail about her cookbook and healthy eating tips.
What’s the idea behind Cooking Light Lighten Up, America?
Allison: I love American history and our American food traditions. There's always a great story to go along with an American-conceived dish or ingredient (you'll find many of these in the book). But sadly, I find that so many folks are rejecting American classics in favor of more contemporary "healthier" foods. I wanted to remake our classic dishes (crabcakes, deviled eggs, jalapeno poppers, meatloaf) to make them better for you, so that people would embrace them, and feel good about eating them once again.
Where did your travels take you?
Allison: Clear across the country, from Maine to Hawaii. As the host of Yahoo's Blue Ribbon Hunter, I've been traveling for 2 years, to over 60 cities and small towns. From the Roadkill Festival in a one-stoplight town of Marlinton, West Virginia to the Tamale Festival in Indio, California, and the Eelpout Festival (a festival on a frozen lake!) in Walker, Minnesota.
What’s your favorite regional classic dish that you lightened up?
Allison: You're asking me to pick favorites! Yowza. For flavor alone, I love the revisions to Texas Sheet Cake (video). I'd take this cake over the heavier version any day. I'm really happy with how the Philly Cheesesteak came out -- still filling and delicious, without the food hangover you'd get from the traditional one. My favorite classic American dish is Jalapeno Poppers. I'll take the new grilled version over the deep-fried breaded version any day of the week.
How can we lighten up all-American favorites? Any simple substitutions?
Here are some featured recipes from the book:
Posted by Tara Settembre on Friday, November 29, 2013 |
It may be hard to believe, but the festive season is once again just around the corner. This means it’s time to start thinking about your Christmas shopping, and for seasonal retail therapy, New York City is hard to beat. The run-up to December 25 is the perfect time to take a bite out of the Big Apple. The metropolis takes on a completely different look and feel ahead of the celebrations, with huge Christmas trees on display, singers serenading shoppers, festive window displays dazzling shoppers and more. It’s impossible not to be swept along by the buzz of the city’s streets.
To get the most from your trip, combine your shopping with plenty of sightseeing. For example, why not invest in some Circle Line Downtown tour tickets? These boat trips (coupon here) are a great way to see the city’s waterfront parks, famous bridges and skyline.
When you’re ready to start spending, Macy’s in Herald Square is the place to go. The world’s largest department store, it stocks virtually everything you could imagine. I like going there to people watch too. While you’re there, you can also check out the impressive Santaland. This festive scene includes everything from Christmas trees and toy trains to Santa himself.
Of course, it’s not only Macy’s that gets into the Christmas spirit. Boutiques and department stores throughout the city make an effort to dress up at this time of year. Some of the best window shopping can be found along Fifth Avenue and Madison Avenue.
It’s also worth battling through the crowds to get a glimpse of the big tree at the Rockefeller Center Plaza. It now boasts 30,000 lights and is a true spectacle. To see it at its best, head there after dark. There is also an ice rink in the plaza if you fancy testing your skating skills.
Another must-try in the city can be found at the FAO Schwartz toy store. It boasts a giant floor piano, which is great for kids and adults alike. To avoid long queues, it’s best to get there when the store opens, preferably on weekdays rather than Saturdays or Sundays.
While you’re in town, you might also want to catch a festive show. For example, Radio City Music Hall’s Christmas Spectacular is a real extravaganza and is ideal for families. Another favorite is St John the Divine’s Winter Solstice.
Whatever you do in New York City leading up to December 25, you’re bound to have a great time. Just make sure you have plenty of spare room in your suitcase to fit all those gifts in!
Originally from Canada, Charlotte Spencer has lived in New York and now very much considers it home.
Image by Indabelle used under creative commons license
Posted by Tara Settembre on Wednesday, November 27, 2013 |
I saw an advanced screening way back at the end of July and really enjoyed it. It surprised me how much so. Raphael also saw it and said he was laughing in almost every scene. It's heartwarming and a great start to the holiday season.
My full review is up on ShakeFire.com: http://www.shakefire.com/review/delivery-man
Posted by Tara Settembre on Friday, November 22, 2013 |
I was especially impressed with Sprint Guardian, a mobile application bundle that can help parents enforce responsible phone usage and keep families safe. Apps within the Sprint Guardian bundle allow parents to: lock their child’s phone on demand or schedule locks – during dinner, school or late at night (I think I need this for Raphael during dinner too); locate kids on a map and set up automatic location checks to get notified that kids made it to school safely and on time (Family Locator); automatically lock teenagers’ mobile phones when they’re driving over 10 MPH (Drive First), which frankly, I think I need so I don't set a bad example and to resist temptation. Sprint Drive First is available on Sprint Android™-powered smartphones for $2 per month per phone (excluding surcharges and taxes).
For parents getting ready to give their child their first phone, you should definitely check out Sprint's Customizable Parent-Child Mobile Phone Contract, you can then have your child agree to different terms like "never ignore moms calls," no phone at the dinner table, etc. I think it's a great idea to start a discussion before just giving them a phone.
- 2 out of 3 people check their phone at least once every hour
- 1 in 10 check every 5 minutes
- 1 out of 3 people aged 18-29 would feel embarrassed if the stuff on their mobile phone was made public - i.e. text messages, photos, personal info, bank info.
- 1 out of 5 people admitted to snooping into someone's phone
~Harris Interactive Survey, August 2013
Oh, and I also got to try out the Galaxy Gear watch seen in the recent commercials referencing Star Trek.
Disclosure: I attended an event on behalf of Sprint and received a promotional gift bag as a thank you for attending. I was not compensated or required to post.
Posted by Tara Settembre on Thursday, November 21, 2013 |