578367_443543902388167_217034092_n

 

You know how when you find the CUTEST little outfit for your baby boy and you are just SO pleased because lets face it, baby boys get the short end of the fabulous wardrobe selection at pretty much every major clothing establishment. (Have you ever walked into say, Target and seen rack after rack of super cute baby girl clothing and then a couple of shirts with like, a boat on them for boys? argh!!)  Next you wind up seeing that cute outfit on every baby boy around because, well, it’s the one cute outfit available!  So annoying.  So, when Raya from Clever Birds contacted me about reviewing a couple of baby boy bodysuits I was like HECK YES… I mean I was very excited to be allowed the opportunity to test and review clothing from Clever Birds.  

IMG_2981[1]

The designs I received are adorable.  One was sports themed and the other had a Giraffe.  The first thing I noticed when I took them out of the package was how soft they were.  SO SOFT!  The body suits are made of Cotton Micro Blend and also designed and printed in the USA.  I quickly chased down my 12 month old son and dressed him in the giraffe body suit.  I noticed right away how much I love the shaping around the leg.  A lot of onesies are really baggy at the leg area on my son but these fit so perfectly!  

IMG_2980[1]The quality seems really nice.  I love the fact that the designs are unique.  I browsed around their website quite a bit and found so many things I want to have.  Not only for my baby but for my 5 year old as well.BVY422A3PI_grande

I mean, look how cute!

Clever Birds sell a variety of products.  Bodysuits, Bibs, Burp Cloths, Blankets, Beanies, and Toddler Tee’s.  The products I received were 6-12 months.  The length (unsnapped) is 19″, Width 9″.  It fits my baby perfectly and he is almost 13 months.  Overall, I am so pleased I was able to try out these cute bodysuits from Clever Birds.  I can see how their products would make super cute and UNIQUE baby shower gifts that any mom would treasure.

Connect

Clever Birds website, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest

Buy It

You can find Clever Birds products at their website, BedBathandBeyond, BuyBuyBaby and Target.

 

 

Some of Kinsley’s favorite bedtime stories are the the ones I make up as I go along.  Sure, she has many books she loves me to read over and over again – like our old taped together 1928 version of Millions of Cats – but in her eyes, I tell the best stories.  Talk about pressure!  It can be hard to think up stories off the top of your head, let alone step it up a notch each time!

Recently, we were introduced to Les Petit Merveilles line of Nighttime Shadow Puppets.  Created by Moulin Roty, a 40-year-old French toy company and distributed by Magic Forest, a toy importer from Portsmouth, New Hampshire, the line of majestic puppet sets open a whole new world of storytelling!

puppetoptions

The Les Petit Merveilles line of Nighttime Shadow Puppets include four fun sets with different themes.  The 11 piece Paris Shadows set includes the Eiffel Tower, airplane, moon and sleepwalker. The 9-piece Castle Shadows include a dragon, a fairy, royalty and a witch! If dinos are more your style, the Dinosaur Shadows pack of 10 puppets feature a stegosaurus, brachiosaurus and more prehistoric shapes!  Much easier than hand puppets, these shadow puppets create an instant story with just a click of your flashlight. 
Read More →

Captain America: The Winter Soldier opened this weekend taking in a whopping 96 million buckaroos!  Why?  Because it is incredibly awesome, that’s why!  If you didn’t catch it this weekend, you want to get there soon.  This is one of the movies that is a must-see in the theaters.  The action will blow you away. 

In The Winter Soldier, we are introduced to Sam Wilson who we later find out is Falcon.  Sam Wilson is an ex -military paratrooper who works with veterans in Washington, D.C. Secretly trained by the military in aerial combat using a specially designed wing pack, Falcon becomes an indispensable ally when he teams up with Captain America and Black Widow to run a danger-filled race to halt an impending threat in its tracks.

captainamerica25327668109d4f

Sam is played by funny guy, Anthony Mackie.  How do I know he is funny?  During the Captain America press junket in L.A. last month, our group of bloggers had the opportunity to sit down with Anthony for an interview.  I have to say right now – this interview?  The best!  Anthony had us in stitches.  He is so animated when he talks and I adored listening to his stories.  Here are some of the highlights! 
Read More →

Gortons_logoWith a large family, there are busy days where I am tired and just want to make something quick, easy and delicious for dinner. The Gorton’s Seafood Artisan Recipe Fillets are the perfect, real solution!  Just pop them in the oven, add a side dish – like grilled veggies – and I am done. 

gortonsartisanfillets

Gorton’s Artisan Recipe Fillets are real wild- caught Alaskan Pollock. The crunchy breadcrumb coating is made with either Italian bread, tortilla chips or Panko infused with bold ingredients like chilies, peppercorns, garlic and lemon. There are four varieties that include Lemon & Cracked Peppercorn, Roasted Garlic & Italian Herb, Southwest Tortilla and Southern Style.  Each fillet is 150-170 calories and have no fillers, MSG, artificial colors or flavors.

Gortons-ArtisanBeauty-SouthStyle-v3
Read More →

Captain America: The Winter Soldier hits theaters today, so I thought it would be fun to share some fun facts from the movie!

captainamerica252ebf76418156

  • The Winter Soldier character, played by Sebastian Stan in the film, was created for Marvel comics by Ed Brubaker in 2005. Though the character of Bucky Barnes existed previously in the Captain America comic books, he was killed off in WWII and not resurrected until Brubaker brought him back as the Winter Soldier.
  • For the scenes in the film that took place on the ship Lumerian Star, the filmmakers used the Sea Launch Commander, docked in Long Beach, Calif. Although there were space challenges involved to choreograph complex fight sequences in the tight spaces of a real ship, the filmmakers were happy to be able to further ground the film in reality by using an existing vessel.
  • In Marvel’s “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” fans will get to see multiples of the 2.0 version of the helicarrier as well as S.H.I.E.L.D. headquarters based in a building called the Triskelion in Washington, D.C. The Triskelion is a newly designed design, state-of-the-art facility that fits seamlessly into the backdrop of Washington.
  • Chris Evans truly had mixed martial arts training for Marvel’s “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” as the fighting techniques he employed in the film were a mixture of Parkour, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, karate and boxing. The filmmakers believed that bringing Steve Rogers into the modern day also meant that he had studied and mastered modern fighting styles and techniques.
  • With an acrobatic approach to fighting being featured in the film, Chris Evans willingly engaged in gymnastics training. That training had a big payoff for Evans when it came time to shoot fight sequences like the Elevator Fight.
  • The Elevator Fight was the first fight sequence shot for the film. It featured Brock Rumlow and ten guys in a crowded elevator with Captain America. The challenge was how much choreography could the filmmakers squeeze into a very small space. Realizing that Steve Rogers would have to be on the defensive, the stunt 2 coordinators let Chris Evans use his hands and feet in close quarters until he gets a bit more room to use his fighting techniques and do some serious damage.
  • Sebastian Stan, who plays the Winter Soldier, also went through rigorous fight and weapons training. He took a lot of good-natured ribbing from his friends because he would walk around all day practicing his moves with a plastic knife because he wanted his movements to feel natural.
  • In Marvel’s “Captain America: The Winter Soldier,” Captain America gets a new “stealth” suit—a navy blue, utilitarian-looking suit that moves fluidly. Since Captain America is working in special ops in the new film, it was only logical that he would not be wearing a target on his chest when on clandestine missions. So the filmmakers opted for a suit that would have texture and look more real world with a Kevlar-based ballistic component that would protect Captain America but at the same time function like a military uniform.
  • The filmmakers were interested in adding more of a tactical design to the Falcon costume than was represented in the comic books. Accordingly, they incorporated a lot of real-world webbing, straps and gear. The final result was a costume that retained the iconic parts of the Falcon costume but stripped away the more comic book elements that would not work in the modern day. The Falcon costume takes actor Anthony Mackie 25 minutes to put on.
  • Anthony Mackie did quite a bit of wirework flying as Falcon. The stunt coordinators would fly him 70 feet up in the air and land him precisely on a little tape mark so he could walk right out of the wires and into the scene. Luckily for all involved, Mackie is athletic and highly coordinated, which made everyone’s job easier.
  • Anthony Mackie, whose excitement and energy for his character was infectious, liked to say “Cut the check!” whenever something had gone right or a scene had been completed. It became a contagious phrase that caught on and before long everyone on set was saying it.
  • Reigning UFC welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre plays a French mercenary in the film. For the filmmakers, landing the popular MMA fighter for the role was a stroke of luck and good timing but is was equally a stroke of luck for Georges St-Pierre who was excited to get his first chance at being in a big action movie.
  • Shooting in Washington D.C. put Steve Rogers, Black Widow and Falcon in scenes at some of the most prominent national landmarks, including the Jefferson Memorial, Lincoln Memorial, National Air and Space Museum, Capitol Building, 3 National Mall, Occidental Restaurant at The Willard Hotel, DuPont Circle Neighborhood and the Theodore Roosevelt Bridge, which the production shut down for the first time ever for the filming of a major motion picture.
  • For the actors, shooting on the streets of Washington, D.C. meant drawing big crowds—many of them young kids who lined the streets dressed in their Captain America costumes, waiting to meet Captain America himself. Chris Evans routinely took photos with young fans and he describes those moments as the best part of shooting in the nation’s capitol and playing Captain America.
  • The production went to Cleveland, Ohio, for six weeks in order to shoot the major action sequences in the film. The move brought directors Anthony and Joe Russo back home to the city where they grew up and started their film careers.
  • In battling the Winter Soldier, Captain America needs all the resources he can get, including his iconic shield, which has a lot more uses in the film. The shield is traditionally used mostly as a defensive weapon, but in “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” the filmmakers wanted to explore using it more as an offensive weapon. There are two handles on the shield and Steve Rogers can hold onto the handles in order to utilize it in an eastern style of fighting.

Connect with Captain America on Facebook and Twitter

Captain America Color Pages & Activity Sheets

CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER releases in theaters everywhere on April 4, 2014!

captainamerica252ebf76418156 

Captain America: The Winter Soldier hits theaters today!

Marvel Comics has a long-time, huge fan base – but I was not one of them.  I admit, I knew of Captain America but only because I would buy Captain America clothing for my grandson who loves the character.  I know, right – you Cap fans are bewildered right now. 

It’s ok because I am now an official fan girl!  I am even wearing my very own Captain America shirt right now because it opens today! How did this happen, you ask?  I saw The Winter Soldier, plan and simple.  The first Captain America didn’t steal my heart but the second?  Hook, line and sinker. 

If this girl loves the movie, I am absolutely positive you will too!  I can’t wait to see it again this weekend!  I am going to feel triumphant when my older kids, who think Captain America isn’t a “real” superhero, are completely blown away when the Cap brings it, and brings it hard!

captainamerica253052e700103d
Read More →

NicoleLee

Welcome to the Nicole Lee Spring Hand Bag Giveaway!!

Hosted By: Mama C’s Secrets 2 Savings

Sponsored By: Nicole Lee

Spring is here and you know what that means, don’t you?  Time to throw away the winter blues and spring forward with a new hand bag!  You can find a great selection of super cute bags at Nicole Lee! 

Check out the gorgeous Rylie Zebra Print Boston Bag in Yellow from Nicole Lee (ERV: $89!)

Mama C’s Secrets 2 Savings had the chance to review this bag. Check out the review HERE

Zebra print faux leather with gold spike studs for a perfect look with Rylie Boston Bag.

Exterior features: faux leather, zebra print, sparkling gold plated metal studs with spike studs, round chain along the middle, dual zip closure, NL nameplate in front, and back zip pocket.

Interior features: Zip wall pocket with NL nameplate interior back, double open wall pockets at interior front, NL lining print.

Dual top handle with 6.5 inch drop.

Includes adjustable and detachable strap of 27-53″.

Colors available are Brick, Blue and Yellow.

One Lucky Winner is going to receive their own Nicole Lee Rylie Boston Bag in Yellow!

To enter, follow the steps in the entry form below.

This giveaway is open to US residents, 18 years of age and up. It will end on 4/10 at 6pm MST.

All entries will be verified and one entry per household.

 
Mama C’s Secrets 2 Savings and the other blogs involved are not responsible for prize shipment!

This Friday, April 4th, Captain America: The Winter Soldier hits theaters!

That’s tomorrow, y’all!  TOMORROW! This movie is soooo good, I can’t wait join my family and see it again this weekend. If you need a reason to go see the Best Marvel Movie to date (oh yes, I said it) then let me present to you, Miss Scarlett Johansson. 

captainamerica252ec00af37f93

Scarlett plays Natasha Romanoff/Black Widow in Captain America: The Winter Soldier and I have to say, after seeing the movie, it may or may not have been the start of a serious girl crush.  Scarlett rocked it as Black Widow!
Read More →

Magelica's Voyage Book Blast April2014 Featured on the Kate n' Kaboodle blog

About the Book

Magelica's Voyage by Louise Courey NadeauTitle: Magelica’s Voyage | Author: Louise Courey Nadeau | Publication Date: August 24, 2013 | Publisher: Kite Readers | Pages: 48 | Recommended Ages: 5 to 10

Summary: Who ever heard of a girl being hatched from an egg the colour of sapphires? Magelica doesn’t know where she came from or who she really is. But when she’s transported to the Isle of Dreams in a flying bathtub, she launches into an adventure of discovery, and learns that wonderful things can happen when she uses her imagination, believes, opens her heart and trusts in love. Come fly with her and discover for yourself the power of imagination,gratitude,believing in yourself, and love! In this special first voyage, fantasy, adventure, magical illustrations, empowering messages, and a wonderful cast of enchanting characters come together as Magelica takes young girls and the special people in their lives on a fun, inspiring voyage about making your life magical.

* Available in English / French / Spanish *

 

Purchase

Amazon (Kindle) | Amazon (Paperback) | Barnes & Noble | iTunes

 

Book Trailer

The Buzz

“Magelica’s Voyage is an inspiring, magical tale of a world that I did not want to leave. The author’s imagination takes off with vivid magical characters transformed into beautiful illustrations that your child will love. At the Isle Of Dreams anything is possible including Wally the wizard, the benevolent queen, Odin and even a Warblegrif. In the Festival Of Cheer the message is clear; just be yourself and let love be your guide. When you open this book you’ll instantly discover that magic is indeed in the air.” ~ 5 Star Review, StevieV, Amazon

“This is a wonderful, enchanting book! The story is so imaginative and the illustrations are beautiful! It is delightful to join Magelica on her adventure to the Isle of Dreams, and it is great to see such a positive, confident heroine. I highly recommend this book!” ~ 5 Star Review, Laurie J., Amazon

“Magelica is easy to love; a child who accepts herself as she is but who questions the very world around her, is someone many children will be able to relate to. Give this wonderful story a try- you won’t be sorry you did.” ~ 5 Star Review, Shelley V., Amazon

“Magelica’s Voyage by Louise Courey Nadeau is a beautifully written enchanting tale filled with alluring adventure. The story is magnificently illustrated, from the winsome depiction of Magelica to the creative Isle of Dreams, the authors gifted imagination is prevalent on every page. I found Magelica’s Voyage to be a charming story with a very special message for all. I highly recommend picking up a copy..” ~ 5 Star Review, Stacie T., Amazon

“I purchased the book in August and since then, my 2 kids request to read it for them every single time. I travel and I have to read it over FaceTime to them as they do not want to miss when their mom is unable….Same Timezone has helped. I recommend it to every kid between the age of 3 until 9 whether it is a girl or boy. The energy when reading it is indescribable. I bought 2 versions (the english and the spanish). Both are well made and I recommend it to every parent that cares about how their children should be raised! Great buy and thank you for the author.” ~ 5 Star Review, Hassan, Amazon

 

About the Author: Louise Courey Nadeau

Louise Courey Nadeau

Louise Courey Nadeau

A marketing and advertising executive, a tireless fundraiser for many charities, a painter, gardener and mother to two daughters and two sons, Louise’s passions keep growing. Sensing the need to do more for young children in our challenging world and inspired by life itself, Louise created MAGELICA, a young girl with fairy blood and her own questions about life. In the first book of Magelica’s Voyage trilogy, Louise takes our winged heroine along with her fun and wacky friends to new worlds of magic and adventure, where the reader discovers the magic of life and the power of love and how faith in the unknown can create confidence and a sense of empowerment . More than a decade in the making and with new stories underway, Louise and MAGELICA intend to spread their magical feathers and create a bond with children and their caregivers around the globe.

Book Website | Twitter | Facebook

 

* Book Blast Giveaway *

Amazon 25 gift cardAmazon 25 gift card

 

 

 

 

Prize: Two winners will each receive a $25 Amazon Gift Card or PayPal cash (winner’s choice)

Contest ends: May 2, 11:59 pm, 2014

Open: Internationally

How to enter: Please enter using the Rafflecopter widget below.

Terms and Conditions: NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW. A winner will be randomly drawn through the Rafflecopter widget and will be contacted by email within 48 hours after the giveaway ends. The winner will then have 72 hours to respond. If the winner does not respond within 72 hours, a new draw will take place for a new winner. Odds of winning will vary depending on the number of eligible entries received. This contest is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with Facebook. This giveaway is sponsored by the author, Louise Courey Nadeau and is hosted and managed by Renee from Mother Daughter Book Reviews. If you have any additional questions – feel free to send and email to Renee(at)MotherDaughterBookReviews(dot)com.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

MDBR Book Promotion Services

 

This Friday, April 4th, Captain America: The Winter Soldier hits theaters!

Only two more days!  I am telling you – this movie is going to be huge! I have even heard some die hard Marvel fans say “Best Marvel Movie” ever.

“The biggest thing that we wanted to deliver is a movie unlike any other Marvel movie. It is tonally very, very different. It’s got the humor, it’s got the action, but at the same time we see characters exploring their situations in a much deeper and richer way than we’ve done in the other films, and there’s a level of action in this film that is above and beyond anything we’ve done in any of our films. So we’re excited to have something be so important to the foundation of what has come before it and what’s to come and at the same time delivering a self-contained adventure film that I think is going to surprise a lot of people.” - Kevin Feige, Producer

I have an exclusive interview for you below from none other than Kevin Feige, producer of Captain America: The Winter Soldier AND the Marvel Studios President himself!  What’s it like chatting with the Marvel Big Guy himself?  Read below!
Read More →