What I know now that I wish I knew before motherhood...

life goes on. Life goes on if the laundry doesn't get done today...or tomorrow. Life goes on if you don't pick up the toys tonight...because they're going to get pulled out again in a few hours. It is more important to me to sit on the floor and plays cars with my son then to make sure the dishwasher gets emptied. Don't get me wrong my house is not dirty I'm just not a clean freak. I clean as I go but if I don't get to something because I'm taking my son to the park instead I'm not going to worry about it. When my son was first born I would go crazy over everything and it's order or it's place. Now after 2 years I've realized life still goes on if it doesn't get done right away. There are so many other more important things to do then to sweat the small stuff.

Feel free to leave a comment about what you know now that you wish you knew before motherhood. Check out a great contest about this here


Cake You're Not Allowed To Eat??

That's right you heard me! Put your fork away! Sweet Pea Cakes, Etc isn't your typical bakery because the cakes they make are out of diapers and towels and then they're stuffed with some amazing homemade gifts. Diaper cakes have been all the rage lately and taking one look at what Sweet Pea Cakes, Etc has to offer you'll understand why!

Check out all the great goodies that come inside one of these beautiful cakes

Hidden inside each cake is a handmade swaddle blanket, handmade reversible bibs, Johnson & Johnson bath products and more then they are topped off with a plush toy. Fabric for these cakes are hand selected to coordinate with each cake's theme. They have gorgous line of boy and girl diaper cakes and there's even a line of Unisex diaper cakes for those that want to be surprised. Custom orders are also welcomed!

Sweet Pea Cakes' newest addtion are bathtime towel cakes for both babies and children. The baby bathtime towels are too cute and include 2 handmade hooded towels, handmade pajamas available is sizes 6-12 months, 12-18 months, 18-24 months, and 2T, Johnson & Johnson wash and lotion, bath toys inside soaps and of course the matching sponge!

Don't think you have to just limit yourself to only baby gifts from Sweet Pea Cakes, Etc because they also offer a variety of Spa Towel Cakes , Wedding Towel Cakes , and Graduation Towel Cakes. There truely is something for everyone here.

I just loved the line of organic diaper cakes like the organic girl teddy diaper cake pictured above. With everyone "going green" these days it's only fitting. These cakes are truely organic inside and out from their Seventh Generation™ diapers to the handmade 100% organic flannel bib and organic cotton onesies stuffed inside.

Make sure you stop by Sweet Pea Cakes, Etc and use coupon code "SPECIAL" at checkout to save 10% off your order through May 31st! Cakes are shipped anywhere in the U.S.


Wordless Wednesday

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MJennings Designs Giveaway

Several weeks ago Melissa, owner of MJennings Designs, did a giveaway and the winner, Tara, was so excited that she decided to do a giveway of her own celebrate her 500th post! The winner will get one of MJennings Designs beautiful bracelets. Check out this link to visit Tara's blog and register for a chance to win!


2 Weeks of Toys Giveaway!

Two Weeks of Toys - Giveaway Event

Make sure you stop by 5 minutes for mom for a chance to win a ton of new toys. Everyday for two weeks April 9-23 they are giving away some amazing toys. I've just entered to win an Evenflo ExerSaucer. They are giving away a Step 2 canopy wagon, an Easy Bake Oven, Lego Police Headquarter and so much more! Make sure you stop by and enter to win each prize individually. Entry deadline is May 7th!


Giggles and Sugar Kisses

Who says babies can't wear black?? Giggles and Sugar Kisses has a Yummy'licious Layette that includes 3 pieces: A black cotton onesie with a satin stitched ice cream cone applique, and a matching bib and burp cloth. This layette will make a delicious treat!

Giggles & Sugar Kisses is a family owned business. Owner, Rhonda started with fabric gift baskets, which she's been making for approximately 15 years. She expanded the idea and filled the baskets with items for baby showers, Christmas, birthdays etc.

"I created my first diaper cake for one of my nieces 4 years ago. Her request for the new baby was disposable diapers. Rather than hand her a package of wrapped diapers, I decided to make a diaper cake. She was thrilled, and suggested that I create other cakes for new mothers.

My daughter who has a degree in business and 13 years of retail experience, fell in love with onesies while she was pregnant. The cake for her baby shower was designed as a onesie, lol. As a result, we created our Yummy’licious, I’m Calling Grandma, and Pimp My Ride layettes.

We created Giggles & Sugar Kisses, and are now offering our items world wide."

Can't get enough? I asked Rhonda what other items are offered in her store, "Giggles & Sugar Kisses offers a diverse line of products. We offer gifts for baby showers, christenings, girlie girl totes to upscale couture layettes and hand crocheted dresses.

Pimp My Ride Layette - Your little prince with love his new friend. Our Pimp My Ride Layette includes 3 pieces: A white cotton onesie with a satin stitched monkey driving a banana car, and a matching bib and crib shoes. Great outfit for the summer!

What makes you/your store unique?

"Giggles & Sugar Kisses offers one stop shopping for busy moms. We specialize in baby shower/new baby gifts. We also offer free hosting tips, games, recipes, and cake ideas for customers needing assistance with hosting a baby shower as well as the diaper cake for the center piece." I checked out her recipes page and I'm dying to try the Oreo Cookie Cake

Giggles and Sugar Kisses' top 3 sellers are their Snoopy Diaper Cake, Winnie the Pooh Gift Basket, and the couture layettes. They plan on expanding their Yummy'licious line this summer and are already hard at work on another layette, several rompers and tees. Make sure you stop by and take a peek.


A Day Of Rememberance

One year ago today the worst shooting in U.S. history took place on the campus of Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, VA. Our hearts and prayers go out to the friends and families of the victims. This tragedy was very hard for us as my husband and I both are VT alumni. We fell in love on that campus, he proposed to me on that campus. Hokie Nation is still very much alive in us. We hope and pray no one will ever go through anything like this again. Today on campus, classes are cancelled and memorials are being held all day. For more information visit We Remember.


Messy Baby Contest

Head over to Giggles and Sugar Kisses and enter their free Messy Baby Contest. Send a photo of your messy baby to Include your child's first name and age, your name, phone number, and mailing address. Deadline is May 31, 2008. The winner will be announced June 1, 2008 and will receive a Spa Cake

Free Candles Contest

Check out Sampling the Good Life for a chance to win 12 assorted Mia Bella/Scent Sations candles. Drawing will be held April 30, 2008 so enter today.


Hip Hop Mama Shop

What little girl wouldn't look beautiful in a handmade tutu dress? Tara, the owner, of Hip Hop Mama Shop custom makes a line of georgous tutus for newborns all the way to 7 years old. Each beautiful tutu is made with 75 yards of the finest tulle available. Then they are embellished with silk ribbon and dainty flowers. Each tutu is custom made to order.

When asked, "How did you get started with your business?" Tara replied "Actually my business is truly a family biz. My kids are to credit for 90% of my creativity.My daughters have a huge say in my designs from web site to my items they are 100% kid approved. I consult my board members on everything I do! I have been encouraged by my family to pursue this and it is truly becoming a dream come true!"

Did I mention Tara is the mother of 9 kids? That's right 9! So how does she have the time to make these beautiful tutus? "Ah goodness I do have to say I am so unorganized lol and somewhat a FREE spirit. My kids eat at 9 o'clock at night I am famous for appetizer dinners and pizza lol. But I love them and we are doing this together and that's what matters. I am also famous for being on my laptop in bathroom while they are bathing lol. My sidekick is my best friend that's usually how I handle order inquires. I also am very tired all the time lol."

Along with the tutus, the Hip Hop Mama Shop offers Baby Slings, Hip Maternity wear, tutus by other designers, beautiful jewelry for mama and her princesses and soon to come whimsy wall art! New stuff is always being added so check back often. Make sure you order early, it takes about 7 days for shipping because each custom tutu is made with loving hands and handled with extreme care.


Loot 4 Mama Giveaway

Check out Chicks & Cubs for a chance to win some great prizes in their Loot 4 Mama Giveaway where everyone wins!

It's free to enter and you have 4 more additional ways to enter and win a prize. Every person who enters will win something. Prizes range from free shipping to gift certificates and so much more in between. Check out Chicks & Cubs for a list of their great sponsors and prizes. The grand prize drawing for baby shoe bronzing will be held September 30, 2008. Place your order now for baby shoe bronzing and if you're the winner you can use it on your past order.


Special Giveaway!

5minutesformoms is giving away a two-wheel trailer bike called the Caboose Trailer Bike on Monday May 5th.

The Caboose is a stable, two wheel trailer bike that attaches to a regular bicycle. It is designed especially for children and adults who are not otherwise able to ride a bicycle.

If you want to have a Caboose now don't wait until May 5th to find out if you're the winner. Order one now and if you are chosen as the lucky winner they will refund your money so your bike will still be free. Who could pass that up?!
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