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KneeBouncers.com Baby & Toddler Computer Learning Game Giveaway on Our Kids Mom

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Our Kids Mom is hosting a KneeBouncers.com Baby and Toddler Computer Learning Game giveaway on their site. I found this giveaway to be quite cool for us moms with babies and toddlers because my kids took to a few of the games right away. KneeBouncers would be a cool addition to our daily learning routine, so it would a great giveaway to win. This giveaway ends on 6/16/11, so head on over to Ourkidsmom.com to read the full review of KneeBouncers, and enter the giveaway.

Making Moves

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Every time I surf the web, I come across some of the cutest well written mommy blogs. I love blogging and this is one of the 3 blogs that I write currently. I jumped into blogging a little over a year ago, with my first blog naturalnina.com, and then I started this blog and Freebie Frenzies. All of my blogs were originally on Blogger until yesterday when I moved this blog and Freebie Frenzies over to WordPress. Natural Nina is still on Blogger because it’s a custom domain, and I haven’t figured out how to move the blog, without losing all of my followers and my page rank.

I made the move to WordPress because I am a Communications student at Drexel University, and social media is the area that I would like to work in professionally. WordPress is the blogging platform that most social media employers want a potential candidate to be well versed in. In addition to that, I like the design of most of the WordPress blogs that I see. I’m excited to learn about using WordPress, and I know that the upcoming electronic publishing course that I’m taking over the summer will help me to hone my skills.

I’m aware that this blog is primarily a mommy blog, all about my crazy days with my 3 year old and my 18 month old twins, but it’s also about my personal struggles as a student making a career change. I’m currently a Stay a home mom (not by choice), although I enjoy my time with my kids, I can’t wait to finish my degree program and find my niche in social media.

In the meantime, I’ll be here learning, conducting product reviews, and keeping you all up to date on all things mommyville. If any of you out there have any tips on how to work with WordPress, please feel free to share them. This blogging platform is completely different from Blogger, so I will take any help that I can get!

Ciao bellas!

Playground Days

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The kids had a great time at the playground a few weeks ago. The playground is one of their favorite places to go, in addition to being my secret pre-nap time weapon.

>Mommy Deals: Free American Girl Doll Dress Pattern

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Get a Free American Girl Doll Dress Pattern from Designer Micah Caitlin, for your favorite American Girl. All you have to do is go to the page, once it loads click the “Alternate link to download free dress pattern” to get your Free Doll Dress Pattern.

>Homemade Nutella Recipe from Kidspot Kitchen

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I found this cool homemade nutella recipe, while browsing for new family friendly recipes to try at home. This recipe caught my attention because I thought of the money that could be saved by making homemade products, instead of always buying reliable store brands. I haven’t tried this recipe yet, but it seems like an easy one to follow. I guess it’s time for me to invest in a food processor soon, so I can try cool recipes like this one. Check out the recipe below:
Homemade Nutella Recipe:
  • 2 cups of roasted hazelnuts without the skins
  • 1 cup of caster sugar
  • 1/4 cup of cocoa
  • 1/4 cup of almond or vegetable oil (I wonder if coconut oil would work)
  • 1/2 tsp of vanilla extract

Method: 

In a food processor, process the hazelnuts until they turn to powder and then liquify. Add the sugar, cocoa and vanilla to the bowl. Slowly drizzle in the oil with the food processor running until you have a smooth consistency.

Notes:
  • The natural oils in the nuts activates to make hazelnut butter in this recipe.
  • Make sure that you only add the oil half a teaspoon at a time and you stop the food processor to check the consistency.
  • You can use this to fill yummy cupcakes or just spread it on fresh bread or brioche.
  • Your end product may be a little grainy. No matter how much I processed this I couldn’t make it entirely smooth.
  • This recipe was created by Jennifer Cheung for Kidspot, Australia’s best recipe finder.
For more family friendly recipes, go to http://www.kidspot.com.au/index.asp.
if you have any family friendly recipes to share, please send them to Doublestuffplus1@gmail.com, and I’ll be happy to post them.

>Mommy Deals: Free Portrait Offer from The Picture People

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Just in time for Father’s Day, The Picture People is currently offering a free portrait along with 20% of a portrait package. To get your coupon for this offer, click here.

>Mommy Deals: Free Samples of GoodNites

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Hey moms, here’s a cool freebie if your little guy or girl is potty training. GoodNites is giving away samples of the overnight underpants for boys and girls. To take advantage of this offer, click here.