April 28, 2015

Klose To My Heart GIVEAWAY

Mother's Day is right around the corner, and this will be my second year as a mother. how crazy is that? and finding the perfect gift for me is hard my husband whines over and over. i admit i am picky when it comes to getting things for myself. this mother's day was just that too. my husband didn't have many ideas floating around in his head, and that'd be the day i'd let him buy me a pair of nice diamond earrings. i'd never wear them! one: because they are too expensive and i'd be afraid to loose them and two: i'm just not much of a dress up kind of gal. so when Kari reached out to me to help spread some love to her jewelry business, i knew just what i had in mind. something simple, and full of charms of my favorite things. anything you can dream up on a necklace, bracelet and more, Kari can do! she's able to do one of a kind pieces that fit your style. here's what i had on mine: my husband and my son's first initials, a camera (of course), "always & forever" a small saying my husband and i shared from the beginning of our relationship and a wing which has so much meaning to me in many different ways.

i have a feeling this little number is going to be a staple around my neck, whenever my son grows out of the "hey what's this?" "oh lets put this in my mouth" stage. it fits me perfectly, a culmination of a charm bracelet hanging from my neck, reminding me of all the greats in my life. a perfect mother's day gift, if you ask me. and just like that, i'm excited to offer a $10.00 credit giveaway to her store.

Here's a little backstory on Kari, owner of Klose To My Heart:

My name is Kari and I am the owner and artist behind all the items produced by Klose To My Heart. I am a marine wife who started this business while my husband was deployed because I love creating jewelry. I grew up being creative. I went to school to become a “Health Care Administrator” but with a husband in the military I quickly realized that wasn’t the right career for me. My family saw my love and drive for being creative and suggested I start trying to market my jewelry online. I took their support and began trying to come up with a name. Every item I make is near and dear to me. This drive to my business brought me to my name. I wanted something unique that stood out so I changed the spelling of close to match my name and carry through my love for what I do.  I started out making primarily military inspired jewelry. I wanted a way for military families and loved ones to be able to show off their support in style! Everyone has their own style, what style of jewelry I like, someone else might not. So I wanted everyone to have the chance to express their style while supporting their loved ones! I have grown and evolved with this business over the short five years I have been creating everything. I am always creating new items!  I am blessed to say that I get to work everyday, creating and enjoying what I do. This business has been a lot of fun and lot of work! I hope you enjoy my jewelry as much as I do!

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April 21, 2015

bedtime with Nûby

since this kid has become more mobile, we have spent more time trying to keep him contained with the least amount of mess. somehow things seem to be thrown all over the floor, tonight it was my Harley Davidson poker chip collection, which kept him quiet entertained. night time is daddy time, every weekday morning he is up and gone before he even wakes up. so i'm with him all morning and daddy gets his quality time in at night.
while he gets him ready for his bath, i prepare his bottle. our Nuby Non-Drip 2 Stage Bottle is a morning and evening staple. this baby holds 11oz which is more than any of his other bottles and is lighter than his glass bottles, making it easier for him to hold.
baths are right up his alley, and gets so excited even if he hears the shower running for when we take one. toys are a must for this kid to play with and this Nuby Bath Book is a great one to have. he loves books and babbling to himself. the bright colored and durable pages withstand his front teeth. waterproof and easy to clean, make it easier for daddy to manage picking up.
not sure who enjoys the baths more, daddy or him? hearing those giggles outside the bathroom make me happy to have my husband home for them to share these moments.
daddy is adamant about getting into a routine, and brushing teeth is a must! so when i saw this Nuby Oral Care Set, i couldn't say no. it's a great start to get him used to having a toothbrush in his mouth, and not to mention makes for a great teether for those never-ending teething moments. which seem to occur more often than not. he loves to hold onto the brushes and chew away, and the design of these make it easy for him to do that.
mommy's say for bedtime routine, must include a book or two. lately his favorite is The Hungry Caterpillar. he loves when we count with his finger the food. i love sitting in the room watching my husband read to him and see our son's eyes just light up with every page.
while daddy gives him his bottle and rocks him off to dream land, momma finally takes some time for herself. a little netflix, a lot of ice cream and some editing client photo sessions.

Nuby Bath Book (available in store at Meijer)
Nuby Oral Care Set (available at Baby Depot at Burlington and www.babiesrus.com)
Nuby Non-Drip 2 Stage Standard Neck Bottle (available at Baby Depot at Burlington and CVS)

I am a part of the Nuby Parent Blogger program, where I receive products in exchange for posting a review.  As always, all thoughts and opinions are my own.