Zooni Wear

5:41 PM Posted by Bits from a Brit

Check out the great products over at Zooni..........we LOVE them. My little pumpkin look so cute in her Zooni hat. She has the pink Flower Power one and it is adorable. It almost makes me ready for the cold weather and snow so she can wear it more! The quality is great, it feels so well made and won't go out of shape or tear easily like some I have bought for her. These hats are handmade with a blend of natural cotton and micro polyester. They are sooo soft, wish they made them in my size, but not so sure I would look at cute in one as Alex does!!

Bits from a Brit is proud to recommend Zooni for your little ones!

Go take a look at how cute they are! www.zooniwear.com
Some more from their site:
Zooni celebrates childhood — all of its individuality, laughter, and adventure! Our products protect little ones and bring smiles to all those around.
Zooni was inspired by the arrival of our own children. As moms, we are passionate about protecting our kids while simultaneously demanding quality, comfort, and style. We work tirelessly to guarantee that our accessories are functional and stylishly different.
Children can be demanding. Rest assured Zooni's products stand up to being thrown, pulled, tugged, and stomped on. Each piece has been rigorously tested by our own babies and toddlers. A quick hand wash once in a while is all they need.
Zooni designs are 100 % original. We even developed our yarns! Each style offers a precious signature feature you won’t see anywhere else. Whether it be Puppy Love’s flouncy ears or Under the Sea’s whimsical clown fish, Zooni is guaranteed to turn heads!
Each piece is hand-made with love, quality craftsmanship, and care. We are committed to fair trade and donate a portion of our profits to local and international children’s charities.


8:07 AM Posted by Bits from a Brit

Meet Alex's new friend!
This is Lencho The Lion, her new Zoobie Pet.

These stuffed animals are more than they appear. They are a pet, a pillow and a blanket all in one! They have a great selection of animals, we chose the Lion as that's Alex's favorite animal!

The body of the animal and the blanket are so soft, I love it and want one of my own! When I Alex and I lay down on her bedroom floor and read stories I always have Lencho to cuddle with (Alex is not in the cuddly stage right now!). We will be bringing Lencho of vacation with us next week.

It is a great all around product that will entertain your child, soothe them and keep them warm and comfortable all in one. Another one of my favorites is the Pink Hippo!

They have recently expanded their selection and now have Baby Zoobies, Zoobies and Jumbo Zoobies. They have animals in the Safari Collection and the Zoo Collection.

The Baby Zoobie has a blanket size of 29"x24"

The Regular Zoobie has a blanket size of 53"x 34"

The Jumbo Zoobie has a blanket size of 91"x59"

Check out some of the other great animals and order one for your munchkin (or yourself!) http://www.zoobiepets.com/

OohLaLaMama - Contest!

10:12 PM Posted by Bits from a Brit

OohLaLaMama is an online boutique with an amazing selection of kids clothes. This is funky rock clothing for your little rock star.

Alex has a great flower dress from them and the quality is great. The first time she wore it was for a family picnic and she got orange juice all down the front of it (typical toddler). I freaked out because I through for sure it would stain but it didn't. The fabric it is made of seem to let the juice slide right off. No Stains!! This has always been a problem for us as her clothes seem to get ruined the first time she wears them. But not her OohLaLaMama dress - it still looks like new.

Take a look at their great designs over at OohLaLaMama, with their vast selection they have something for everyone.

OohLaLaMama has generously offered a giveaway to our readers. Two lucky winners will receive the item of their choice from OohLaLaMama. Visit their site an dlet us know your favorite item and leave a comment including your email address to be entered for a chance to win!

Karito Kids

7:29 AM Posted by Bits from a Brit

I am so excited to introduce you to Alex's new friend Piper. She has to be the most beautiful doll I have ever seen. These dolls really are amazing. They are the kind of dolls that look real and have beautiful hair that is washable and stylable. She is almost as tall as Alex!

Take a look as this picture - isn't she gorgeous?

I must sound kind of crazy...I mean who would go on and on about how gorgeous a doll is? Trust me - You just have to see them for yourself! I am making it my mission to buy Alex on of each of these dolls for her World Collection. The collection includes Piper from Australia, Ling from China, Zoe from the USA, Gia from Italy, Lulu from Kenya and Pita from Mexico.

Best of all purchasing these dolls means you are giving to Charity too. Karito means Charity, and every doll has a passcode so you can go online with your child and they can choose where the money goes. It all goes to helping other children and your child gets to decide where. I think this is great, not only does your child get the doll and book, they also learn about how special it is to give to others in need.

Please, please, please go take a look for yourself and add them to your Christmas list this year. Not only are you giving a gift to someone you love, you are also giving a gift to a child in need.


Take a Dive Down Under this Summer with Piper

Introducing the newest Karito Kid - Piper Whelan of Sydney, Australia. Piper, who enjoys surfing and volunteers as a junior lifeguard, is also an activist and likes to open the minds of her friends and family through her chapter book Sydney Scandal. In her hard-bound fictional book, she chronicles her adventures as she discovers sea creatures washing up on the shore of Bondi Beach and describes how she helps solve the mystery to save the local whales and dolphins. Piper also shares an 8 page journal of interesting facts about Australia.

Lands End

7:13 PM Posted by Bits from a Brit

We love our Lands End Study Haul Backback! This is a great, functional bag that fits so much in it! It is pretty amazing how much of Alex's things I can get in here. When she spends the night at Grandma's she always takes her Lands End bag. We used to pack 3 diaper bags with all the things she needed for an overnight stay: clothes, diapers, toys, sippy cups, books, blankets, her bear. You name it, we had to pack it. Now we have this amazing bag from Lands End, everything fits into one bag and it makes my life so much easier.

So whether you need a bag for school, work or play you must take a look at these bags at Lands End. Bits from a Brit gives them a big thumbs up for both functionality and durability!

  • Tough and organized.

  • The Good Housekeeping Research Institute calls the Cordura StudyHaul Backpack a "Grade-A Standout" and gives it the only perfect score for performance

  • Side pockets have compartments for all their supplies

  • Stash pocket keeps smaller items handy

  • Slim profile allows it to fit into school lockers easily

  • Wide-opening top is easy to load
  • Cordura® nylon resists tears and abrasions better than standard pack cloth

  • Reflective trim helps make them visible

  • C-shaped padded shoulder straps fit kids better

  • MP3/CD player pouch & cord port for tunes

  • Monogram it - left side pocket

Alli's Originals - Contest!

7:04 PM Posted by Bits from a Brit

Alli's Originals specializes in made-to-order hand stamped, personalized sterling silver jewellery.

They have a great selection of styles to choose from. For Baby, Mom or Dad they have something for everyone. What a great gift idea for Grandma this Christmas! Alli's Originals will be on our shopping list! My favorite is the silver charm bangle, I would love to get one of these for my Mum.

There selection for Men is great too, with loads of styles my Hubby would love. The more I look at the different products they have the quicker my Christmas list is getting filled out. This could be a one stop shop for me this year, with something for my Hubby, my Sister in Law and both my Mum and my Mom-in-Law.

Alli has generously offered a $40 gift card for one of our lucky readers. Please check out her site at www.allisoriginals.com and let us know your favorite item. Please leave us a comment including your email address to be entered to win!

Haute Boyz

8:53 PM Posted by Bits from a Brit

Bits from a Brit and Parents with Style think the line of clothes at Haute Boyz is awesome!
They have the greatest designs with slogans such as "Dump Him I'm Hotter" and "Chicks Dig Me" to "Stop Blogging Me" and "Millionaire in Training".
The quality of these clothes is great, they are soft to the touch and durable. Little boys get into everything and create a big mess and these shirts hold up to all that wear and tear. They also have some great holiday designs for Halloween and Christmas.
You won't be disappointed with these great quality and highly stylish boys clothes!

Some more from their site:

Jill Hoffman and Kim Marquis are two busy moms from Orange County California. With two active families and seven children collectively, they were ambitious shoppers always looking for the latest and greatest. On a mission to find hip and fun clothes for their boys, they found themselves less than excited. So, what to do? They started their own company in the summer of 2006. Haute Boyz was developed by Jill and Kim to meet the desires of moms and stores alike.
Since Haute Boyz debut, it has continuously exploded, and it’s showing up around the country in specialty boutiques. With help from rep Randee Arneson at the California Mart in Los Angeles California, Haute Boyz is making it’s mark on the map. Expanding all the time, Haute Boyz is offering hip togs for boyz who want to make a statement!


8:41 PM Posted by Bits from a Brit

We love these great Organic Baby Clothes from Pondur. The creepers and onesies make the perfect baby gift. This is 100% Organic, environmentally friendly baby apparel so you can feel good about dressing your baby in them. They have great designs and messages. Go check them out today........ www.pondur.com

Pondur Philosophy

We believe that babies should start their lives fearless and healthy, therefore, we’ve created organic baby clothes that uniquely combine these two elements. Our 100% organic cotton apparel not only makes the world more “green” but it also enlightens the spirits of those who come across it. Pondür’s positive messages are meant to inspire and awaken everyone to their own endless possibilities. Let us start this ORGANIC INSPIRATION with our little ones, so that they may in turn inspire the next generation to come

Ringling Bros Circus

10:57 AM Posted by Bits from a Brit

We went to the Circus! I couldn't post for you all last night because our family went to the Ringling Bros Circus. We had a wonderful time. We met up with Shanda from Parents with Style and her family downtown Grand Rapids for a great family night out. Alex loved it - she sat the whole time eating popcorn (thanks Shanda!) and watching what was going on. She would clap and shout and cheer for all the performers. Her favorites were the clowns and the dancers/trapeze artists. Shanda caught lots on her Flip Camera so she will be posting soon to show you all the action - Parents With Style.

The Ringling Bros. Circus just may be coming to a town near you!
How great would it be to take the family to see the animal shows, clown acts, high wire trapeeze, jugglers, and much more family fun? And if you get there an hour early, you’ll be able to see an elephant paint, try on a costume, clown around, work those muscles, shake paws with a performing pound puppy and more with your host, Leo Acton.
I also wanted to include some links about the treatment of the animals at the Ringling Bros Circus. I myself would never condone any animal cruelty and feel that Ringling Bros and Barnum and Bailey are taking care of their animals. I am an animal lover!

Below is a list of cities that are on the Circus Tour:
Indianapolis, IN - Sept. 4-7, 2008
Kansas City, MO - Sept. 10-14, 2008
Grand Rapids, MI - Sept. 18-21, 2008
Denver, CO - Oct. 2-13, 2008
Boston, MA – Oct. 8-13, 2008
Cleveland, OH - Oct. 24 - Nov. 2
Chicago, IL - Nov. 6 - 30, 2008
St. Louis, MO - Nov. 6-9, 2008
Auburn Hills, MI - Nov. 12 - 16, 2008
Highland Heights, KY - Feb 27 - Mar. 1, 2009
Cincinnati, OH - Mar. 4 - 8, 2008

Kiss My Style

11:49 AM Posted by Bits from a Brit

We recently checked out some of the great designs over at Kiss My Style. They are an online boutique offering all kinds of fabulous unique products. We have a set of the magnets and they are sure to add style to any area, from your fridge to your desk! They also offer Bath Products, Candles, Purses, Home & Desk Accessories and many, many more. All the products are handcrafted by artists and designers across the US and Canada. They are always adding new products so there is something for everyone. I know I'll be checking here for my Christmas shopping!

Go check them out at www.kissmystyle.com

Zosephine Diaper Bags

10:51 AM Posted by Bits from a Brit

I am so weak when it comes to bags, any shape, size or style, I just have to have them all. Well, look at these fabulous Josephine Diaper Bags! These bags are so stylish and are made out of gorgeous fabrics. I love my bag and take it everywhere, it's great because you can use it for different purposes. I use it to carry my Laptop and work papers and switch it on the weekend to be used as a Diaper Bag, or even as a large purse when I go shopping. Zosephine Diaper Bags offer 4 style choices to suit your taste. This bag also has many different sized pockets for easy storage. There are two bottle compartments, a pocket for the changing pad, an inside zipper pocket, a cell phone or IPod pocket and an outside zipper pocket.These Diaper Bags are highly recommended by Bits from a Brit and our Sister Site Parents with Style.

Sara Rose Tutus

7:26 AM Posted by Bits from a Brit

These beautiful handmade Sara Rose Tutus will make any little girl feel like a princess! I would love to dress my Daughter in one every day. She has a variety of great designs and you can specify what colors and styles your want to get something unique for your little princess. There is also a great selection of Halloween designs so go check them out and get a great costume for a little angel....or a little devil!

They also do so many wonderful things for charity and right now they have a tutu that supports The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.

I am generally very difficult when it comes to purchasing items like this as I don't always have the extra cash for luxury purchases, but I couldn't believe how low these prices are - they are so reasonable. The toddler size starts at $16 for one color and you add on extras, such as and extra color for $2 and ribbon waist for $5.

Sara Rose Tutus has generously offered a free tutu (up to $25 value) for one of our readers! Please visit their site and let us know your favorite tutu color or design and leave us a comment including your email address to be entered to win!

Mugwaz - Contest!

7:40 AM Posted by Bits from a Brit

You must go take a look at the great products over at Mugwaz. I just love this idea, not only for your kids but I think it's great for Kid's Parties! I love the Flip Flops that we received. It is so much fun to sit down with your kids and design and decorate your own clothing items. They can wear them with pride knowing that they designed them and they show off their personality and creativity.

They offer a range of products that you design to add your own flair and fashion, no two are the same! From the original flip flops, to bags, belts, t-shirts and more. So for your next children's party why not try Mugwaz, their Party Packs contain 10 items and lots of glitter and joolz for everyone! The individual kit comes in a little handbag and contains a pair of Mugwaz flip-flops, four tubes of glitter, a bottle of stay put glue, joolz in flower and heart shapes, activity mat and popsicle sticks.

All the Mugwaz products are available online at http://www.mugwaz.com/
Mugwaz has also offered a giveaway for one of our readers. Please visit their site www.mugwaz.com and leave us a comment telling us your favorite color of flip flops and include your email address for a chance to win!

Helpful Hallie's Mighty Miracle Mist

9:24 AM Posted by Bits from a Brit

Helpful Hallies Mighty Miracle Mist makes if fun for your kids to behave. Each set comes with four Good Behavior Sprays:

          Kind Voice / Good Manners

          Cooperation and Sharing

          Good Night

          Good Thinking and Pay Attention

          Each bottle contains purified water and non-toxic stars that you spray in the room to fill the room with good behavior. It is used when a child exhibts undesired behavior or preparing for transition such as bedtime.

          This is a great tool to use to help your child behave, it makes it fun for them. No more "Bad Guy" for the Parents, you are using positive reinforcements to encourage your children not only to act appropriately but it also helps them to manage their own behavior.

          Sikulu & Harambe

          9:12 AM Posted by Bits from a Brit

          This is a beautiful story about kindness, courage and helping others in need. Sikulu and Harambe by the Zambezi River, an African Version of the Good Samaritan Story.

          This is the first in a series of adventures that follow Sikulu the Spider and Harambe the Hippo as they travel to different countries in Africa. In this story, they are in the village of Sioma where they encounter an old woman in need of help. The other animals all have convenient excuses for not helping while Sikulu & Harambe are the only ones who do. Based on an actual folktale, it is a great story that reinforces the beauty of kindness to young children. The book also weaves information about Zambian culture into the story.

          This book is unique and offers a perspective from a totally different culture, which is something I try to teach to my Daughter. Every child should get to experience things about different cultures to broaden their perspectives, and without the endless money and time to travel the world, the best way to show this to your child is through the wonder of books.

          About the Author
          Kunle Oguneye was born and raised in Nigeria. He has lived in the United States for the last thirteen years, spending the last four of those years in the Puget Sound Area. He left a career in technology in order to pursue his love for children's storytelling.

          Contest Winners

          7:10 PM Posted by Bits from a Brit

          Announcing our Contest Winners from last week.............. I will contact each of you by email!

          Fun Felts: crystal

          Busy Body Book: blueviolet

          Nana Star Doll & Book: cathyworrell

          If your names not on the list, don't worry......we still have lots to giveaway! Our Contests will last all month long!

          Braincandy Kids - Contest!

          11:05 AM Posted by Bits from a Brit

          We recently had the chance to check out this great set of DVD's from Braincandy and Alex loved them! They capture her attention, which is a major accomplishment with my toddler! The moment she sat down do watch the first one her eyes were glued to the TV, which is not considered to be a good thing for a small child but with these great educational DVD's you know your child is learning and her imagination is running wild. As Parents, especially with toddlers running around, we all know that a few minutes of our kids sitting still and being entertained is a necessary thing to keep our sanity, and now you don't need to feel guilty about letting them! These DVD's teach children while entertaining them and keep their attention. We love educational DVD's and we highly support Braincandy. They are stimulating and educational - what more could you want from a childs DVD?

          There are five titles available in the series – Hear My World, See My World, Smell My world, Taste My World and Touch My World. Along with real children doing real things, each of the DVDs also includes members of The Sense Gang – Bruce Brain, Ivy Eyes, Ana Ear, Nusi Nose, Mojo Mouth and Harry Hand.

          Braincandy has been generous enough to offer an entire set of Braincandy Senses DVDs to one winner for this giveaway. To enter you’ll need to go check out the Braincandy website and go to the Braincandy online store. Take a look at each of the 5 DVDs in the series and leave a comment on this post telling me which DVD you’d like most to share with your child and why. Please leave all entries in one comment, and don't forget to include your email address. GOOD LUCK!

          They are also offering a 15% discount for all our readers, please use promo code: bitsbrits

          The Story about Braincandy from their site!

          Braincandy is a Seattle based children’s media company whose mission is to create educationally inventive, enriching, entertaining products that help young children learn about themselves as they fully experience the world around them. Young children are amazing! They come into the world ready to be challenged and to learn. Our vision is to create products that continue to provide opportunities for them to grow through experience and active play. Throughout our content we weave positive, encouraging examples and images of young children, puppets and animation all of which motivate young children to interact and participate. The content in Braincandy begins to lay the foundation for healthy social, emotional and physical development. At Braincandy, we’re developing products that stimulate the imagination and build on these pillars of early childhood development. Braincandy is... smart food for hungry little minds.

          Sign your kids up for the Braincandy kids club! See details here!

          Boogie Wipes - Contest!

          7:28 AM Posted by Bits from a Brit

          Bits from a Brit loves Boogie Wipes! These are gentle wipes designed just for little noses! Available in two scents, Original and Grape, they are a must have for any Mum, Dad, Teacher or Daycare Provider. Those stuck on crusties come off so easily with a Boogie Wipe. My little Angel even uses them on her Baby Doll's nose! With winter right around the corner we have a stock of these in our house. Alex has already had her first cold of the season and let me tell you, these have been a lifesaver!

          Boogie Wipes are the latest innovation in a moist wipe product for busy moms, dads & kids. With added saline, they offer quick, gentle, effective relief of stuck on Boogies (mucous) caused by the common cold & allergies.
          • Hypoallergenic
          • Alcohol Free
          • Unique Formula
          • Moisturizes with added Chamomile, Vitamin E and Aloe
          • Gentle Enough for all Ages
          • Lightly Scented

          Boogie Wipes has given us a Gift Basket for one of our readers. Please leave us a comment letting us know where you can buy Boogie Wipes to be entered to win. Please include your email address!

          Table Toppers

          7:45 AM Posted by Bits from a Brit

          This is such a great idea! When we go out to eat I hate that our Angel has to eat off the table. She can't have a plate yet as she is in the habit of throwing them, so she has her food right on the restaurant table. Germs don't freak me out as much as they do some people, but this is something that did bother me! Me and my Hubby had kept thinking "What can we do to solve this?", and one day he said "Isn't there something that will stick to the table?" Then I found Table Toppers! These are disposable placemats that stick to the table, making eating out easier, more fun and most importantly more hygenic for your little ones! They stick to the table so well that my Daughter can't pull it off, but are easy to remove when you are done - a perfect amount of stick!

          Neat Solutions also has more products in their line, such as the Potty Topper, Disposable Bibs, All in One Meal Kits, Portable and Disposable Floor Mats, to name just a few. They have a bunch of different designs such as Winnie the Pooh, Dora, Diego and Baby Einstein.

          We love the Table Toppers and always have them on hand for our little girl.

          Check out their site at http://www.tabletopper.com/ to buy some for your little angels!

          Some more from their site:

          We are a "family owned", "mother owned" baby business. We understand the needs of parents with young children.
          Our mission is to provide peace of mind to parents on-the-go by providing unique baby essentials.
          It all started in 1995 when our founder, Beth, went out to lunch with her baby and ordered some "finger food" for the first time. The chicken strips came on a plate, which quickly became a Frisbee for her son. (Sound familiar?) She tried the paper placemat...it got tossed, too. The only choice was to let him eat right off the dirty table.
          She had heard about reports documenting the presence of germs on restaurant tables.
          “It didn't make any sense…you spend the first six months of your child's life sterilizing baby bottles and then you feed them on a dirty table!” - Beth
          Beth decided to take action and soon the Table Topper® Stay-in-Place Mat® became the only answer to a big problem facing us when we go out to eat with our children.

          Family Time Fun - Contest!

          7:22 AM Posted by Bits from a Brit

          Check out these FamilyTimeFun Dinner Games! A selection of great Family games that help you connect with your children as you spend quality time together. Let's face it, in today's fast paced world many families barely have time to sit down and enjoy a meal together. Other things seem to take your time and spending quality, fun time with your family becomes more challenging every day. That's why John, father of two children, created the FamilyTimeFun games.
          FamilyTimeFun offers 3 Dinner Game products, each with fun and unique games to play while you eat! These games are quick, easy to play and add lots of fun to family meals. Beginner Dinner Games are for families with kids ages 3-6. Original Dinner Games are for ages 6-12. And the new Gather ‘Round Dinner Game with push-button action is for ages 5 and up.

          Thanks to FamilyTimeFun we have one of their new Gather 'Round Dinner Games to giveaway! Please go to their site: www.ftfgames.com and name one of the games listed on the Sample Games page. Leave your answer in a comment with your email address for a chance to win!

          Check out even more reasons to take the time to spend family meal time with your kids:

          There are not many things better for a family than to simply have meals together. Families, especially kids, benefit enormously from frequent positive family meals:

          • Improves family communication

          • Improves nutrition and eating habits

          • Improves literacy development among preschoolers

          • Develops a protective factor for adolescents against tobacco, alcohol, drugs and low grade point averages

          The more meals your family has together, the more you'll enjoy these amazing benefits! And remember, keep the meals positive, lighthearted and fun.

          More specifically, according to research by The National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse (CASA) at Columbia University, children and teens who have frequent family meals:

          • Are at half the risk for substance abuse compared to teens who dine with their families infrequently

          • Are less likely to have friends or classmates who use illicit drugs or abuse prescription drugs

          • Have lower levels of tension and stress at home
          • Are more likely to say that their parents are proud of them

          • Are likelier to say they can confide in their parents

          • Are likelier to get better grades in school

          • Are more likely to be emotionally content and have positive peer relationships

          • Have healthier eating habits

          • Are at lower risk for thoughts of suicide

          • Are less likely to try marijuana or have friends who use marijuana

          Fun Fit Kid

          7:47 AM Posted by Bits from a Brit

          We love this child oriented Fitness Video! As some of you know I have one daughter who is 17 months old and very active! She loves this video from Fun Fit Kid - it entertains her whilst burning some of the amazing energy she has (If only Mommy had the same amount of energy!)

          We do this workout video together and she keeps up with a lot of the steps and watches intently and the ones she can't quite master yet.... remember she is only a baby! Her favorite scene is where you lie on your back and kick your legs then jump up and hold hands and spin around with your partner, then repeat - she giggles the whole way through!

          These are fun, quick exercises, with great animations and it gives your whole body a workout in only 20 minutes!

          Bits from a Brit is proud to support Fun Fit Kid and we hope you will check out their site at http://www.funfitkid.com/ and order one for yourself. A portion of all sales will be contributed to HAVEN, a non-profit organization promoting violence free homes.


          Fun Fit Kid is an opportunity for you to interact with your children in a “fun, fit way”. Why not spend quality time with your children during exercise while teaching them the importance of health and fitness at a young age? This video will allow you to escape the day to day pressures of the “super Mom” syndrome while fulfilling your desire to be “fit” and providing your children with the same opportunity. We love making cookies together-maybe it is time we love exercising together!!! How wonderful to connect with your child and get back to the youthful you at the same time!
          About the author/producer:
          Kim McClellan is a licensed aerobic instructor with expertise in aerobics, cardiovascular conditioning, pilates and strength training. She has instructed both adults and children and designed a children’s fitness program for a nationally known fitness club. Kim also happens to be the mother of three young children and a CPA. The goal in producing this video is to provide mothers the opportunity to regain the level of fitness every busy mother should have and enjoy doing it with her children.
          A portion of the proceeds from sales is contributed to HAVEN. HAVEN is a national non-profit organization promoting violence free homes.

          Hip T - Contest!

          7:44 AM Posted by Bits from a Brit

          Introducing Hip T! This is a great product that helps us fashionable Moms wear the low rise jeans we love without showing off some things we don't want to! When I was pregnant we had something similar to cover our baby bumps and at that time I thought "Why hasn't someone done this as a regular line?" Then I found Hip T, these are great T-Shirt bands that give the layered look we love without the bulky look we don't! No thong exposure, no bum cleavage and no t-shirt tangle. That's right girls - at last we can look funky and fashionable without the thong peek-a-boo, plumbers crack or muffin top! I tried out the Hip T in Dark Fuchsia and I find myself wanting one in every color! Hats off to the girls of Hip T, Christine and Kelley, for giving us a fabulous addition to every woman's wardrobe!

          Hip T has offered a giveaway for one of our readers! Please go to www.myhip-t.com and let us know your favorite color and design. Leave it in a comment with your email address to be entered to win one of your own!

          Story behind the hip-T? You bet!

          After years of loving and living in our low rise jeans and layering t-shirt over t-shirt, we had to acknowledge there was a problem. Daily activities such as sitting at a restaurant or bending to tie a shoe were met with constant rear end exposure of one type or another. To make matters worse, we were tired of dealing with bulky messy layers of t-shirts in hopes of camouflaging what might make an appearance with the next bend and snap! Let's not forget, layering in itself is a great look. So, whether it was butt crack hanging out of the trunk, or using that thin sweatshirt as an additional "cover-up" accessory around the waist, something had to be done short of walking away from the investment we had made in the denim department.

          It is true, the best products are the simple ones which make our lives easier and more comfortable. With that in mind, we took an old white t-shirt and cut the bottom half off. We slipped it on around the scene of the crime and layered with another t-shirt. Now it was time for the test – a good deep squat in front of the mirror. Hey – no thong exposure, no bum cleavage and no t-shirt tangle. How easy! The first hip-T was resurrected from the depths of the t-shirt drawer. hip-hip hurray!

          Whether you spend your day at a desk in school, the office, or simply find yourself bending to tie a youngster’s shoe a dozen times a day, you deserve a protected rear view. We all have had wacky ways to hide the side (or rather back end) effects of our favorite jeans. Our company, g3 Originals is committed to providing ladies everywhere with an easy, comfortable and stylish way to cover their assets and clean up the rear view for everyone's viewing pleasure.

          Be free - hip-T!

          Ethel Gloves - Contest!

          8:00 AM Posted by Bits from a Brit

          As a very busy Mum I have been known to let work in my garden slide. Yes, it was a mess! This has been the first year that I have really let it go, having a toddler running around makes everything harder and this was something that just didn't get done! Well, that was until I received my pair of ETHEL GLOVES! This is a line of beautiful, fun, functional and protective gardening gloves. Not only are they chic and stylish for a women but they are made to fit a womans hands! Finally a company recognizes that a woman's hands are totally different from a man's! I have really enjoyed wearing my gloves while working in the yard and I enjoy the fact that they are durable. The gloves are high quality, which protects your hands and fingers nails from breaking.

          Four-way stretch Spandex, Breathable, Comfortable, Flexible, Reinforced fingertip, Machine Washable.

          These gloves are high quality, high functionality and high style – letting fashionable moms take their hands from the garden to a dinner party, or a project around the house to the office, without worrying about dirt under their fingernails, splinters or cuts. The five unique looks - signature, expression, gala, rendezvous and jubilee - let you choose the one that best represents your individual style.

          Our readers receive a special 10 % discount off a pair of Ethel gloves! So please visit their site at http://www.ethelgloves.com/ and use code BRIT

          We are also offering a FREE pair of gloves to one of our readers. Leave a comment and tell us what style and feature you like the best about these gloves, please remember to include your email address!

          See Kai Run

          6:30 AM Posted by Bits from a Brit

          This has to be one of my favorite products so far. I am very picky when it comes to what I put on my Baby's feet, when she was small she was always bare foot as I hadn't found that perfect pair that I knew would be good for her feet. Putting the wrong shoes on your kids feet can cause growth problems and their feet will shape to the form of the shoe if you don't pick the right kind. The shoes at See Kai Run are amazing! We have the Steph Boots from their new Fall line. These are high quality kids shoes and they have a great selection for all sizes.

          These shoes have flexible soles that are healthy for developing feet but sturdy enough for outdoor play! The soft sheepskin leather is fabulous and Alex loves to put them on and run around the house in them (it's still too warm to wear them outside, even here in Michigan!) You must go and check out all the great new styles they have at See Kai Run. These shoes will now be must have for every season for my Daughter.

          The Story of See Kai Run:

          In 2002 I gave birth to a little boy named Kai. Two years later, I gave birth to a company called See Kai Run. See Kai Run was inspired by the need for comfortable shoes with flexible soles for my little Kai to wear outdoors. I wanted to create a line of shoes that was as happening as Kai - bold, hip, fun, with an urban sensibility. Something entirely different than what was offered.

          In November 2004 the first shoes hit children’s boutiques and the response has been overwhelming ever since! Modern day parents have echoed what I had suspected - we crave something unique and special to reflect our children's personality as well as our own.

          Twice a year, I design a new collection of 15-20 designs. Our designs are sophisticated and classic with modern twists sprinkled throughout. And most importantly, our shoes are healthy for developing feet. The soles are made of extremely flexible rubber which is great for outdoor use while allowing the foot to flex in all the right places. They're also made of butter soft leather with a breathable leather lining and padded collars for comfort. Finally, See Kai Run shoes are easy to get on and off with Velcro closures that ensure a great fit.

          Like they say, "Every journey begins with the first step." Join us in celebrating those first steps!

          Visit them at www.seekairun.com

          Nana Star - Contest!

          7:35 AM Posted by Bits from a Brit

          I would like to introduce you to a fabulous doll for your kids. The Nana Star doll is a soft cloth doll which is really light weight and very pretty. She comes with a beautiful book and CD which shares the story of Nana Star. This sweet doll has a well written story that will keep your children interested throughout. The moment we received our Nana Star Doll in the mail Alex was so excited to play with it, I couldn't get the packaging open quickly enough! Now she even takes Nana Star for walks and tries to give her a bath. It is so cute! I love that this doll has Ballerina style legs, we cross them over at the ankles so she can sit just like Alex when we read the story. Each Nana Star book includes an accompanying audio CD with the storybook and a sing-along song. To make the book a little more interactive, the authors have included a spelling mistake in each book and encourage readers to find it and send them a postcard with the correction. Children are then eligible to receive an 8x10 photo of the Nana Star costumed character and become an honorary member of the Nana Star Little Twinkles Club. The Club is expanded on its website, Nana Star, where language arts activities for emerging readers are offered.

          We have a Nana Star Doll & Book set to giveaway! Visit http://www.nanastar.com/ and leave us a comment telling us the name of one of her friends, please remember to include you email address. GOOD LUCK!

          About the Real Nana Star from their site!

          Elizabeth Owens is the creator of Nana Star and, to those who know and love her, she is the real Nana Star. Born February 1, 1924 in Baltimore, Maryland, Elizabeth has three children, five grandchildren, and five great-grandchildren.Elizabeth had a very special relationship with her grandson, Vance. Together they stood by the bedroom window at night gazing at the stars. Vance often asked his Nana, "Is the Moonman really out there?" Nana told him that the Moonman was always there for him. When Vance moved away, Elizabeth sent him hand-crafted cards made of construction paper and illustrated with numerous darling characters, drawn with markers and decorated with colorful stickers. She became "Nana Star" and, with the Moonman and many other friends, watched over Vance. This was Elizabeth's way of showing Vance that she was always with him.Over time, an enchanting collection of thoughtful cards and remembrances inspired by Nana Star came into being. The characters in this sweet and endearing collection touched the hearts of everyone who saw them.Now the next generations are involved in sharing Nana Star's magic through a picture book series and toy collection. Linda Saker, Owens's daughter, is the series illustrator; her granddaughters, Elizabeth Sills and Elena Patrice, write and publish the Nana Star stories; and her five great-grandchildren have contributed inspiration to this special undertaking.Elizabeth created Nana Star out of a great love for Vance and a desire to give him a sense of home wherever he was. Today, we hope to extend that same love and feeling of belonging to children everywhere, in dedication to Vance, who now dances among the stars.

          Busy Body Book - Contest!

          7:20 AM Posted by Bits from a Brit

          I recently received a Busy Body Book Organizer and I must say it has made planning this Launch Party so much easier! It has kept me organized and it has made me feel more prepared in everything I do. It has sturdy plastic covers, great designs and extra note pages. It is a simple and stylish way to organize your life! I love all the products they offer, from the Original Organizer to Wall Calendars and Fridge Pads, they have something that will fit every family.

          Busy Body Book also wanted to offer one of our wonderful readers a chance to win one of your own! Please visit their site http://www.busybodybook.com/ and leave us a comment telling us your favorite design on the Organizers - please remember to include your email address!

          Some more from their site:

          With BusyBodyBook planners, time management is a breeze! BusyBodyBook family calendars provide each family member with their own column to organize and track their schedules and activities while coordinating with each other side by side.

          The BBB GRID format provides the clearest view of your daily & weekly schedules and activities helping you stay organized, focused and on track. You'll easily view overlapping schedules and avoid doublebooking when you plan with with BBB's personal and family calendars.
          BusyBodyBook organizers are versatile. Assign spare columns to household projects, babysitter instructions, meal planning, personal goals, holiday or vacation preparations,important clients, kid's school subjects and extracurricular activities.
          Find more time when you plan with BusyBodyBook's unique GRID format. BusyBodyBook and the BBB Fridge GRID Pad were created by a very busy mom - for her family and yours.

          Larger family? More commitments?The magnetic 7-column UNdated BBB Fridge Grid Pad, with even more space to plan side by side, conveniently posts on the fridge and provides a clear, coordinated view of everyone's comings and goings! Or use columns to: create a family chore chart; assign columns for weekly meal plans; manage your daily diet or design your personal fitness program.
          Multiple projects, clients to track?Posted on your office filing cabinet, assign BBB columns as projects that require planning and you'll easily manage their progress. Or, head columns with the names of clients to insure better follow-up and communication. The BBB Fridge GRID Pad is also the perfect desk size - 11 x 8-1/2, and a slim 52 pages.
          New! The BBB Fridge GRID Pad is now 3-hole punched and fits in standard 3-ring binders.


          8:50 AM Posted by Bits from a Brit

          Please remember to include your email address in your comment for contests!
          We had some entries yesterday that did not include their email address and cannot be counted as I have no way to get in touch with you - please come back and leave me your email address so I can include you! If you prefer you can leave a comment then email me with your screen name and email address so I can link the two.

          Sandbox Threads

          7:41 AM Posted by Bits from a Brit

          In our world of Mommy Bloggers and Momprenuers it is great to find a stay at home Daddy who has an at home business. Andy, father of two, started Sandbox Threads specializing in cool baby clothes, onesies and t-shirts and his designs are original & fun. He has designs for every taste and something to suit every childs personality.

          We love this great selection of kids clothes over at Sandbox Threads. My Angel has the Future President T-Shirt which is perfect for her, and it washes great which is perfect for me. I think we also need to order the Girls get Dirty Too design as lately she is into everything that involves being Dirty!

          So please go over to http://www.sandboxthreads.com/ and check out Andy's great designs!

          Fun Felts - Contest!

          7:03 AM Posted by Bits from a Brit

          These Story Time felt boards totally remind me of my childhood, think "back in the day" before video games were everywhere and not all toys were electronic. I love this site and all of their products they offer. You can turn off the TV and get back to using your imagination, while having some family fun time. We received the Three Little Kittens and absolutely love it.

          We have one of these great Fun Felt Boards to giveaway! Just go to http://www.funfelt.com/ and leave us a comment naming one of the Felt Board Stories, please remember to include your email address. GOOD LUCK!

          Check out FUN FELTS SITE!

          Children are natural storytellers but often their stories remain locked in their heads because they lack the ability to express themselves. Story Time Felts help parents and teachers bring back creativity and imagination to the children in their lives through beautiful felt products such as felt board story figures, activity books, dress up dolls and other educational felt items!

          Experts agree that kids these days are too "plugged in," so we offer something that is High Touch, not High Tech! Imagination is rediscovered and fostered with Story Time Felts!