Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Moby Wrap Review

For my baby shower i had a cousin that was DETERMINED to get me a wrap/baby carrier or something of the sorts.  She couldnt find what she wanted before my shower SO she gave me $40 and told me to go out and buy one that i wanted.

Without doing a ton of reviews and searches i found the Moby wrap at Target for $39.99.  So i decided on the black one since it goes with pretty much anything.  When i brought it home and took it out of its nice rolled up package i got highly confused fast!  It was my first time EVER getting a carrier { yes i had 2 kids prior - but never needed a carrier }

First time i tried using it { my son was about a month to 2 months old }  i was completely confused and ended up doing it TOTALLY wrong.  So i decided to look up online for instructions on how to use it.  the instructions was ok and i understood but since my first attempt was a fail i decided to not use it.

So months went by of just using my hips to carry my son i decided at the next consignment days i would use my moby.  We knew we was going to be there for awhile and since my son hates being put down and hardly ride in a cart or stroller for long periods i thought the best bet was to try my moby.  My son was now 7 months.

Lets just say my SON loved it.  I on the other hand hated it.  my son hated that i had him facing me at first, he was curious and wanted to explore everything. so once i turned him around where he could kick and reach for things he was perfectly fine!

Why did i dislike it?  it hurt my back & shoulders after awhile.  The weight of my son on my shoulders caused me to strain which in the end caused my back to hurt.  Its also still difficult to wrap.  Its a LONG piece of fabric that you have to wrap around your body and then you have to carefully put the baby inside a certain spot and tighten and tie a knot.  Honestly i rather a regular carrier thats all together that all you have to do is snap a few pieces together and done!

Overall its not a product i would recommend to friends or family.

Do you have a wrap?  do you love it? hate it?   what are some pro's and con's you have about it?


Saturday, May 14, 2011

1,000 FAN celebration WINNERS!

FIRST off thank you thank you thank you to all the sponsors!  Without you this celebration wouldnt have been as BIG as it was!  
2nd off thanks to all the fans!!! 

I hope everyone enjoyed themselves!!   

WINNERS has 24 hours to contact sponsor to claim their prize. 

Now here are the winners!  The winners are in bold next to the fan pages, below are contact links to make it easier for you to contact them letting them know you won!

Leke baby star pouch -  Sara Danczak sdanczak  { contact
Leke baby 10% off -  AnnaMaria Weakley  contact } 
PURSEonality 5$ gift certificate - Donnisha Cherelle Jones  { contact }
Michelle's handmade boutique pillowcase dress: Becca Aubertin  { contact }
Melissa Lin Ellis Photography package:  N/A  :(   { contact  }
Ribbons & More Pink Sheer/Satin Ribbon Bracelet: Alisha Verkamp-Mckenney   { contact }
BowBiz Dog Bows 4 plaid bows: Leslie Saxton  { contact }
Dippee Dypees 20% off code: Donnisha Cherelle Jones  { contact }
3 little birds boutique earrings: Cathy Loudermilk { contact }
LSR creations  personalized notebook: Alena Svetelska { contact }
Baby bonkers burp cloths: Janay Garrett-Palmerton Lawrence { contact }
3 tiny blessings filled snack bag: Tammy Leanne Naylor { contact }
Bent & Twisted Creations jeweled pendant: Eg Kaufman { contact }
Laughing Penguin Creations FREE necklace:  Lauren Sherry { contact  }
Laughing Penguin Creations B1G1: Christia M. Torres Arce  { contact  }  
Snappy Happy Childrens Boutique 25% off :  MaryAnna Russell  { contact }
*Lil Sunshine Creations & Boutique*  b1g1 half off: MaryAnna Russell  { contact }
*Lil Sunshine Creations & Boutique* free purple butterfly clips: Christin Richards { contact }
Renee's Mark Lip gloss samples: Janay Garrett-Palmerton Lawrence  { contact }
yourpursenality custom cozie: Stevie Nanstad { contact }
ScentsofStyle scentsy plug in + sample scents: Erica Doyle  { contact }
Farrah Beaus bracelet: Becca Aubertin  { contact }
Mark rep winner : Cynthia DeMates  { contact  }
Dabblicious 20% off coupon: Alena Svetelska { contact }
Gemmies watch: Mandy Hatch { contact }
The "Latina" Gourmet Cupboard 15% off: N/A  { contact }
Torta Dulces 20% off: Alena Svetelska { contact }
Just Jewelry 5$ off: Nicole Brandt { contact }
Lalabugs lovely things bottlecap heart necklace: Tanya Curtis  { contact }
Lalabugs lovely things 50% off: Alena Svetelska { contact }
Whimsy & Wire collections 20% off coupon: Donna Butler { contact }
Diaper Parties by Andrea Swimmi cloth swim diaper: Jennifer Kim Austin { contact
Diaper Parties by Andrea waterproof tote: Jen Buttermore  { contact }
Forever and a day baby doll top: Eg Kaufman  { contact: Email us and we'll forward you the email to contact sponsor with [ contact ] } 
Paci-Finder, Etc. 15% off: N/A :(
Paci-Finder, Etc. free paci finder: Becca Aubertin { contact:  Email us and we'll forward your email to her - Contact  }
Gemworks by beth Corol color earrings: Ashley Perrin contact }
Gemworks by beth Lilac Rose earrings: Kelly Woods { contact }
Kats Kreations 5$ off 25$ or more: Alisha Verkamp-Mckenney  & MaryAnna Russell  { Contact }
Passion Parties by Ashley 15$ voucher: Eg Kaufman  { contact }
Oh so Cute bows:  Kasey Lannerd & Elizabeth Aguirre  { contact }

*SPONSORS please let me know when your item has been claimed!

**** if a link is broken or wrong - please please leave a comment letting me know!!! ****

Sunday, May 8, 2011

Tribute to Moms

As Mother's Day is fast approaching I've had a lot of time to consider my own mom as well as consider the kind of mom I am and the kind of mom I want to be. 

I was very lucky to have a mom who bent over backwards to ensure that my sister and I had everything she had to offer.  She worked long hours to put us through private school, but still some how managed to make it to every parent/teacher conference, school play and extra curricular activity I had.  I feel very close with my mom and know that I am very blessed to have her in my life and in the life of my children. 

My mom inspires me to be a better mom, spending as much time as I can with my children and telling them every day how special they are and how loved they are. 

Mother's Day also makes me think of what an awesomely difficult job being a mom really is.  Let's face it, as moms we clean up puke, poop, are up a million times a night, yet we still have an unmeasurable amount of love for our children in spite of it all.  Each new discovery, every smile and "I love you" makes it all worth it.  Not to mention as the years pass we can often look back and laugh at many of the things that at the time made us want to pull our hair out. 

So I want to send a big THANK YOU! out to all our moms out there.  Whether you know it or not, you are loved and appreciated beyond measure.  The more time and love you invest in your children the more they will thank you as they grow into adulthood and someday venture into the journey of having their own children.  You may not hear many thanks now as you are busy telling your children things like: "No! you can not have candy, you can not stay up late, you can not spend all day in front of the t.v",  "Stop that! We do NOT hit!",  "You can't go out and play until you're home work is done... right!", and "Eat your veggies, they'll make you strong", but I assure you that they will understand once they are grown with children of their own.  I know I certainly do.  lol


With love from all of us here at LeKe


Friday, May 6, 2011

Dirt Devil Ultra Vision Cyclonic Vacuum

Ultra Vision Turbo Bagless Vacuum
Speaking as someone who's husband has killed his fair share vacuums, I am very pleased with our new Dirt Devil Ultra Cyclonic Vacuum.  This bagless vac picks up like a dream!

89.99 at Dirt Devil

As a mother of 3 small children (5 and under), I'm used to having to vacuum lots to keep up with all of their mega messes so this thing has sucked everything from cerial or small pebbles to the grass tracked in from outside.  I've not had a single problem with this vacuum.  It does have a rather small container, but I don't mind emptying it after each use, it only takes a few seconds.

I don't have any stairs so I don't have an issue with tacking it up and down, which is probably a good thing because it is not what I would consider a light weight vacuum (also good for me because it is more sturdy and holds up well to my 3 chldren trying to climb it).  I also can't speak for how it would react to pet hair, as I have no pets.  I do highly, however highly recommend this vacuum for use of cleaning up childhood messes.  :)


Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Bad Boutiques

We all know that there are tons of boutiques on facebook and many of them are legitimate, good businesses.  However, there are those out there that are looking to take advantage of people or those who simply practice bad business. 

So how do you know which boutiques to avoid?  BAD Boutiques (facebook link listed below) is a new page offering facebook fans the opportunity to post and read about good and bad boutiques.  Try checking this page before doing business with any facebook boutique.  Knowing what experiences others have had may help you avoid losing your money to a "bad" boutique. 

Now this isn't to say that you should base your decission to do business with anyone off of one bad review.  We all know that there are people out there that will give an undo bad review on occassion.  However, if you do see them listed under bad boutiques it will red flag you to further research and better decide whether the risk of doing business with any given boutique is worth the risk. 

I know that I certainly appriciate being able to read the reviews of others.  I know I can' afford to waste money on a transaction that will likely fall through... and I'm sure many of our readers can't either. 

Thank you Bad Boutiques for helping us all avoid those risky boutiques out there!


Monday, April 25, 2011

how i earn..

As a SAHM im always looking out for free things or things to help me earn a little cash.  Having a tad bit of money in my paypal account is nice when i find something for the kids i would LOVE to splurge on! Come on you know you all could use a extra bit of money, especially with gas prices now a days!

So im going to share a few things that i do to help earn some cash or free things!

First up there is swagbucks. Its a search engine where you search out anything to facebook, your email, common or uncommon phrases and earn points.  You can also do surveys, polls, watch videos & shop to earn points.   You can surf around the swagbucks swag store to find that special item you would love to get and then start earning the points till you get there!  I always use my points towards amazon gift cards!  Last christmas i literally had 100$ to spend on whatever i wanted on amazon and most items i got had free shipping!  Score for christmas!   IF your more interested in this and would like to sign up just use the link i posted, got more questions before signing up as away!  

here are some survey sites i do on a daily basis.

  • Inbox Dollars  - A site where you can watch videos, read emails, do surveys to earn cash.  Once you hit 30$ you can cash out and then you become a gold member and earn more points.  Refer friends and earn 10% of what they earn! 
  • Beezag  -  Another site where you watch videos to earn points.  Once you hit 8,000 points you can cash out.  I just started and i already have 4,476 points.  So points add up fast!  Refer friends and earn more points! 
  • Sending Earnings - is another site where you read emails and earn cash.  They are only a few cents but ads up pretty quickly! 
  • Opinion Outpost -  they send you surveys.  Some you qualify for some you dont.  i currently have 11$ in there right now but im waiting to cash out.  If you want once you get to 5$ you can turn it into a amazon gift card! 
  • Survey Spot - MY all time FAVE one.  Ive earned about 40+ $ already this year { YES i could do better BUT busy mom here! ;) }  Use to be where you cashed out a 20$ check and had to wait for it in the mail but now they just put it right into your paypal account!  Sweet! 
  • Toluna -  you go on the site about 2-3 times a day and vote, give an opinion and do surveys to earn points.  Get to 60,000 points and cash out.
  • Cant beat free - a new one that a friend introduced me to.  I still havent done much with it but you turn your points into vouchers or gift cards!

These are just some of my fave survey sites to earn money or freebies!   WHAT are some of yours?  Im always open to try new things!

~ Letica

Sunday, April 24, 2011

Chocolate is Truly a girls BEST friend....

Ok, as the header says, I believe chocolate is a girls best friend...  Especially around that time of the month, if you know what i mean! :P

            Some people say diamonds... me? Chocolate.  Oh yes...  Chocolate!

Anyways... This review is on a recent fave of Kelly & I's.

Ever have one of those days where the kids are screaming and not listening to a word you say, everything you touch just seems to go wrong, and your about 15 minutes behind schedule despite the fact that you got up at the but crack of dawn?  Those are the days I need a large Dr. Pepper and some mega good chocolate to go with it!  I have no idea why, but somehow that chocolate melting in your mouth seems to melt away some of that stress too.... so much so that I've gotten into a horrible habbit of not being able to make it through a check out line w/out a little of it. 

Now while we are both, what I like to call choc-o-holics, we are also health conscious... or at least we try to be.  For this reason we try very hard to stick to dark chocolate, which is much better for you than the milk chocolate.  Lindt lindor truffles is one of our favs!  It has a soft chocolate center that litterally melts in your mouth... YUM!  Plus I like that it comes individually wrapped, meaning you can have as little or as much as you want.  Which is awesome cause what you dont want you can store away and hide from the sticky fingers oc your husband or kids!

So here's to that little indulgence that gets us through those stressful moments.  :)
~Letica and Kelly~